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Thanksgiving season is upon us which can only mean one thing: lots of yummy recipes! I decided to add all of my favorite top picks for Thanksgiving Recipes here to this post for easy access and scrollability. This will hopefully make your life easy and give you lots of inspiration to make this year’s feast your best Thanksgiving yet. Be sure to make a big batch of Homemade Apple Cider too!
101 Thanksgiving Recipes
Let’s get into it! I have the BEST Thanksgiving recipes divided into main groupings as follows:
- Main Courses
- Potato Side Dishes
- Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- Breads & Rolls
- Other Desserts
- Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas
Feel free to click on the link to navigate you directly to each section for a quicker way to access them all, especially if you’re looking for something in particular. I hope this helps you plan your Thanksgiving menu!
Thanksgiving Main Courses
While the obvious choice for Thanksgiving would be to make a whole roasted turkey, I’ve got lots of variety when it comes to other options! Whether it’s something traditional or out of the ordinary, I’ve got you covered with Thanksgiving Turkey, but also some non-traditional Thanksgiving Dinner ideas.
The simplest method to getting a juicy, golden brown bird every.single.time. I promise it’s so much easier than you think. ANYONE can make a great turkey.
Get seriously tasty and juicy results by dry brining your beautiful Thanksgiving Turkey this year. It’s so simple, yet adds so much flavor!
One of the secrets to a super moist, totally out of this world flavorful turkey is to brine your whole bird! Using a Wet Brine for your turkey takes some planning ahead, but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult (spoiler alert…it’s not!).
This easy Smoked Turkey recipe yields a juicy, smoky-flavored bird that will leave your Thanksgiving dinner guests begging for more!
Perfect for any Holiday, this Prime Rib recipe couldn’t be easier. Slathered with butter, garlic and herbs and baked to perfection. A great option for your main dish on Thanksgiving, this one is a crowd pleaser!
Elevate your Ham game this year by using this amazing Pineapple Ham Glaze! Made with only 5 ingredients, it’s so easy and so yummy! It’s a classic recipe with those traditional sweet and spicy flavors that are synonymous with a perfectly baked ham.
This Amazing Baked Ham is the tastiest and easiest main course you could make for any special occasion or holiday. It’s always a crowd-pleaser with no muss or fuss.
This amazing Garlic Pork Loin Roast recipe is served with pre-gravied potatoes. They cook alongside the pork roast making them the perfect side.
This Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf Recipe puts you in the mood for the holiday by tasting great! Make it before or for Thanksgiving. It’s THAT good!
Chicken and Stuffing Casserole with Sour Cream, also known as Friendsgiving Casserole, is a creamy dish made with chicken and a savory stuffing mix. This is my from-scratch version and the ultimate comfort food.
Thanksgiving Potato Side Dishes
You can’t have Thanksgiving without some kind of potato. Whether it’s mashed, smashed or twice baked, we’ve got a little something for everyone! Don’t miss my classic mashed potato recipe, though. They have a secret ingredient that makes them extra creamy! And no, it’s not butter or cream.
This Mashed Potatoes Recipe is smooth, silky and buttery! Mashed potatoes are delicious on their own or are a perfect addition to any dinner. This recipe is fancy enough for Thanksgiving but simple enough for any weeknight.
Crockpot Mashed Potatoes are smooth, silky, and extra creamy. They taste just as delicious as the stovetop version, but made easier because we used the crockpot!
What could make Mashed Potatoes even better? GARLIC! These Garlic Mashed Potatoes are to die for. So buttery, creamy, and so so garlicky.
Funeral Potatoes…everyone has a recipe for this popular casserole! Here is our family-favorite recipe for funeral potatoes that we’ve been making for years. Creamy, cheesy and onion-y. Perfect Thanksgiving side.
This easy recipe for Scalloped Potatoes is one you will make again and again. Extremely creamy and cheesy potato perfection!
