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101 Best Thanksgiving Recipes

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, our 101 Thanksgiving recipes are an excellent resource to turn to.From classics with a twist to perennial Fall favorites, these are the recipes you need to make your Thanksgiving feast utterly delicious.

Appetizers

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Appetizers

When your guests begin to arrive, it’s important to have something tasty to start soaking up the holiday cocktails. Some of the recipes can be made ahead of time, some are a breeze to prepare, and all of them are delicious!

Appetizer Cheese Ball

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Appetizer Cheese Ball

Who doesn’t love a festive cheese ball? Serve it with crackers, pits bread, even apples and pears- a wonderful way to start Thanksgiving dinner.

For the Appetizer Cheese Ball recipe, click here.

Bacon Jalapeño Stuffed Mushrooms

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Bacon Jalapeño Stuffed Mushrooms

Give your stuffed mushroom appetizer a makeover with a little kick and a dab of tart-sweet cherry to contrast with the salty bacon.

For the Bacon Jalapeño Stuffed Mushrooms recipe, click here.

Baked Brie With Apple Cranberry Relish

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Baked Brie With Apple Cranberry Relish

This warm and decadent appetizer is not difficult to prepare. Simply mix diced apples with dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and maple syrup to make the relish, then spoon it over the warm cheese wheel. Serve with slices of toasted baguette.

For the Baked Brie With Apple Cranberry Relish recipe, click here.

Crescent Turkey-Shaped Veggie Platter

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Crescent Turkey-Shaped Veggie Platter

This vegetable platter is fun for the whole family and makes a perfect appetizer for guests to snack on before the big meal.

For the Crescent Turkey-Shaped Veggie Platter recipe, click here.

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

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Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

For a slightly different version of shrimp cocktail to serve guests, try grilling the shrimp! You can enjoy these hot or cold, so feel free to make these ahead of time.

For the Grilled Shrimp Cocktail recipe, click here.

Jalapeño Poppers in a Blanket

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Jalapeño Poppers in a Blanket

Forget pigs in a blanket and make these zingy, creamy, puff pastry-coated jalapeño poppers instead.

For the Jalapeño Poppers in a Blanket recipe, click here.

Maple Bacon Dates

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Maple Bacon Dates

These dates have a creamy peanut butter filling, taking a classic dish — devils on horseback — to a whole new level.

Foe the Maple Bacon Dates recipe, click here.

Maple, Bourbon, and Bacon Spiced Walnuts

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Maple, Bourbon, and Bacon Spiced Walnuts

If there’s any occasion to go light on the appetizers, it’s Thanksgiving. These sweet and salty nuts are the perfect welcoming snack to go with cocktails while the turkey finishes up in the oven. Oh, and they’ve got bacon mixed with them.

For the Maple, Bourbon, and Bacon Spiced Walnuts recipe, click here.

Perfect Pigs in a Blanket

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Perfect Pigs in a Blanket

Ok, so don’t actually forget about pigs in a blanket. They are a perennial favorite, after all — and so easy to make.

For the Perfect Pigs in a Blanket recipe, click here.

Pink Deviled Eggs

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Pink Deviled Eggs

Soaking hard-boiled eggs in beet brine transforms them into a stunning, festive color.

For the Pink Deviled Eggs recipe, click here.

Prosciutto Antipasto on Crispbread

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Prosciutto Antipasto on Crispbread

Crispbreads are a pantry item that can easily be transformed into a pre-dinner nibble with just a few ingredients. Top them with your favorite cheese, pate, or lightly dressed vegetables.

For the Prosciutto Antipasto on Crispbread recipe, click here.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Flatbread

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Tomato and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Flatbread

Here is a great no-fuss appetizer that will help make entertaining a breeze. A package of store-bought puff pastry, a few tomatoes and some aromatic garlic and herbs will result in an effortless nibble that looks elegant and delicious.

For the Tomato and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Flatbread recipe, click here.

Salty Parmesan Shortbread

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Salty Parmesan Shortbread

Try these savory, cheesy shortbread cookies for the perfect accompaniment to a pre-dinner drink.

For the Salty Parmesan Shortbread recipe, click here.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Everyone loves a dip, right? This recipe is a go-to recipe that people will love dipping into.

For the Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe, click here.

