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The Best Thanksgiving Recipes are right here! Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’m sharing with you some of our favorite recipes to make!

Roast Turkey

I thought I’d share with you some of our very Best Thanksgiving Recipes because I’m in a good mood and because I’m the lucky one making the turkey for our Thanksgiving meal. Tis the season for Turkey and Stuffing! And Pumpkin Pie. And Sweet Potatoes.

I like food, can you tell? Especially Thanksgiving food.

I’ve had my fair share of really BAD Thanksgiving meals, so, here lies the recipes I swear by for Thanksgiving. I thought about thinking up new twists on the traditional sides, but then I didn’t want to mess with something that was already delicious. So, I didn’t. Maybe next year ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s start out with something pretty simple: Mashed Potatoes! On a weeknight, I would use a little butter, skim milk and light cream cheese in my mashed potatoes. Holidays however are a whole different ball game. Bring out the big guns, people! Lots of butter, full fat cream cheese and whole milk {or cream if you want to be really naughty}. Boil those suckers down, smash away with all your creamy goodness and enjoy! Give this recipe to the most novice chef and watch magic happen! No one can mess these up. Honest.

Speaking of potatoes, how would you like some Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes? Complete with walnut streusel. Drool. These taste like dessert, but are totally legit as a vegetable side dish because it’s Thanksgiving. Another reason why this holiday is the bomb.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Moving on. Do you like Brussels Sprouts? Growing up my Mom never made them and I wasn’t completely sure why. Then when I went to college, I bought a few, cooked them and thought “these are kind of gross”. Then it all made sense. Mom didn’t make brussels sprouts because they were gross. WELL, my life got completely flipped upside down when my sister-in-law made some sauteed brussels sprouts in butter, onions and garlic. Really simple, but really delicious. At that point, I was ready and determined to turn brussels sprouts into my favorite vegetable. And, by George I think I’ve done it! If you think you don’t like brussels sprouts, give my Warm Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts Salad a whirl. It have bacon, toasted almonds and pomegranate seeds in it! It’s smokey, sweet, salty, crunchy and overall just really really good. This is one of Gordon’s favorites out of everything I make. And it’s nice to have a little green on your Thanksgiving plate besides green bean casserole…which I don’t particularly like.

Brussel Sprout Salad

One of the best thanksgiving recipes for stuffing is my Mom’s Wild Rice Stuffing. It’s what I grew up eating and it’s what is my gold standard. Moving to the states forced me to try things the American way in November {when ya’ll celebrate Thanksgiving….totally foreign for this Canadian who celebrates in October}. Bread stuffing is so incredibly loved here, it’s ridiculous. However, the first few bread stuffing I tried were AWFUL. Mushy and gross. Why do you like soggy bread?ย I didn’t understand. Then I married a boy who was American who didn’t like bread stuffing either. Eureka! It’s a miracle! And we enjoyed our rice stuffing in peace. The end.

Just kidding.

Then one day, I tried Cornbread stuffing and my life changed again. I couldn’t handle bread stuffing, but CORNBREAD stuffing is a whole different ballgame and something I could totally get on board with. So, I created this recipe for Sausage Cornbread Stuffing. Very simple ingredients baked together creating a whole lot of deliciousness. It’s sweet, creamy, light and everything that dreams are made of. Well, my dreams. Cause I’m weird and I dream about food. ANYWAYS, what I’m trying to say is you should make this now.

Stuffing

The turkey recipe I use is the tried and true version from Butterball. They KNOW their turkeys. If you’re in charge of the grand ol’ bird this year, I’d recommend farting around the Butterball website for tips and tricks, reading this post and downloading the Butterball Cookbook Plus app. It’s a fun app for your iPhone or iPad that covers cooking a perfect turkey plus lots of other fun and delicious recipes.

Don’t forget the gravy! Here’s my tutorial on making perfect gravy. Gravy + mashed potatoes means I’m a gonner. One of my favorite things ever.

Mashed Potatoes and Turkey Gravy

Before you know it, you’ll have a whole Thanksgiving meal whipped up and ready to share! Holy yummy plate of food Batman.

Thanksgiving Meal

For dessert, I’ll be making these cuties: White Chocolate Cheesecake Pecan Pie Tarts. If you like pecan pie and/or cheesecake, then these are for you. I brought some of these over to one of my friends who hates pecan pie but loved these. So, maybe it’ll make a believer out of you too. Super yummy and super simple. Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream is always a fun change up from the original pie that will have the kiddies going crazy. These Caramel Pumpkin Blondies would also be a big hit too. Ooey gooeyness at its finest!

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324 Responses
  1. Elena Vo

    What a great post and delicious pictures!
    This year, I am thankful for being able to reconnect with an old friend from the past. She has found me on Twitter and we’ve been calling each other almost every week. It is so precious to me to rekindle an old friendship.
    Have a great Friday!

  2. Lauren @ Part Time House Wife

    I literally laughed out loud at “Grassy Hill”. I love mini kids minds and the way they work!
    I’m all about a good gravy on some extra fatty mashies too….OMG i’m counting down the minutes til Nov. 22

  3. Melissa b in il

    We can’t have the canned soup green bean casserole here due to msg allergies, so I’ve found a few alternatives i like much better. One is to cook mushrooms and Shallots with thyme, garlic and olive oil and toss with blanched green beans yum!

  4. Melissa

    This year I am Thankful I had the belief that moving my family was right. I am Thankful for the job I have which allows me to be close to my children when they are at school. I am Thankful to be loved and happy!

  5. Melissa

    I am thankful for modern medicine. My 8 year old son has leukemia (cancer of the white blood cells) and is in remission because of modern treatment.

  6. Tasha N.

    I am Thankful for my family most of all, they are the glue that holds me together on my bad days and the sunshine after the rain. Thanks for a great giveaway, and Awesome recipes!

  7. Michelle

    I’m thankful for new friends even those that don’t like soggy bread stuffing (they don’t ALL have to be soggy you know). ; ) I might break down and try cornbread stuffing again, by my experience, ugh!

  8. Karen LeMore

    I’m thankful for my wonderful family and dear friends. I’m also thankful to live in this great country where we are able to enjoy the freedoms that so many died to give us. I’m blessed to have a job and good health.

  9. ashe_phoenix

    I’m most thankful to make it to Thanksgiving of any year, and to have a network of family and friends who care about me. Such a blessing!

  10. kori

    I am thankful for my family’s health and ability to help one another when it’s needed. We pulled together great this year and I am proud of everyone!

  11. Jen B.

    I’m thankful that my husband is WILLINGLY my recipe guinea pig. I can’t wait to try all of the recipes in this post, especially the twice-baked sweet potatoes and asparagus/brussel sprout salad!!!

  12. Megan | Eats Daily

    I’m thankful for my husband! We get along really well and I don’t know where I’d be without him. And maybe thankful for my cat too.. because he’s cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Paula

    This year I am so grateful for the health of my children! My little girl is getting over pneumonia and I’m so thankful for the body’s ability to heal! Yay turkey!

  14. Billie Jean

    I am SO thankful for my parents! I love them dearly, and thank God for them! They are too good to me. Also for my position in my life now, I’m in the Air Force! I receive so much care from them and it’s a great transition from high school to the “real world”!