15 Best Thanksgiving Recipes To Impress Your Family And Friends

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Are you looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes that are mouth-wateringly good? If so, you have to see these recipe ideas!

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 at 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!


15 Best Thanksgiving Recipes & Food Ideas To Try:

1. Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows


Best Thanksgiving recipes: 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.


2. Scrumptious Turkey


Best Thanksgiving turkey recipes


Preparing a turkey well is the key to any great Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re not 100% confident in your turkey roasting skills, follow Taste’s Better From Scratch’s easy recipe for the perfect Turkey!


See The Full Recipe On Taste’s Better From Scratch


3. Easy & Classic Stuffing 


Easy & Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing 


Now that you have your turkey roasting on point from the previous recipe, let’s look at some of the best stuffing recipes. Spend With Pennies goes over exactly how to choose the ingredients for your stuffing, what to pay attention to and how to cook the whole dish.


See the full recipe on Spend With Pennies


4. Nantucket Corn Pudding


Best Thanksgiving recipes: Nantucket Corn Pudding


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.


See the full recipe on A Family Feast


5. Ultra Creamy Mashed Potato Casserole


Best Thanksgiving recipes: Creamy Mashed Potato Casserole


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.


See the full recipe on Natasha’s Kitchen


6. Cranberry Orange Sauce


Cranberry Orange Sauce


This cranberry sauce is bursting with fresh, juicy cranberries and is the perfect addition to your turkey. Not only that, it’s low in calories, super easy to do and you can whip it up in about 10 minutes.


See the full recipe on Natasha’s Kitchen


7. Grandma’s Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing


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


8. Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray


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


9. Cute Thanksgiving Veggie Tray For Kids


Best Thanksgiving recipes: Cute Thanksgiving Veggie Tray For Kids


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


10. Turkey Cheese Tray


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


11. Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad


Best Thanksgiving recipes: Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad


This salad brings together a whole variety of different ingredients: there’s butternut squash, spinach, pecans, cranberries, pomegranate seeds and more. It’s a great idea for any fall and winter celebration, including Christmas!


Read The Whole Recipe On Julia’s Album


12. Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts


Best Thanksgiving recipes: Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts


Brussels sprouts are a great side dish for vegans and vegetarians, but that doesn’t mean that others can’t enjoy it also. Caramelized 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!


See the full recipe on Julia’s Album


13. Baked Brie Cranberry in Bread Bowl


Best Thanksgiving recipes: Baked Brie Cranberry in Bread Bowl


Is there ever an occasion where cheese isn’t welcome? I don’t think so!


See the full recipe on Feel Good Foodie


14. Gruyere And Thyme Stacked Potatoes


Gruyere And Thyme Stacked Potatoes


This may just be the ultimate comfort food for any potato lovers!


See the full recipe on Fork In The Kitchen


15. Not Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding


Best Thanksgiving recipes and desserts: Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding


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 banana pudding dessert is pretty high up there and takes only 30 minutes to put together!


See the full recipe on Tar Heel Taste Bud

Which of these recipes are you going to try this Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments! 


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