Our Absolute Best Thanksgiving Recipes (2024)

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Our Absolute Best Thanksgiving Recipes (1)Lauren Jarvis-GibsonUpdated: Feb. 13, 2024

    Enjoy these gorgeous Thanksgiving recipes, like slow-roasted turkey, mouth-puckering cranberry sauce, creamy mashed potatoes and more. Time to dig in!

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    With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to start planning what you’re going to make your loved ones. What better way to show them your love than through your food?

    While turkey is usually the star of the show, we have everything from stuffing dishesto macaroni and cheese recipes to classicpotato recipes. Oh, and if you’re worried about cooking a turkey this year, we have fabulous roasted turkey recipes too. For the sweet tooths in your family, they will be pleased to find dessert superstars like pumpkin cheesecake and gorgeous pies.

    Time to start planning and get ready for the best fall holiday.


    Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

    Gravy is essential for any Thanksgiving meal. You can never have enough of this make-ahead turkey gravy on hand for a holiday dinner. It’s easy to whip up in no time. Just make sure you don’t eat it all before serving.

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    Honey-Glazed Turkey

    The sweet and spicy turkey glaze gives the bird a wonderful flavor. It’s the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving meal.

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    Duo Tater Bake

    This is a creamy and comforting Thanksgiving recipe that is sure to become a classic. It’s great for kids, too!

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    Chocolate-Caramel Pumpkin Torte

    If you’re tired of the same old Thanksgiving desserts, try this one out. It’s not only stunning to look at, but each bite is full of chocolate, caramel and pumpkin pie goodness.

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    Cranberry Ricotta Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce

    These pillowy dumplings are a fun and exciting way to make Thanksgiving taste brand new. It’s a touch sweet thanks to the cranberry ricotta and brown butter sauce.

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    Chocolate Pecan Piecaken

    Why fight over whether cake or pie is better when you can combine the two? This Thanksgiving Piecaken is a real stunner!

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    Cranberry Ambrosia Salad

    This creamy and refreshing salad is a delightful dessert to have if you’re tired of all things pie. It’s also a great palette cleanser after eating a heavy meal. Having a small Thanksgiving this year? Find scaled-down versions of your holiday favorites in these Thanksgiving recipes for two.

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    Slow Cooker Mushroom Potatoes

    This savory Thanksgiving recipe jazzes up potatoes with mushrooms, onions, canned soup and cheese. This dish tastes amazing with turkey and ham.

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    Pecan Pie Cookies

    These sweet cookies are the perfect bite-sized treats everyone will love. Plus, they’re easy to send home with family and friends (if there are any left!).

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    Classic Stuffed Turkey

    This Thanksgiving recipe might be our most moist and tender turkey ever!

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    Cranberry Sauce with Maple Syrup

    It’s not a proper Thanksgiving without a great cranberry sauce! This version with maple syrup is simple, quick to make and sure to become a family favorite in your household. It’s also delicious as a garnish for turkey.

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    Roasted Fall Vegetables

    Roasted fall vegetables are a wonderful and delicious way to get some more veggies on your plate. Even kids will enjoy this Thanksgiving recipe!

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    Sweet Potato Pie

    This creamy sweet potato pie is subtly spiced and slices beautifully! We suggest baking up a few sweet potato pies around the holidays to give to friends and family. — North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission

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    Cranberry Apple Stuffing

    This stuffing isn’t your ordinary Thanksgiving stuffing. The cranberries and apples add texture and fall flavors.


    Oh-So-Good Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    When it comes to mashed potato recipes, you can’t ever go wrong with a simple recipe like this. We promise you, it tastes anything but boring.

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    Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole

    This hearty and filling casserole is Thanksgiving in a bowl! This dish is full of turkey, potatoes and plenty of herbs. Dig in!

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    Spiced Cranberry Sauce

    This spiced cranberry sauce will fill your home with sweet and spicy fragrances. It’s just the thing your turkey and stuffing need.

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    Holiday Creamed Spinach

    This rich, delicious creamed spinach is going to be inhaled by kids, too. It pairs well with classic Thanksgiving recipes.

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    Golden Butternut Squash Tart

    This savory and flavorful butternut squash tart is perfect for the holiday season. It’ll warm you right up on chilly November nights.

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    Pumpkin Spice Cake

    You can’t go wrong with a pumpkin spice cake for dessert. Everyone will love every sweet bite they can have before calling it a night!

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    Pumpkin Fudge

    Combining the creamy richness of traditional fudge with the warm essence of pumpkin, this treat offers a perfect balance of sweetness and seasonal spice.

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    Butter Pecan Cheesecake

    This pecan cheesecake is sure to be a hit at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. It’s creamy, rich and hard to resist.

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    Crumb-Topped Apple Pie

    This apple pie with crumb topping is gorgeous and delicious. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an added layer of sweetness.

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    Praline-Topped Apple Bread

    Apples, toasted pecans and a praline glaze make this bread a fall favorite. Pair it with coffee or even ice-cream for a real treat!

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    Autumn Pork Roast

    This Thanksgiving recipe captures the fabulous flavor of fall perfectly. It’s a soothing roast that will have you warmed up in no time.

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    Pumpkin Apple Pie

    Apple and pumpkin flavors come together to make a sweet and delectable pie. It has all the flavors of autumn in one single bite.

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    Cauliflower Gratin

    Cauliflower gratin is a lower-carb side dish that pairs well with turkey, ham or pork. It’s so creamy and delicious that even the pickiest eaters in your family will ask for seconds (or thirds).

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    Pots de Creme

    This chocolatey and rich custard is the perfect way to end a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. It’s not overly sweet and is light enough to have after your meal.

