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15 Best Thanksgiving Recipes

These tried-and-true Thanksgiving Recipes are sure to dazzle your family’s tastebuds. These dishes are well loved by all, from kids to grandparents. We hope these proven recipes will make your Thanksgiving easier and more delicious than ever.

15 Best Thanksgiving Recipes

1. Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash – There’s a reason this Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash is one of our most Pinned recipes during the holidays. Even non-butternut eaters have been converted through this easy, delicious recipe. You can’t go wrong with this one. It’s so good, we enjoy it all fall and winter long. Bonus: it makes your house smell amazing.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Cinnamon Brown Sugar

2. Sausage and Apple Stuffing – This is an oldie but forever goodie. When we want a fail-proof classic that is sure to please, we go for this Sausage and Apple Stuffing. It’s loaded with rustic bread cubes, succulent sausage, crisp apples, and tangy-sweet cranberries. Plus plenty of decadent herbs. My favorite part: you can prep it overnight to make it tons easier on Feast Day.

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Apple and Sausage Stuffing is crispy yet tender

3. Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble – So, So much Love has been poured out onto this Sweet Potato Casserole, we barely even need to brag about it. Everyone and their aunt loves this dish, with its tender and flavorful roasted flavors. Topped with the most irresistible pecan crumble, this side dish is one of the first to disappear every single year. It also gets the most recipe requests.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel

4. Creamy Baked Mashed Potatoes (make-ahead, with or without bacon) – We said with or without bacon, but we all know people love their bacon. Serve it on the side if you will. This mashed potato dish is ultra smooth, creamy, and packed with tons of flavor. It doesn’t even need gravy, it’s THAT good. Make it ahead of time for low stress entertaining.

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Creamy Baked Mashed Potatoes (bacon optional)

5. Kale, Brussels, and Cranberry Salad – The first time we served this holiday salad for Thanksgiving, it was an instant hit. The kale and brussels stay ultra crispy, making this salad perfect for prepping ahead of time. In fact, we’ve tossed this salad together for several hours ahead, and it never wilted. The flavors are ultra festive, with a dressing so good you might want to slurp it up.

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Kale, Brussel Sprouts, and Cranberry Salad stays crispy.

6. Easiest Fresh Cranberry Sauce – Ever since we’ve been making our own cranberry sauce, it’s like a whole new world opened up.  We haven’t bothered with canned cranberry sauces for 17 years and counting. This cranberry sauce is way too easy and delicious not to try. You won’t regret it. Neither will anyone else at your table.

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Fresh Cranberry Sauce beats store-bought, hands down.

7. The Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe (Surprise Ingredient) – This recipe, adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, is arguably the best pumpkin pie in the galaxy. It’s smooth, high, and stunningly flavorful. A dollop of fresh whipped cream and you’re in pumpkin paradise.

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Surprise ingredient make this pumpkin pie outstanding.

8. Pumpkin Bacon Crostini With Cranberries – short on time, but want to impress with pretty appetizers before the big meal? Try these pumpkin bacon crostini with cranberries. These are incredibly easy to make and taste like a slice of fall.

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Crostini with pumpkin cream cheese, bacon, and cranberries

9. Wild Rice Chicken or Turkey Salad – When you’re craving something other than bread stuffing, try this tender wild rice salad. You can make it with chicken, turkey, or meatless. Not only is it pretty and festive, it tastes fantastic. Leftovers are delicious.

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Wild Rice Stuffing is naturally gluten-free.

10. How to Brine and Roast the Best Turkey (Amazing Gravy) – After nearly 20 years, we’ve finally settled on THIS specific turkey recipe, and we’re not looking back. This easy brine yields the most tender, juicy bird we’ve ever gobbled up. That says a lot, coming from turkey fanatics. We aren’t shy with the seasonings, so this turkey ends up 100% flavorful, with or without gravy. But of course, this recipe includes the most amazing gravy.

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Kitchen-tested, juicy, tender roast turkey with gravy

11. Best New York Style Pumpkin Cheesecake – OMG, there are no words once you mmmmm your way through a slice of this New York style pumpkin cheesecake. After ordering this for years at famous restaurants, we’ve perfected this cheesecake in our own kitchen. This cheesecake shows up on our holiday table year after year, and is always fawned over by all the eaters.

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Better-than-restaurant pumpkin cheesecake

12. Honey Cornbread Muffins (No Refined Sugar) – Made with pure honey, these cornbread muffins are supremely moist, tender, and bursting with perfect sweet-salty magic. With a crispy top and soft center, one cornbread muffin is never enough. Get ready to melt into these muffins with a smearing of butter.

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Cornbread muffins sweetened only with honey

13. Sweet Potato Cornbread – The addition of sweet potatoes make this cornbread extra fluffy and tender. This cornbread has just the right balance of sweetness to your holiday dinner plate. It’s also pretty amazing for breakfast, if you happen to have leftovers.

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Sweet potatoes provide tenderness and sweetness to cornbread

14. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes – This ain’t no diet food. It’s yummy comfort food at its best. Melty golden cheese is the canopy for slices of tender potatoes underneath. Make this when you’ve got a big group or a potluck for the holidays. Nobody will complain that you did.

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Scrumptious, cheesy scalloped potatoes

15. Easy Make-Ahead Corn Casserole Recipe – This corn casserole was a surprise hit at one of our holiday gatherings, and it’s been a keeper ever since. It’s unbelievably tender and fluffy, almost soufflé-ish in the center, with a crispy topping that balances out the dish. We couldn’t stop thinking about this corn casserole, and we think you’ll feel the same way. Plus, it’s make-ahead, which lets you enjoy more time with your people on Thanksgiving.

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Fluffy, tender corn casserole can be made ahead.

BOnus: Juicy Apple Pie with Flaky Butter crust

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46 comments

    • Leslie

    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

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

    • Stine Mari

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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