40 Recipes to Make for Thanksgiving (2024)

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By Adrianna Adarme

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Nov 13, 2023, Updated Nov 28, 2023

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A collection of some of my most popular (and most made) Thanksgiving recipes. All in one place! W

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Table of Contents

  • Appetizers:
  • Side Dishes:
  • Mains:
  • Desserts:
  • co*cktails:
  • Tips and Tricks
  • FAQs

Appetizers:

  • Warm Caramelized Fennel Cheese Dip – This dip is SO good. The leeks and fennel are caramelized and then chopped up and mixed with a cheesy filling. Serve it with some warm bread for an ultimate comfort appetizer experience.
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  • Acorn Squash Queso Fundido – I love all iterations of queso fundido. This fall vibes version is a definite favorite. Acorn squash is diced up and cooked and then mixed with charred pasilla chile and lots of cheese. Put it in an acorn squash for some fun, autumnal flair.
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  • Melty Baked Brie with Walnuts and Figs – You know those people who are like, “I will burn hot water! I can’t fry an egg!” We all know a few that have a tough time in the kitchen. Poor things. It’s really just because they haven’t had much practice. But this is the type of recipe that suits that inexperience because it’s SO EASY. Honestly even if you are a good cook, this is also amazing because we all love easy and simple.
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  • Baked Brie Dip with Caramelized Onions and Delicata Squash – My favorite part about this dip is that it can be prepared ahead and then baked off while people are gathering. You could also make this in a toaster oven if you’re short on oven space.
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  • How to Make a Fall/Winter Cheese Board – This is my favorite thing to make so that people leave me alone while I finish Thanksgiving dinner. Put this out to avoid people trying to pick at things they shouldn’t be touching.
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Side Dishes:

  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese – This is the BEST backed macaroni and cheese. It’s the recipe I make every year. And it’s the one that everyone loves the next day for leftovers.
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  • Lobster Macaroni and Cheese – Indulgent? Absolutely. Delicious? Fer suuuure. It’s creamy, too. Top with lots of chives for a bit of freshness.
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  • Twice Baked Comté Sweet Potatoes – Comte is a glorious cheese that is luckily very readily available at most grocery stores. Baked sweet potatoes goes like this: roast the potatoes and then scoop out the potatoes, mix it with a few other delicious things and then pipe it back in. And then, bake again!
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  • Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits – These buttermilk biscuits are so flaky and delicious. Smother them with compound butter for the ultimate Thanksgiving bread choice.
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  • Classic Cranberry Sauce – Some people LOVE canned cranberry sauce. And I will agree that it has a nostalgic quality to it. But I’m sorry it’s not as good as homemade. Perhaps this is where you completely disagree with me. That’s fine. This recipe is my all-time favorite!
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  • Twice Baked Acorn Squash with Maple Butter – Twice baked potatoes is absolutely a thing! But this is a bit different because we’re using acorn squash. It’s cooked and then softened and baked again. It’s super delicious with this maple butter.
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  • Sweet Potato Gratin with Comte – This recipe is SO good. The comte and earthy chantrelles work really well with sweet potatoes. I made it all pretty but really you could just throw everything together in a casserole dish and bake it!
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  • Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread – This cornbread is perfectly moist and sweet and a little spicy. If you’re a cornbread purist, look AWAY! But it’s absolutely delicious. I love serving it with a scallion butter.
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Stuffing Muffins – I love stuffing muffins. They are perfect for this Thanksgiving.

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  • Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese – Creamy stovetop macaroni and cheese made with raclette, which if you are unfamiliar, is an incredibly cheesy melty cheese with so much flavor.
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  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes – Achieving perfectly fluffy mashed potatoes is all about technique: use room temperature butter or melted butter. Use a ricer for maximum fluffiness!
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  • Hasselback Butternut Squash with Walnut Gremolata – I love having vegetables on the side. Unfortunately that is definitely something I need to work on because I have literally zero vegetable side dishes! The horror! But this hasselback butternut squash is so delicious.
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  • Salted Honey Parker House Rolls – These rolls are so delicious and fluffy. They’ve already been made like a dozen times by all of you and they’ve all looked amazing!
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Mains:

