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Published on November 20th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson


5 great Apple TV recipe apps for Thanksgiving meals

What better way to prepare for Thanksgiving than to find inspiration through your Apple TV.

If you’re looking for help with your holiday meal, these free Apple TV apps, available through the AppStore, offer great ideas with full recipes, tips and even videos for everything from appetizers, to mains courses, side dishes, desserts, and drinks. Let’s dive in… offers dozens of recipe videos in four Thanksgiving categories…

  • Make Ahead Thanksgiving (13 videos)
  • Thanksgiving Starts and Sides (60+ videos)
  • Thanksgiving Turkey and Mains (34 videos)
  • Thanksgiving Desserts and Drinks (51 videos)

…such as pumpkin apple fiz cocktail, roasted sweet potatoes, dozens of turkey ideas from classic to spiced to stuffed smoked citrus, simple cranberry orange relish, and hints on making simple, turkey gravy. The Make Ahead category includes simple crockpot recipes and casseroles as well as desserts.

good network screen shot36 TV shows with Thanksgiving ideas make The Food Network a great resource.

The Food Network app is a combination of short turkey tip videos and over 36 episodes of Thanksgiving-related shows totaling 969 minutes (to be exact). We found Thanksgiving shortcuts from The Pioneer Woman, Giada’s Holiday Handbook specifically for Thanksgiving, and a Barefoot Thanksgiving with Contessa chef Ina Garten. To find the shows, simply search for ‘Thanksgiving’. If you can’t find some Thanksgiving ideas here, you’re not looking.

The Cooking Channel has 279 minutes of Thanksgiving ideas over 10 shows including Thanksgiving with Tia Monty at Home, Thanksgiving Anytime with Rachel Ray, and Rev Run’s Thanksgiving. To find the shows, simply search for ‘Thanksgiving’.

The Food Network video shotWant a different turkey sauce for Thanksgiving? The Food Channel’s brandied berry sauce is one of them.

The Food Channel has a different and unique collection of 22 Thanksgiving recipes. They include roasted turkey and gravy, branded cheery sauce, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes with cream cheese, pumpkin maple pecan pie, pumpkin pie roll and mini turkey sliders. There’s also some great Thanksgiving ideas in the ‘FALL’ collection listed right underneath ‘THANKSGIVING RECIPES’, including apple bear butter, a pear bellini, and mini pumpkins with cranberry chutney.

No Thanksgiving is complete without drinks! The iFood Drinks app has over 5,000 trustworthy drinks videos to help you conjure that next hit beverage for the holiday. The wide variety of drinks include cocktails, beverages, smoothies, shots, tea, ethnic drinks, holiday specials and more. Learn to work with a variety of alcohols such as gin, vodka, tequila, tonic, whiskey and even exotic ones like cachaça.

Got any other good suggestions for Thanksgiving recipe apps on Apple TV? Leave us a reply below and let us know! We’ll share with everyone else.

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as,,,, and He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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