Do you need some help planning your holiday meal? Here are several Roku channels that offer inspiration, tips, and full recipes for appetizers, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and even adult beverages.
iFood.tv has offers dozens of recipe videos in four Thanksgiving categories:
Make Ahead Thanksgiving - Get a head start on your cooking with 12 recipes like Sweet Potato Creme Brulee, Betty's Holiday Pecan-crusted Yam Patties, and Betty's Frozen Cranberry Salad. For those with special dietary needs, you'll also find a freezable make-ahead vegan samosa pinwheel and gluten-free stuffing and dressing.
- Thanksgiving Turkey n Mains - Here are plenty of ways to cook the turkey - Grilled Spatchcock Turkey, Sous Vide Turkey Breast, Cajun Deep Fried Turkey, Buttermilk Brined Mustard Turkey, Butter-basted Roast Turkey... the list goes on and on. You'll also find a recipe for Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy and a couple of Instant Pot casseroles.
- Thanksgiving Starters n Sides - Over two dozen videos showing how to make appetizers and sides for your Thanksgiving dinner. Recipes include Stuffed Mushrooms, Mini Pumpkin Pies, and Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes. For something a bit different, you may want to try Deep Fried Deviled Eggs or Sauteed Grape Tomatoes with Baby Spinach, but traditionalists will probably stick with The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing and Betty's Roasted Carrots.
- Thanksgiving Desserts n Drinks - These 29 videos are heavy on the pumpkin, with recipes such as Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars, 10-Minute Pumpkin Cheesecakes, and Low Carb Pumpkin Pie. But you'll find many non-pumpkin offerings as well, including Chocolate Syrup Bars, Chocolate Bourbon Balls, and Cranberry Apple Hand Pies. Only two drinks are available this year: Hot Spiced Apple Cider and Pumpkin Apple Fizz.
Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike won't feel left out if you include almost any of the 88 "Thanksgiving Day Treats" featured on the Vegetarian Recipes Roku channel. Although you'll the occasional vegan/vegetarian takes on Thanksgiving staples with recipes like Thanksgiving Tofurkey From Scratch, most of the dishes featured here are naturally meat-free and make good dinner choices. These include Sweet Potato Biscuits, Perfect Mashed Potatoes, Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes.
TheFoodChannel has a small but interesting collection of 13 Thanksgiving recipes that include a traditional Roasted Turkey and Gravy and a Black Walnut Pumpkin Pie. Their Thanksgiving category also includes "90 Second" videos that include Thyme Cream Gravy and Mini Turkey Sliders. (90 seconds refers to the video length, NOT the length of time to prepare the dish!) There are also a few "tips" videos, such as How to Crimp Your Crust, and an interesting adult beverage made from the "perfect blend of rum and balsamic vinegar."
If you want to add some Southern flair to your holiday meal, Southern Food will show you how to make Pit Barrel Cajun Turkey, Slow Cooker Green Beans Seasoned with Ham, and multiple variations on cornbread and cornbread dressing. For dessert, try the Pecan Pie Bread Pudding.
Who says the holiday meal has to be created indoors? The Outdoor Cooking Channel features The New Holiday Outdoor Cooking with favorites like the Smo-fried Turkey, Twice Smoked Holiday Ham, Violated Beer Can Turkey, and - for your vegetarian guests who don't want a violated turkey - Beercan Vegan Turkey on a Big Green Egg. If you're doing an outdoor turkey, though, you might want to start with "Top 6 Turkey Techniques" for some inspiration. And there are also outdoor desserts like Dutch Apple Desert, Baked Mango Peach Buckle Pie, and "Four Easy Holiday Pie Recipes Cooked Outdoors."
If you or any of your family or guests have gone keto, Low Carb 360 has a small selection of Thanksgiving recipes to keep you on track. Turkey is naturally low-carb so you can find those recipes elsewhere, but this channel shows you how to make sides of Low Carb Cranberry Sauce and Low Carb Mexican Corn Bread, and provides dessert ideas that include Low Carb Pumpkin Pie and Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Don't overlook the liquid refreshments! Drinks will provide inspiration and instructions. Their Thanksgiving Recipes category a dozen videos that include Spiced Pumpkin Fizz, Hot Spiced Apple Cider, and Pumpkin Apple Fizz.
Those are only a few ideas from the entire collection of 200+ Food channels on Roku. Happy Thanksgiving from RokuGuide.com!This article was previously published and has been updated to reflect current content for Thanksgiving 2018.