Fondant Potatoes are deliciously crispy on top, chewy on bottom and pillowy soft inside. They’re that super fancy (but easy!) potato you want to add to any special dinner party, Thanksgiving dinner or just because you love your family!
Step aside store bought hash browns, Pan Fried Potatoes are here! These simple potatoes are easy, crispy, golden, little bites of heaven! Seared in buttery goodness it’s one of the best potato side dishes out there.
These Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes (with a walnut streusel) are a delicious new way to enjoy sweet potatoes this holiday season! They will be a sweet and tasty addition to your Thanksgiving meal.
Eaten as a side dish or a dessert this Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe is a classic Thanksgiving dish. Topped with a crumbly pecan streusel!
Mashed Sweet Potatoes are everything you love about mashed potatoes mixed with the flavors of sweet potatoes. Smooth, creamy and buttery!
The humble Baked Potato is the easiest, tastiest, most inexpensive side dish that always pleases a crowd. Crispy and salty exterior with a fluffy and soft interior. Top with butter, sour cream, bacon, cheese, chives or whatever your heart desires.
Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes are the perfect side dish to just about any meal. 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time, and so versatile!
Move over baked potatoes, twice baked potatoes are here! The cheesier, creamier, fancier, cooler cousin. Filled with bacon, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and chives, these are the perfect appetizer or side dish.
Cheesy Potato Casserole with Bacon, a perfect blend of ingredients for the ultimate comfort food. Creamy, dreamy and easy to make.
Elevate your mashed potatoes by piping them into rosettes, brushing with melted butter and broiling in the oven.
Thanksgiving Side Dishes
These Thanksgiving recipes found in this section are more traditional, American sides you would find at a Thanksgiving table across the country. From Thanksgiving stuffing recipes to corn casserole, and lots of roasted veggies…you’re sure to have the perfect feast to accompany your turkey and potatoes.
Homemade Bone Broth is so easy and so affordable, you’ll wonder why you ever purchased the store bought stuff! The best part is it’s made with basically free ingredients! You’re going to need tons of it for Thanksgiving, so plan ahead!
Learn how to make Homemade Turkey Gravy with or without drippings to complete your Thanksgiving meal. This gravy recipe is a silky smooth, super flavorful gravy that compliments all things Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe made with pork sausage, onions, and celery. Bread cubes soaked in broth and seasonings then baked to perfection! A perfect and fail-proof make-ahead dish for the holidays.
Grandma’s Old Fashioned Stuffing Recipe is back for Thanksgiving! Made with day old French bread and fresh sage, let the memories of yesteryear flood in!
Cornbread Stuffing is in my opinion far superior to that white bread stuff (although I always make both for Thanksgiving). Made with my homemade cornbread and fresh sage, this will be your star side dish this year.
This Cornbread Sausage Dressing is to DIE for! Homemade Cornbread (or store bought) mixed together with sausage, onions, carrots and celery and baked to perfection. Make it ahead or day of, tastes great either way. It is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table!
Cinnamon and nutmeg make this sweet Roasted Acorn Squash more of a seasonal dish while smoked paprika gives this an unexpected (but delicious) smokey flavor!
Creamy and flavorful Cauliflower Au Gratin uses only a few simple ingredients and is an easy side dish perfect for Thanksgiving! Similar to Scalloped Potatoes but made with cauliflower, this low-carb, cheesy side dish is what dreams are made of.
This Thanksgiving, make some homemade Cranberry Sauce to go along with your turkey dinner! Easier to make from scratch than you think and tastes so much better than store bought!
Cranberry Salsa is a whole mix of wonderful things! Sweet, but a little spicy. Juicy and salty with a little crunch. And super festive! Serve with tortilla chips.
This creamy, crispy Green Bean Casserole recipe is everything you need and more for a perfect Thanksgiving meal. It’s simply the best recipe!
Need a new way to enjoy green beans? Try Roasted Green Beans! Oven roasting is a quick and easy way to not only cook your vegetables but a great method for adding more flavor to any vegetable.
