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While Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends, everyone knows that the real star of the holiday is the food. But there’s more to a turkey day feast than just potatoes, stuffing and meat. These 101 incredible Thanksgiving recipes will wow your table … and your taste buds.
If you really want your Thanksgiving feast to feel like a restaurant experience, this roasted kabocha squash soup is the way to go. Packed with a variety of autumnal flavors, this starter is guaranteed to impress.
If you’re looking for ways to use refrigerated pie crust recipes beyond pie, these easy bacon tomato appetizers are an ideal option. Just spread sour cream and bacon bits over cooked pie crust and — voila — you’re done.
Southerners are known for having delicious food on their tables, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Although tamales require some extra time and effort, they’re a staple for Southerners come turkey day. This recipe uses a whopping 3 pounds of seasoned brisket.
Bring some of grandma’s favorite Southern recipes to your Thanksgiving table this year. These Southern sausage balls require only four ingredients and are ready in 30 minutes.
If you’re nervous about your guests filling up on appetizers before dinner, a great option is this pomegranate cranberry baked brie. The delicious dip is bursting with the flavors of fall yet is relatively light.
The best part about soup is that it’s one of those comfort foods you can make ahead of time and freeze. Made in 20 minutes, this Instant Pot pumpkin soup is topped with parsley, pumpkin seeds and olive oil. The light starter dish will surely get you in the mood for a hearty serving of turkey and mashed potatoes.
There are plenty of vintage appetizers that no one makes anymore, but a cheese ball isn’t one of them. If you’re not familiar with the snack, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Cream cheese, bacon and cheese are shaped into a ball. Serve it with crackers or celery.
There’s no denying that turkey is the star of the show when it comes to Thanksgiving, but despite this fact, it’s one of the meats that’s often cooked incorrectly. If you’re trying to keep it classic, this roast turkey is an easy recipe for Thanksgiving hosts.
There are so many different methods when it comes to cooking a turkey breast — should you air-fry, oven-roast or deep-fry it? For this recipe, the suggested method is the tried-and-true oven.
Knowing how to choose your turkey is half the battle, but once you have that down pat, this recipe will put all others to shame. After being rubbed with red pepper flakes, thyme and oregano, the turkey is deep-fried, leading to luxurious crispy skin.
To ensure a juicy turkey every time, try brining it. Although this technique requires you to prep the turkey about 24 hours in advance, it’s worth it. In general, when cooking turkey, timing is everything, and there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t rely on your turkey’s pop-up timer.
Creating the perfect rub for your turkey is key to making it a successful Thanksgiving centerpiece. This flavorful recipe keeps things classic with fresh lemon juice, parsley and rosemary. But, to prevent it from drying out, make sure you avoid these common turkey roasting mistakes.
Basting your turkey is one of the biggest Thanksgiving dinner mistakes you can make, and the step is totally unnecessary for this deeply flavorful bay leaf and honey glazed turkey recipe. Serve the bird with a pear chutney, made with cider vinegar, dried apricots and pear brandy.
Think beyond turkey this Thanksgiving, especially if you’re cooking for a smaller group — this cornish hen recipe is made with a lemon basil rub, artichoke hearts and roasted potatoes. The dish is ready in just over an hour, giving you time to make side dishes and your favorite holiday cocktails.
Get creative this Thanksgiving with this unusual meat marinade of Worcestershire sauce, orange marmalade and Dijon mustard. The glaze is spread over a pair of cornish hens, which are then roasted for about 50 minutes.
While there are plenty of chicken recipes you’re used to making for busy weeknights, this intricate dish isn’t one of them. Seasoned with butter, fresh thyme, rosemary and paprika, this butter herb roast chicken makes just as great of a centerpiece as anything else on Thanksgiving.
There’s more to lemons than just lemonade — the fruit also helps make a perfect marinade for chicken. This recipe is a great protein for any holiday feast and the best part? It takes less than one hour to cook.
