50+ Best Thanksgiving Recipes is a collection of some of the best recipes for Thanksgiving dinner, including appetizers, turkey, side dishes, desserts and vegetarian options!

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, which I may have told you a time or ten. 🙂  It’s extra special to me because it’s simply about remembering what we’re thankful for, as well as enjoying one of the best meals with the ones we love.

Normally I host Thanksgiving. It’s a lot of work, but nothing gives me more joy than to prepare family recipes that we enjoy year after year.

I’ve learned how to make my life easier by prepping as much as possible in advance to keep myself from being in a frenzy on Thanksgiving Day. 

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner yourself or bringing a dish or few to your gathering, this round-up of 50+ Best Thanksgiving Recipes has got you covered!

The recipes include an array of appetizers, side dishes, turkey, desserts and plenty of vegetarian options.

I hope this collection contains dishes that will inspire you to create them, and that they’re delicious enough to be a part of your Thanksgiving tradition for years to come. 🙂

Thanksgiving Appetizers

This collection includes a multitude of Thanksgiving appetizers that are simple yet elegant. They’re the perfect way to kick off the holiday meal.

Butternut Squash Hummus with Spiced Pepitas
Butternut Squash Hummus is festive and flavorful with spiced pepitas for added crunch. Use homemade or store bought butternut squash purée to make this recipe even easier!
Check out this recipe
Butternut squash hummus in bowl with pomegranate and pepitas on top
Easy Crudités Platter
Learn how to assemble a beautiful crudités platter with my easy tips! It's a show stopping addition to parties, holidays and is guaranteed to impress!
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Crudites platter with hummus and dip
Deviled Eggs with Bacon
Deviled Eggs with Bacon are creamy, delicious and topped with crisp bacon and fresh chives. They're an easy, elegant appetizer that's perfect for any occasion!
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Deviled eggs with bacon on a cutting board with chives
Endive Salad Bites with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans
Endive Salad Bites are an easy, elegant appetizer that can be prepped in advance. They're perfect for holiday entertaining!
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Endive salad bites on white platter with parsley
Fall Cheese Board
This Fall Cheese Board is the ultimate holiday appetizer! You'll learn how to make a beautiful cheese board with all of my easy tips!
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Cheese board filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, fruit and crackers
Hot Artichoke Dip Recipe
This Hot Artichoke Dip Recipe is cheesy, delicious and packed with artichoke hearts and a kick of heat from diced chilis. It includes just 6 ingredients and it's so easy to make!
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Hot artichoke dip in a baking dish with crackers
Mini Goat Cheese Balls with Cranberries and Pistachios
Mini Goat Cheese Balls are creamy, tangy and coated in crunchy pistachios and chewy cranberries. They're a festive holiday appetizer that's a hit at any gathering!
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Mini goat cheese balls with pistachios and cranberries
Orange Sugared Cranberries
Orange Sugared Cranberries are tart, sweet and a festive addition for cheese boards and desserts! They're so easy to make and include just 3 ingredients!
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Orange sugared cranberries in a white ramekin
Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites
Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites are a delicious blend of smoked salmon, crisp cucumber and a flavorful lemon dill cream cheese.  They're low carb, gluten free and the perfect bites for parties and brunch!
Check out this recipe
Smoked salmon appetizer on marble server
Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts
Roasted Nuts are crunchy and addictive with the flavors of maple, rosemary and a kick of spice. They're so easy to prepare and make a healthy appetizer or snack!
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Roasted nuts in silver bowl with rosemary
Whipped Goat Cheese Fig Bites
Whipped Goat Cheese is sweet and tangy with the flavors of honey and thyme. Top with fresh figs for the ultimate bites!
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Whipped goat cheese fig bites on wooden server

Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

For me, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey dinner. There are a variety of Thanksgiving turkey recipes below, and they’re all worthy to serve at your holiday table.

You’ll also find recipes for turkey stock and turkey gravy to make your holiday complete.

Just in case you’re not a fan of turkey, I’ve included some other delicious options.