Sweet and Salty Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

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Sweet and Salty Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

The asparagus adds a lovely crunch and the delicate, salty flavor of the prosciutto to this simple and easy recipe.

For the Sweet and Salty Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus recipe, click here.

Breads

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Breads

People stop counting carbs for the holidays, right? Well, they definitely should. Homemade bread doesn’t need to be difficult; these recipes are all absolutely fabulous and will have people reaching for the bread basket over and over again.

Bacon Breadsticks

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Bacon Breadsticks

While you’re preparing the bread for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, twist a few slices of bacon in it. As we get closer to Christmas, you can bend them into candy cane shapes! Watch out for fights over the breadbasket this year.

For the Bacon Breadstick recipe, click here.

Challah Rolls

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Challah Rolls

Make individual challah rolls this year for a wonderful breadbasket full of soft rolls that everyone will adore.

For the Challah Rolls recipe, click here.

Cheddar-Scallion-Bacon Cornbread

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Cheddar-Scallion-Bacon Cornbread

Adding bacon and Cheddar to your cornbread mix gives something extra special to an American staple.

For the Cheddar-Scallion Bacon Cornbread recipe, click here.

Parker House Rolls

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Parker House Rolls

Good bread is beyond necessary for Thanksgiving — what is better than a soft fresh roll to mop up that extra gravy on your plate? As far as tradition goes, Parker House rolls are a famous Thanksgiving side. They are buttery and crispy on the outside but light and fluffy in the middle.

For the Parker House Rolls recipe, click here.

Pretzel Crescent Rolls

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Pretzel Crescent Rolls

These pretzel rolls are salty and a little sweet and a perfect treat to make for Thanksgiving.

For the Pretzel Crescent Rolls recipe, click here.

Rolled Sausage Bread With Rosemary

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Rolled Sausage Bread With Rosemary

Sausage and rosemary, rolled into bread? Sounds divine! Another plus? This recipe only calls for six ingredients, so you won’t have to struggle home with a huge bag from the supermarket to make it.

For the Rolled Sausage Bread With Rosemary recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Bread

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Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Bread

This sweet loaf might have to make an appearance at the dessert table, but that’s no reason not to make it! It will fill your home with all of the aromas of autumn and be warm and ready by the time the main course is over.

For the Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread recipe, click here.

Sourdough Sharing Bread

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Sourdough Sharing Bread

What better way to give thanks and enjoy the holidays than with a sharing loaf. Come on — it’s in the name! Oh, and it’s full of cheese too! Di-vine!

For the Sourdough Sharing Bread recipe, click here.

Sweet Potato Rolls

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Sweet Potato Rolls

Fluffy and served hot from the oven, these roll are sure to disappear quickly.

For the Sweet Potato Rolls recipe, click here.

Whole Wheat Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls With Wheat Germ

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Whole Wheat Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls With Wheat Germ

Not only are these delicious to eat, they’re also made with whole wheat flour and wheat germ so they’re actually healthier than the regular, white, dinner rolls.

Whole Wheat Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls with Wheat Germ.

Potatoes

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Potatoes

Every Thanksgiving table must have some spuds upon it. Whether you like them sweet or savory, mashed or not, we have a recipe for you.

Baked Purple Sweet Potatoes

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Baked Purple Sweet Potatoes

These baked sweet potatoes have the familiar sweet and crunchy flavor of a traditional sweet potato casserole with a few twists here and there like coconut milk, lime juice, and blueberries.

For the Baked Purple Sweet Potatoes recipe, click here.

Black Truffle Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Black Truffle Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Use a dash of truffle oil in your mashed potatoes to transform them into a dish of pure decadence!

For the Black Truffle Mashed Potatoes recipe, click here.

Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes With Butternut Squash

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Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes With Butternut Squash

This dish combines nutty brown butter with butternut squash and mashed potato, making a tasty side dish that will brighten up the Thanksgiving table with its colorful appearance.

For the Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes With Butternut Squash recipe, click here.

Candied Yams

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Candied Yams

Candied yams go perfectly with turkey — their sweetness is simply irresistible and punctuates the turkey’s savory meatiness.

For the Candied Yams recipe, click here.

Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

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Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

You can lighten your basic mashed potatoes by adding softly caramelized onions and plenty of fruity olive oil.

