Classic meal

Gobble, Gobble: Let's face it -- when it comes to the biggest food holiday of the year, it's all about tradition, and tried and true dishes that deliver. (Photo by Bob Fila)

When it comes to the biggest food holiday of the year, it's about tradition, hand-me-down recipes and tried and true dishes. So in place of an ethnic Thanksgiving menu or exotic ingredients, we offer a few classic dishes.

Go ahead and tweak them if you must but this year we're declaring that the old recipes are the best. Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey with cider glaze

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 4 1/4 hours
Rest: 15 minutes
Makes: 18 servings

Note: Stuff the bird with a favorite stuffing, if you like. Just add 15 minutes of roasting time.

Ingredients:
1 turkey, 18-20 pounds, giblets, neck removed
1 small bunch thyme sprigs
1 onion, quartered
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup honey

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Fill the turkey cavity with thyme sprigs and onion. Turn wing tips under; truss legs with kitchen string. Place turkey on rack in roasting pan.