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 dozens of unsorted recipe videos in the Thanksgiving Recipes category, but if you scroll down to the Discovery category and click on Thanksgiving you'll find eight more-specific categories that include the following:
Make Ahead Thanksgiving - Get a head start on your cooking with nearly a dozen recipes that include Custard Pumpkin Pie, Holiday Pecan-Crusted Yam Patties, Classic Cheese Casserole, and Strawberry Cranberry Sauce.
- Thanksgiving Main Dishes - Here are 60 videos for the star dishes of your Thanksgiving-day feast. Included are En Chile Rojo Turkey (Mexican Style Roast Turkey), Grilled Spatchcock Turkey, Sous Vide Turkey Breast, Instant Pot Turkey, Southern Turkey Wings and Gravy, and much more.
- 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, several versions of mashed potatoes, candied yams, and green bean casserole.
- Thanksgiving Desserts and Drinks - These 83 videos are heavy on the pumpkin, with recipes such as Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pumpkin Pie From a Fresh Pumpkin, Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie, and Spiced Pumpkin Fizz Cocktail. But you'll find many non-pumpkin offerings as well, including Marshmallow Pudding, Black Forest Truffle, and Chocolate Pretzel Fudge. Other drinks include Pumpkin Apple Fizz, Hot Toddy, and Hot Spiced Apple Cider.
Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike won't feel left out if you include almost any of the 74 Thanksgiving Recipes 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. We didn't see 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, Butternut Squash Risotto, Sweet Potato Biscuits, and Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes.
TheFoodChannel has a small but interesting collection of two dozen Thanksgiving videos that include having Thanksgiving for 8 for under $20. Their Thanksgiving category also includes "90 Second" videos that include Pumpkin Pecan Roll, Thyme Cream Gravy, 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 don't overlook the Pumpkin Pie Martini.
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 Old Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast Rolls. For dessert, try the Stokes Purple Sweet Potato Pie.
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 Welcome Fall category includes an Apple Maple and Bourbon Cocktail, Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Mulled Apple Cider, and other Fall-inspired drinks.
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 2021.