For the Caramelized Onion Mashed Potato recipe, click here.

Crunchy Layered Potato Casserole

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Crunchy Layered Potato Casserole

This casserole has a delectable, crunchy breadcrumb topping and transforms dull mashed potatoes into something fabulous. Make this the day before for an easy side that will satisfy without causing stress.

For the Crunchy Layered Potato Casserole recipe, click here.

Maple Syrup Sweet Potato Purée

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Maple Syrup Sweet Potato Purée

If you’re struggling to find room on the table, combine two favorites into one with this mashed sweet potato purée!

For the Maple Syrup Sweet Potato Purée recipe, click here.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Give your mashed potato an extra punch of flavor with roasted garlic. After all, what’s a little garlic breath among friends?

For the Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe, click here.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Cinnamon

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Cinnamon

Add a touch of warmth and spice to your roasted sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes roast beautifully on a low and slow heat that breaks down the starch, turning it into sugars for an extra-delicious sweet potato.

For the Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Cinnamon recipe, click here.

Salt-Roasted Potatoes

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Salt-Roasted Potatoes

Roast small potatoes like fingerlings on a bed of salt for perfectly cooked spuds that are crispy on the outside and wonderfully tender on the inside.

For the Salt-Roasted Potatoes recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Scalloped Potatoes

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Slow-Cooker Scalloped Potatoes

Warm, cheesy, and perfectly seasoned, this dish will be the talk of your table. Cooked over low, gentle heat for three hours, these potatoes emerge soft and delicious.

For the Slow-Cooker Scalloped Potatoes recipe, click here.

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows has been a favorite Thanksgiving side dish since the early 1900s. This featured recipe, however, is less sweet but no less tasty. Instead of marshmallows, this dish is adorned with a brown sugar pecan streusel.

For the Sweet Potato Casserole recipe, click here.

 

Sides

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Sides

Sure, the turkey is the main even, but the sides are where the fun happens. Pile your plate high with macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and Brussels sprouts you’ll actually enjoy!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Crumbled Bacon

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Crumbled Bacon

Just when you thought mac and cheese was perfect… along comes salty smoked bacon to raise the bar.

For the Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Crumbled Bacon recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

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Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

This dish works best with thicker, sturdier pasta shapes that will hold up to the prolonged heat and moisture. The result will be an incredibly tender and cheesy mac and cheese that you can set proudly on your table this year.

For the Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

Slow ‘N’ Crispy Mac ‘N’ Cheese

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Slow ‘N’ Crispy Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Mac and cheese is a surprisingly common Thanksgiving side. This version is made with colby and Cheddar cheeses, and has a crisp, crunchy topping made with breadcrumbs and pine nuts.

For the Slow 'N' Crispy Mac 'N' Cheese recipe, click here.

Asparagus Bundles With Bacon

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Asparagus Bundles With Bacon

Bundle asparagus in thick slices of bacon to bulk up your vegetable side dish. Roast until delicious.

For the Asparagus Bundles With Bacon recipe, click here.

Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

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Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

This year, take a break from the gloopy green bean casserole and instead go with these bacony green bean bundles individually sized to make each guest feel special — not to mention, they’re wrapped with a beautiful bacon bow.

For the Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles recipe, click here.

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts With Dates and Kumquats Recipe

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts With Dates and Kumquats Recipe

Caramelized sprouts, sweet dates, and bitter-sour kumquats up the ante when it comes to the infamous Brussels sprout, transforming the most misunderstood holiday vegetable and making it undeniably delicious.

For the Caramelized Brussels Sprouts With Dates and Kumquats recipe, click here.

Caramelized Butternut Squash

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Caramelized Butternut Squash

For a slight variation on candied yams, try this caramelized butternut squash, instead.

For the Caramelized Butternut Squash recipe, click here.

Citrus and Honey Glazed Carrots

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Citrus and Honey Glazed Carrots

This dish uses honey, butter, and an orange peel to infuse tender carrots with a bright and rich flavor. These delicious carrots are a great way to up the vegetable count at your table, too.

For the Citrus and Honey Glazed Carrots recipe, click here.

Corn Pudding

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Corn Pudding

This simple corn pudding is made with corn, lime juice, butter, and paprika. The citrus and spice will enliven the otherwise overly rich meal.

