- Acorn Squash Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Warm Apple Cider Dressing
- Roasted Grapes and Delicata Squash Rings
- Grandsue’s Sweet-and-Spicy Roasted Pecans
- Cranberry Mulled White Wine
- Turkey Roulades with Sourdough Pancetta Stuffing
- Simple Herbed Turkey with Easiest Ever Gravy
- Fresh Herb Stuffing
- Easy Root Vegetable Gratin
- Sweet-and-Sour Onions
- Cream Cheese Herb Biscuits
- Gorgonzola Baked Polenta
- The Best, Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe — Upgraded
- Kale Salad with Pickled Cranberries and Crispy Quinoa
- Molded Cranberry Sauce
- Braided Cranberry-Orange Pie
- Brown Butter Apple Pie
- Oyster Pie
- Nana’s Famous Corn Pudding
- Thanksgiving Crab Cakes
- Big Green Winter Salad
- Bourbon Yams
- Lima Bean and Corn Succotash
- Oyster Stuffing with Bacon-Scallion Cream Sauce
- Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Bars
- Butternut Squash Pie
- Pecan-Brownie Pie
- Ginger Pumpkin Pie
- Grilled Citrus-and-Spice Turkey
- Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad with Citrus-Maple Vinaigrette
- Cast-Iron Hasselback Potatoes
- Skillet Cornbread with Honey Butter
- Horseradish–Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
- Composed Waldorf Salad
- Roasted Mushrooms and Radicchio
- Buttermilk-Boursin Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Homemade Marshmallow
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin
- Pecan Slab Pie
- Double-Crust Apple-Cheddar Pie
- Pecan, Hazelnut, and Coconut Tart
- Seasoned Roasted Turkey
- White Wine and Rosemary Gravy
- Corn Salad with Bacon and Honey
- Parker House Rolls
- Scalloped Oysters
- Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Coriander-Roasted Carrots
- Mini Carrot Pot Pies
- Fried Turkey
- Jalapeño-Green Chile Spoonbread
- Cranberry Crumb Bars
- Gingery Sweet Potato Pie
- Pecan-Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
- Pretzel-Chocolate-Pecan Slab Pie
- Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette
- Wild Rice and Cider-Cranberry Pilaf
- Bourbon Pecan Pie
- Squash Casserole
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Tamale Dressing
- Braised Greens
- Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding
- Red Chile and Orange Glazed Turkey
- Sage-Butter Roasted Turkey
- Erin Napier’s Skillet Cornbread
- Pecan Pie
- Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Star Anise
- Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage
- Cornbread Stuffing with Pecans and Sweet Sausage
- Sourdough and Mushroom Stuffing
- Edythe Newman’s Matzo Stuffing
- Cracked-Pepper Dinner Rolls
- Roasted Sweet-Potato Casserole with Praline Streusel
- Cheese Grits and Corn Pudding
- Light and Fluffy Carrot Soufflés
- Potato and Celery-Root Gratin
- All-American Apple Pie
- Chocolate-Chunk Pecan Pie
Thanksgiving. That fourth-Thursday-in-November (for Americans, at least) when we gather together with family and friends, cook up a huge meal, and engage in some yearly traditions that give us a chance to be, well, thankful for all that we have.
It’s one of our favorite holidays. And one of our favorite things about the holiday is the constantly changing mix of new and traditional recipes that arrive on the table each year. Whether you’re cooking the whole feast yourself (impressive!) or calling on everyone to bring a dish, potluck style (smart!) the mix of foods is what makes the meal memorable.
To help inspire you, we’ve assembled here in one gigantic list all our very favorite Thanksgiving recipes new and old — from traditionalist like pumpkin pie and (of course) turkey to drinks, appetizers, desserts, and side-dishes galore (hello there, baked polenta!). You’re sure to find one or two additions to this year’s table that will knock everyone’s socks off. Happy holidays!
Acorn Squash Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette
Here, we’ve paired slices of sweet, roasted acorn squash with baby kale and red onions and dressed the whole thing in a tahini lemon dressing that’s bold enough to stand up to all these strong flavors.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Warm Apple Cider Dressing
We love this salad for a multitude of reasons. It’s always a great way to use up a bunch of Brussels sprouts, it’s got bacon in it (a plus for any fall salad), and most importantly: The apple cider vinaigrette is to die for.
