A Classic, Kosher Thanksgiving Menu

Whether you keep kosher, or just need a totally dairy-free Thanksgiving meal, this classic menu has you covered. With everything from turkey and stuffing to cranberry sauce, veggie sides, and delicious seasonal desserts, this menu is proof positive you don't need loads of cream and butter to turn out a delicious harvest feast. 

Updated by Miri Rotkovitz

  • 01 of 08
    Herb Roasted Turkey
    Herb Roasted Turkey. Diana Rattray

    Southern Food Expert Diana Rattray's no-fuss turkey preparation infuses the bird with big flavor. Simply stuff the cavity with onion, apples, oranges, and herbs, then rub with extra virgin olive oil, and a combination of fresh and dried herbs. Prefer a spice rub? That works, too! (Rattray likes Cajun seasoning.)

  • 02 of 08
    Apple Fennel Challah Stuffing
    Apple Fennel Challah Stuffing. © Miri Rotkovitz

    This Apple and Fennel Challah Stuffing is ideal for vegetarians and those with allergies, as it's dairy-free, can be made with egg-free vegan challah, and is baked on its own -- a move that not only makes reheating easier, but that's also much safer than cooking it in the turkey. 

  • 03 of 08
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    Cranberry Pear Chutney. Credit: John Anthony Rizzo/Getty Images

    Cookbook author Ronnie Fein  created this Cranberry and Pear Chutney to serve alongside Panko-Crusted Turkey Cutlets, but the easy-to-make recipe also happens to be the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving table. 

  • 04 of 08
    Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
    These Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes are dairy-free. © Miri Rotkovitz

    It's a classic kosher conundrum: "Mashed potatoes, muses Giora Shimoni, "go so well with Thanksgiving turkey and gravy, but most mashed potatoes recipes contain butter, milk or cream." So how can kosher keepers enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving menu -- especially without resorting to trans fat-laden margarine and faux creamer? Pretty easily, as it turns out.

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  • 05 of 08
    Green Beans with Pecans and Date Syrup
    Green Beans with Pecans and Date Syrup. © Miri Rotkovitz

    Plain steamed green beans are nice, but for Thanksgiving, they deserve to get a little dressed up. This quick and easy recipe for Green Beans with Pecans and Date Syrup is perfect for the holiday, and totally delectable.

     

  • 06 of 08
    Cornbread Muffins
    Dairy-free Cornbread Muffins. © Miri Rotkovitz

    Instead of butter and milk, these honey-kissed Cornbread Muffins are made with oil and soy milk. If you've got leftovers, they're nice for a post Turkey Day brunch. 

  • 07 of 08
    Sweet Potato Pie
    Sweet Potato Pie. Lisa J. Goodman / Getty Images

    This Sweet Potato Pie is totally dairy-free -- and it doesn't rely on margarine or chemical-laden faux creamer. It's ideal for anyone seeking a healthier take on a Thanksgiving classic, and makes a great seasonal dessert throughout the fall and winter. You can use ready made pie crusts, or make your own -- a great option if you need a gluten free crust

  • 08 of 08
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    Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp. © Miri Rotkovitz

    When you've got wonderful fall apples on hand, showcase them in this wholesome, dairy-free Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp. Because the crunchy crisp topping contains no butter, the flavors of the fruit, oats and nuts can really shine through. Plus, the recipe is easily doubled if you're serving a crowd.