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34 Best Thanksgiving Recipes

These tried-and-true Thanksgiving Recipes are loved by all, from kids to grandparents. We hope these proven recipes will make your Thanksgiving easier and unforgettably delicious.

Collage of Thanksgiving Recipes including turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.


While family and friends await the prized turkey dinner, here are crowd-pleasing appetizers to keep the group happy and mingling.

Main Dishes

The main roast takes center stage on Thanksgiving Day, and we have literally the most succulent, savory roasts to make your special dinner absolutely stunning.

Side Dishes

Here we go: these are the side dishes that make Thanksgiving meal complete. Only our tried-and-true, decades-long recipes have made the cut in this collection.


The finale to a great Thanksgiving feast is, of course, the classic desserts everyone can’t wait to dig into. We always make room for dessert.


Don’t forget the cocktails, which all can be made into mock-tails as well. Enjoy the festivities!

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homemade dinner rolls recipe, easy dinner rolls

Thanksgiving Recipes | Dinner Rolls

5 from 21 ratings
Ready in about an hour, these rolls are soft, fluffy, easy, and delicious! They're golden on the outside and pillow soft on the inside.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16
Author: Amy Dong


  • 4 to 4/14 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ TB or, 1 1/2 packages rapid rise (not active rise) yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp table salt
  • ¾ cup water
  • cup whole milk
  • 4 TB salted butter, diced
  • 1 ½ tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • olive oil for brushing during rise
  • 2-3 TB melted butter for brushing after baking


  • Preheat oven to 180F. In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whisk together 4 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
  • In a microwavable bowl, combine the water, milk, and butter. Heat in microwave on high until it reaches 115F and butter is melted, a little over 1 minute. Stir.
  • Pour butter mixture into the stand mixer bowl. Add lemon juice. Set mixer with hook attachment and mix on low speed 3-4 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Add a bit more flour as needed to create a dough that is similar to play-doh. (For me, 4 cups of flour is perfect already) Dough should stick together nicely to form a ball, without being overly sticky nor dry feeling. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and rest 5 minutes. Butter a 13×9 baking dish.
  • Roll dough up into a cylinder and cut into 16 equal sized pieces. Keeping dough covered as you work, shape each piece into balls by tucking edges under, pinching them together, and rolling the ball in your palms. Place rolls into buttered baking dish, smooth side up. Turn oven off.
  • Lightly brush tops of rolls with olive oil so they keep moist while rising. Cover with plastic wrap. Place rolls in oven and allow to rise for 25 minutes.
  • Transfer covered rolls to counter and set oven to 375F. Once oven reaches correct temperature, uncover rolls and bake on center rack for 14-16 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with the melted butter. Serve rolls warm. (If you have leftovers, store them in airtight container at room temp. Cover with damp towel and reheat in microwave upon serving.)


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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.7g | Protein: 3.8g | Fat: 3.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: 7.8mg | Sodium: 223.5mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 3.7g
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: Bake

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    • Leslie
    • 5 stars

    You have included absolutely everything needed for the PERFECT Thanksgiving spread! I’m super intrigued by your Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash recipe! I might have to add that to my list this year!

    • Sondra Barker

    Yum! What great options. The Honey Cornbread looks amazing. Can’t wait to try these recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jere Cassidy

    Every single recipe just sounds perfect for Thanksgiving. I pinned several so I can make them. Great post!!

    • Marta
    • 5 stars

    My family always insists that I make pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving. It can’t wait til turkey day!

    • Stine Mari
    • 5 stars

    All of these recipes look fantastic, I want to make them all! Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy and delicious, the canned stuff should be illegal.

    • Lesli Schwartz
    • 5 stars

    This list of Thanksgiving recipes is SO helpful! Our Thanksgiving is super small this year because of the pandemic, which means I’m in charge! So, I’m assigning the pumpkin pie to my daughter who will love your recipe. Cheers!

    • Crystal (@BusyMomDiary1)

    Oh my GOD.. these all look so delish.

    • nicol

    everything looks amazing, am drooling right now. that mashed potato is calling my name

    • Nati

    Oh my goodness! all these recipes are mouthwatering, I just wanted a glimpse, and start thinking what to cook, but I already got my whole menu sorted out!

    • Melissa Sanchez
    • 5 stars

    these are some really great recipes. I love the Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble, I am going to be making that this week, to see if my family likes it! thanks!

    • Life With Mojita

    Very interesting assortment here! We are inviting our British neighbors for Thanksgiving this year and this will be their first time celebrating so I need to make sure we have the perfect menu.

    • happilyeverdeb

    This post only gets me so exited for thanksgiving! It’s literally one of my favorite holidays! I am definitely going to be trying some of these recipes!

    • Becca Talbot

    We don’t celebrate Thanks Giving here in the UK. But these recipes look and sound amazing! Will have to give them a whirl x

    • duffelbagspouse
    • 5 stars

    I can see why the Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash is pinned a lot. And I can just imagine what the house smells like while you are preparing it.

    • Nandyz Soulshine
    • 5 stars

    I like baked creamy mashed potatos, but instead of bacon I use mushrooms. I think I’ll give the wild rice salad a try, it sounds pretty simple. Nice collection of recipes for all festive entertaining needs 🙂
    – Nandita

    • kishastewartharris
    • 5 stars

    Usually we have candied yams for thanksgiving, but cinnamon roasted butternut squash sounds like a great way to mix it up and still give my family some of the familiarity they’ll be expecting.

    • liz santos

    Whoa!! These recipe makes me hungry LOL! I’m gonna try few of these over the weekend! Thanks!

    • twinspirational
    • 5 stars

    What a great list of Thanksgiving recipes! We are already starting to plan our Friendsgiving, so this list is helpful.

    • Catherine

    I am very exciting for Thanksgiving this year. All your dishes look perfect and mouthwatering!

    • Linh

    Seeing these photos whetted my appetite. I especially love the Sausage and Apple Stuffing. Thanks for sharing!

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