  • Sheet Pan Mojo Turkey – This mojo turkey lends flavors from Cuban mojo (sour oranges/garlic and olive oil) marinade and applies it to turkey. If you’ve never spatchco*cked a turkey, you need to get on it because it truly is the easiest way to cook a turkey.
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Desserts:

  • Pie Crust 101 – If you’re looking to make a pie crust for the first time (or second or third time), this post is super helpful. It has step-by-step photos on how to ACE your pie crust.
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  • Homemade Apple Pie – Who doesn’t love a classic apple pie recipe that is an ACE! No one. This recipe is my absolute favorite and it’s the one I’ll be making this Thanksgiving myself.
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  • Classic Sweet Potato Pie – This pie is a Thanksgiving staple. Silky smooth, perfectly spiced, made with homemade boiled sweet potatoes. But really, you could use store-bought pie crust AND canned sweet potato if you want some shortcuts.
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  • Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brown Butter Frosting – This sheet cake is ALWAYS one of the most made recipes from this site every fall. It’s fluffy and delicious and the brown butter frosting is to die for.
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  • Black-Bottomed Pecan Pie – Chocolate and pecans are a match made in heaven. This pie has a nice thin layer of ganache on the bottom. This recipe can be made with corn syrup or brown rice syrup!
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  • Rose Apple Tart with Pistachio Butter – If you’re looking for a project that will take you all day long but will be an absolute stunner, look no further! Is it labor-intensive? Absolutely. But it’s a beautiful pie to make.
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  • Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie – This is another all-time favorite of mine. Butterscotch and pumpkin are a match made in heaven. This recipe yields a silky smooth pie.
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  • French Silk Pie – I’m not sure I can properly express how much I love French Silk Pie. It is SO delicious and smooth and perfectly sweet. It’s super light so it doesn’t feel heavy or too rich.
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  • Miso Caramel Apple Pie – Miso in caramel gives it such a delicious savory quality to it that is undeniable. It’s delicious! This recipe is no exception. Paired with sweet apples, it bakes up into a tasty pie.
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  • Asian Pear Apple Pie – If you’ve never had an Asian pear, you are in for a treat. They’re super floral and deliciously sweet.
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  • Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake – This recipe pairs chocolate and pumpkin and it is delicious! This recipe has the perfect cheesecake texture that I hold close to my heart.
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  • Pumpkin Tres Leches – This recipe was a tricky one to figure out because we wanted to add pumpkin puree to a sponge cake without making it heavy. We figured it out! This recipe is perfectly light and still delicious like a classic tres leches.
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  • Masala Chai Apple Skillet Cake – This skillet cake is super simple to throw together. I love skillet cakes because they’re easy yet still delicious to snack on.
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  • Cheddar Rye Apple Hand Pies – I will admit that I’ve always been skeptical about adding cheese to a pie crust but these are SO good. The cheddar and rye are a delicious combo.
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  • Easy Apple Cobbler – This cobbler is so easy to throw together, hence the name “easy.” The topping is fluffy and cakey; it’s one of my favorite recipes to make in under an hour.
  • Sticky Toffee Persimmon Pudding – Inspired by the British dessert and American persimmon pudding. This is a mash-up! It’s so good. The perfect balance of salty and sweet.
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  • Brûléed Classic Pumpkin Pie – This recipe is a classic but with a bit of a twist. A crunchy twist. The topping is SO good. Add a bit of granulated sugar to the top and then torch it until solid. Best part is cracking the top!
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co*cktails:

  • Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic
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  • Pear Ginger-Sage co*cktail – Easy vodka fall vibes co*cktail that has flavors from fresh ginger and sage. Serve over ice!

Tips and Tricks

  1. Assign dishes if you’re doing potluck style – it avoids the tragedy of five green bean casseroles and no pie.
  2. Don’t forget the power of a good playlist to set the mood and keep the vibe cheerful.
  3. Keep some containers on hand for easy leftovers distribution – your guests will love you.
  4. Make sure to have some non-alcoholic options on hand – a spiced apple cider works wonders.
  5. Remember to take a deep breath and enjoy – these moments make the memories!

