A Classic, Kosher Thanksgiving Menu

The regulations for kosher products and preparations are extensive and need careful supervision. If you are new to kosher or want to honor a guest by keeping your Thanksgiving kosher, we bring you a collection of recipes that comply with kosher rules and regulations. All of our suggestions are as delicious as non-kosher holiday recipes, but are prepared following kosher principles. Before you start cooking, remember:

  • Plan ahead to get kosher meats and fishes at your butcher and fishmonger.
  • Make a menu that bans all dairy from the preparations.
  • Buy butter substitute if you think your dishes still need a dollop of fat.
  • Check all labels of store-bought items.

We bring you a whole Thanksgiving menu, 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. 

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    Herb Roasted Turkey (Meat)

    Herb Roasted Turkey
    Herb Roasted Turkey. Diana Rattray

    This no-fuss herb roasted turkey offers big flavor with a simple recipe. Stuff the turkey cavity with onion, apples, oranges, and herbs. Rub with extra virgin olive oil and a combination of fresh and dried herbs, or a dry rub if the flavors are more of what you're looking for.

    You'll need to work on this bird for 1 hour before cooking it for 4 hours in a 325 F oven.

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    Apple and Fennel Challah Stuffing (Pareve)

    Apple Fennel Challah Stuffing
    Apple Fennel Challah Stuffing. © Miri Rotkovitz

    Pareve means anything cooked without meat or milk ingredients or their derivatives, and this delicious apple and fennel challah stuffing follows such regulations. An ideal side dish for vegetarians and those with allergies, it should be made with egg-free vegan challah and baked on its own. Such a step makes the reheating easier and is much safer than cooking it in the turkey.

    Bake covered at 350 F for 30 minutes and uncovered for 20 to 30 more.

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    Cranberry and Pear Chutney Recipe

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    Cranberry Pear Chutney. Credit: John Anthony Rizzo/Getty Images

    This Indian-inspired preparation is a beautiful addition to the Thanksgiving table and can be preserved for other occasions. Cook classic Thanksgiving cranberries with sugar, pears, raisins, apple cider, and apple vinegar. Fresh ginger and chile pepper give a kick to a thick sauce that goes beautifully with turkey.

    Cook for 40 minutes until thick and place in a saucer at your holiday table. If you're doubling the amounts to make extra, be sure to sterilize your jars before filling.

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    Pareve Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
    These Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes are dairy-free. © Miri Rotkovitz

    Mashed potatoes are a classic kosher conundrum: potatoes go really well with butter, so how can kosher keepers enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving menu without resorting to trans fat-laden margarine and faux creamer? Pretty easily, as it turns out.

    Season the pareve mashed potatoes with garlic, salt, and onions, and use soy milk and the water in which the potatoes cooked to moisten the mixture. Add olive oil for extra creaminess, but taste first before adding it because it's delicious without. If you really miss some buttery texture, add a dollop of vegan margarine.

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    Green Beans With Pecans and Date Syrup

    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. Cook the green beans until vibrant but still crunchy, sauteé with olive oil and garlic, and add date syrup and pecans.

    This green beans with pecans and date syrup side dish needs just 16 minutes to be ready and can be made at the last minute.

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    Cornbread Muffins

    Cornbread Muffins
    Dairy-free Cornbread Muffins. © Miri Rotkovitz

    These moist cornbread muffins use soy milk and oil to replace milk and butter. Sweetened with honey, the muffins have very few ingredients and offer a tasty kosher alternative to rolls with dairy. They need 10 minutes of prep time and just 20 minutes in the oven. Make the night before your holiday meal.

    For another kosher alternative, try these beautiful pumpkin muffins.

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    Dairy Free Sweet Potato Pie (Pareve)

    Sweet Potato Pie
    Sweet Potato Pie. Lisa J. Goodman / Getty Images

    This dairy free sweet potato pie is pareve 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.

    Make a silky filling with potatoes, soy milk, eggs, flour, and spices and cook in a ready-made pie crust. Or make your own gluten-free crust for special dietary needs. The pie needs to cook for 2 hours and 2 minutes, so it's best to bake it the night before your holiday meal to free your oven for the turkey.

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    Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp Dessert (Pareve)

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    Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp. © Miri Rotkovitz

    Use a mixture of tart apples like Mutsu and Gala, and make this flavorful apple and dried cherry crisp dessert using rolled oats as a crunchy topping. Lemon, tart cherries, cinnamon, ginger, and maple syrup bring other fall flavors into the plate.

    Because the crunchy crisp topping contains no butter, the flavors of the fruit, oats, and nuts can really shine through. Make it ahead of time and put it in the oven once you're ready to sit down and eat. You need just 50 minutes to bring this dish onto your holiday table.