For the Corn Pudding recipe, click here.

Creamed Spinach With Nutmeg

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Creamed Spinach With Nutmeg

This popular vegetable preparation goes great with turkey, but it's also excellent with lamb or roasted chicken. You can even bake portabella mushrooms stuffed with creamed spinach for a tasty Thanksgiving appetizer.

For the Creamed Spinach With Nutmeg recipe, click here.

Easy Green Bean Casserole

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Easy Green Bean Casserole

Some might say it’s not Thanksgiving without a green bean casserole on the table; for those traditionalists, all is not lost. This green bean casserole is easy, creamy, and crunchy and will satisfy all.

For the Easy Green Bean Casserole recipe, click here.

Green Beans With Lemon and Walnuts

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Green Beans With Lemon and Walnuts

These green beans are ready in less than 15 minutes and the additions of walnuts and lemon make this dish taste deceptively complex and fancy.

For the Green Beans With Lemon and Walnuts recipe, click here.

Green Onion and Bacon Creamed Corn

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Green Onion and Bacon Creamed Corn

Throw all the ingredients, bacon included, into a slow-cooker this Thanksgiving. It’s easy, plus making use of your slow-cooker allows you more time to focus on the turkey.

For the Green Onion and Bacon Creamed Corn recipe, click here.

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

“Blech, Brussels sprouts!” is a phrase uttered far too often. But these green brassicas can come alive when they are prepared the right way: with some crispy char and a drizzle of sweet maple syrup. Trust us: These Brussels sprouts will not last long. You could also add a few slices of bacon for another divine upgrade.

For the Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe, click here.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

The sweet-salty-crisp combination of bacon and maple syrup will induce euphoria.

For the Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon recipe, click here.

Stuffing

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Stuffing

You can’t have turkey without stuffing, right? No matter what you’re looking for, we have the stuffing recipe for you.

Bacon and Chocolate Cornbread Stuffing

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Bacon and Chocolate Cornbread Stuffing

If you’re already adding chocolate to your stuffing, go ahead and toss some bacon in that mix for good measure.

For the Bacon and Chocolate Cornbread Stuffing recipe, click here.

Chestnut and Brioche Stuffing

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Chestnut and Brioche Stuffing

This recipe uses elegant shelled French chestnuts and rich brioche bread to create an indulgent, flavorful stuffing that's for more than just stuffing the bird with.

Click here to see the Chestnut and Brioche Stuffing recipe.

Classic Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

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Classic Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

Swap cornbread for your usual loaf and see how just a small change can make all the difference. The classic stuffing flavors that everyone loves shine though with the cornbread, making it just a little different in the most delicious way.

For the Classic Cornbread Stuffing recipe, click here.

Cornbread and Pancetta Stuffin' Muffins Recipe

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Cornbread and Pancetta Stuffin' Muffins Recipe

Give everyone their own individual stuffing muffin that will be crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, perfect for mopping up any gravy!

For the Cornbread and Pancetta Stuffin' Muffins recipe, click here.

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing Recipe

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Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing Recipe

A little bit of hot sausage and a bit of sweet to balance out the heat is essential in this simple but satisfying stuffing recipe.

For the Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing recipe, click here.

Cranberry, Apple, and Sausage Stuffing

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Cranberry, Apple, and Sausage Stuffing

The fattiness of the pork in this sausage stuffing is a lovely accompaniment to the lean turkey meat. Don’t be shy about adding herbs like rosemary, sage, and parsley; the aromatic herbaceousness will round out the flavor of the rich sausage.

For the Cranberry, Apple, and Sausage Stuffing recipe, click here.

Double Cornbread Stuffing

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Double Cornbread Stuffing

This stuffing uses cornbread and corn kernels for an extra dose of that golden deliciousness that is corn.

For the Double Cornbread Stuffing recipe, click here.

Italian Stuffing

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Italian Stuffing

We all know Italians love their sausage stuffing, but we thought they could do it even better with the addition of ingredients like rosemary and sun-dried tomatoes.

For the Italian Stuffing recipe, click here.