FAQs

How do I choose which recipes to make for a big crowd?

Aim for a mix – a couple of showstoppers, some make-aheads, and a few that can be served at room temp give you less kitchen frenzy on the big day.

Can these recipes be scaled up or down?

Sure thing, most can be doubled or halved as needed. Just keep an eye on cooking times, which might need a tweak.

What’s the key to getting everything on the table hot?

It’s all about timing and a little bit of choreography. Jot down a schedule, and don’t be shy about enlisting a sous chef!

How can I accommodate different dietary needs?

Label your dishes, and when in doubt, a few veggie-centric sides never go amiss.

Any tips for minimizing stress on Thanksgiving day?

Prep what you can in advance, and remember, it’s about being thankful, not perfect.

Hope you enjoyed this list of 40 Recipes to Make for Thanksgiving!

xoxo, Adrianna

P.S. And if you need more round-ups, here are some of my Best Fall Recipes and 10 Pies to Make at Thanksgiving.

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  1. Hello, the website for cook times isn’t working how long do you cook for a 20-pound turkey? Thanks, Happy Thanksgiving!! and please visit us: https://www.beckandbulow.com

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  2. Where do you come up with these ideas? They’re genius. We’ve already had our Canadian thanksgiving but I’m going to attempt these recipes anyway (especially the sweet potato gratin and pumpkin tres leches cake) because they look too good not to. Thanks for sharing this list!

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    1. Hahah thank you so much! I just cook a lot and spend way too much time in the kitchen 🙂

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  3. This is a wonderful list. Thank you very much for putting this together. One question: can your sweet potato pie be bruleed in the same way as the pumpkin pie recipe? My family doesn’t like pumpkin pie so I was thinking of ways to jazz up my sweet potato pie recipe. Thank you!

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  4. thank you for all of this Thanksgiving inspiration, especially the cranberry gin and tonic, the best one to start with!

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40 Recipes to Make for Thanksgiving (2024)

FAQs

What are the top 10 Thanksgiving food? ›

Top 10 Thanksgiving Dishes
  1. Turkey.
  2. Stuffing/Dressing.
  3. Pumpkin Pie.
  4. Sweet Potato Casserole.
  5. Mashed Potatoes.
  6. Ham.
  7. Green Bean Casserole.
  8. Cranberry Jelly.
Nov 22, 2023

What are the top 20 Thanksgiving foods in America? ›

Most Traditional Thanksgiving Foods
  • Mashed Potatoes. ...
  • Gravy. ...
  • Cranberry Sauce. ...
  • Corn. ...
  • Green Bean Casserole. ...
  • Candied Yams. ...
  • Pumpkin Pie. ...
  • Pecan Pie. Complete the meal with a delectable (delicious) pecan pie, a pie that uses pecans (a type of nut) with spices and maple syrup.
Sep 29, 2023

What are the 12 most popular Thanksgiving dishes? ›

Scroll through to take a look at our most popular Thanksgiving recipes.
  • 01 of 24. Perfect Turkey. ...
  • 02 of 24. Roasted Brussels Sprouts. ...
  • 03 of 24. Cranberry Sauce. ...
  • 04 of 24. Homemade Mac and Cheese. ...
  • 05 of 24. Sweet Potato Pie. ...
  • 06 of 24. Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll. ...
  • 07 of 24. Slow Cooker Turkey Breast. ...
  • 08 of 24. Cream Corn Like No Other.
Oct 26, 2023

What is a Thanksgiving food with Z? ›

Z is for zucchini. Not traditionally a Thanksgiving food, but not a lot starts with Z. This zucchini and gruyere quiche is a rich and creamy addition to your side dishes.