This chicken recipe is perfect for serving a crowd and the flavor is far from boring. It’s stuffed with garlic and onion and rubbed with butter. While the chicken cooks, start preparing the stuffing, mashed potatoes and other delectable side dishes.
If you’re planning to serve another meat option beside poultry this Thanksgiving, ham is usually the way to go. Check out this step-by-step guide to cooking the perfect ham before you try out this recipe, which adds an orange glaze to the spiral cut meat.
Whether it’s for your Easter feast or Thanksgiving, ham is an undeniable staple on any holiday dinner table. This timeless recipe for honey brown sugar glazed ham will satisfy your sweet tooth and your hankering for a hearty centerpiece.
There are plenty of meals you can make in an Instant Pot, but bone-in ham has to be one of the most impressive ones. The ham marinates inside the slow cooker for 30 minutes, soaking up the flavor of pineapple, brown sugar and ground mustard.
Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate some leftovers into the meal, a great example being this decadent pumpkin lasagna, which can be made using leftover kale. The hearty, cheesy dish is great for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.
Pair the pumpkin kale lasagna with this stuffed acorn squash and your table will be rife with vegetarian dinner recipes that are cheap and easy to make. After removing the seeds of the squash, fill it with stuffing, chopped pecans and mixed dried berries.
Just as there are over 100 ways to cook an egg, the possibilities are comparably endless when it comes to cooking potatoes. In this recipe, potatoes are cooked in the slow cooker. This is a great dish to make if you’re looking to free up some space on the stovetop.
While it’s ideal to work with fresh potatoes for this bacon and cheese loaded mashed potatoes recipe, potato flakes are a good alternative if you’re in a pinch. The best part about this technique is that potato flakes are a grocery item with a long shelf life, so if you don’t use the whole box on Thanksgiving, you can save them for later.
One of the easiest dishes to make using an Instant Pot — a popular kitchen tool — is mashed potatoes. This classic recipe will be ready in under 30 minutes and saves precious space on your stovetop.
Just as no tailgate would be complete without chicken wings, no Thanksgiving would be complete without sweet potatoes. In this recipe, the root veggie is roasted and served with cranberries for a colorful dish that will add style to your dinner table.
Not only are mashed potatoes one of the tastiest parts of any holiday feast, but they also take less than an hour to cook. If you’re looking to take your mashed potatoes up a notch this year, mix them with brown butter and Parmesan cheese.
To make these bacon and chive mashed potatoes, you must first know the best method for cooking bacon. After rendering out the fat, you can use it to make stuffing, veggies and other side dishes.
When you head to the grocery store for your Thanksgiving haul, be very careful not to forget the potatoes — they’re a holiday food staple. This recipe keeps things classic and lets your slow cooker do the work.
One way to have your kids help out in the kitchen this Thanksgiving is by letting them assist with the potatoes. These garlic mashed potatoes keep things classic with a few simple ingredients. After adding in the essentials, let your little ones stir in the cheese.
Holidays can be stressful at times, but one way to make the season better is by chowing down on some of your favorite foods. This comforting sweet potato mash features autumnal notes of vanilla, ginger and thyme.
If you’re doing your Thanksgiving shopping online this year, there are plenty of ways to save money, and luckily, potatoes are already a fairly affordable staple. Turn the starch into a superb side dish with this sage and cheddar potato gratin recipe.
Turn one of the most iconic desserts in the country, pumpkin pie, into a savory potato dish. Just bake a sweet potato and smother it with yogurt, butter and brown sugar. It’s an easy side dish sure to satisfy both your sweet and savory cravings.
Inspired by pecan pie, sweet potatoes are roasted with cinnamon pecan crunch and baked until the top is a beautiful golden brown.
Is there even a point to Thanksgiving without stuffing? The staple bursts with the comforting flavors of fall and a second helping is practically necessary. Luckily for this cornbread stuffing recipe, there’s no need to dirty up a bunch of dishes — it’s made using only one pot.