Mushroom Stuffing With Shallots and Herbs

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Mushroom Stuffing With Shallots and Herbs

Unfortunately, when pressed for time, we can’t always cook everything from scratch, which is where The Daily Meal’s store-bought stuffing taste test will be an invaluable guide to remember when shopping for your Thanksgiving dinner. But if you do want to go homemade, definitely buy pre-cut dried bread cubes at the store and follow this straightforward recipe that flavors this simple dish with mushrooms and shallots.

For the Mushroom Stuffing With Shallots and Herbs recipe, click here.

Pumpkin Cornbread

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Pumpkin Cornbread

Add pumpkin to your cornbread for a tasty, autumnal twist on a traditional fall favorite.

For the Pumpkin Cornbread recipe, click here.

Rye Bread and Bacon Stuffing

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Rye Bread and Bacon Stuffing

If you are a Reuben fan, then this is the stuffing recipe for you! Full of flavors from rye breadcrumbs, a plethora of herbs and spices, this stuffing also features plenty of cooked bacon, making it perfect for bacon lovers, too.

For the Rye Bread and Bacon Stuffing recipe, click here.

Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding

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Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding

Sweet onions, mushrooms, sage, and cream come together to create a divine stuffing that is reminiscent of French onion soup. A perfectly decadent side dish to accompany a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

For the Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Cornbread

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Slow-Cooker Cornbread

On a day when your oven is probably jam-packed, it makes sense to turn to another handy kitchen tool to free up some precious cooking real estate. Throw your ingredients into your slow-cooker two hours before the madness begins and rest easy knowing that warm, sweet, buttery cornbread will be ready in time for dinner.

For the Slow-Cooker Cornbread recipe, click here.

Spring Onion Bread Pudding

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Spring Onion Bread Pudding

Simple but so delicious, this bread pudding, savory and creamy, is sure to be a welcome addition to the table.

For the Spring Onion Bread Pudding recipe, click here.

Cranberry Sauce Recipes

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Cranberry Sauce

Even if you don’t actually like cranberry sauce, it’s got to be on the table. Maybe one of our tasty recipes will change your mind and have you piling it on by the spoonful — you never know!

Blueberry Cranberry Sauce

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Blueberry Cranberry Sauce

It would take all of 10 seconds to pop open a fresh can of jellied cranberry sauce and slide it onto a plate, but if you want the real thing, how does a 10-minute cranberry relish sound? Check out this Thanksgiving hero’s guide to the perfect cranberry relish that whips together the tart condiment in just 10 minutes. If you are looking for a cranberry sauce that is a little outside the box, look no further than this recipe that combines frozen blueberries and cranberries for a sweeter sauce.

For the Blueberry Cranberry Sauce recipe, click here.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

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Fresh Cranberry Sauce

If you like you cranberry sauce simple and classic, then this is the recipe for you. With a hint of orange rind, a splash of red wine and tart fresh cranberries, this sauce is sure to pair well with all the other Thanksgiving fixings.

For the Fresh Cranberry Sauce recipe, click here.

Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce

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Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce

Zest up your cranberry sauce this holiday season by infusing it with ginger and onion.

For the Fresh Cranberry Sauce the recipe, click here.

Lime and Honey Cranberry Sauce

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Lime and Honey Cranberry Sauce

For some, a chunky cranberry relish is desirable, and for others still, a smooth citrus-studded sauce is the norm — as in this recipe, where fresh cranberries are gently simmered with lime and honey.

For the Lime and Honey Cranberry Sauce recipe, click here.

Spiced Cranberry Sauce With Pinot Noir

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Spiced Cranberry Sauce With Pinot Noir

Pinot noir, Chinese five-spice powder, and a hint of curry powder liven up a traditional Thanksgiving essential.

For the Spiced Cranberry Sauce With Pinot Noir, click here.

Gravy

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Gravy

Gravy and turkey go hand in hand; find your ideal gravy recipe ahead!

Bacon Gravy

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Bacon Gravy

Mix rendered bacon fat with flour to make a roux and then add half-and-half until the mixture is creamy, smooth, and awesome.

For the Bacon Gravy recipe, click here.

Chardonnay Gravy Recipe

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Chardonnay Gravy Recipe

This simple and classic chardonnay gravy will go perfectly with your Thanksgiving bird!

For the Chardonnay Gravy recipe, click here.

