15 BEST THANKSGIVING RECIPES TO IMPRESS YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
The holiday season seems to always catch us by surprise: thanksgiving is here before we know it and it’s time to start planning what to serve on the dinner table.
I’m sure that you agree that Thanksgiving recipes are usually very similar from one year to another – there are a couple of dishes that are always expected and a couple of key ingredients that always make an appearance. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t add a twist to the tried and tested recipes.
If you’re up for it, try experimenting a little bit and add a completely new recipe on the table. After all, there are so many fun recipes online, and it can feel a little bit bland to keep preparing the same recipes over and over every year.
Now, although I consider myself a pretty decent cook, I’m not one to jot down my own recipes very often. What I do instead (and what probably many of you do too), is discovering delicious foods on Pinterest.
This holiday season is no different either: I went on Pinterest to find a couple of drool worthy Thanksgiving recipes, and before I knew it, I had gathered dozens of recipes in my boards!
So, instead of keeping the recipes on my Pinterest boards, I thought that I would share the best recipes here on my blog, so that you, my readers can get inspired by these amazing recipes as well.
If you would like to try any of these recipes later on, save them to your Pinterest boards for Thanksgiving!
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
Found on Celebrating Sweets
Yum yum yum… My taste buds are starting to salivate just from reading the name of this recipe! This glorious side dish is super simple to make, but the payoff is huge.
This recipe is also suitable for vegans – just switch the normal milk to vegan milk and use coconut oil or margarine instead of butter.
You can prepare this this at any time of the year, but it fits the holiday season especially well.
MASHED SWEET POTATOES:
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes* peeled and chopped into large chunks, see note
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup milk or half and half
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- salt to taste
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 2 -3 cups mini marshmallows or more, if you’d like
Read The Full recipe On Celebrating Sweets
Preparing a turkey well is the key to any great Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re not 100% confident in your turkey roasting skills, follow Delightful E Made’s easy 3 step recipe for the perfect Turkey!
See The Full Recipe On Delightful E Made
Turkey Stuffing 101
Now that you have your turkey roasting on point from the previous recipe, let’s look at some of the best stuffing recipes. Pillsbury goes over exactly how to choose the ingredients for your stuffing, what to pay attention to and how to cook the whole dish.
Pillsbury also offer a meaty version for the carnivores out these – if you wish to add a little something something to your recipe, try the sausage stuffing instead of a regular stuffing.
See the full recipe on Pillsbury
Nantucket Corn Pudding
Found on A Family Feast
Nantucket corn pudding is a popular addition to many Thanksgiving tables that originates from the original colonial inhabitants of New England. There are two ways in which corn puddings are usually made: either by smashing and grinding the corn together to form a soft texture, or by leaving the whole corn kernels intact, like in this recipe.
- 8-10 ears fresh corn on the cob, or 5 cups canned corn, drained
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup half and half
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- Few grinds fresh nutmeg
- ¾ cup crushed oyster crackers, divided (crush the crackers, then measure). Also see note above
- 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
- ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
See the full recipe on A Family Feast
Ultra Creamy Mashed Potato Casserole
Found on House Of Yumm
If you love cheese, you’re going to love this recipe! It’s full of creamy cheese, potato and best of all – bacon. Another bonus of this recipe is that it can be made a few days in advance, and then just popped into the microwave to heat up a little bit once you arrive at your dinner table.
- 3 pounds russet potatoes
- 7 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup panko
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- 5 strips bacon cooked
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
See the full recipe on House Of Yumm
Cranberry Orange Sauce
This Cranberry sauce is ’embarrassingly easy’, as Chungah Rhee says herself over on Damn Delicous. With only 3 ingredients excluding sugar, this sauce takes literally no time to prepare and it’s as good as a sauce from a Michelin star restaurant.
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 cup sugar, or more, to taste
- 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
See the full recipe on Damn Delicious
Grandma’s Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing
This one is another great stuffing recipe that’s a slight variation to the one that I’ve shared above. Have a look at them both and let me know which one is your favourite in the comments!
See the full recipe on Taste Of Lizzy T.
Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray
This is an excellent dish for kids and vegetarians alike. It’s a very hassle-free alternative to many of the vegetable side dishes, and could be very fun to make together with your children. (Hopefully the fun appearance will make the kids want to eat it more, too!)
See the full recipe on Eating Richly
Turkey Cheese Tray
This Turkey cheese tray is another great idea for kids and adults alike. You can combine as many hams and cheeses on this appetizer plate as you’d like – get creative!
See the full recipe on Melanie Cooks
GH’s No Fail Turkey Recipes
For another variation of the perfect Turkey recipe, read on from Good Housekeeping to find out how they achieve their perfectly prepared Turkey. Spoiler alert – they have more totally drool worthy Thanksgiving recipes on their site as well – don’t get too lost when you’re browsing!
See the full recipe in Good House Keeping
Salad With Wild Rice & Lemon Dressing
Found On Pinch Of Yum
This salad brings together a whole variety of different ingredients: there’s mango, rice, cranberries and lemon dressing. What’s more, you can actually customise this salad as much as you want, so long as you leave the core formula untouched: greens + grains + fruit + nuts + dressing. Delicious!
For the salad you will need…
- about 4-5 cups arugula, spinach, or a greens blend
- about 2 cups cooked wild rice
- about 2 cups chopped mangos
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup sliced red onions
- minced fresh parsley (optional)
Read The Whole Recipe On Pinch Of Yum
Balsamic + Cranberry Brussels Sprouts
Found on Platings and Pairings
Brussels sprouts are a great side dish for vegans and vegetarians, but that doesn’t mean that others can’t enjoy it also. Caramelised Brussels sprouts are actually one of my favourite things to eat no matter the season, so feel free to save this dish for later and experiment with it after Thanksgiving too. For example, it goes ridiculously well with lamb!
- 3 pounds Brussels sprouts
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup dried cranberries
See the full recipe on Platings and Pairings
Almond & Cranberry Thanksgiving Slaw
Found on The Kitchn
This is yet another deliciously healthy and light recipe – it’s the perfect companion for meaty mains. The slaw itself is rather straightforward and easy to make, but the dressing mentioned in the recipe includes a few ingredients that you may not have in your house on an everyday basis. You may want to switch the dressing to a store bought recipe or if you’re feeling brave, try preparing it yourself.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE SALAD:
- 1 small head green cabbage (about 2 1/2 pounds, or about 10 cups shredded cabbage)
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
See the full recipe on The Kitchn
Strawberry Pretzel Dessert
Found on Sugar Apron
What would Thanksgiving be without a few desserts? If you’re planning to bring a dessert onto your Thanksgiving table, you might as well make sure that it’s the best possible dessert that you could muster up. This strawberry pretzel dessert is pretty high up there, and yields enough to feed up to 20 people!
- 2 cups crushed pretzels
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 8 ounce cream cheese,softened
- 8 ounce whipped topping
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 ounce strawberry flavored Jell-O
- 2 cups boiling water
- 10 ounce fresh strawberries
See the full recipe on Sugar Apron
Cranberry Millionaire Salad
Found on Spend With Pennies
Is it a dessert if the name of the dish is Cranberry salad? Hmm… debatable. You can make up your own mind when it comes to this one: either serve it on the side with some Turkey, or save it until later to enjoy as a dessert.
The appearance and taste of this dish are perfect for the holiday season and because of its sweetness it’s going to be a sure favourite among the kids.
- 3 cups Fresh Cranberries
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 2 cups sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
- 2 cups pineapple tidbits , well drained
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 cups flaked coconut
See the full recipe on Spend With Pennies
Which of these recipes are you going to try this Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments!
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