Dry Brine Roast Turkey Recipe
This Dry Brine Roast Turkey Recipe is a show stopping addition to your Thanksgiving table! It's golden brown and juicy with the flavors of orange and rosemary, and it's dry brined so there's no messy wet brine to deal with!
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Dry brine roast turkey on a platter with orange and rosemary
Herb and Garlic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
Herb and Garlic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast is the best way to get delicious roast turkey without the fuss! It's dry brined, so it's juicy and flavorful, and it's roasted with herbs and garlic until golden brown and crispy. It's an easy holiday recipe or weeknight dinner that the entire family will love!
Check out this recipe
Herb and garlic roasted turkey breast on a serving platter
Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast
Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast is juicy, flavorful and makes an easy weeknight or holiday dinner option. It takes just 15 minutes of prep and includes an optional pan gravy!
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Boneless turkey breast sliced and covered with gravy
Perfect Spatchcock Turkey
Spatchcock Turkey is butterflied for the most evenly cooked, juicy turkey ever. It's got the crispiest skin ever and cooks up in under an hour and a half!  
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Spatchcock turkey on serving plate with herbs and pomegranate
Easy Homemade Turkey Stock
Homemade Turkey Stock is so easy to make with a few simple ingredients, and will take your turkey soup and gravy to the next level! Recipe includes stove top and Instant Pot instructions!
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Turkey stock in jars with vegetables in background
Easy Turkey Gravy Recipe
Learn how to make the best turkey gravy with turkey drippings.  Recipe includes instructions using both cornstarch and flour, as well as make ahead tips!
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Spoon in a boat of turkey gravy
Slow Cooker Glazed Ham
Slow Cooker Glazed Ham is tender and flavorful with a homemade ham glaze! There's no refined sugar, it's so easy to make, and it's perfect for your holiday dinner!
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Slow cooker ham with homemade ham glaze
How to Spatchcock a Chicken
Learn How to Spatchcock a Chicken in 4 simple steps! This method is the best way to get perfect, juicy roasted chicken every time!
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Spatchcock chicken on roasting pan

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a wide variety of side dishes, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and even low carb options!

You’ll find classic Thanksgiving side dishes below, as well as new twists to make the holiday even more exciting.

Butternut Squash Casserole with Streusel Topping
Butternut Squash Casserole is fluffy and delicious with homemade butternut squash purée and a hearty pecan streusel topping. It's a great holiday side dish and it may be made entirely in advance!
Check out this recipe
Wooden spoon digging into Butternut Squash Casserole
Cauliflower Stuffing (Low Carb)
This Cauliflower Stuffing has all the flavor of classic stuffing and you won't miss the bread! It's a great low carb Thanksgiving side dish or weeknight dinner!
Check out this recipe
overhead shot of low carb riced cauliflower stuffing in serving bowl with sage on top
Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce
Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce is an easy homemade cranberry sauce that's tart, sweet and bursting with fresh orange flavor. It's made with just a few ingredients and cooks up in just 15 minutes!
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Cranberry orange sauce in a ramekin with orange on top
Easy Crock Pot Stuffing
Crock Pot Stuffing is golden brown, full of flavor, and frees up precious oven space! It's a delicious Thanksgiving side dish that's made completely from scratch and it can be prepped entirely in advance!
Check out this recipe
Crock pot stuffing on a white serving platter
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe
This Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe is a delicious low carb side dish! It's smooth and creamy with the flavors of garlic and fresh chives, and it's so easy to make!
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Bowl of garlic mashed cauliflower with spoon digging in
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes are tender on the inside with addictively crispy tops! They're a buttery, flavorful side dish that's perfect for anything you're serving!
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Hasselback sweet potatoes on a plate with butter and rosemary
Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Shallots
Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Shallots is made 100% from scratch with fresh green beans and no condensed soup or french fried onions!
Check out this recipe
Homemade green bean casserole in baking dish with crispy shallots on top
Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are creamy, fluffy and cook up in 8 minutes! They free up stove top space and can be made in advance!
Check out this recipe
Bowl of garlic mashed potatoes topped with chives
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes are creamy, savory mashed sweet potatoes made in the instant pot with only 5 ingredients. This is the best sweet potato mash!
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close up overhead shot of bowl of instant pot mashed sweet potatoes with rosemary
Creamy Parsnip Puree Recipe
Parsnip Puree recipe is creamy, flavorful and will become your new favorite side dish!  It's lower carb than mashed potatoes, naturally gluten-free and is great with anything you're serving!
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Parsnip puree in a white bowl with serving spoon digging in
Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes
These Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes will make your next meal extra memorable! They're creamy and delicious with plenty of cheese and fresh rosemary, and they may be made entirely in advance!
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Twice baked mashed potatoes in a baking dish with rosemary on top
Port Cranberry Sauce
Port Cranberry Pear Sauce is sweet, tangy homemade cranberry pear sauce with the flavors of orange, cinnamon and port wine!
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Spoonful of port cranberry sauce
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes are tender and caramelized with the flavors of rosemary and grated parmesan. They're an easy, gluten-free side dish that takes just 10 minutes of prep!
Check out this recipe
Roasted sweet potatoes in a white bowl with rosemary
Maple Orange Sweet Potato Casserole
Maple Orange Sweet Potato Casserole with Oat Pecan Streusel is fluffy, flavorful sweet potato casserole with a crunchy streusel that will make you forget all about those marshmallows!
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Serving of sweet potato casserole on a teak plate with fork
Yukon Gold Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Yukon Gold Garlic Mashed Potatoes are yukon gold potatoes and plenty of garlic mashed to creamy, fluffy perfection!
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Yukon gold mashed potatoes in a bowl with butter on top