Roasted Grapes and Delicata Squash Rings
This simple but surprising side dish pairs two iconic foods for a bevy of flavor.
Grandsue’s Sweet-and-Spicy Roasted Pecans
People need something to nosh on while they’re waiting for the turkey to finish cooking. Offer them a snack they won’t be able to resist.
Cranberry Mulled White Wine
And you’ll want to give them something to wash that snack down with. If you find traditional mulled wine a little too heavy, try this lighter, tarter version.
Turkey Roulades with Sourdough Pancetta Stuffing
Want to skip the effort of a whole bird (hard to cook evenly, often underwhelming)? Opt, instead, for roulades. French for “rolls,” this elegant style offers perfectly proportions bites of meat and stuffing together, and the smaller size ensures everything tastes tender and terrific.
Simple Herbed Turkey with Easiest Ever Gravy
If you just don’t think roulades will cut it, this is no-nonsense recipe that yields a Norman Rockwell looking bird. You don’t need much to make a turkey taste amazing: just plenty of butter a few fistfuls of fresh herbs.
Fresh Herb Stuffing
It may be hard to believe, but this dish comes together in under an hour. And as if it couldn’t get any better, it also uses flavorful ingredients like fresh thyme and flat-leaf parsley.
Easy Root Vegetable Gratin
Coat a variety of evenly sliced roots in plenty of cream, butter, and cheese, then let it cook through until everything becomes tender, and you’ve got a side dish so good it may upstage the main course.
If creamed onions are a part of your holiday feast tradition, consider switching it up this year with a tasty update. Whole pearl onions, boiled and seared in a sweet vinegary sauce gives you that great roasted onion flavor in a manageable package, as well as adding color to the table.
Cream Cheese Herb Biscuits
It’s just not a feast without a big basket of biscuits gracing the holiday table. These smart seasoned sides are flavored with chives, asiago cheese, and a smattering of cream cheese to make them extra delicious.
Gorgonzola Baked Polenta
This cheese and grits baked combo is the over-the-top casserole you wish you’d grown up eating.
The Best, Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe — Upgraded
We took the Thanksgiving dessert everyone knows and loves, and gave it a smart, 30-second addition that really adds pizzaz: a crunchy topping of burnt sugar. NOM!
Kale Salad with Pickled Cranberries and Crispy Quinoa
Make a salad that doesn’t seem like an afterthought this year. Crunchy quinoa and bright, pickled cranberries give this crunchfest the perfect blend of fall flavors.
Molded Cranberry Sauce
Fresh cranberries, a smart blend of thyme, vanilla, and orange, and a mini bundt pan, and you’ve got a far superior cranberry sauce to the canned version.
Braided Cranberry-Orange Pie
Though if you’re more of a “cranberries are dessert” kind of person, this pie may be for you. We even show you how to dress it in a cable-knit sweater! 😂
Brown Butter Apple Pie
Full of nutty, caramel-like flavors, brown butter may be the most magical thing you can do in the kitchen.
Give your Thanksgiving a taste of the Chesapeake Bay with this simple heirloom recipe.
Nana’s Famous Corn Pudding
Y’all, let’s not disappoint Nana this year by forgetting to make her incredibly tasty corn pudding.
Thanksgiving Crab Cakes
Crab cakes aren’t just for fancy brunches or Easter. In some parts of the South, they’re an absolute Thanksgiving tradition.
Big Green Winter Salad
Come holiday time it’s easy to get focused on the main dishes and heavier sides—your turkey, your stuffing, your casseroles—and forget about the salad. This recipe is here to change all that.
Whipped sweet potatoes are pretty amazing with just a little butter. But a few glugs of good bourbon and they become something altogether more delicious.
Lima Bean and Corn Succotash
Cousins Travis and Ryan Croxton of the Rappahannock Oyster Co. make this easy Southern side dish a regular part of their Thanksgiving feast.
Oyster Stuffing with Bacon-Scallion Cream Sauce
Whether you’re team stuffing or team dressing, we think you’ll appreciate the sauce that gets drizzled on this extra tasty side.
Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Bars
Cranberries deserve a spot in more than just the dressing. Add this to your dessert table.
