The Pioneer Woman's Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Host a ranch-style turkey day feast with these tried-and-true recipes from Ree Drummond.

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Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

It's all about what Ree calls My Favorite Turkey Brine when prepping this foolproof bird. The salty-sweet liquid infuses into the meat, making the meat moist, tender and full of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

For a dressed-up take on the traditional recipe, Ree mixes several heads of sweet, soft roasted garlic into her easy mashed potatoes before baking the mash with butter.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Dressing with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash

The secret to a successful dressing is letting the bread cubes dry before getting to work; the stale bread will better absorb the flavors and moisture of this bacon-laced dressing.

Get the Recipe: Dressing with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash

No-Knead Cloverleaf Rolls

These buttery muffins are baked in groups of three dough balls, which, when fused together, turn out like cloverleaves.

Get the Recipe: No-Knead Cloverleaf Rolls

Beautiful Brussels Sprouts

This three-veggie roast not only turns out beautiful flavors but also creates a platter that's downright striking, with the golden squash, vibrant green sprouts and the pearl-like pink pomegranate seeds.

Get the Recipe: Beautiful Brussels Sprouts

Cornbread Dressing with Sausage, Apples and Mushrooms

Tart apples, earthy mushrooms and fragrant fresh rosemary lend autumnal flavor to this top-rated dressing.

Get the Recipe: Cornbread Dressing with Sausage, Apples and Mushrooms

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

In place of the usual crushed graham crackers, Ree opts for a mixture of spicy gingersnap cookies and crunchy pecans. When blended together, they offer the ideal taste and texture complement to the richness of the creamy pumpkin filling.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

"It should have a nice jelly-like consistency," Ree notes of this orange juice-laced sauce.

Get the Recipe: Cranberry Sauce

Shrimp Cocktail Bar Classic Cocktail Sauce and Avocado Crema Remoulade

For a light but satisfying pre-feast appetizer, turn to quick-cooking shrimp. Ree offers a trio of dipping sauces to dress up the usual presentation.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Cocktail Bar: Classic Cocktail Sauce, Avocado Crema, Remoulade

Deviled Eggs

Consider this the ultimate workhorse deviled-egg recipe; the whites are tender, and the mayo-mustard yolks turn out creamy and tangy.

Get the Recipe: Deviled Eggs

Green Beans and Tomatoes

What you can't see in this picture but what delivers a smoky bite to these fresh green beans is the crispy bacon. The beans and tomatoes are cooked right in the bacon fat, which promises rich flavor throughout.

Get the Recipe: Green Beans and Tomatoes

Maple Whiskey Turkey

Ree lets the pepper-studded brine impart the flavors of maple and whiskey into this dressed-up holiday bird, which she rounds out with her complementary Maple Whiskey Gravy.

Get the Recipe: Maple-Whiskey Turkey

Maple Whiskey Gravy

Use the drippings from Ree's Maple Whiskey Turkey to make this rich gravy, laced with, of course, both whiskey and pure maple syrup.

Get the Recipe: Maple-Whiskey Gravy

Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

Ree bakes potato cubes in a seasoned cream mixture with a blanket of cheddar on top to create a gooey, melty casserole ideal for a crowd. 

Get the Recipe: Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Sweet and savory flavors combine in these fuss-free snacks. There's a crunchy surprise inside each date too: salted roasted almonds.

Get the Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Sweet Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges

It takes only a few everyday ingredients, like butter, brown sugar and chili powder, to bring bold flavor to this tender roasted vegetable. 

Get the Recipe: Sweet Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges

Caramel Apple Pie

Like peanut butter and jelly, and chocolate and hazelnuts, the flavors of apples and caramel are simply better together. Here Ree fills a cinnamon-scented pie crust with sweetened apples and tops the fruit with a buttery brown sugar-oat crumble. And as for the caramel, that's drizzled all over the top before serving.

Get the Recipe: Caramel Apple Pie

Skillet Apple Crisp

If rolling out pie crust isn't your style, consider this fuss-free apple dessert. Simply pile the apples into a skillet with brown sugar and sprinkle a buttery cinnamon-sugar topping over them.

Get the Recipe: Skillet Apple Crisp

Leftover Thanksgiving Panini

Your roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, dressing and gravy get a second life when layered between slices of bread with gooey Swiss cheese in these hefty sandwiches.

Get the Recipe: Leftover Thanksgiving Panini

Turkey Tetrazzini

If you can't handle one more day-after turkey sandwich, put your Thanksgiving leftovers to work in this hearty casserole. Not only will it use up the bird, but the recipe also calls for odds and ends you likely have on hand after the feast, like white wine, mushrooms and plenty of turkey or chicken broth.

Get the Recipe: Turkey Tetrazzini

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