Thanksgiving Salad Recipes

Salads are a must amidst all the carbs, and the recipes below would make an elegant addition any holiday meal!

Arugula Orange Pomegranate Salad
Arugula Orange Pomegranate Salad is vibrant, refreshing and packed with sweet and savory flavor! It's tossed in a tangy pomegranate dressing for the ultimate fall and winter salad!
Check out this recipe
Arugula orange pomegranate salad in a white bowl with fork digging in
Holiday Salad with Kale, Persimmon and Pomegranate
Holiday Salad with Kale, Persimmon and Pomegranate is a festive kale salad tossed in a tangy, sweet citrus maple dressing!
Check out this recipe
close up of holiday salad in bowl
Pear Salad with Feta and Cranberries
Pear Salad is crisp, fresh and is guaranteed to be a family favorite! It's a delicious blend of juicy pears, chewy cranberries, feta cheese and almonds, and it's tossed in a tangy balsamic vinaigrette!
Check out this recipe
Pear Salad with feta and cranberries
Persimmon Salad
Persimmon Salad is sweet, savory and absolutely delicious! It's tossed in an apple cider dressing and it comes together in minutes!
Check out this recipe
Persimmon salad in a bowl with salad servers
Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese
You can't beat this Roasted Beet Salad! It's packed with tangy goat cheese, juicy oranges and is tossed in a flavorful blood orange dressing!
Check out this recipe
Roasted beet salad on a plate with a fork
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad is a crunchy vegan salad with apple, pomegranate and hazelnuts tossed in a refreshing lemon vinaigrette! {V, GF}
Check out this recipe
Kale Brussels Sprout Salad in teak bowl with pomegranates on top

Vegetable Sides

Veggie side dishes add plenty of color and flavor to Thanksgiving dinner.

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are amazingly crispy brussels sprouts made with minimal oil, and tossed in lemon and parmesan.  They're a healthy appetizer or side that's ready in about 20 minutes!
Check out this recipe
air fryer brussels sprouts in white bowl with lemon slices and spoon
Maple Glazed Carrots
Maple Glazed Carrots are tender and sweet, with a flavorful orange maple glaze and chopped fresh parsley. This is a show stopping, easy side dish that comes together quickly and the whole family will love it!
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Maple glazed carrots on a platter with fresh parsley
Maple Thyme Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, and Parsnips
Maple Thyme Roasted Brussels Sprouts Carrots and Parsnips are a delicious, healthy roasted vegetable recipe.  These tender, caramelized vegetables are the perfect side dish for anything you may be serving!
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Roasted brussels sprouts and carrots in a bowl with thyme
Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Roasted Carrots and Parsnips are tender, caramelized and roasted to perfection! This easy side dish is gluten free and vegan with minimal prep!
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Roasted carrots and parsnips in a white bowl with spoon
Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan
Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan are the best way to enjoy green beans!  Simply toss them in olive oil, roast until caramelized, and sprinkle with parmesan for a side dish everyone will love!
Check out this recipe
platter of roasted green beans with a spoon and linen
Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe
Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe is an easy gluten free, vegan side dish. It's colorful, delicious and highly customizable with your favorite root veggies!
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Roasted root vegetables in a white serving bowl

Breads and Rolls

Homemade bread makes the Thanksgiving meal complete whether it’s cornbread muffins or biscuits!