This three-ingredient Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts recipe is a delicious vegetable side dish. Perfectly golden and tender in the middle.
Brussel Sprouts with Bacon is a veggie-packed side dish that is easy, delicious, and takes no time to whip up. Perfect for Thanksgiving!
Simple and quick this Oven Roasted Asparagus recipe is the perfect vegetable side dish! Easily prepared while your main dish is cooking.
Is there anything more comforting than a corn casserole? This slightly sweet and savory side dish is a 1-bowl, quick, fix it and forget it wonder that is perfect to serve at Thanksgiving.
This basic, Roasted Cauliflower recipe is a tasty, low-carb, simple side. All you need is olive oil, salt, pepper and a little oven time to get the maximum caramelized, brown, super flavorful cauliflower.
Maple Glazed Carrots are the perfect, easiest side dish for any holiday or Sunday supper. Delicious on their own, or fabulous with ham or turkey, these glazed carrots won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Only one pan required!
Nothing better than Macaroni and Cheese! Get this simple, classic, cheesy recipe for Macaroni and Cheese featuring three kinds of cheese and a crispy, salty topping.
Butternut Squash Pasta is a delicious and simple dinner, with the flavors of the season and the slow-cooked convenience of your crockpot.
Grandma’s Cauliflower Cheese recipe is incredibly simple and made with just a handful of ingredients to create a comforting side dish.
Roasted Root Vegetables are what I crave with the first hint of that crisp Autumn air. Move over salad…make room for earthy, hearty, caramelized deliciousness in the form of oven roasted root vegetables.
This Creamy Pumpkin Soup is filled with lots of spices, maple syrup, pumpkin, and heavy cream making it savory, a little sweet and so creamy! Top with pepitas for a light crunch.
Thanksgiving Breads & Rolls
You can’t have a huge list of Thanksgiving recipes without talking a little bit about bread or rolls! I have so many options to choose from, it’s a little ridiculous. (I like bread. A lot.) I have some classic recipes and some not so classic recipes here, but all are delicious! Pair with my Homemade Honey Butter or Roasted Garlic!
Look no further for the perfect Thanksgiving bread! Friends, meet (the cutest!) Pumpkin Bread Rolls. This is a pumpkin bread dough, formed into rolls, wrapped in string to form that pumpkin shape and baked to golden perfection.
Pillowy-soft, Sweet Potato Rolls that are perfect for any occasion. Use simple ingredients, knead together and bake. Then spread with lots of cinnamon honey butter.
These classic Dinner Rolls are sure to be the best sidekick to any holiday or family dinner. Soft, light and pillowy, these rolls are made with all-purpose flour and honey, perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner spread this year.
These Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Biscuits are buttery, cheesy and oh so tasty! Easy enough for a weeknight and fancy enough for the holidays.
These Crescent Rolls are simple enough to make any weekday but fancy enough for any holiday (I’m looking at you Thanksgiving). They are the easiest recipe and require ZERO KNEADING! It’s a perfect, buttery roll that tastes simply amazing!
Pumpkin Biscuits are easy and delicious. Pair them with citrus honey butter and it takes them right over the top.
Fluffy, buttery, and moist, this easy, homemade Cornbread Recipe is the perfect addition to your holiday table. Or as a delicious snack!
These warm, pillowy soft Whole Wheat Rolls are the perfect accompaniment for soup and chillier days! Also delicious alone slathered with butter.
So buttery and delicious, these Drop Biscuits will blow your mind! No rolling or cutting, simply make the dough, drop by the heaping tablespoon onto your baking sheets and bake!
This Hasselback Homemade Garlic Bread recipe has MORE butter, MORE cheese, MORE garlic, and MORE bread in every single bite. It’s glorious.
My Mom’s Potato Rolls are fluffy, soft, slightly sweet, and nearly perfect in every way! Plus, if you have leftover mashed potatoes, this is a great way to them!
