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    The 40 BEST Thanksgiving Recipes

    Thanksgiving may be the most food-centric holidays of all, and this collection of Thanksgiving Recipes will help you put on the best spread ever!

    It includes mains, sides, desserts and even appetizers that your guests won’t be able to get enough of.

    Here you’ll find all the classics like mashed potatoes and stuffing, as well as some unique and creative dishes that will look great on your table.

    Go through all of these amazing Thanksgiving recipes, and get ready for a great feast!

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    The Best Thanksgiving Recipes:

    1. Roast Turkey

    It’s only natural that we would start our list of Thanksgiving Recipes with the centerpiece of most tables, the roast turkey!

    No Thanksgiving spread is complete without this giant bird!

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    2. Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel

    You’re going to love this Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel. The crunchy pecans add so much flavor and texture to the dish.

    You’ll never go back to marshmallows!

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    3. Green Beans Almondine

    Green Beans Almondine!! Doesn’t it sound fancy? It’s such a big upgrade over your basic beans.

    Vibrant French style green beans tossed with brown butter, toasty almonds (that’s where almondine comes from), shallots, garlic and a squeeze of lemon to brighten it in the end.

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    4. Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes are one of the ultimate comfort foods. They go great with turkey, ham, roast beef, or whatever main you’re serving up.

    This is a MUST on Thanksgiving.

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    5. Creamed Peas with Pearl Onions

    Now here’s a real classic that has been on holiday spreads for generations. Sweet peas are slathered in creamy white sauce, sprinkled with pearl onions.

    This easy side is a great addition to your Thanksgiving feast!

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    6. Squash Casserole

    This squash casserole is a popular southern side dish that will go great on your spread.

    Mildly flavored sweet squash folded into a creamy, cheesy sauce and topped with buttery cracker topping. People will be going for seconds and thirds!

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    7. Pork Pinwheels

    Stuffed and roasted pork loin with spinach and mushrooms… with plenty of feta cheese.

    Gourmet, sophisticated and elegant, it’s a great alternative to turkey, or alongside it if you’re serving two mains.

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    8. Creamed Corn

    After you try this easy Creamed Corn recipe, you will never, ever go back to canned. Made with fresh corn (though you can use frozen), it’s so creamy and full of flavor.

    This side dish is addictively good. It will make a great addition to your Thanksgiving and Christmas spreads, but is a must in summer when that sweet corn is in season

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    9. Baked Brie with Nuts and Honey

    If you want some great Thanksgiving appetizer, you can’t go wrong with this Baked Brie with Nuts and Honey.

    Who doesn’t love some nice creamy brie? Take your favorite soft cheese to a new level with this fancy yet easy recipe. You are in for a cheesy spectacle!

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    10. Succotash

    Succotash is another Thanksgiving side that has been around for generations. With corn and lime beans as the stars, it also features a variety of other veggies.

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    11. Fall Pasta Salad

    Who says pasta salad is just a summertime potluck thing? Our Fall Pasta Salad is brimming with all the best flavors of autumn.

    Roasted veggies, crisp apples, sweet dried cranberries, and so much more. This is one of those salads where every bite brings a new combination of flavors.

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    12. Toad in the Hole

    Yorkshire pudding finds its way onto many Thanksgiving tables. This fun British recipe with a funny name takes it to the next level with the inclusion of sausages!

    Your guests will love eating and saying it!

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    13. Oyster Stew

    Traditionally eaten around Thanksgiving in New England, Oyster Stew is creamy, buttery and sooo delicious.

    This is a perfect winter warmer.

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    14. Thanksgiving Kale Salad

    Add some color and freshness to your Thanksgiving dinner with this delicious kale salad. The wide array of flavors combine for a salad that tastes as beautiful as it looks.

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    15. Pumpkin Pie

    When Fall rolls around, you absolutely MUST have a great Pumpkin Pie in your cookbook. This easy recipe is just that.

    It’s one of the most popular dessert Thanksgiving recipes!

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    16. Chili Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

    These chili maple glazed sweet potatoes with pecans have a nice kick due to being topped with a marvelous maple-chili glaze.

    The maple syrup adds sweetness, and the chili adds spiciness to make for a great sweet and spicy combo.

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    17. Pernil (Puerto Rican Roast Pork)

    Pernil is a traditional Puerto Rican Roast Pork commonly eaten at Christmas, but it would certainly make a great addition to your Thanksgiving recipes collection.

    Pork butt is marinated in garlic, herb, and other amazing Latin seasonings overnight, and then slow roasted for hours, until the meat is tender and the skin is perfectly crispy and delicious.

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    18. Corn Casserole

    This easy 5 ingredient Corn Casserole is a great southern style side dish, and takes next to no effort. Seriously, just mix up the ingredients, then stick it in the oven.

    It’s a versatile dish that would goes great with your other Thanksgiving favorites!

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    19. Cherry Tomato Gratin

    This Cherry Tomato gratin is the newest star on your spread. It’s the perfect combination of easy, tasty and pretty.

    Impress everyone with this gorgeous dish!

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    20. Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

    These golden yellow Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash are a beauty to the eyes. These gorgeous veggie bowls with their scalloped, caramelized edges are stuffed with the most delicious sausage stuffing…

    It’s a great alternative Thanksgiving main dish.

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    21. Green Rice Casserole

    This green rice casserole is a great alternative to your traditional Thanksgiving sides. Creamy, cheesy goodness with spinach and peppers, this might become your new favorite.

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    22. Pecan Pie

    Here’s one of our absolute favorite dessert Thanksgiving recipes, Pecan Pie. It has a great buttery, vanilla infused filling and is topped with crunchy pecans.