Honey Cornbread Muffins
Honey Cornbread Muffins are moist and hearty with the flavors of honey and butter. Recipe includes an easy dairy-free option and they're so easy to make!
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Honey cornbread muffins in a basket
One Hour Rosemary Focaccia Bread
One Hour Rosemary Focaccia Bread is classic focaccia bread made in a cast iron skillet in only one hour.  It’s thick, fluffy and perfect every time!
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Focaccia bread in cast iron skillet with rosemary on top
Sweet Potato Biscuits
These sweet potato biscuits are light, fluffy and packed with fall flavor! They're the perfect side dish or breakfast, and they're so easy to make!
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Stack of sweet potato biscuits

Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

There are plenty of festive meatless options perfect for the holiday table.

Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad
Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad is a hearty vegan quinoa salad with roasted butternut squash, pomegranate and a tangy, sweet apple cider maple dressing!
Check out this recipe
butternut squash quinoa salad with wooden serving spoon
One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole
One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole is a hearty vegetarian casserole that's great as a main dish or holiday side!
Check out this recipe
One pot cheesy broccoli chickpea casserole in skillet
Roasted Kabocha Squash with Tahini Dressing
Roasted Kabocha Squash with Tahini Dressing is an easy roasted kabocha squash recipe with garam masala spice and maple orange tahini dressing!
Check out this recipe
close up overhead shot of roasted kabocha squash
Roasted Pumpkin Apple Soup
Roasted Pumpkin Apple Soup is healthy, vegan pumpkin soup made with homemade pumpkin puree! {V, GF}
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Bowl of pumpkin soup topped with pepitas
Wild Rice Salad with Orange and Pomegranate
Wild Rice Salad is hearty, nutritious and tossed in an apple cider dressing! This is a versatile dish that works as a vegetarian main dish, side dish or meal prep lunch!
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Wild rice salad in a white bowl with a serving spoon

Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

Whether it’s classic pumpkin pie, apple crisp or pumpkin cheesecake, you’ll find the dessert you’re looking for below!

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
Easy Apple Crisp Recipe is tender chunks of apples with brown sugar, warm cinnamon and a hearty oatmeal crumble! It's full of fall flavor and includes gluten-free and vegan options!
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Bowl of apple crisp topped with ice cream
Classic Apple Tarte Tatin
Classic Apple Tarte Tatin is every bit as delicious as apple pie and it's so much easier! It's a show stopping apple dessert with tender, caramelized apples atop a flaky, buttery pie crust, and it wows the crowd every single time!
Check out this recipe
Slice of apple tarte tatin on a plate with ice cream
Baked Apples
Baked Apples are sweet, tender and packed with cozy cinnamon flavor! They're an easy fall dessert that may be prepped completely in advance!
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Baked apples cut on a plate with ice cream
Easy Classic Key Lime Pie
Easy Classic Key Lime Pie is creamy and bursting with fresh key lime flavor.  This pie is so easy to make and it will have people raving every time!
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Key lime pie with whipped cream and lime slices
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
This Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe is the ultimate fall dessert! They're creamy and delicious with plenty of pumpkin and the warm flavor of pumpkin spice. This mini dessert is easy to make and it's perfect for the holidays!
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Mini pumpkin cheesecake on a wood serving platter
Easy Pear Crumble Recipe
Pear Crumble is packed with sweet, juicy pears, warm cinnamon and a golden brown oat crumble! It's an easy fall dessert that includes gluten-free and vegan options!
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Pear crumble in a bowl with ice cream and caramel
Pear Pie Recipe
Celebrate pear season with this homemade Pear Pie! It's got a flaky pie crust, juicy pear filling and streusel topping for the ultimate fall dessert!
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Pear pie a la mode on a plate
Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Pecan Pie is a buttery, flaky pie crust filled with creamy pumpkin filling and topped with a sweet, crunchy pecan streusel. This is an easy, make ahead pie that's perfect for the holidays!
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Pumpkin pecan pie on a cake stand
Pumpkin Pie From Scratch
Learn how to make pumpkin pie from scratch with only a few simple ingredients!.  This homemade pumpkin pie has a flaky pie crust, fresh pumpkin filling and plenty of pumpkin pie spice for the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert.
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Pumpkin pie from scratch with slice missing
Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars
Pumpkin Pie Bars deliver everything you love about pumpkin pie without the effort! It includes a press-in shortbread crust, a luscious pumpkin filling, and it takes just 15 minutes of prep!
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Stack of pumpkin pie bars on a plate topped with whipped cream

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