What are 4 common foods at Thanksgiving? ›

The 10 Most Popular Thanksgiving Dishes
  • Roast turkey. We've already filled you in on how to carve a turkey like a chef. ...
  • Stuffing. Good stuffing is key to a successful Thanksgiving dinner. ...
  • Mashed potatoes. ...
  • Green bean casserole. ...
  • Corn casserole. ...
  • Sweet potato casserole. ...
  • Honey-glazed Brussels sprouts. ...
  • Cranberry sauce.
Nov 2, 2022

What are 3 main foods on Thanksgiving? ›

The classic Thanksgiving dinner includes old-time favorites that never change: turkey, gravy, stuffing, potatoes, veggies, and pie. But the way these dishes are made or added to is everchanging because of food trends and different dietary requirements.

What is a good Thanksgiving menu? ›

First-Timer's Thanksgiving Menu
  • Roasted Turkey.
  • Easy Baked Brie.
  • Thanksgiving Salad.
  • Sausage Stuffing.
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes.
  • Make-Ahead Gravy.
  • Crock-Pot Scalloped Potatoes.
  • Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce.
Nov 1, 2023

What are the top 5 Thanksgiving foods? ›

Here are the top 10 most popular Thanksgiving foods you'll likely see at every celebration.
  1. Turkey. Turkey is a symbol of Thanksgiving, and it's hard to imagine the holiday without it. ...
  2. Mashed Potatoes. ...
  3. Green Bean Casserole. ...
  4. Sweet Potatoes. ...
  5. Dinner Rolls. ...
  6. Cranberry Sauce. ...
  7. Pumpkin Pie. ...
  8. Stuffing.
Oct 26, 2022

What is the most unpopular Thanksgiving food? ›

The Most Disliked Traditional Thanksgiving Foods
  • Ham — 25.57%
  • Coleslaw — 25.57%
  • Pumpkin Pie — 24.28%
  • Mashed Potatoes — 18.66%
  • Macaroni and Cheese — 17.47%
  • Carrots — 16.98%
  • Apple Pie — 16.29%
  • Corn — 15.50%
Nov 21, 2023

What is the most popular side dish served on Thanksgiving Day? ›

Mashed Potatoes

And the winner is... mashed potatoes! Rising from second place in 2022, mashed potatoes take the crown for America's favorite Thanksgiving side dish. Creamy, rich, and comforting, they're the perfect accompaniment to turkey and gravy, so it makes sense that mashed potatoes came out on top.

What does everyone cook for Thanksgiving? ›

So those same foods get fixed for thanksgiving every year. The interesting thing is that not all families serve the traditional roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie that is considered to be the “traditional Thanksgiving meal”.

What are the most common side dishes for Thanksgiving? ›

Traditional side dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners in America often include roasted turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potato casserole, and gravy. Additionally, dishes like cornbread, Brussels sprouts, and pumpkin pie are commonly enjoyed during these festive meals.

What Thanksgiving food starts with B? ›

B
  • Banana pudding.
  • Biscuit (bread)
  • Blueberry pie.
  • Butternut squash.

What starts with H for Thanksgiving? ›

Thanksgiving-related Words from H
HarvestHearth
HomeHope
Horn of plentyHost
HospitalityHam
HaystackHayride
2 more rows

What starts with E for Thanksgiving? ›

E is for Eggs, Endives, and Entertainment. F is for Fresh Green Salads. G is for Thanksgiving Gravy. H is for Haricot Verts aka Green Beans.

What is the most popular food at Thanksgiving? ›

America's different regions can favor different local cuisines, and Thanksgiving dinner provides no exception. While turkey is the top selection in every region, side-dish challenger mashed potatoes are tied for first place in the Midwest (both winning 85% of matchups) and West (both winning 79%).

What is the most eaten food on Thanksgiving? ›

Turkey is the most common main dish of a Thanksgiving dinner, to the point that Thanksgiving is sometimes colloquially called "Turkey Day." Alexander Hamilton proclaimed that "no citizen of the United States should refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day", and Benjamin Franklin had high regard for the wild turkey as an ...

What is the most famous food for Thanksgiving? ›

Turkey (and Gravy)

Let's start with the star of the show: the turkey. There are many different ways to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey, from the oven to the fryer to the smoker. Then you've got brines, rubs, and herbs. But our favorite way is to start with the best bird we can find, and simply roast it with some herbs.

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