A Classic Kosher Thanksgiving Menu

Apple and fennel challah stuffing pareve recipe

The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

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 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. 

  • 01 of 06

    Pareve Mashed Potatoes

    Vegan Mashed Potatoes

    The Spruce Eats / Sonia Bozzo

    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.

    Yukon gold potatoes work well in this recipe and are seasoned with kosher salt, vegan butter, pepper, and rosemary. But it's the additions of the roasted garlic that brings the flavor to these mashed potatoes. If you want them a bit creamier, add some vegan sour cream.

  • 02 of 06

    Apple and Fennel Challah Stuffing (Pareve)

    Apple and fennel challah stuffing pareve recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    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 10 to 20 minutes more for a nice golden crispy top.

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    Easy Garlic Green Beans

    Easy Garlic Green Beans in a pan

    The Spruce Eats / Nyssa Tanner

    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, and sauté with olive oil and garlic. Add chopped fresh parsley as a garnish or sprinkle with some sliced almonds for a finishing touch.

  • 04 of 06

    Cornbread Muffins

    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. Depending on the type of cornmeal you use, the texture can vary. They need 10 minutes of prep time and just 20 minutes in the oven. You can even get ahead of the game and make them the night before your holiday meal.

    For another kosher alternative, try these beautiful pumpkin muffins.

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  • 05 of 06

    Dairy Free Sweet Potato Pie (Pareve)

    Kosher sweet potato recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    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 20 minutes, so it's best to bake it the night before your holiday meal to free your oven for the turkey.

    Serve it with a dairy-free whipped topping.

  • 06 of 06

    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 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 to your holiday table.

    Easily scale this recipe up to make more if needed.