These Cheesy-Stuffed Garlic Butter Crescent Rolls are a simple appetizer: brushed with homemade garlic herb butter, filled with mozzarella cheese, rolled up, and baked! Nothing better than carbs and cheese!
These light & fluffy Angel Biscuits are half-biscuit, half-roll! Seriously, the best of both worlds in one tasty package. AND, they are so darn easy to make.
We can’t have a Thanksgiving feast without some kind of pie! While I have over 50 pie recipes, these are my very favorite recipes that would be a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table.
It’s the time of year for Pumpkin Pie! This one is a tried and true, classic recipe that has zero cracking. It’s homemade, easy to make and so flavorful!
Add this Gingerbread Cream Pie to your Cream Pie Recipes list! It’s a great break from pumpkin and perfectly fits the holiday season!
Try something a little different this Thanksgiving by making this Sweet Potato Pie! It is perfectly sweetened and so simple to make!
Nutty, crispy, and with a caramelized center, this quick and easy Pecan Pie recipe is a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table.
Nothing is more satisfying or comforting than this Apple Pie recipe with vanilla ice cream. Sweet cinnamon apple slices poured into a homemade, all-butter crust that bakes up flaky, tender and delicious.
When you need a creamy, tasty dessert this Brown Sugar Pecan Cream Pie comes together in less than 15 minutes! Perfect for the Holidays!
Pumpkin Cream Pie is lighter and creamier than traditional, but just as delicious! Blind bake your pie crust (homemade or store bought) and then fill with a fluffy, creamy, sweet and spicy filling!
Cranberry Cream Pie has the tartness of cranberries as well as citrusy notes from the orange zest and soft fluffiness from marshmallows!
The best chocolate pie is also the easiest with this Double Chocolate Cream Pie recipe! Made with a tasty combo of melted chocolate and mousse! YUM.
Creamy, sweet, and delicious, this Coconut Cream Pie will blow your mind! Make a simple coconut custard, pour it into a baked pie shell, and refrigerate. Top with lots of whipped cream and enjoy!
Buttery pie crust filled with bananas and sweet creamy filling, this Banana Cream Pie is what dreams are made of.
A golden oreo crust and a sweet and spicy pumpkin filling makes these Pumpkin Pie Bars irresistible. You just need a dollop of whipped cream!
Ok, so these are traditionally non traditional. Ha! I always think of pie when it comes to Thanksgiving, but there are so many other options out there when it comes to dessert. If you’re looking for a showstopper, give one of these a try this year. Here are some of the BEST Thanksgiving Desserts. Also be sure to scroll through my BEST Thanksgiving Cake Recipes post for more inspo!
One of my all-time most popular recipes, Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler is the ultimate fall dessert with cake on the top and hot caramel sauce on the bottom!
Soft pumpkin sponge cake and fluffy cream cheese filling all rolled up into a Pumpkin Roll Cake then dusted with powdered sugar! This is an absolute must on your Thanksgiving dessert table.
Elevate your Thanksgiving Day meal this holiday season by combining pumpkin pie and the silky texture of cheesecake to get this creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe! Smooth, tangy, and creamy, it’s one of the best desserts you can make this Fall.
These Pumpkin Pie Bars are to die for! They have a buttery shortbread bottom and are topped with chocolate chips, walnuts, and caramel. Blow your guests away this Thanksgiving!
Need a simple, delicious and unique cake that will blow your mind? Try my Easy Maple Cake! Made with simple pantry ingredients, real maple syrup and maple extract, baked low and slow to keep it soft and drizzled with a sweet and creamy maple glaze and topped with walnuts. It’s pure heaven.
This Pumpkin Crunch Cake is the tastiest (and easiest!) recipe for Fall. It’s like part pumpkin pie filling and part cobbler topping. Made simply with a yellow cake mix, pecans, pumpkin and spices, you will love this delicious dessert.
These Homemade Pumpkin Bars are the ultimate Fall dessert! A simple and tender pumpkin spice cake, topped with warm brown butter icing poured over the top of the warm cake once it comes out of the oven!
