There are a ton of excellent cooking apps available for the iPhone (check out my article on the Top 14 iPhone Recipe Apps for more on the best options). Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for home cooks, so I took a look at which of these excellent apps would be best to help prepare your holiday meal. Many of these cooking apps have specific Thanksgiving recipes or will help you find new dishes to prepare this November.
Mark Bittman's popular How to Cook Everything app ($4.99) has thousands of recipes, including many specifically for Thanksgiving. There are Thanksgiving recipes for all the popular dishes, including Classic Roast Turkey with Stuffing, Traditional Cranberry Sauce, and -- my favorite -- Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust. If this is your first time preparing a Thanksgiving meal, you'll also find lots of how-to content. The timing charts for defrosting and roasting turkeys are particularly helpful. I also love the many varieties of mashed potato recipes, including Joel Rubuchon's Mashed Potatoes recipe that calls for a half pound of butter (yum!).
For foodies, the Epicurious Recipes app (Free) offers a host of gourmet Thanksgiving recipes. Epicurious has a dedicated section for Thanksgiving, and it includes nearly 200 recipes from Gourmet and Bon Appétit magazines. If you're not sure how you want to cook your turkey, this is the app for you. There are a ton of turkey recipes, including Clementine-Salted Turkey with Redeye Gravy and Sage Butter-Roasted Turkey. Those planning a vegetarian Thanksgiving will also appreciate veggie-friendly holiday recipes like Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie or Pumpkin Stuffed with Vegetable Stew.
The Whole Foods Market Recipes app (Free) also includes a good amount of Thanksgiving recipes, and I love the sleek, easy-to-use interface. Recipes are healthy and include nutrition information -- not that you're likely to be worried about calories and fat grams on Thanksgiving! One of my favorite recipes is the Thanksgiving Weekend Strata, which uses leftover stuffing. You could also try the Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes with Honey-Pecan Drizzle in place of your normal marshmallow-topped sweet potato recipe.
Martha Stewart knows a thing or two about holiday entertaining, so you'll find plenty of Thanksgiving inspiration in the Martha's Everyday Food app ($0.99). Apps like Epicurious and How to Cook Everything are better for turkey recipes, but Martha Stewart's app has a lot of good recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes. Recipes for Sweet-Potato Biscuits, Cranberry Chutney, and Bourbon Gravy already have me looking forward to November. Check out the recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake for a different take on the classic Thanksgiving dessert.
If you're on a budget, the AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner app (Free) is a great pick for planning your Thanksgiving meal. The app includes hundreds of Thanksgiving recipes, including Green Bean Casserole, Candied Sweet Potatoes, and plenty of recipes for that perfect Turkey. AllRecipes.com is also useful because you can see user ratings, which makes it easier to pick the best recipes. You'll find even more recipes by upgrading to AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner Pro ($2.99). The free version contains ads.