Butternut Squash Pie
Pumpkin is far from the only squash that can be made into a tasty pie.
Take Texas’s favorite pie to the next level, brownie-style.
Ginger Pumpkin Pie
This flavorful pie is a ginger-lover’s dream. With candied, ground, and fresh gingers, as well as a gingersnap cookie crust.
Grilled Citrus-and-Spice Turkey
This year give your turkey a burst of smoky flavor—and give your oven a break. Warm up the grill instead, and rejoice in a turkey so flavorful, you’ll never oven-roast again.
Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad with Citrus-Maple Vinaigrette
Crisping the sprouts in a skillet adds an irresistible flavor to this otherwise crunchy salad.
Cast-Iron Hasselback Potatoes
These perfectly spiced, heavily buttered, evenly cut potatoes are elegant, delicious, and easy to make. What more could you want?
Skillet Cornbread with Honey Butter
No good Southern Thanksgiving is complete without a slice of good country cornbread.
Horseradish–Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
Give this year’s spuds an extra creamy kick with a touch of horseradish.
Composed Waldorf Salad
Believe it or not, you can satisfy picky eaters in a healthy way—even on Thanksgiving! This Waldorf salad splits each ingredient into sections so guests can pick and choose what they like.
Roasted Mushrooms and Radicchio
This mix of earthy mushrooms and bitter radicchio is tamed with a bright vinaigrette. It’ll go well with the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and turkey!
Buttermilk-Boursin Mashed Potatoes
If you’ve had the creamy, herby Boursin cheese on crackers you know just how much flavor it can add to mashed potatoes. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Homemade Marshmallow
With homemade marshmallow and whipped sweet potatoes, everything about this casserole is decadent. Just watch how fast it gets eaten!
Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin
Every parent knows there’s one surefire way to get kids to eat their vegetables: Just smother everything in cheese. We’re pretty sure every guest (even the little ones) will love this side dish.
Pecan Slab Pie
You won’t have to worry about running out of this popular dessert. Thanks to it being made on a cookie sheet, there will be plenty of it to go around!
Double-Crust Apple-Cheddar Pie
When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, apple pie is a no-brainer. However, we think you should put a new spin on the classic confection with this recipe that uses cheddar cheese.
Pecan, Hazelnut, and Coconut Tart
Nut lovers take notice: This rich honey-and-cream filled tart will more than satisfy.
Seasoned Roasted Turkey
Of course, it all starts with the perfect turkey—and you’ve definitely found it here. Garnished with clementines and rosemary, this crispy bird is practically an edible table centerpiece.
White Wine and Rosemary Gravy
Yes, you read that right, wine lovers. You can top your turkey with this unexpected take on the classic gravy recipe.
Corn Salad with Bacon and Honey
It rare to find a sweet and savory salad as delicious as this one. The secret? Two of our favorite ingredients are used here: bacon and honey.
Parker House Rolls
Move over, store-bought rolls: These fluffy, homemade Parker House ones are topped with sea salt flakes and are just asking for lots of butter.
When it comes to your Thanksgiving sides, there will always be the classic, tried-and-true dishes. However, we think you should offer something unexpected (and still delicious) by serving these scalloped oysters.
Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Looking for a new way to serve a Thanksgiving staple? These hasselback sweet potatoes are the way to do just that.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
On a table of hearty dishes, you’ll need something a little crisp and light. That’s where this Thanksgiving salad full of chopped apple, hazelnuts, and Pecorino cheese comes in.
Simple seasonings make this carrot recipe absolutely delicious. Plus, the bright vegetables will be a stunning addition to your Thanksgiving tablescape.
Mini Carrot Pot Pies
If you have any plant-based guests coming to your feast, this vegetarian recipe would make a great entrée option. But meat eaters will enjoy the dish too.
If you have yet to try a fried turkey, you should definitely give it a whirl this year. Don’t worry—the bird will still be nice and juicy; it’ll just have a nice, crispy skin too.
Jalapeño-Green Chile Spoonbread
It’s not a Southern Thanksgiving dinner without a hearty helping of homemade cornbread. This skillet is the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
Cranberry Crumb Bars
For folks traveling to a few different dinners on Turkey Day, offer them this cranberry recipe as a dessert to-go. It will be a sweet road trip treat.