Easy Pan Gravy

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Easy Pan Gravy

Paleo is all the rage these days, and gluten sensitivity is also on the rise. What better recipe to have up your sleeve than a gluten-free, paleo-friendly gravy recipe, so everyone can douse their plates liberally with a great tasting sauce.

For the Easy Pan Gravy recipe, click here.

Giblet Gravy

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Giblet Gravy

One of the best ways to get intensely flavorful gravy is to utilize the giblets and turkey neck that come packaged inside your store-bought turkey.

For the Giblet Gravy recipe, click here.

Portobello Gravy

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Portobello Gravy

Looking for vegetarian gravy for Thanksgiving? Then try this rich, earthy gravy, which can be made with fresh shiitakes as well as portobellos. Leave the mushroom pieces in for a chunky-style sauce, or strain them out for a velvety consistency.

For the Portobello Gravy recipe, click here.

The Main Event- Turkey

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The Main Event- Turkey

You may already have a favorite turkey recipe, one that is made one day a year, no questions asked. Is it time for a change? There’s no harm in looking — maybe one of our recipes will inspire you to make the best turkey yet.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

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Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

Because, why would you not want to wrap your turkey in bacon? It keeps the breast from browning too quickly and adds a delicious, crisp bacon bonus to your plate.

For the Bacon-Wrapped Turkey recipe, click here.

Beer-Can Turkey

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Beer-Can Turkey

Beer-can turkey is smoky, succulent, and tender — all you have to do is heat your grill or smoker to 300 degrees, shove a partially filled beer can up your bird’s, er, cavity, and cook the turkey to a perfect 160 degrees.

For the Beer-Can Turkey recipe, click here.

Deep-Fried Turkey

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Deep-Fried Turkey

Deep-frying turkey may seem daunting, but this recipe will make the process easy and very doable. All you need is your bird, a couple of quarts of hot sauce, and a lot of oil.

For the Deep Fried Turkey recipe, click here.

Herb-Roasted Turkey

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Herb-Roasted Turkey

If it’s good enough for Bobby Flay, it’s good enough for us. This herb roasted turkey is the one he serves at his New York City restaurant Bar Americain. It’s a simple, no-fail way to cook a fantastic turkey.

For the Herb-Roasted Turkey recipe, click here.

 Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey

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Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey

For a turkey that has perfectly crispy skin and meat that is not dry, turn to mayonnaise! You wouldn’t hesitate to use olive oil, and since mayo is made with oil, it possesses many of the same, wonderful crisping properties so there’s no need to hesitate when using it on your turkey this year.

For the Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey recipe, click here.

Pan-Seared Turkey With Gremolata

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Pan-Seared Turkey With Gremolata

This pan-seared turkey is topped with a gremolata made with parsley, sage, garlic, lemon, and crushed red pepper flakes.

For the Pan-Seared Turkey With Gremolata recipe, click here.

Roast Turkey With Tangerine Sage Glaze Recipe

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Roast Turkey With Tangerine Sage Glaze Recipe

This turkey is glazed with a sweet syrup, made from tangerine juice, ginger, and sage. It is festive, zingy, earthy, and delicious.

For the Roast Turkey With Tangerine Sage Glaze recipe, click here.

Roasted Turkey Tenderloins

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Roasted Turkey Tenderloins

Roasted turkey tenderloins cook in a third of the time of a big Thanksgiving turkey but still have all those comforting turkey flavors.

For the Roasted Turkey Tenderloins recipe, click here.

 

Smoked Turkey

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Smoked Turkey

To smoke a turkey, put the bird on a rack in a large, deep aluminum pan, and place the pan in the smoker. Smoke it for five hours and then serve one of the tastiest turkeys you will ever come across.

For the Smoked Turkey recipe, click here.

Spinach-Stuffed Turkey Breast

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Spinach-Stuffed Turkey Breast

Spinach, feta, ricotta, scallions, parsley, and dill are mixed together then stuffed inside turkey breasts in this delicious dish.

For the Spinach-Stuffed Turkey Breast recipe, click here.

Stuffing-Filled Turkey Breast

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Stuffing-Filled Turkey Breast

If you don’t want to cook a whole turkey, a stuffing-filled turkey breast is the way to go. You get all of the great traditional taste of Thanksgiving without spending a fortune on (and devoting precious fridge space to) an enormous bird.

