Thanksgiving Recipes

LAST UPDATED: Dec 30, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Nov 14, 2020 | By:

Get all the best recipes to plan an incredible Thanksgiving feast! These are tried and true recipes that stand the test of time…classics, fresh ideas, and everything in between!

Find new family favorites and celebrate your favorite food traditions with an incredible array of recipes to enjoy for two or a crowd! There’s a wide array of cocktails, Thanksgiving appetizers, side dishes and more!

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The Best Thanksgiving Recipes

These recipes include drinks, breads, appetizers and side dishes – it’s a little something for everyone.

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Thanksgiving Cocktails and Drinks

The best way to start any gathering! These easy Thanksgiving cocktails are fun and festive!

Easy Spiked Apple Cider with Bourbon

This classic cocktail is always a hit and easy to make for one or 16 in less than 5 minutes!

Apple Cider Sangria

All the flavors of fall in one easy to sip, easy to serve 5 minute drink for a few or a crowd!

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Apple Cider Bourbon Slush

This frozen concoction is easy to sip. It’s an adult slushy you don’t want to miss! Serve it with a cinnamon stick to stir.

Homemade Apple Cider

Homemade apple cider is incredibly easy to make and adds the most wonderful aroma to your home! Serve it alone or with bourbon, rum, tequila or vodka. It’s the perfect twist to your favorite cocktail!

Pear Cider

Pear cider is deceivingly easy to make and so fragrant! A hint of spice, vanilla notes and pear make it irresistible. Serve it chilled or warm!

Mulled Wine

Red wine simmers with Mulling Spices to make this incredible sip! It’s a great way to kick off dinner!

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Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine

Everyone can partake in the festivities with this non-alcoholic version of the classic! It’s simple and delicious!

Cinnamon Toast

Cinnamon Schnapps adds an extra dose of fall spice to apple cider. The glass is rimmed with cinnamon sugar to add a hint of sweetness.

This creamy cocktail tastes like an oatmeal cookie in a glass! Rim the glass with crushed cookies to take it over the top!

Apple Butter Old Fashioned

This is my go to Thanksgiving cocktail. It’s a delicious twist on a classic old fashioned. Apple butter and cinnamon add the best fall flavor!

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Breads

Homemade Cornbread

If you only get to make one dish, make it stand out! This homemade cornbread is topped with sweet maple, salty bacon, thick flakes of black ground pepper and all the butter!

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30 Minute Dinner Rolls

Yeast makes these dinner rolls light and fluffy! You can make this effortless recipe start to finish in just 30 minutes!

Cornbread Muffins

Jalapeño and cheddar make these cornbread muffins memorable! They’re perfectly portioned and easy to serve.

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Crostini

This simple recipe made with fresh or stale baguette is delicious on its own or topped with your favorite fruits, cheeses and jams. It pairs well with dips, too!

Beer Bread

This beer bread is made in just 5 minutes hands on time with staple ingredients and your favorite beer! It’s foolproof! If you’re celebrating virtually, you can deliver Beer Bread Mix and a bottle of beer so family and friends can all make it “together”!

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Honey Butter

A luxuriously creamy butter sweetened with honey is an easy way to elevate store-bought rolls or take homemade breads and rolls over-the-top!

Thanksgiving Appetizers

Dill Dip 

My mom’s dill dip recipe is a Thanksgiving staple with savory herbs. Make ahead in just 5 minutes and let the magic happen as it marinates overnight! Serve with fresh cubes of rye bread and an array of veggies.

Blue Cheese Dip

This creamy blue cheese dip is made with just 5 ingredients in minutes! Serve with chips, veggies or wings!

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French Onion Dip

Caramelized onions are folded into a creamy dip for amazing flavor in every bite. This dip will make you skip the mix forever.

Spinach Dip with Cream Cheese

The creamy spinach dip is made with cream cheese, monterey jack and freshly grated parmesan for a luxurious consistency. It’s a one dish, no fuss easy recipe you’ll make again and again!

Artichoke Dip

This easy artichoke dip is mixed and baked in a casserole dish for easy cleanup. It’s made with a blend of cream cheese, mayonnaise, artichokes, cream cheese and spices and served with beer bread and veggies.

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Mac and Cheese Cups

It’s everyone’s favorite comfort food in the perfect bite-sized portion! Easy to make and even easier to eat, I dare you to try and stop at just one mac and cheese cup!

Bacon Cheese Dip

Bacon Cheese Dip has been one of my most popular recipes for nearly 10 years! It’s no wonder why! It’s a savory dip that’s so delish!

Sour Cream Dip

Sour Cream Dip is the perfect chip dip. It’s simple, beautiful and full of flavor!