Most Thanksgiving feasts have leftovers, and with a big hit like this slow cooker vegan sausage stuffing, guests will be begging to bring some home. Just make sure they know that stuffing lasts in the fridge for only about four days.
If you’re planning to make a delicious sandwich with your Thanksgiving leftovers, you’ll want to have top-notch stuffing. This recipe combines sliced bread with macadamia nuts and dried cranberries for a sweet twist on a classic.
Cornbread is a dish beloved by Texans, but they’ve likely never had it like this before. Cooked into a pan with jalapeños, mango and diced celery, cornbread is baked into a flavor-packed stuffing side dish.
There are plenty of apple varieties to choose from come November, but for this challah stuffing recipe, you’ll want to use apples with a tart bite. This take on stuffing is loaded with challah, onion, pecans and dried cranberries.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to show off your cooking skills, but sometimes the best dishes are the ones that keep things classic. This herb stuffing recipe keeps things traditional, featuring staple Thanksgiving spices like poultry seasoning and thyme.
Long-grain rice is a great way to work some gut-healthy foods into your Thanksgiving dinner. To keep the dish gluten-free, this recipe swaps bread for rice but keeps in the good stuff like dried cranberries, celery and pecans.
Keeping things vegetarian this Thanksgiving is a great way to keep your grocery store purchases more eco-friendly. And, believe it or not, you can make stuffing vegetarian. Just ditch the chicken stock for veggie stock, like in this apple cranberry stuffing recipe.
Salad is a great cold dish to serve during Thanksgiving so you don’t heat up the house any more than you need to. This mixed green salad is tossed with apples, cheddar cheese and a sweet homemade dressing.
This colorful salad is guaranteed to brighten up your holiday spread. Shaved Brussels sprouts, chopped pear, pomegranate seeds and crumbled blue cheese are tossed together for this light yet boldly flavorful salad.
Thanksgiving is loaded with delicious and nutrient-packed foods, but adding kale to the dinner table is a sure-fire way to chow down on an immune-boosting food. This kale and apple salad is mixed with a homemade maple mustard dressing, making it perfect for fall.
Get a side dish on the table fast with this arugula, orange and pomegranate salad. This light side dish holds up in the fridge quite well, but if the arugula looks a little lackluster, put it in an ice bath to make it last longer.
Jalapeño cornbread is a great recipe if you like something with a little heat, but sometimes keeping things classic is the way to go. Serve this traditional cornbread during the holidays, or for weeknight dinners with some classic Cajun and Creole dishes.
Not only are buttermilk biscuits a great recipe for brunch, but they’re also a necessity on any Thanksgiving table. This recipe incorporates chives and cheddar cheese for added flavor.
A treat that you can make out of frozen fruit, these cranberry orange rolls are sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving feast. Topped with an orange glaze after being rolled with delicious cranberries and sweet pineapples, this snack is great as a holiday breakfast, side or dessert.
The first-ever recipe to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off, these no-knead water rising twists are the perfect thing to make if you just want a classic bread recipe on your table this Thanksgiving.
Brussels sprouts may seem like an odd ingredient to pair with eggs, but in this Thanksgiving side dish, it just makes sense. The eggs are boiled for about six minutes, allowing the scrumptious yolk to mix in perfectly with your Brussels sprouts.
Made with fewer than five ingredients, these cinnamon roasted carrots are a kid- and adult-friendly side dish to serve on turkey day.
Like cornbread, collard greens are another typical Thanksgiving side dish you’d find on any Southern dinner table. In this recipe, the soul food is served with crispy bacon.
The key to making tasty green beans is to roast them. This recipe will take your green beans from zero to hero by pairing them with juicy tomatoes and garlic for added flavor.
Take Brussels sprouts up a notch by cooking them with perfectly crispy bacon.