Gingery Sweet Potato Pie
Your grandma’s recipe has nothing on this sweet potato pie. The spiced cream topping makes it irresistible.
Pecan-Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
Who knew pumpkin and pecan go so well together? Every slice of this bundt cake will be devoured in record time.
Pretzel-Chocolate-Pecan Slab Pie
If you’re expecting a crowd on Thanksgiving, whip up this pecan pie. The sweet and salty treat yields a whopping 16 servings.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette
Although we love sweet apple cider recipes, this savory take is one of our favorites. The butternut squash gets plenty of savory notes thanks to whole-grain mustard, red wine vinegar, and fresh parsley.
Wild Rice and Cider-Cranberry Pilaf
Your home will smell heavenly while you’re preparing this side. It’s made with cinnamon, apple cider, and garlic.
Bourbon Pecan Pie
You won’t need another pecan pie recipe after baking this one. The additions of bourbon and chocolate are unbeatable.
With ooey gooey cheese and buttery crackers crumbled on top, this easy squash casserole might just steal the turkey’s thunder.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
This healthy Thanksgiving side dish is simple and classic, but the best part of this recipe has to be the 20-minute prep time. It doesn’t get easier than that!
Say goodbye to bland and boring, and bring the heat to your holiday buffet with this spicy chile-packed Thanksgiving stuffing.
Savory bacon will encourage everyone to take a big heaping of healthy greens at your holiday feast.
Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding
Prepare yourself: This bourbon sauce is everything.
Red Chile and Orange Glazed Turkey
Add a little spice to the holiday table with this gorgeous, bright-red bird.
Sage-Butter Roasted Turkey
Adapted from the book Callie’s Biscuits & Southern Traditions by Carrie Morey, this turkey recipe is tender and moist thanks to a sensational citrus brine.
Quick tip: Don’t forget to top with fresh thyme—the herb adds an extra layer of flavor.
Erin Napier’s Skillet Cornbread
Because there’s nothing better than dipping cornbread in a plate full of gravy and cranberry sauce.
Thanksgiving is simply not complete without a classic homemade pecan pie. We adore this version, adapted from Callie’s Biscuits & Southern Traditions by Carrie Morey.
Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Star Anise
The perfect amount of warm winter spice is cooked into traditional cranberry sauce with allspice, star anise, and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage
For this take on Thanksgiving dressing, two types of rice are cooked in a fragrant medley of mushrooms and onions sautéed in butter, bay leaf, and fresh sage.
Cornbread Stuffing with Pecans and Sweet Sausage
This recipe by the Beekman Boys is packed full of delicious country flavor.
Sourdough and Mushroom Stuffing
A lighter-than-expected stuffing. Serve this Thanksgiving favorite with The Perfect Roast Turkey. Assemble the stuffing a day ahead in a buttered dish, cover, refrigerate, and bake when needed.
Edythe Newman’s Matzo Stuffing
“For me, it’s just not Thanksgiving without my mother’s stuffing recipe, which calls for matzo meal instead of bread,” says Rachel Newman, Country Living’s editor-in-chief from 1978-1998. “It’s great the first day, even better the next.”
Cracked-Pepper Dinner Rolls
A hint of spicy black pepper adds a kick to these traditional dinner rolls.
Roasted Sweet-Potato Casserole with Praline Streusel
Just about everyone has a favorite sweet potato recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. Ours can be made ahead and then reheated before serving.
Cheese Grits and Corn Pudding
This savory cheese grits pudding is a Southern must-have.
Light and Fluffy Carrot Soufflés
The delicate sweetness of carrot is complimented by freshly grated nutmeg in these pillowy soufflés.
Potato and Celery-Root Gratin
Celery root lends unique flavor and freshness to this variation on a classic potato gratin. A mandoline slices potatoes uniformly and paper-thin.
All-American Apple Pie
The tart taste and firm texture of Granny Smith apples make this a robust, flavorful pie that isn’t overly sweet.
Chocolate-Chunk Pecan Pie
The earthiness of bittersweet chocolate and rich pecans melds with layers of sweet filling for a deep flavor everyone will linger around the table to savor.