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Every family has its staples and traditions at Thanksgiving, and that’s part of what makes the holiday great. But every once in a while, it’s not just the bread for stuffing that gets stale. If you’re looking for some inspiration for a new dish or two, try our guide! We collected some of our favorite recipes from the past few years.

Should you try any of these recipes, please let us know. We would love to hear that we gained a spot at your Thanksgiving table.

— Sarah and Caitlin

Staples

Ideas for Thanksgiving basics: stuffing and turkey.

Ideas for Thanksgiving basics: stuffing and turkey.

Green beans

Our green bean recipes include a fresh take on a canned classic.

Our green bean recipes include a fresh take on a canned classic.

Potatoes

Roast 'em, mash 'em, boil 'em. Whatever you do — eat your potatoes.

Roast ’em, mash ’em, boil ’em. Whatever you do — eat your potatoes.

Carrots

Carrots at Thanksgiving? Helps to make sure your eyesight is perfect for watching the football game.

Carrots at Thanksgiving? Helps to make sure your eyesight is perfect for watching the football game.

Sweet potatoes

The only thing that could be better than a regular potato — is a sweet potato.

The only thing that could be better than a regular potato — is a sweet potato.

Brussels sprouts

Brussels have become a popular Thanksgiving side, so make some room for the little cabbages.

Brussels have become a popular Thanksgiving side, so make some room for the little cabbages.

Cranberry sauce

Sure, the stuff in the can ain't bad — if you don't mind seeing the can rings on your food (but really, we wouldn't judge).

Sure, the stuff in the can ain’t bad — if you don’t mind seeing the can rings on your food (but really, we wouldn’t judge).

Rolls and biscuits

Hey, it's Thanksgiving — the more starch the better.

Hey, it’s Thanksgiving — the more starch the better.

Beverages

You've got a long day ahead — and we all know what could help speed it up.

You’ve got a long day ahead — and we all know what could help speed it up.

Pie

And to wrap it all up: the fabulous pies.

And to wrap it all up: the fabulous pies.

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by Caitlin Saniga

You should probably grab a fork for this pocket pie. It's too drippy and sticky for just hands.

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 16 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
  • 1/2 to 1 cup pie filling (I used 1/2 cup strawberry jelly + 1/4 cup sliced frozen strawberries.)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon water
  • vegetable oil

Full disclosure: My cousins got me a special pocket-pie maker for Christmas, so I didn't actually use cookie cutters or a fork. The pie maker cuts out the stars and pinches them together to form the pies.

In a food processor, pulse together the flour, salt and the 2 tablespoons sugar until combined, about 5 pulses. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 pulses. Add 6 tablespoons ice water and pulse twice. The dough should hold together when squeezed with your fingers but should not be sticky. If it is crumbly, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing twice after each addition.

I'm glad I bought parchment paper for this recipe. Hot starberry juice was everywhere!

Divide the dough in half, wrap with plastic wrap and press each into a disk. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

Let the dough stand at room temperature for 5 minutes.

On a floured surface, roll out 1 dough disk into a round 1/16 to 1/8 inch thick. Brush off the excess flour. Using a 4-inch-wide star cookie cutter, cut out 8 stars. For 4 of the stars, use a tinier star cookie cutter to punch out dough from the center. Reroll the dough scraps, if necessary, and cut out more shapes. Repeat with the remaining dough disk.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Assemble the pies: Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the pie filling onto a solid star, and brush the edges of the star with the egg wash. Top with a holed dough star. Seal the edges of the dough star together by pressing lightly but firmly with the prongs of a fork. Place pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Brush the pies with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is gently bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Makes 8 pies.

Recipe adapted from: Williams-Sonoma Kitchen (Unfortunately, Williams-Sonoma stopped making the pie mold I used. But it looks like they still make other pie mold shapes: apples, pumpkins, etc.)

Photo: Caitlin Saniga

Baking tips:

-Of all the butters, unsalted butter has the purest flavor. It’s best to use unsalted butter for baking because, that  way, you can be more precise about the amount of salt in the recipe.

-Lining baking sheets with parchment paper makes for easy cleanup, especially for baking recipes that use jellies, chocolates and other meltable ingredients.

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