These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars are the perfect Fall treat and usually one of the first pumpkin desserts I make each year. These are soft, chocolate-y, pumpkin bars that are quick and easy to make.
This Pumpkin Sheet Cake is three creamy and sweet layers of cake, sweet pumpkin pudding and whipped cream rosettes. A cross between Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Cheesecake, this is the perfect make ahead dessert for any Thanksgiving gathering!
This Salted Caramel Apple Crumble recipe that will have you licking your plate clean! Soft apples, topped with a buttery crumble top and homemade salted caramel sauce. Pure heaven!
These Sweet Potato Cupcakes are moist, sweet, tender, and downright delicious. And the Brown Sugar Marshmallow Frosting is amazing!!!
This Pumpkin Cake recipe is layered between delicious chocolate and caramel frosting. Topped with walnuts, this cake is hard to resist!
Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars are seriously addicting! All the things you love about snickerdoodles plus soft caramel in the middle!
These delicious Apple Oatmeal Cookies are topped with creamy brown butter frosting and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s like apple pie meets oatmeal cookie, perfect as a yummy Fall treat!
Sweet Potato Cookies are soft and lightly spiced cookies make with mashed sweet potato, topped with homemade streusel and powdered sugar. A perfect dessert for Thanksgiving!
Soft and perfectly spiced, these Pumpkin Cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat! Made in one bowl, scooped, soft-baked, and topped with a simple glaze.
An epic, show-stopping dessert, this Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake is perfect for Thanksgiving! Two spiced pumpkin cakes baked and stacked with a thick layer of cheesecake in between.
Fall in love with this Apple Crisp Recipe! A simple, from-scratch, family favorite recipe that always goes over well regardless of who you’re serving it to, with a buttery kick! Similar to my Classic Apple Pie recipe.
This is literally the best cheesecake recipe ever. Seven simple ingredients. No water bath. No cracking ever. It is the only recipe you’ll ever need for classic, jaw-dropping, super creamy cheesecake. Follow my directions and it is simply fail-proof!
No Bake Cheesecake has never been so easy or delicious! A silky smooth cream cheese filling surrounded by a buttery graham cracker crust. Enjoy plain or with any desired toppings with no oven required.
Hello Strawberry Cheesecake! The most glorious, delicious, classic dessert is here! This is a showstopper no matter who you serve it to or when you serve it. This recipe is a variation of my classic cheesecake recipe and is one of my favorites. You only need a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time to make this amazing cheesecake.
This Vanilla Bean Cheesecake is absolutely out of this world delicious! No need to pay Cheesecake Factory prices when you can have 4 layers of brilliance in your very own kitchen – no water bath needed!
Chocolate Lasagna is loaded with an Oreo crust, cheesecake mixture, chocolate and vanilla pudding, and homemade whipped cream are layered to create a delicious no-bake dessert that will have your family licking their plates clean!
Perfectly sweet and delicious, this Banana Pudding will make you never want another dessert again! An amazing no-bake treat that stores for days in the fridge; perfect for Thanksgiving!
Perfect for the holidays, this copycat Magnolia Bakery Pumpkin Gingersnap Banana Pudding recipe will blow your mind. Super creamy, slightly spicy with that soft hint of banana, you will DIE over how delicious this copycat recipe is!
Ideas For Thanksgiving Leftovers
Totally repurpose leftover turkey with my Leftover Turkey Casserole! Stir diced turkey together with white rice, broccoli, cheese and a savory sauce. Top with more cheese and french fried onions and bake until hot and bubbly.
Let me introduce you to Turkey a la King! A homemade mushroom cream sauce filled with turkey and other veggies served on top of puff pastry shells is the perfect Thanksgiving leftovers recipe.
Turkey Salad sandwiches are one of my favorite ways to use up Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. This easy recipe is ready in 15 minutes or less! Serve on bread, as lettuce wraps or just eat with a big ol’ spoon!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner with family and friends! Happy Thanksgiving, friends! 🙂
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