The Kitchen's Best Thanksgiving Recipes

No matter if you prefer classic recipes or more creative flavor combos, stick with these picks for a crowd-pleasing turkey day feast.

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Crispy-Skinned Herb-Roasted Turkey

In order for the skin to turn crackly and crispy, it needs to be dry, which is why Jeff Mauro does two things to ensure it's rid of excess moisture: First he coats the bird in an herb-laced salt mix for several days, then he leaves it uncovered in the refrigerator the night before cooking. 

Cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes

Katie Lee combines classic baked potato fixings like sour cream, chives and cheddar to create a comforting filling for hollowed-out spuds.

Easy Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Jeff calls this recipe "A Piece of Turkey," and that's the clue to what makes it such a successful recipe. He roasts the bird in pieces — legs, thighs, wings and a double breast — which helps the meat cook more evenly than a fully intact turkey would.

Get the Recipe: "A Piece of Turkey" Easy Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Apple-Orange-Cranberry Relish

Indeed a relish and not a loose sauce, Katie's 5-star recipe boasts welcome texture after the cranberries, apples and orange zest get whirled in a food processor with walnuts. 

Get the Recipe: Apple-Orange-Cranberry Relish

Sunny's Autumn Fried Turkey

Not just for your morning latte, pumpkin pie spice offers a warm, seasonal flavor to the spice rub for Sunny Anderson's turkey. Sunny balances that fragrant note with the addition of bold hot Hungarian paprika and smoky cumin.  

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Autumn Fried Turkey

The Creamiest, Butteriest, Tastiest Mashed Potatoes Ever

With a top rating from fans, there's no doubt that Jeff's holiday-worthy mashed potatoes have earned their "creamiest, butteriest, tastiest" name. He first whips the cooked spuds with a rich, tangy cream cheese-butter combo, then bakes them with even more butter on top. 

Get the Recipe: The Creamiest, Butteriest, Tastiest Mashed Potatoes Ever

Truffled Mushroom and Cheesy Macaroni Casserole

Traditional baked mac and cheese is great and all, but for a special occasion like Thanksgiving, go for Geoffrey Zakarian's next-level recipe, which is studded with mushrooms and laced with truffle oil for the ultimate indulgence.

Get the Recipe: Truffled Mushroom and Cheesy Macaroni Casserole

Brussels Sprouts in Morilla Cream

Marcela Valladolid cooks a morilla chile with sunflower seeds and scallions in a cream bath before adding the sprouts to create a hearty side dish.

Get the Recipe: Brussels Sprouts in Morilla Cream

Sweet Potato Pecan Salad

Sweet, savory, crunchy, chewy — all of the heavy-hitting flavors and textures are represented in GZ's big-batch salad. He roasts the sweet potatoes with red onions and herbs before tossing them with fresh grapes and bright scallions, plus golden raisins and pecans for well-rounded results.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Pecan Salad

Chestnut Stuffing

Stale bread and tender vegetables form the base of this Italian-inspired stuffing laced with Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and the chewy-crunchy chestnuts.

Get the Recipe: Chestnut Stuffing

Baguette Stuffed with Brie and Cherries

When you want to take the edge off your guests' appetite but not fill them up ahead of dinnertime, opt for this simple fruit-and-cheese appetizer. Simply line a sliced baguette with creamy cheese and pile on top a savory-sweet cherry-Port sauce.

Get the Recipe: Baguette Stuffed with Brie and Cherries

Butternut Squash Chipotle Bisque

You know how you can roast pumpkin seeds for snacking later on? Marcela does something similar with the seeds from the butternut squash used here; she slowly toasts them in a pan on the stove, then seasons them and uses them as a crunchy topping for her smoky bisque.

Get the Recipe: Butternut Squash-Chipotle Bisque

Appletini

Bring the flavors of the season to your pre-dinner cocktail too. This simple sipper features both apple cider and applejack brandy, and is finished with fresh apple slices.

Get the Recipe: Appletini

Pumpkin Roll Cake

Follow Katie's lead and use a sugar-dusted kitchen towel to help you gently roll the spiced pumpkin cake around a smooth, buttery cream cheese filling.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Roll Cake

Apple Crisp

While most apple pies require you to gingerly roll out the crust, that's not the case with a crisp. Simply blanket the fruit filling with a crumbly brown sugar-oat mixture and move it into the oven to bake. 

Get the Recipe: Apple Crisp

Pumpkin Dump Cake

It's all about layering when dumping ingredients like pumpkin puree, boxed cake mix and pecans into the slow cooker for this fuss-free dessert. After a few hours, you'll have a moist, flavorful cake ready to serve — just add fluffy whipped cream. 

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Dump Cake

Sunny's Nunya Business Cranberry Fluff Pie

There's no shame in the shortcut game when it comes to making this five-ingredient dessert. Sunny takes advantage of store-bought canned cranberry sauce, whipped topping and a ready-to-go graham cracker crust to save time in the kitchen.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Nunya Business Cranberry Fluff Pie

Pumpkin Gelato

Your ice cream maker is not just for the stifling summer months. It can turn out holiday-focused treats as well, like this creamy concoction made with pumpkin puree and fragrant cinnamon and nutmeg.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Gelato

Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie

Not only are we bringing the flavors of pumpkin pie to a cheesecake, but we're bringing an actual pumpkin pie, too. Here's how it works: Start with a base layer of graham cracker crust, as you would for a traditional cheesecake, then add a sweetened cream cheese mixture for the cheesecake filling. Then put in a whole pumpkin pie and finish with more cheesecake filling. Rich? Yes. Decadent? Absolutely, in the best possible way.

Get the Recipe: Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie

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