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Vegetable Dip

Get the secret that makes this vegetable dip stand above the rest! A blend of herbs is folded into the this creamy dip perfect for all of your favorite veggies.

Fruit Dip

This creamy fruit dip is always a hit with kids and adults alike! It’s heavenly texture is hard to resist!

Fruit Plate

Get tips and tricks to make a creative fruit plate that stands out!

Boursin

A blend of herbs and cheese make this one-of-a-kind spread to serve with crackers or stuff mushrooms, top burgers and more!

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Onion Tart

This is one of my favorite easy recipes from when I catered parties – you can serve them warm or at room temperature. Thick pillows of puff pastry are topped with creamy goat cheese and caramelized onions.

It’s an amazing flavor combination you can’t get enough of! Use cookie cutters to make them into your favorite shapes for a memorable Thanksgiving appetizer.

Baked Brie

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Baked Goat Cheese

This beautiful appetizer is deceivingly easy to make and looks so elegant! Smply wrap a goat cheese log in puff pastry, brush it with egg wash for golden brown color and drizzle with honey!

Pear Appetizer with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

This healthy Thanksgiving appetizer is the perfect pairing of fruit, cheese and nuts in an easy-to-enjoy bite-sized format.

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Baked Cheese Pear and Prosciutto Crescent Roll Appetizers

Cheese, prosciutto and pear are wrapped in crescent rolls for a beautiful, single serve hors d’oeuvres you can serve passed or on a platter.

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Cheese Tarts

White cheddar cheese and herbs fill a simple 3 ingredient savory cream cheese pie crust. They’re beautiful, delicious and easy to reheat.

Soups and Salads

Cheddar and Apple Soup

Add fall flavor to your pre-dinner game with this incredible, unique soup recipe! This delicious white cheddar cheese and apple soup is sure to warm your soul! Easy to make with simple ingredients, it all comes together in one pot and requires minimal prep time.

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Apple Salad

A delicious mix of butter lettuce, crisp apples, creamy blue cheese, red onion and candied nuts are tossed in Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing.

Roasted Beet Salad

A mix of tender root veggies, creamy goat cheese, crunchy walnuts, and dry fig are tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.

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Pear Salad

Arugula is topped with ripe pears, creamy gorgonzola, candied walnuts and tossed with a White Wine Vinaigrette.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

For me, Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes! Whether you make one or five, make them the star of the show!

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Baked Apple Slices

Baked Apple Slices are one of my most popular recipes – they’re so quick, easy and delicious, it’s no wonder why! Serve them up as a sweet and savory side dish or a la mode for dessert!

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet and salty Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes is an easy crowd-pleasing side dish. You only need 4 simple ingredients and 10 minutes to prep.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

This sweet and savory side dish is so good you could call it dessert! Buttery sweet potatoes are topped crunchy pecan streusel!

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Garlic Smashed Potatoes are perfectly portioned crisp and flavorful potatoes seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and herbs.

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Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes

Mix up your mashed potatoes this holiday season! Caramelized shallots add immense fall flavor and texture into traditional mashed potatoes.

Mashed Cauliflower

A no carb twist on the classic dish – mashed potatoes. This creamy mashed cauliflower recipe is the perfect addition for your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s so good you’d never know we snuck veggies in it!

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Cheesy Corn Casserole

Double this recipe because this cheesy corn casserole is a creamy crowd pleaser that has everyone coming for seconds.

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Potato Gratin Stacks

Individual servings of the creamiest, cheesiest potato gratin! It’s the ultimate indulgent side dish!

Truffle Mac and Cheese

Truffle Mac and Cheese is one of our family’s favorite recipes! A hint of truffle oil takes traditional mac made with creamy gouda, ham and peas to the next level.

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Bacon Mac and Cheese

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Crispy Brussel Sprouts

Get the tips and tricks to make crispy Brussel sprouts with pancetta and shallots. They are sautéed into a fragrant side dish that will leave your family begging for more. 

The best green beans recipe - a quick & easy side that's full of flavor for the holidays!

Green Beans with Bacon

This is my most popular Thanksgiving recipe year after year. It’s simple, delicious and has become a staple in so many homes year after year since it went viral on Facebook.

The one, the only, Firehouse Green Beans. Others have copied but you can get the original right here!

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Candied Carrots

Candied carrots are a simple, sweet and savory side dish. These show stoppers are coated in a butter and brown sugar glaze and pair well with all of your Thanksgiving favorites!

Baby Roasted Carrots

Roasted baby carrots are braised with fresh dill. They are flavorful, crisp-tender and add beautiful color to your Thanksgiving table.

Cranberry Sauce

This festive side dish is a fun twist to the traditional Thanksgivings recipe. Drunken cranberry sauce is made with just 3 ingredients in minutes!

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