There is no doubt that in America, Thanksgiving is the ultimate food celebration. Thanksgiving is the first in a series of holiday events that put food front and center. And thanks to the typically unhealthy American diet of animal-sourced fats, butter features in a great deal of Thanksgiving dishes.
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Olive oil can brighten things up while adding healthy fats to the meal and for transforming classic dishes into being vegan-friendly (turkey not included) if you happen to be having a vegan guest this year. Try substituting butter for olive oil during your Thanksgiving meal and discover whether or not you even miss the butter.

Appetizers

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Before the official feast begins, set out a few easy fixes to stem the tide of hungry guests. Fill a dipping bowl with olive oil and herbs accompanied by a baguette for a quick fix. Olive oil also makes an elegant drizzle for dips and cheese plates and won?t congeal in an unappealing crust like melted butter does.

Main Course

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The turkey is undoubtedly what everyone looks forward to the most, but many people fear the beast. Butterball even provides an annual hotline for timid cooks to call in and help. If you think of a turkey as a very large chicken, it is suddenly much less intimidating. And there’s no better way to roast a chicken than by basting with olive oil and herbs. Do the same thing with your turkey this year.

Instead of trying to get hunks of butter between the flesh and the skin, just douse the bird with a hefty dose of olive oil inside and out. You can even inject it into the breast and thighs using an injector tool. Then sprinkle salt and pepper, stuff in a few lemons and herbs and be prepared to enjoy a moist turkey.

Side Dishes

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Roasted veggies are an easy side dish and benefit greatly from being cooked in olive oil. An extra drizzle along with a sprinkle of salt and pepper boosts flavor before hitting the table.

Starchy classics like mashed potatoes can also be made with olive oil instead of butter.


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