Our Top 50 Thanksgiving Recipes

When you’re making Thanksgiving dinner, only the best recipes will do. So we rounded up these tried-and-true takes on turkey day traditions, from sides to desserts — and everything in between.

November 10, 2022

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Plan the Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

Whether you’re planning a traditional Thanksgiving menu featuring classics like turkey, savory green bean casserole and homemade cranberry sauce or experimenting with new takes on your family traditions, you’re going to need a few ideas to get you started. Luckily, our 50 most-popular Thanksgiving recipes have you covered. This collection of feast-worthy eats includes soups and appetizers to start your meal, turkey and side dishes to round it out — and even desserts. You’ll truly find everything you need to host the perfect holiday meal. There are lots of great options but Ina’s perfect roast turkey is one of the best. She uses an herbed compound butter (with fresh thyme) to give her bird extra flavor. It’s a simple trick that produces amazing results.

Get the Recipe: Perfect Roast Turkey

Sweet Potato Casserole

Make this crowd-pleasing holiday favorite the classic way: with buttery mashed sweet potatoes and a crunchy pecan topping.

Get the Recipe: The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Stress-free entertaining is made possible thanks to dishes that can be made ahead, just like this one. Prep the Brussels sprouts and pancetta, then roast about a half-hour before you'd like to serve. Once they're tender and browned, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and get ready to impress.

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Juicy Mayo Roasted Turkey

Who needs butter? A slather of mayonnaise on your turkey pulls double duty by standing in as a flavorful rub as well as adding moisture and fat to often dry meat. And what's particularly great is that it browns the skin beautifully without the constant basting that most birds need.

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Perfect Cranberry Sauce

There's no reason to get out the can opener when homemade cranberry sauce is this easy.

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Thanksgiving Cornucopia Cookies

These festive sugar cookies decorated with mini cornucopia (AKA corn snacks) are the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving dessert table and much easier than making a pie. The dough requires no chilling or rolling out. Simply drop scoops onto the baking sheets for tender, not-too-sweet cookies that are fun for the whole family to decorate.

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Sausage and Herb Stuffing

Ina's sausage and herb stuffing features the traditional flavors you know and love, but it gets an added boost from an unexpected ingredient: Granny Smith apples.

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Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes

There are many advantages to baking sweet potatoes in an air fryer: It’s quicker than an oven (no preheating!) and the circulating hot air yields a perfectly crisp exterior and silky, creamy interior. We topped each potato simply with a pat of butter and some chopped fresh chives, but you can add any of your favorite toppings (mini marshmallows included).

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Best Ever Green Bean Casserole

Crispy onions, fresh green beans, creamy sauce — Alton's green bean casserole has it all in one bubbling cast-iron skillet.

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Tyler's Mashed Potatoes

What's the trick to cooking potatoes evenly and avoiding those dreaded lumps? Starting with cold water, Tyler says.

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Sweet Potato Souffle

Sprinkle a crunchy and buttery pecan topping over creamy mashed sweet potatoes for a perfectly sweet complement to all those savory dishes.

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Classic Turkey Gravy

Making the most-flavorful gravy is easy: Don't discard the giblet bag inside the turkey! Simply make your own broth by simmering the neck and giblets with classic Thanksgiving herbs while the turkey cooks, then combine the broth with the pan drippings and an easy-to-make roux.

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Macaroni and Cheese

Ree's quick-and-easy take on scratch mac and cheese is sure to please young and old alike at your Thanksgiving feast.

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Parker House Rolls

These are the perfect all-American dinner rolls — light, buttery and yeasty. They'll be the star of any buffet breadbasket.

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

For the perfect mac and cheese, follow Alton's lead — and don't forget your whisk. Mixing together a smooth roux and adding in an egg guarantees the richest and creamiest mac and cheese around.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

You need only four ingredients to turn out a delicious side that's filled with distinctive fall flavor. Simply drizzle olive oil and honey over cubed sweet potatoes, then sprinkle with cinnamon.

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World's Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey

This recipe truly couldn't be easier or more forgiving — let your favorite aromatics guide you. Consider using onions, carrots and apples, as well as herbs like parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

For The Pioneer Woman's 5-star mashed potatoes, you'll need the customary butter and half-and-half, but you'll also need cream cheese, which will guarantee the creamiest texture.

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Deep-Fried Turkey

The trick to avoiding mishaps with a deep-fried turkey is determining how much oil to use by first measuring with water. Put safety first and you'll have a perfectly fried turkey — and no fires to extinguish — in just over an hour.

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Green Bean Casserole

Ree's green bean casserole has a little kick to it, thanks to cayenne pepper. And to really give the dish over-the-top deliciousness, she adds bacon cooked with peppers, garlic and onion.

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Perfect Pie Crust

The most-delicious Thanksgiving pie fillings deserve the absolute best when it comes to crust. That's why you need Ina's Perfect Pie Crust, made with just the right balance of butter and shortening.

