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 nearly a dozen recipes that include Custard Pumpkin Pie From Scratch, Holiday Pecan-Crusted Yam Patties, Classic Cheese Casserole, and 90-Second Thyme Cream Gravy.
- Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes - Here are more than 60 videos with ways to cook a turkey and recipes that incorporate your turkey after it's cooked: Roast Butterfly Turkey, Smoked Turkey, Spiced Turkey, Slow Cooker Turkey Legs, Tasty Turkey Croquettes from Leftover Turkey, Leftover Turkey Casserole... 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 - Nearly 100 videos showing how to make appetizers and sides for your Thanksgiving dinner. More-traditional recipes include Perfect Roast Potatoes, Old Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast Rolls, and Mini Pumpkin Pies. For something a bit different, you may want to try Deep Fried Deviled Eggs or Baked Sweetmeat Squash.
- Thanksgiving Desserts n Drinks - These 82 videos are heavy on the pumpkin, with recipes such as Pumpkin Pie From a Fresh Pumpkin, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars. But you'll find many non-pumpkin offerings as well, including Marshmallow Pudding, Black Forest Truffle, and Chocolate Pretzel Fudge. Drinks include Spiced Pumpkin Fizz, Hot Spiced Apple Cider, and Pomegranate Orange Rosemary Cocktail.
- If you can't find anything in the Thanksgiving category, the iFood.tv Roku channel has tens of thousands of other recipes to choose from.
Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike won't feel left out if you include almost any of the more than seven dozen "Thanksgiving Day Treats" featured on the Vegetarian Recipes Roku channel. This channel is from iFood.tv, but aggregates all of the Thanksgiving vegetarian recipes under a single category. You won't find any fake Thanksgiving staples like "tofurkey," though - the dishes featured here are naturally meat-free and make good dinner choices. These include Perfect Mashed Potatoes, Pumpkin Scones, and Butternut Squash Risotto. Sweet Potato Biscuits, Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes.
TheFoodChannel has a small but interesting collection of two dozen Thanksgiving recipes that include a traditional Roasted Turkey and Gravy and Homemade Stuffing. Their Thanksgiving category also includes "90 Second" videos that include Pumpkin Pecan Rool and Sweet Potato Souffle. (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 Cajun Deep Fried Turkey, Southern Mixed Greens with Smoked Turkey, and Southern Smothered Turkey Winds and Gravy. 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 includes 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 2020.