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 in bowl with pomegranate and pepitas on top

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!
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Crudites platter with hummus and dip

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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Deviled eggs with bacon on a cutting board with chives

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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Endive salad bites on white platter with parsley

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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Cheese board filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, fruit and crackers

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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Hot artichoke dip in a baking dish with 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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Mini goat cheese balls with wooden picks

Mini Goat Cheese Balls

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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Orange sugared cranberries in a white ramekin

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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Smoked salmon appetizer on marble server

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!
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Roasted nuts in a bowl with rosemary

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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Whipped goat cheese fig bites on wooden server

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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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 on a platter with orange and rosemary

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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Herb and garlic roasted turkey breast on a serving platter

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!
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Boneless turkey breast sliced and covered with gravy

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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Spatchcock turkey on serving plate with herbs and pomegranate

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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Turkey stock in jars with vegetables in background

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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Spoon in a boat of turkey gravy

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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Slow cooker ham with homemade ham glaze

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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Spatchcock chicken on roasting pan

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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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.

Wooden spoon digging into Butternut Squash Casserole

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!
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overhead shot of low carb riced cauliflower stuffing in serving bowl with sage on top

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!
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Cranberry orange sauce in a ramekin with orange 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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Crock pot stuffing on a white serving platter

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!
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Bowl of garlic mashed cauliflower with spoon digging in

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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Hasselback sweet potatoes on a plate with butter and rosemary

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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Homemade green bean casserole in baking dish with crispy shallots on top

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!
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Bowl of garlic mashed potatoes topped with chives

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!
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Mashed sweet potatoes in a serving bowl

Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Instant Pot, Stove Top)

These Mashed Sweet Potatoes are creamy and delicious with the flavors of orange and rosemary. They're an easy side dish that's perfect for any occasion! Recipe includes both Instant Pot and stove top instructions.
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Parsnip puree in a white bowl with serving spoon digging in

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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Twice baked mashed potatoes in a baking dish with rosemary on top

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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Spoonful of port cranberry sauce

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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Roasted sweet potatoes in a white bowl with rosemary

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!
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Serving of sweet potato casserole on a teak plate with fork

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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Yukon gold mashed potatoes in a bowl with butter on top

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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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 in a white bowl with fork digging in

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!
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holiday salad in bowl

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!
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Pear Salad with feta and cranberries

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!
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Persimmon salad in a bowl with salad servers

Persimmon Salad

Persimmon Salad is sweet, savory and absolutely delicious! It's tossed in an apple cider dressing and it comes together in minutes!
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Roasted beet salad on a plate with a fork

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!
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Kale Brussels Sprout Salad in teak bowl with pomegranates on top

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}
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Vegetable Sides

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

air fryer brussels sprouts in white bowl with lemon slices and spoon

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!
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Maple glazed carrots on a platter with fresh parsley

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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Roasted brussels sprouts and carrots in a bowl with thyme

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 carrots and parsnips in a white bowl with spoon

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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platter of roasted green beans with a spoon and linen

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!
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Roasted root vegetables in a white serving bowl

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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Breads and Rolls

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

Honey cornbread muffins in a basket

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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Focaccia bread in cast iron skillet with rosemary on top

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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Stack of sweet potato biscuits

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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Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

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

butternut squash quinoa salad with wooden serving spoon

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!
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One pot cheesy broccoli chickpea casserole in skillet

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!
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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!
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Bowl of pumpkin soup topped with pepitas

Roasted Pumpkin Apple Soup

Roasted Pumpkin Apple Soup is healthy, vegan pumpkin soup made with homemade pumpkin puree! {V, GF}
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Wild rice salad in a white bowl with a serving spoon

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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Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

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

Bowl of apple crisp topped with ice cream

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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Slice of apple tarte tatin on a plate 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!
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Baked apples cut 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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Key lime pie with whipped cream and lime slices

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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Mini pumpkin cheesecake on a wood serving platter

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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Pear crumble in a bowl with ice cream and caramel

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 pie a la mode on a plate

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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Pumpkin pecan pie on a cake stand

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 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, luscious pumpkin filling and plenty of pumpkin pie spice for the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert.
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Stack of pumpkin pie bars on a plate topped with whipped cream

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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