    The salty/sweet combo is amazing. You don’t want to miss this one!

    Get the Recipe @ sallysbakingaddiction

    23. Sweet Potato Mash

    Give your feast a healthier twist with this easy Sweet Potato Mash recipe. It’s a great twist on your conventional mashed potatoes, and goes especially good with ham.

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    24. Glazed Ham

    Another great Thanksgiving centerpiece is a nice ham.

    A perfect main course for holiday spreads, this recipe is so good and so easy that you’ll want to have it all year long!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    25. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

    This stunning platter is full of crispy roasted brussels sprouts with sweet caramelized onions, apples, sprinkled with holiday favorites like candied pecans and cranberries, some salty goat cheese, and oh yes… Bacon (don’t forget the bacon).

    A treat for all seasons, this dish is sure to impress!

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    26. Turkey Gravy

    One of the most iconic items on our list of gravy recipes is perhaps the most famous of all gravies: turkey gravy!

    It’s the most important part of Thanksgiving dinner for a good reason. It goes on everything and ties the whole meal together!

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    27. Cranberry Orange Cookies

    Want some delicious chewy cookies with bright, fresh flavors? You got it!! These Cranberries Orange Cookies are so festive and perfect to try on the Holidays.

    Full of fresh cranberries and orange, they are also topped with delicious orange glaze. Yummm.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    28. Cornish Hens with Apple Cranberry Rice Stuffing

    As with any poultry, Cornish game hens are fantastic when they’re stuffed before roasting.

    Here’s an amazing recipe where your favorite hens are stuffed with a wild rice, cranberry, and apple stuffing. It tastes amazing.

    They’re also a great option for solo or smaller gatherings.

    Get the Recipe @ stripedspatula

    29. Hasselback Butternut Squash

    Make an impression this holiday season by making this gorgeous Hasselback Butternut Squash recipe!

    The maple balsamic glaze, pangrattato, and crispy sage take this roasted butternut squash to the ultimate level of goodness. It’s a great side dish to include in your Thanksgiving dinner spread.

    Get the Recipe @ sugarsaltmagic

    30. Beef Wellington

    Beef Wellington is a decadent meal made to impress! Beef tenderloin is covered in finely chopped mushrooms and wrapped in a flaky puff pastry, then roasted.

    This is a great centerpiece for a holiday or special occasion.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    31. Sweet Potato Kale Galette

    Make this Sweet Potato Kale Galette at home, and see it become your new festive tradition.

    This spectacular version is made with outstanding ingredients that complement each other completely. You need to try it to believe it.

    Get the Recipe @ bojongourmet

    32. Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    Another cracking Thanksgiving dish is this Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms recipe!

    This glorious dish is all about its mind-blowing stuffing, which makes this dish a super hit. Your entire family is going to adore this delight for sure.

    Get the Recipe @ acouplecooks

    33. Roasted Pumpkin Soup

    Winter is coming, and one of the best comfort foods is this Roasted Pumpkin soup!

    This creamy vegan goodness will be a center of attraction on your table with its beautiful looks and incredibly delicious taste. A great dish to add to your Thanksgiving menu.

    Get the Recipe @ biancazapatka

    34. Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    This slow cooker pot roast makes for a spectacular comfort food. It’s just a classic meal that uses real ingredients. Who doesn’t love that?

    PLus, this recipe cooks in the crock pot, saving oven space for other dishes.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    35. Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies

    Pumpkin dessert fans are absolutely going to love these extra fudgy pumpkin brownies. Your favorite brownie with swirled through spice-filled pumpkin pie.

    Doesn’t it look and sound awesome? It will be a great finale to your Thanksgiving feast.

    Get the Recipe @ theloopywhisk

    36. Shepherds Pie

    You’re going to love this cozy shepherd’s pie. Tender lamb or beef and veggies in a hearty gravy, then all is topped off with mashed potatoes. Great comfort food!

    Get the Recipe @ natashaskitchen

    37. French Onion Soup

    This French classic is a must on some chilly nights, and a great way to start your Thanksgiving dinner.

    Ultimate comfort with rich caramelized onion flavor. So GOOD and so EASY…

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    38. Stuffing

    Stuffing is another one of the most classic Thanksgiving recipes, and this is one of the best.

    Enhanced with sausage and herbs, it will be one of the stars of your spread.

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    39. Vegan Turkey

    If your guest list includes vegans, you’re going to have to feed them too.

    This hassle-free recipe is all about its ingredients, textures, and flavors. They will love this outstanding herbed vegan turkey roast.

    Get the Recipe @ pickyeaterblog

    40. Champagne Punch

    Let finish this list of Thanksgiving recipes with something refreshing to wash down all that food!

    This Champagne Punch cocktail is a fun party drink. This stunning-looking drink is packed with fresh berries, sliced citrus, mint leaves, and a mixture of flavorful liqueurs.

    Get the Recipe @ hostthetoast

    So many amazing Thanksgiving recipes to feed your guests! Which ones will you make this year?

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    40 BEST Thanksgiving Recipes

    This collection of Thanksgiving Recipes features mains, sides and desserts to help you put on the best spread ever! You can't go wrong with these mashed potatoes:


    • 4 lbs potatoes
    • 1.25 cups milk, warmed
    • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
    • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste


      1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into same size pieces and place them in a large pot full of cold water.
      2. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15-20 minutes.
      3. Drain the potatoes and mash them by hand. Add in warm milk a little at a time, melted butter, salt and pepper and keep on mashing until smooth.
      4. Taste and season. Stir in parsley and add additional butter on top before serving.

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