Loaded with important vitamins, carrots are a must-have veggie for any Thanksgiving dinner, and these roasted rainbow carrots are lathered in tarragon oil, coriander and dijon mustard.
The best part about Thanksgiving is that most of the recipes shine with the use of common pantry staples and spices. Just look at these green beans, which are flavored to perfection with dried rosemary and thyme.
It’s not recommended to cook sweet potatoes in the microwave, but the root vegetable does well in the oven. For this recipe, sweet potatoes are drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
This recipe will fill your house with the spirit of autumn. Roasted squash is cooked with a vanilla glaze, brown sugar and apples for a sweet and savory dish that everyone will want to try.
If you’re hosting a smaller Thanksgiving this year, serve this medley of carrots, parsnips and squash. The blend of roasted vegetables and nutmeg is the only veggie-based side dish you’ll need.
Green bean casserole is a must-have during Thanksgiving and this easy-to-make recipe is one of the best around. And while it may be tempting to open the oven and see if those onions have crisped up, not being patient is one bad cooking habit you need to stop.
There are a bunch of unexpected ingredients that go well with mac and cheese, but cream cheese tops them all. This silky dish will make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table.
There are plenty of vintage casserole recipes that have gone out of style, but sweet potato casserole is certainly not one of them.
What’s Thanksgiving without some hearty casseroles? This broccoli cheese casserole is topped with crispy fried onions and tons of cheesy goodness. Pro tip: use frozen vegetables to expedite the cooking process.
Casseroles are more than just a turkey day staple, they’re a comfort food that can be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner any time of year. This tasty broccoli casserole is baked with crispy tater tots and cheddar cheese.
Biscuits and gravy is one of the most iconic breakfast dishes around. But when baked into a casserole, it also works well as a Thanksgiving side dish.
If you’re a guest during Thanksgiving, make sure you don’t come empty-handed. One way to meet everyone’s dietary requirements and have a hit side dish is to make this gluten-free sweet potato casserole.
Loaded with bacon, cheese and mashed potatoes, this homemade casserole will remind you of weeknight dinners with your parents’ hearty cooking.
There are endless recipes that you can make in your Instant Pot, but this sweet potato casserole is one of our favorites. Made with mashed sweet potatoes, maple syrup and ground cinnamon, the dish is a delicious blend of sweet and savory flavors.
Crispy golden potatoes and layers of melted cheese topped with yummy bacon … what could be better than this bacon Gruyere potato casserole?
Although turkey gravy is a Thanksgiving dish you can just buy at the grocery store, it usually doesn’t hit the spot like homemade gravy does. This recipe makes the sometimes frustrating task of making gravy a breeze.
Go the extra mile this Thanksgiving with apple sage gravy. It’s the perfect topping for turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and more. Just make sure you know how to time making your gravy — that’s one of the biggest Thanksgiving dinner questions.
Any good turkey needs a top-notch sauce, and nothing says Thanksgiving quite like this homemade cranberry sauce, made with a grated orange peel, vanilla extract and fresh cranberries.
Save room on your stovetop by making your cranberry sauce in the slow cooker. The sweet yet tart side loads together cranberries, orange and sugar.
You don’t have to go to your favorite vegan restaurant to get a good dairy-free dessert, these vegan cinnamon rolls will do the trick for guests of all dietary preferences.
There are plenty of cherry desserts to choose from come Thanksgiving, but this tart cherry amaretto pie is one of the best around. Pie dough is rolled out and stuffed with cherry filling before being topped with more dough and almonds.
Pecan pie is taken up a notch by the addition of chocolate in this new spin on a classic pastry. No more oven space? Too bad, you can’t make this, but there are plenty of no-bake desserts you can serve in its place.
If you don’t have room in your oven for apple pie, cooking this apple pie dip in the slow cooker is the next best thing. And now that we’ve given you plenty of recipe ideas to fill your Thanksgiving table with, here’s everything else you need to know before hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner.
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