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Thanksgiving Stuffing Focaccia

For people who love carbs but don't love soggy stuffing, may we introduce a new favorite combination: Thanksgiving stuffing focaccia. The bread is slightly custardy on the inside from the moisture from the vegetables while still maintaining a biscuity crust like a Chicago deep-dish pizza. Topped with crisp sausage and packed with fresh sage and parsley, it's poised to become a new holiday staple.

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Traditional Roast Turkey

Brine your way to the tastiest bird this year. Follow Alton's simple brine recipe and step-by-step roasting instructions for a turkey that's beautifully browned on the outside and undeniably moist on the inside.

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Pecan Pie

Whip up Ree's 5-star pie for a deliciously rich end to your feast. It's gooey and crunchy, and it's just what your sweet tooth needs after you've enjoyed all those savory bites.

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Cranberry-Orange Sauce

You need only four ingredients and 25 minutes to make Tyler's 5-star cranberry sauce. No one will believe something this tasty takes such little effort.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Simmer butternut squash in broth with buttery, sauteed onions, then puree and season. Serving up the flavors of fall simply couldn't be easier.

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Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

Ina loves to infuse her apple crisp with citrus, so she uses the zest and juice of one orange as well as that of one lemon to brighten it all up.

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Homemade Gravy

Ina's foolproof homemade gravy gets an unexpected flavor boost from cognac.

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Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

There are so many competing flavors on the Thanksgiving table, which is exactly why Alton likes to keep his mashed potatoes simple. But with six crushed cloves of garlic, these spuds are anything but bland.

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The Baked Potato

Not all baked potatoes are created equal. Alton's method will help you turn out the world's best baked potatoes.

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Apple Pie

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make a classic apple pie for your dessert spread. With this recipe, you can even choose whether to make the dough by hand or with a food processor — we have directions for both.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Brine

Make sure the salt mixes into your brine and doesn't sink to the bottom of the pot with one easy tip from Alex Guarnaschelli: Use boiling water!

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Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

Anne Burrell's Sausage Cornbread Stuffing features cranberries, making it savory with a touch of sweet.

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French Apple Tart

This is one of Ina's all-time favorite recipes. It looks fancy, but it really is easy. Use crisp, tart apples like Granny Smith for the best flavor.

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Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Breadcrumbs

Giada De Laurentiis puts her own unique spin on traditional mashed potatoes by incorporating two distinct Italian cheeses: mozzarella and Parmesan.

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Pecan Squares

Ina likes to make these all year long. When she really wants to go "over the top," she says, she dips half of each square in warm chocolate.

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Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

A turkey breast cooks up quicker than a whole bird. Ina roasts hers rubbed with a classic mixture of fresh herbs and garlic.

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Mac and Cheese

Ina makes a bechamel sauce as the base for her homemade macaroni and cheese. Add nutty Gruyère and extra-sharp cheddar for a dish that will please any crowd.

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Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Ina marinates mushrooms in olive oil and wine, then stuffs them with sweet Italian sausage and cheese.

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Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Alton Brown's cheesy hot artichoke dip is just the thing your crowd needs to get Thanksgiving started right.

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Fried Ravioli

If frying pasta sounds strange to you, keep an open mind. With its crispy pasta shell, a soft cheese filling and ample marinara sauce for dipping, what's not to like?

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Scalloped Potato Gratin

Freshly grated nutmeg adds sweetness to the creamy base of Tyler's classic potato dish.

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The Ultimate Cheesecake

Tyler's creamy cheesecake has a classic graham cracker crust and a filling made with cream cheese, sour cream and lemon zest.

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Onion Dip from Scratch

Alton's homemade onion dip takes only a few more minutes to make than the instant kind, and once you've made it from scratch, you'll never go back to store-bought dip.

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Turkey with Herbes de Provence and Citrus

Giada's turkey stays juicy and delicious while in the oven because she stuffs it with citrus fruit such as oranges and lemons. Fresh oregano and sage also bake inside for flavor and aroma.

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Spinach Gratin

The secret to Ina's gratin is 3 pounds of frozen spinach, which is broken up into the creamy base until it absorbs all of the wonderful sauce. After spooning it into a baking dish, top it with more cheese before baking.

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Apple-Pear Crisp

Ina combines apples and pears, plus orange and lemon zest and juice, to make this crisp that's covered in a sugary oat-filled topping.

Get the Recipe: Apple and Pear Crisp

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette

For a salad full of fall flavors, Ina serves roasted butternut squash on top of baby arugula with a few shavings of nutty Parmesan cheese.

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Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Pancetta

For Giada's Italian-style Thanksgiving, she makes stuffing with rustic ciabatta bread mixed with sauteed vegetables and salty pancetta. The earthy chestnuts and savory Parmesan cheese make the dish extra special.

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Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

Ree's spicy and creamy cheesecake is finished with a special surprise topping: salted caramel sauce.

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