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. Here are 101 dish ideas for your table.
When your guests begin to arrive, it’s important to have something tasty to start soaking up the holiday cocktails.
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.
Give your stuffed mushroom appetizer a makeover with a little kick and a dab of tart-sweet cherry to contrast with the salty bacon.
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.
This vegetable platter is fun for the whole family and makes a perfect appetizer for guests to snack on before the big meal.
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.
Forget pigs in a blanket and make zingy, creamy, puff pastry-coated jalapeño poppers instead.
Take a classic dish — devils on horseback — to a whole new level.
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.
Ok, so don’t actually forget about pigs in a blanket. They are a perennial favorite, after all — and so easy to make.
Soaking hard-boiled eggs in beet brine transforms them into a stunning, festive color.
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.
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.
Try these savory, cheesy shortbread cookies for the perfect accompaniment to a pre-dinner drink.
Everyone loves a dip, right?
The asparagus adds a lovely crunch and the delicate, salty flavor of the prosciutto pairs with it nicely.
People stop counting carbs for the holidays, right?
While you’re preparing the bread for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, twist a few slices of bacon in it.
Make individual challah rolls this year for a wonderful breadbasket full of soft rolls that everyone will adore.
Adding bacon and Cheddar to your cornbread mix gives something extra special to an American staple.
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.
Pretzel rolls are salty and a little sweet and a perfect treat to make for Thanksgiving.
Sausage and rosemary, rolled into bread? Sounds divine.
This sweet loaf will fill your home with all of the aromas of autumn and be warm and ready by the time the main course is over.
What better way to give thanks and enjoy the holidays than with a sharing loaf.
Fluffy and served hot from the oven, these roll are sure to disappear quickly.
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.
Every Thanksgiving table must have some spuds upon it, whether you like them sweet or savory, mashed or not.
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.
Use a dash of truffle oil in your mashed potatoes to transform them into a dish of pure decadence.
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.
Candied yams go perfectly with turkey — their sweetness is simply irresistible and punctuates the turkey’s savory meatiness.
You can lighten your basic mashed potatoes by adding softly caramelized onions and plenty of fruity olive oil.
This casserole has a delectable, crunchy breadcrumb topping and transforms dull mashed potatoes into something fabulous.
If you’re struggling to find room on the table, combine two favorites into one with mashed sweet potato purée.
Give your mashed potatoes an extra punch of flavor with roasted garlic.
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.
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.
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.
Just when you thought mac and cheese was perfect… along comes salty smoked bacon to raise the bar.
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.
Mac and cheese is a surprisingly common Thanksgiving side. Try it with colby and Cheddar cheeses, and a crisp, crunchy topping made with breadcrumbs and pine nuts.
Bundle asparagus in thick slices of bacon to bulk up your vegetable side dish. Roast until delicious.
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.
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 a slight variation on candied yams, try caramelized butternut squash, instead.
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.
A simple corn pudding is made with corn, lime juice, butter and paprika. The citrus and spice will enliven the otherwise overly rich meal.
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.
Some might say it’s not Thanksgiving without a green bean casserole on the table.
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.
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.
These green brassicas can come alive when they are prepared the right way: with some crispy char and a drizzle of sweet maple syrup.
The sweet-salty-crisp combination of bacon and maple syrup will induce euphoria.
You can’t have turkey without stuffing, right?
If you’re already adding chocolate to your stuffing, go ahead and toss some bacon in that mix for good measure.
Use elegant shelled French chestnuts and rich brioche bread to create an indulgent, flavorful stuffing that's for more than just stuffing the bird with.
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.
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.
A little bit of hot sausage and a bit of sweet to balance out a satisfying 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.
This stuffing uses cornbread and corn kernels for an extra dose of that golden deliciousness that is corn.
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.
If you do want to go homemade, buy pre-cut dried bread cubes at the store and add flavor with mushrooms and shallots.
Add pumpkin to your cornbread for a tasty, autumnal twist on a traditional fall favorite.
Full of flavors from rye breadcrumbs and a plethora of herbs and spices, this stuffing also features plenty of cooked bacon, making it perfect for bacon lovers, too.
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.
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.
Simple but so delicious, this bread pudding, savory and creamy, is sure to be a welcome addition to the table.
Even if you don’t actually like cranberry sauce, it’s got to be on the table.
If you are looking for a cranberry sauce that is a little outside the box, look no further than a recipe that combines frozen blueberries and cranberries for a sweeter sauce.
With a hint of orange rind, a splash of red wine and tart fresh cranberries, fresh sauce is sure to pair well with all the other Thanksgiving fixings.
Zest up your cranberry sauce this holiday season by infusing it with ginger and onion.
For some, a chunky cranberry relish is desirable, and for others still, a smooth citrus-studded sauce is the norm, where fresh cranberries are gently simmered with lime and honey.
Pinot noir, Chinese five-spice powder and a hint of curry powder liven up a traditional Thanksgiving essential.
Gravy and turkey go hand in hand.
Mix rendered bacon fat with flour to make a roux and then add half-and-half until the mixture is creamy, smooth, and awesome.
A simple and classic chardonnay gravy will go perfectly with your Thanksgiving bird.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beer-can turkey is smoky, succulent and tender.
Deep-frying turkey may seem daunting, but the process is easy and very doable. All you need is your bird, a couple of quarts of hot sauce and a lot of oil.
An herb-roasted turkey is a simple, no-fail centerpiece.
For a turkey that has perfectly crispy skin and meat that is not dry, turn to mayonnaise.
Try a pan-seared turkey topped with a gremolata made with parsley, sage, garlic, lemon and crushed red pepper flakes.
A turkey can also be glazed with a sweet syrup made from tangerine juice, ginger and sage.
Roasted turkey tenderloins cook in a third of the time of a big Thanksgiving turkey but still have all those comforting turkey flavors.
.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
Spinach, feta, ricotta, scallions, parsley and dill are mixed together then stuffed inside turkey breasts in this delicious dish.
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.
Did you know you could break down your turkey and cook each section in a way that ensures the best texture and flavor?
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.
A yogurt-based turkey glaze makes a luxuriously thick basting liquid and lends a sweet and tangy flavor to the skin and meat.
Turkey time is great, but dessert is the most exciting time at the Thanksgiving table.
Classic apple crumble is updated with bacon salted caramel.
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.
Toasty brown butter and dates can be cooked in espresso to cut the sweetness of a traditional pecan pie.
Pumpkin pie is a classic Thanksgiving favorite, but it can be rather heavy after a big Thanksgiving meal. Try omitting the crust and using low-fat milk and sweeteners.
Consider baking your pie before the other dishes so it has time to set throughout the day.
Bacon goes perfectly with a maple bourbon pecan pie.
You don’t have to choose between pumpkin pie and cheesecake anymore.
Ginger, bacon and an almond crust can make a red wine poached pear and cranberry tart extra delicious.
Apples tossed with sugar and cinnamon bake down to create a delightfully sweet and thick sauce.