Have a Very Rachael Thanksgiving!

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If you were going to celebrate Turkey Day with Rachael Ray, what would you find on her table this week in upstate New York?

We chatted with Rachael’s buddy Andrew Kaplan, who’s also the director of her nonprofit, Yum-o!, to find out. Here are a few of his picks – give them a try and make Rach’s favorites your own!

The Bird: Rachael’s Two Small Turkeys is a great recipe for feeding a crowd. Rather than focusing on one, large turkey, shorten cooking time and reserve some much-needed oven space with this delicious dish.

The Gravy:Elsa’s Poulet Sauce is a no-fail gravy that’s based on a traditional recipe from Rachael’s mother, Elsa. Make it right when your turkey is out of the oven, because this gravy gets its secret punch from the drippings from your roasted bird.

The Stuffing:Apple and Onion Stuffin’ is a perfect combination of fall flavors. One of the best parts about this recipe is that it can be made in a muffin form by simply adding an additional 1/2 stick of butter and 1 beaten egg.

The Sides:Mashed Sweet Potatoes take the place of traditional mashies, with a colorful spin on this Thanksgiving table favorite. Serve alongside Roasted Cauliflower Gratin(pictured above) a creamy dish that gets its secret punch from ricotta cheese. Oh, and don’t forget the Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Balsamic Vinegar to round out your greens on the table!

The Drinks: Rachael loves prosecco, a sparkling Italian white wine. Try this Prosecco Cocktail with Berries, which has a splash of elderflower liqueur for an extra punch. Add your favorite berries for a pretty punch.

The Dessert: Rachael’s sister is a wonderful baker. We’ll leave that part to her! Try her Apple Spice Cookies and Cream Puffs for a different twist on dessert, or Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie for Thanksgiving classics.

Are you going to give these a try? Let us know in the comments below!

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