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25 Budget-Friendly Recipes to Fill Your Thanksgiving Table

Updated on September 28, 2023

Treat your family and friends to an impressive dinner, even if you're trying to save money.

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Plan Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

From fresh herbs and fancy cheeses to pricey nuts and best-quality bottles of wine, it’s easy to overspend when you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner. It’s tempting to want to go all-out (even if you’re planning a smaller get-together) but it’s not necessary in order to cook a truly special meal. Even if you’re trying to stick to a budget, you can still put delicious appetizers, a roast, plenty of sides and some traditional desserts on the table—you just need the right recipes and a few smart swaps. (Spoiler alert: We’ve even got a trick for stretching a bottle of wine so that you can serve up a Thanksgiving cocktail, too!) Ready to plan your feast and save some money? These are the recipes you need, starting with this one-pan roasted chicken. It’s just the right size for a smaller group (why spend money on extra turkey that you don’t need?) and, with a touch of sage, rosemary and thyme, it will make your entire kitchen smell just like the holidays.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

This unbelievably sweet and delicious side comes together in a matter of minutes and using little more than sweet potatoes. A quick toss in olive oil, honey, cinnamon, salt and pepper (and a few minutes in a hot oven) give them all the flavor they need.

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Photo: Matt Armendariz

Small-Batch Green Bean Casserole

A pie plate is the perfect vessel for a scaled-down version of green bean casserole. The shallow dish guarantees a properly balanced ratio of bean to topping in every serving. In this version, the classic layer of fried onions takes a turn, thanks to the addition of saltines and butter. That and a simple sauce made from sauteed mushrooms mean your guests may proclaim this the best green bean casserole. Ever.

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Photo: Chantell Quernemoen

Charred Creamed Corn

You know that half-used package of cream cheese in your refrigerator? Put it to good use by combining it with frozen corn, butter and seasonings for a simple and delicious creamed corn.

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