Thanksgiving Dinner Made Easy: Sara Moulton's Menu!

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Thanksgiving occurs every November and every year it's the same headaches: serving a moist, fully-cooked bird, creating several side dishes that everyone will love and ending the holiday celebration with a dessert or a few that has folks talking into the new year.

This year, "Good Morning America" did the hard work for you. We put together five full-course meals using recipes from some of our most popular guests like Sara Moulton and Rachael Ray to save you the time and the hassle.

At the end of each rundown is a shopping list of what you'll need from the supermarket.

Good luck!

Turkey Preparation

Everything but the Turkey

If you've got the turkey cooking part down but just need help with its preparation or sauces, Sara Moulton has the answers with her pan gravy, turkey broth and turkey gravy.

CLICK HERE for her step-by-step instructions on cutting a turkey.

Southern Country Ham and Pecan Stuffing

Southern Country Ham and Pecan Stuffing

Tired of the same old holiday sides? Moulton mixes toasted pecans and country ham. If you or your guests are anti-pork, check out her recipe for basic stuffing, sausage and dried cherry stuffing or Southwest chili and chorizo stuffing.

CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions on Southern Country Ham and Pecan Stuffing.

Easy, Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Easy, Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Orange juice. Sugar. Cranberries. Water. This refreshing side dish is so easy, it can be made on Thanksgiving Day. So take that can of cylindrical, semi-solid fruit off your grocery list.

CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Rumor has it that no one likes Brussels sprouts but Moulton proves that with some lemon juice, pancetta and Parmigiano-Reggiano, you can turn your guests -- and even maybe your kids -- into fans.

CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

They can be served at dinner all yearlong but the holiday table has a special place for mashed potatoes and gravy -- just like turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy and stuffing.

CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions.

Pumpkin Flan

Pumpkin Flan

No, we at "GMA" don't have anything against pumpkin pie. We just like to change things up a bit. With such a traditional dinner, comes an unexpected twist on an old regular. Give yourself some extra time to make this dessert and your guests will be impressed.

CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions.

Shopping List


turkey or chicken broth



chicken stock

cinnamon sticks

pureed pumpkin

Baking Goods:


evaporated milk

Fruits and Vegetables:

white onions

green onion

small onion

small carrot


juniper berries

allspice berries



Brussels sprouts

lemon juice

Oils, Condiments and Spices:



Turkish bay leaf





black peppercorns

sage leaves

fresh thyme

bay leaves

tarragon leaves


dried sage

gumbo powder

vegetable oil

dark rum

ground ginger


crystallized ginger

Butcher or Deli:

12- to 20-pound turkey

country ham

pancetta or bacon

Dairy and Juice:


heavy cream

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

fresh orange, tangerine, clementine juice


whole milk orange juice