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    Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream

    If you’re an avid pumpkin lover, you really need to try this spiced pumpkin ice cream recipe. But be prepared to make more!

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    Turkey with Sausage-Cornbread Stuffing

    Your turkey will taste even better alongside this sausage cornbread stuffing. Even skeptics of stuffing will want to devour this Thanksgiving recipe.

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    Sweet Potato Casserole

    This dish artfully combines tender sweet potatoes with a buttery brown sugar pecan topping, creating a perfect harmony of textures and flavors.

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    Party Potatoes

    These creamy, tasty potatoes can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to pop them in the oven for the big day. The garlic powder and chives add nice flavor to the dish and the shredded cheese adds mouthwatering color.

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    Elegant Green Beans

    Mushrooms and water chestnuts give new life to the ordinary green bean casserole. It’s a perfect mix of creamy and comforting.

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    Triple Cranberry Sauce

    With the needed addition of orange and all spice, cranberry fans will ask for this sauce again and again.

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    Angel Biscuits

    These light biscuits are the perfect side dish to have at your Thanksgiving table. They are soft and taste wonderful with a spoonful of gravy on top.

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    Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

    When it comes to Thanksgiving, prepping is everything. This mashed potato recipe is easy, creamy and comforting. If you want to ease the holiday rush, then check out our collection of make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes.

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    No-Bake Chocolate-Pecan Tartlets

    This Thanksgiving recipe is so easy to make because it’s no bake! Hooray, finally a recipe where you don’t have to use your oven.

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    Billie’s Southern Sweet Potato Cake

    Tired of pie? Try out this Thanksgiving recipe! It’s sweet as pie, but the cake gives you a fluffier and creamier texture from the icing.

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    Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie

    If you want to make something a little different this Thanksgiving, why not try this decadent caramel-pecan apple pie? It’s even better with some ice cream or whipped cream on top.

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    Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread

    This easy Thanksgiving recipe is equal parts savory and sweet. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a cheesy spread. You can dip bread, cornbread or rolls into this dip.

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    Spiced Toffee Cookies

    These cookies are thin and chewy with a crispy exterior. The toffee bits make it even more fun to eat. Expect these treats to be gone before you can say, “Happy Thanksgiving!”

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    Butternut Squash Oven Risotto

    Squash and beer make this risotto unique. If you’re looking for an ultra-comforting side, this is the one to make.

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    Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

    This moist dressing is perfect when paired with poultry or even pork. You won’t regret trying this recipe out for Thanksgiving this year.

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    Roasted green beans are not only scrumptious, but they will look beautiful on your Thanksgiving table. This version of green beans with lemon and walnuts will be a crowd pleaser.

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    Maple-Sage Brined Turkey

    Maple-sage brine helps to brown your turkey while also making the meat incredibly juicy. This is a lovely Thanksgiving dish that screams “fall”.

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    Mini Apple Pies

    If you don’t want to make a whole pie, why not make sweet mini apple pies? They’ll surely be a hit with your guests.

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    Orange-Glazed Pork Loin

    This bright and flavorful Thanksgiving recipe is perfect for meat lovers. The glaze adds a touch of sweetness too.

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    Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake

    A gorgeous topping of cinnamon-spiced apple slices and a homemade crust make this Thanksgiving recipe a definite showstopper. We love this because it’s not too sweet or overpowering.

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    Taste-of-Fall Salad

    For Thanksgiving, it’s nice to get some greens in and take a break from rich entrees. This salad is perfect for Thanksgiving, thanks to the nutty pecans and sweet pear slices.

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    Maple-Glazed Acorn Squash

    With a maple syrup and brown sugar glaze, this Thanksgiving recipe becomes pleasantly sweet. This pairs well with savory ham, turkey or chicken.

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    For a vegetarian main dish, you’ve got to try this butternut and portobello lasagna. It’s unexpected, yet totally delicious.

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    Pumpkin Bars

    Indulge in these soft, sweet pumpkin bars with a cup of hot coffee after your stomach has settled from the big feast.

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    Potluck German Apple Cake

    This dessert unites the richness of a moist, spiced apple cake with the sweetness of a cream cheese frosting, making it a potluck favorite.

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    Never-Fail Scalloped Potatoes

    Never fail is right! This savory Thanksgiving recipe is easy to make on the first try.

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    Pumpkin Ice Cream Roll

    This wonderfully light Thanksgiving recipe will surely be a staple for you for many years. The pumpkin and the cold ice cream makes this dessert extra refreshing.

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    Honey Cornbread

    The addition of honey gives this cornbread a slight sweet taste that pairs well with turkey.

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    Cranberry Bundt Cake

    Cranberry sauce gives this bundt cake a beautiful holiday feel. It’s great for leftovers, too, when you want something sweet for breakfast or brunch.

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    Deep-Dish Apple Pie

    This deep-dish apple pie is a real winner! The filling is oh-so sweet without being too over the top. It tastes even better with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

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    Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese

    Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without this ooey-gooey classic. A little ground mustard and hot pepper sauce give this baked macaroni and cheese just the right amount of spice.

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    Originally Published: November 21, 2022

    Our Absolute Best Thanksgiving Recipes (61)

    Lauren Jarvis-Gibson

    Lauren has spent more than eight years writing lifestyle, health and wellness content for publishers like Allure, Teen Vogue and Thought Catalog. As Taste of Home's assistant editor, she ran the Holiday, Healthy and Desserts newsletters, and wrote and edited everything from recipe tutorials to healthy eating tips.After work hours, you can find Lauren trying out new pasta recipes, obsessing over her dog, Andre, and working on her third book of poetry.

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