For the Stuffing-Filled Turkey Breast recipe, click here.

Thanksgiving Turkey (Deconstructed)

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Thanksgiving Turkey (Deconstructed)

Chef Bryan Voltaggio has trouble believing those gorgeous Thanksgiving roasted turkey photos plastering magazine covers and computer screens taste as good as they look. So instead, he prefers to break down his turkey and cook each section in a way that ensures the best texture and flavor.

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The Easiest and Fastest: Roasted Butterflied Turkey

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The Easiest and Fastest: Roasted Butterflied Turkey

Butterflying a turkey might seem like a daunting task, but it makes the whole process of cooking a perfect turkey almost fool-proof. Your turkey will cook faster and the end result with be juicier and crispier than you could possibly imagine.

For the Easiest and Fastest: Roasted Butterflied Turkey recipe, click here.

Yogurt-Glazed Roast Turkey

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Yogurt-Glazed Roast Turkey

The yogurt-based turkey glaze makes a luxuriously thick basting liquid and lends a sweet and tangy flavor to the skin and meat.

For the Yogurt-Glazed Roast Turkey recipe, click here.

Dessert

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Dessert

Turkey time is great, but dessert is the most exciting time at the Thanksgiving table. Pies, tarts, pumpkin, maple, and pecan — dessert looks delicious from every angle.

Apple Crumble With Bacon Salted Carmel

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Apple Crumble With Bacon Salted Carmel

Classic apple crumble is updated with bacon salted caramel. Do you need to read that again? I said: Bacon. Salted. Caramel.

For the Apple Crumble With Bacon Salted Caramel recipe, click here.

Bacon Weave Apple Pie

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Bacon Weave Apple Pie

This twist on the American classic adds bacon to the filling and crust, and then makes a beautiful bacon-weaved topper to complete the bacon trifecta.

For the Bacon Weave Apple Pie recipe, click here.

Brown Butter Pecan Pie With Espresso Dates

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Brown Butter Pecan Pie With Espresso Dates

Toasty brown butter and dates that have been cooked in espresso (!) cut the sweetness of a traditional pecan pie in this recipe that will rival all other pecan pie recipes.

For the Brown Butter Pecan Pie With Espresso Dates recipe, click here.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a classic Thanksgiving favorite, but it can be rather heavy after a big Thanksgiving meal. This version turns a decadent dessert into something a little healthier by omitting the crust and using low-fat milk and sweeteners.

For the Crustless Pumpkin Pie recipe, click here.

Easy Pumpkin Pie

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Easy Pumpkin Pie

It’s a no-brainer that you can save time when you buy a pre-made pie crust. All that is left to you is the filling. Consider baking your pie before the other dishes so it has time to set throughout the day.

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Maple Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie

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Maple Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie

Bacon goes perfectly with a maple bourbon pecan pie. Duh.

For the Maple Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie recipe, click here.

Pumpkin Maple Bacon Cheesecake

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Pumpkin Maple Bacon Cheesecake

You don’t have to choose between pumpkin pie and cheesecake anymore! This incredible, over the top dessert will have you drooling before the first bite. It’s basically all of your traditional holiday desserts, rolled into one and topped with bacon. It’s sweet, salty, creamy heaven.

For the Pumpkin Maple Bacon Cheesecake recipe, click here.

Red Wine Poached Pear and Cranberry Tart

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Red Wine Poached Pear and Cranberry Tart

Ginger, bacon, and an almond crust make this red wine poached pear and cranberry tart extra delicious.

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Slow-Cooker Apple Crisp

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Slow-Cooker Apple Crisp

Apples tossed with sugar and cinnamon bake down to create a delightfully sweet and thick sauce. Also, the allure of the crispy and flavorful oat crumble is impossible to deny.

For the Slow-Cooker Apple Crisp recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

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Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Making cheesecake in the slow-cooker produces wonderful, creamy results. Omit the graham cracker crust for a great gluten-free dessert option.

For the Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake recipe, click here.

Sweet Potato Pie With Candied Bacon

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Sweet Potato Pie With Candied Bacon

Try adding candied bacon to sweet potato pie. Just do it. Trust us and rembember pies are the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert!

For the Sweet Potato Pie With Candied Bacon recipe, click here.

 

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