Chances are, you’re among the millions of Americans scouring cookbooks and sifting through recipe boxes, poring over foodie blogs and cooking magazines, and emailing family and friends for Thanksgiving ideas.
To help you prep for next Thursday’s feast, we dug into our archives of fan-favorite recipes (inspired by Coca-Cola, of course) and pulled together a selection of tasty, stress-free dishes you can select from to create a delicious menu to suit all personalities and palates. Enjoy!
Honestly Simple Brined Turkey (Pictured above)
This secret ingredients to this succulent dish? A citrusy, slightly sweet brine featuring Honest Tea Lori’s Lemon and Simply Orange. Get the recipe.
This sweet take on a holiday classic was submitted by Carol Johnson of Turtle Lake, Wisc., who says Coca-Cola prevents the ham from drying out. Get the recipe here.
Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Coca-Cola Pot Roast
Former Top Chef contestant and Atlanta Chef Kevin Gillespie dishes up his take on a classic. Cooked with Coca-Cola and topped with glazed vegetables, this savory meal is perfect for the cooler months. Get the recipe (and watch Kevin prepare it) here.
Lemony, Honey-Glazed Pork Chops
This delicious recipe uses Coca-Cola as a base and comes from the Culinary Institute of America. Get the recipe here.
Beef Brisket With Coca-Cola
This recipe, submitted by Trish Powers of Lutherville, Maryland, is perfect for any holiday gathering. Get the recipe here.
Easy Coca-Cola Chicken
This mouth-watering recipe was submitted by reader Karla Keenan of Stratford, Iowa. In the mood for pork or beef instead? Substitute ribs for chicken. Get the recipe here.
Southern Caramelized Vidalia Onions With Coca-Cola
This recipe was submitted by Rod Rives of Birmingham, Ala. “For years my family has made these delicious onions and they work as a garnish or topping for many other delicious dishes (even pasta) and at holiday events,” she writes. “Some ideas: The onions can be eaten by themselves, served on steak, or mixed into mashed potatoes. Pour the leftover liquid on rice.”Get the recipe here.
Kale, Pumpkin Seed and Pomegranate Salad
Kale, a cousin of collards, is increasingly popular for its health benefits. The leafy greens, which can be eaten cooked or raw, are high in iron, vitamins, calcium and low in calories and fat. This dish also includes pumpkin seeds for crunch and nutrient-dense pomegranate seeds for color.Get the recipe here.
Coca-Cola Cranberry Chutney
Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Gastropub in Atlanta, Ga. crafted this recipe, which pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving turkey. Get the recipe here.
Skillet Smoky Sweet Potato Gratin
This recipe incorporates some flavors that might not seem traditional to the Thanksgiving table, but go perfectly well together. Cinnamon, chipotles, a pinch of nutmeg and smoked paprika give the dish a slightly sweet and smoky profile that’s just a bit different — but not too wild. Get the recipe (and three other creative takes on the fall staple) here.
Pickled Peppered Golden Raisins
Say that three times as fast as you can! This colorful dish, courtesy of The Opener contributor Amber Wilson, provides a nice alternative to cranberries and nicely compliments the flavor of chicken, turkey or duck. Get the recipe here.
Diet Cherry Coke Lentils
This protein-packed recipe, submitted by Bob Jarecki of Davis, Calif., will make a tasty addition to any Thanksgiving table. Get the recipe here.
Virginia Peanut Pie WIth Coca-Cola Reduction
A stone’s throw from Coca-Cola’s headquarters in Atlanta is a favorite local restaurant called JCT Kitchen. Among the many Southern delicacies on the menu is this delightful dessert created by Pastry Chef Taria Camerino. Get the recipe, and watch Taria prepare it, here.
Cherry Coke Pie
Cherry Coke adds a unique twist to this American Classic, which provides a fitting, warm-and-gooey finale to a hearty Thanksgiving meal (hint: add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to take this dessert to the next level). Get the recipe here.
Pumpkin Coke Float With Candied Pumpkin Seeds
Traditions are important, but sometimes it’s fun to color outside the traditional lines. That’s why these Pumpkin Coke Floats with Candied Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect holiday combo. Get the recipe here.
Peach Sprite Compote
Get peachy with this delicous dessert from our friends at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Get the recipe here.
Diet Coke ‘Almost’ Brownies
In the mood for a lighter dessert after that second helping of turkey and all the fixins? Try these not-quite-brownies featuring Diet Coke, submitted by Carol T. of Roslyn, Wash. Get the recipe here.
We just may have saved the best for last. This recipe, contributed by Lee Avery Catts to Atlanta Cooknotes and published by The Junior League of Atlanta, has been a top performer since we launched Coca-Cola Journey in November 2012. Get the recipe here, and be sure to search the site for several variations on the popular treat.