For many, Thanksgiving is all about traditions — eating too much, unbuttoning pants that are suddenly too tight, watching football, enjoying parades, and avoiding drunk Uncle Larry. It’s about being surrounded by the people you love, even if they sometimes drive you crazy! Meaning, for better or for worse, that even if you aren’t at your grandma’s dining room table, sitting amidst your family, listening to them make inappropriate jokes and talk politics — you still want to eat as if you are.
This is why Thanksgiving is a holiday that's all about classic dishes: turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole; even such strange foods as Jell-O “salad” — however objectively absurd they may seem — have a place on some tables. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them.
This collection of 101 Thanksgiving recipes, organized by course (kind of) begins at the beginning with appetizers, moves swiftly into wonderful bread recipes you can make at home, and on to an entire section devoted to potatoes. Mashed, roasted, sweet, and not we have everything spud-related covered. Side dishes are next in line with macaroni and cheese, delectable Brussels sprouts and green bean casserole, then stuffing — an assortment of recipes that are sure to inspire! Cranberry sauce recipes flow into gravy recipes and then the grand moment arrives: turkey o’clock. Last but certainly not least, it’s time for dessert (and an abundance of pie) and then, perhaps, a tryptophan fueled nap.
It’s never too early to begin planning a delicious Thanksgiving menu. Now that the leaves are beginning to turn, what better way to spend a cozy afternoon than poring over the indulgent recipes we save for this special time of year? Whether you are cooking for an intimate group, or planning to feed an army, ensure your holiday is as delicious as possible using our 101 best Thanksgiving recipes.
Rachael Pack contributed to this roundup.