A YouTube Guide to the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

YouTube isn’t just for kitten videos and flash mobs; it’s also a great resource to help prepare for Thanksgiving. Whether you’re cooking the entire meal or whipping up a side dish, there’s a YouTube video out there to match your culinary skills.

The videos are hosted by everyone from world-renowned chefs to down-home family cooks. Most feature step-by-step instructions with the average home cook in mind. If you’re taking on a big Thanksgiving for the first time and feeling less than confident, check out HungryNation, Yummies4Dummies and betterrecipes. These multi-part video series will give you the confidence you need to cook the entire meal like a pro from start to finish.

As you hunt for Thanksgiving videos on YouTube, you may be intrigued by how many ways there are to cook a turkey. Jack from the Cooking with Jack Show teaches how to turn a turkey into country-fried goodness. Laura Vitale from Laura in the Kitchen, with more than 97 million views on her YouTube channel, can help you make a juicy roast turkey.

After the main turkey event, side dishes are next on any home cook’s menu. Mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce are the perfect complement to turkey. And no Thanksgiving meal is complete without a classic pumpkin pie.

If you’re looking for twists on classic Thanksgiving dishes, check out ShowMeTheCurry.com, for Indian-inspired dishes such as potatoes in a creamy yogurt sauce, which is a spicy substitute for candied yams.

For vegans and vegetarians, Tofurky is a popular substitute for the bird. But what about all the side dishes? TheTofuGuru makes dishes like mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce simple and animal-product free in her Everything but the Tofurkey video. Popular online chef Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram from FullyRawKristina also offers tasty, meatless dishes like her Holiday Salad.

By putting your tablet on the recipe book holder and tuning into YouTube, you can learn how to cook the perfect Thanksgiving meal.