At renowned chef and cookbook author Thomas Keller’s award-winning restaurant The French Laundry in Napa Valley, Calif., a 9-course dinner program is executed each evening with the precision of a surgeon and the artistry of a principal conductor. So who better to conceive a menu for America’s annual Thanksgiving feast? Mining the kitchens at Keller’s more casual dining properties, Ad Hoc, Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery, we’ve gathered 9 recipes for classic Turkey Day fare that are just sophisticated enough to impress your family and friends but still familiar and comforting to the soul. From a tart cranberry relish to fluffy buttermilk biscuits to an elegant but easy-to-prepare brined-and-roasted turkey, these dishes can be prepared all together or as a single new addition to your holiday spread. Click through the gallery to get a taste of what a Thomas Keller Thanksgiving might be like.
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Simple Roasted Turkey
Less is more when it comes to preparing Thomas Keller’s Thanksgiving turkey recipe, which benefits from a deep soak in seasoned brine before being roasted to perfection. Get the recipe here. (Photo: Jill Chen/Stocksy)
Bathing fresh spinach in a luxurious cream takes this humble vegetable to new heights. Get the recipe here. (Photo: Bouchon)
Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts
Even those who typically eschew Brussels sprouts will find the caramelized char on these beauties difficult to resist. Get the recipe here. (Photo: Bouchon)
Rethink your standby stuffing recipe: Studded with diced pork sausage in between hunks of thick ciabatta bread, this version is a meal in itself. Get the recipe here. (Photo: Ad Hoc)
Golden brown on the outside, fluffy and white on the inside, there has never been a better vehicle for mopping up gravy off of one’s plate. Get the recipe here. (Photo: Ad Hoc)
The secret ingredient that takes Keller’s version of this classic dessert to the next level? Brown butter. Get the recipe here. (Photo: Deborah Jones)
Far from humble, this pie begins with a base of almond cream, is piled with apples, laced with apple butter and crowned with a buttery croustillant. Get the recipe here. (Photo: Deborah Jones)
Sweet with brown sugar and maple syrup, Keller’s take on this southern staple gloriously refined. Get the recipe here. (Photo: Deborah Jones)