Who needs a cookbook? You can access hundreds of delicious Thanksgiving recipes right from your iPhone or iPad. I browsed through dozens of the best iPhone cooking apps to find the Thanksgiving recipes that you’ll be proud to serve this November. From new takes on the traditional turkey to classic side dishes, these Thanksgiving recipes will provide plenty of inspiration for your next holiday feast.
The Epicurious app (Free) has an entire section devoted to Thanksgiving recipes, including winners like Adobo Turkey with Red-Chile Gravy. This unique turkey recipe features an adobo sauce made with guajillo and ancho chiles, and a long marinating time ensures you get a ton of flavor. It is the perfect recipe if you're yearning for something a little different this Thanksgiving.
If you prefer a more traditional turkey, Mark Bittman's recipe in the How to Cook Everything app ($4.99) is worth a look. It's a great recipe for novices, complete with a timing chart for defrosting and roasting. The app also features how-to articles on prepping and carving a turkey.
If you want an alternative to marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, take a look at the Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples recipe from in the AllRecipes app (Free). This recipe gets its sweetness from sliced apples and a small amount of brown sugar, so it's not overly sweet. It's a perfect accompaniment to the Classic Roast Turkey recipe discussed above.
Martha Stewart knows a thing or two about holiday entertaining, as proved by all the great Thanksgiving recipes found in the Martha's Everyday Food app ($0.99). Green bean casserole is a holiday tradition, but why not liven it up a little by adding artichoke hearts? Martha Stewart's Green Bean and Artichoke Casserole is a fresh take on the classic, and it swaps homemade breadcrumbs for the greasy fried onions found in most recipes.
For a slightly different take on the traditional cranberry sauce, check out the Cranberry Sauce with Candied Ginger from the Whole Foods Market Recipes app (Free). This Thanksgiving recipe uses the traditional ingredients found in most homemade cranberry sauces -- orange juice, sugar, and whole cranberries -- but spices things up with Triple Sec and candied ginger.
The Pumpkin Stuffed with Vegetable Stew recipe from Epicurious (Free) is the perfect entree for vegetarians who want a main course centerpiece that will rival any turkey. The vegetable stew combines parsnips, celery root, carrots, and other veggies with seitan for protein. The stew is then roasted in a carved-out pumpkin to create a delicious and elegant Thanksgiving meal.
This Mashed Potatoe Casserole recipe from the BigOven app (Free) puts a gourmet spin on Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Thanks to grated Fontina and Gruyere cheeses, the potatoes get a nice crusty top when baked in the oven. Like all good mashed potato recipes, there is plenty of butter in this one too.
If you only make one homemade pie this Thanksgiving, make it the Bourbon and Chocolate Pecan Pie from Tyler Florence's Fast app ($4.99). Although it will take you over an hour to prep, the homemade crust and bourbon-laced pecan filling combine to make a super-delicious dessert. A recipe for homemade whipped cream is also included.