This creamy baked mac and cheese is a must-have for Thanksgiving

This creamy baked mac and cheese is a must-have for Thanksgiving

Welcome! It’s Tuesday afternoon, and the big holiday will be in 48 hours. Let’s get straight into it, shall we?

If you’re making macaroni and cheese for Thanksgiving — or for any comforting, comforting dinner now during the winter — you’ll want to make this macaroni and cheese. Eric Kim developed the baked macaroni and cheese recipe (above) using Stover’s timeless version as his inspiration; The result is sensual, molten, saucy and creamy. And before you ask: yes, there is Velveeta.

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More classic casseroles: Millie Peartree’s Perfect Sweet Potato Casserole, which combines cornflakes and mini marshmallows for a crisp duvet cover. (“Use cornflakes! The toppings are magical!” reader Jazmine urges.) Melissa Clark’s Mashed Potato Casserole is perfect for anyone who wants buttery potatoes topped with something crunchy, as she gilds a tray of mashed Yukon Golds with cheesy bread crumbs.

If you cook with a dairy or gluten allergy in mind—or you just love the way rice absorbs delicious broth—this new Crispy Ginger Sticky Rice recipe from Genevieve Coe is the perfect solution. Paired with a fried egg, it would be a great dinner in itself.

But if gluten isn’t an issue, Melissa’s easy Parker House rolls come together in a flash with prepared pizza dough. For extra credit, you can make its sister recipe – Parker House Black Pepper and Demerara Sugar Rolls – from scratch. Either way, your leftover sandwiches will thank you.

If you’re making a salad, this leafy, tart green salad with apple cider vinegar from Yewande Komolafe will complement pretty much any fat. If you’re on a dessert mission, here’s Rick Martinez’s recipe for the perfect cake. It’s not pumpkin pie, but we don’t think anyone will mind. (She is so-and-so, after all.)

Finally, let’s fast forward to Saturday. It’s 5 p.m., and everyone’s grumpy, hungry, and tired of the turkey. Enter baked Lidey Heuck pasta, which is huge, versatile (substitute the ground beef for chicken or sausage, or omit it altogether to make the dish vegetarian) and has nothing to do with leftover white meat, cranberry sauce, or Brussels sprouts.

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