Our 28 Best Thanksgiving Recipes Take the Stress Out of Menu Planning (2024)

We scoured our Thanksgiving dinner recipes, including apple pies and mashed potatoes, to bring you this impressive list of our best Thanksgiving dishes. These greatest hits are our top-pinned, top-liked, and top-visited Thanksgiving recipes.

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Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing

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Thanksgiving is all about tradition, so be sure to add our best Thanksgiving stuffing recipe to your holiday menu. It's got everything you're looking for from this classic side, including celery, onion, carrots, and seasoned bread cubes.

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Green Bean Casserole

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Frozen green beans, canned soup, and store-bought bread crumbs equal a delicious green bean casserole that is super easy and perfect for busy holidays. It's no wonder this is one of our top-rated Thanksgiving dishes!

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Green Beans and Lime

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It's not green bean casserole, but this veggie dish is still one of our best Thanksgiving recipes. This zesty green bean side dish will quickly become a favorite at your table—parsley, rosemary, lime juice, and a splash of olive oil infuse flavor; chopped hazelnuts add crunch.

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Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Gouda and Crispy Pancetta

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Brimming with cheese, these creamy spuds are the ultimate creative mashed potato recipe. Dinner guests will love this smooth and fluffy side, so be sure to add this recipe to your Thanksgiving menu.

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Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Pecans

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Are sweet potatoes on your Thanksgiving dinner menu yet? They should be! Top creamy whipped sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows and pecans for a new take on the classic sweet potato casserole. Bonus: The dish can be chilled for up to 24 hours ahead, then reheated for a low-stress, make-ahead recipe.

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Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Here it is: the perfect mashed potatoes recipe. One of our best Thanksgiving recipes, these potatoes are deliciously rich, creamy, and full of robust garlic flavor. Plus, it's one of our top slow cooker recipes of all time.

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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Cranberries and potatoes are Thanksgiving dinner staples, and this Thanksgiving menu idea blends the best of the two. Filled with cranberry relish and walnuts, this six-ingredient holiday side-dish recipe boasts a hint of tangy sweetness and nutty crunch in every bite.

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Goat Cheese Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Try a new twist on two classic Thanksgiving dinner ideas: mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. Stir in goat cheese to make them extra creamy and delicious.

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Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Breadcrumbs

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These wow-worthy spuds take only seven ingredients, and they can be partially prepped 24 hours in advance. Simply cut the potatoes, store in water, and bake this showy Thanksgiving dish the next day.

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Orange-Sage Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

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Make your sweet potato side even sweeter with a glaze made from orange juice concentrate, brown sugar, sage, and thyme. Crumble bacon on top of this Thanksgiving dish for a savory touch that balances the sweetness of the glaze and sweet potatoes.

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Classic Dinner Rolls

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Who doesn't love seeing warm, flaky dinner rolls on the Thanksgiving menu? We love these pull-apart buttery dinner rolls—they're a must-have at every Thanksgiving dinner.

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Buttered Stuffing with Mushrooms

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Spice up your Thanksgiving menu with this fun take on traditional stuffing recipes. Each bite is filled with the flavors of sourdough bread, butter, mushrooms, and white wine.

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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

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We can't share our best Thanksgiving recipes without including mac and cheese. Warm and creamy, this homemade mac and cheese recipe has everything you love about the bubbly casserole: cheese, cheese, and more cheese! This casserole recipe uses cheddar cheese, American cheese, and cheese soup to give every bite rich, delicious flavor.

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Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

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Flaky layers, butter-browned tops, and a smooth buttermilk flavor make these our go-to Thanksgiving menu biscuits (the fact that they require just 10 minutes of prep time doesn't hurt, either!).

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Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas

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Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of your veggies, like in the carrots, sweet potatoes, and onions here. A brown sugar-rosemary dressing is the under-the-radar star of this Thanksgiving dinner idea.

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Persimmon, Blood Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

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Some Thanksgiving dishes are lacking in fruit, but not this salad. This fruity and delectable side will give your holiday table a pop of color; to save time you can prepare the pine nut-persimmon vinaigrette a few days beforehand.

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Apple Cider Punch

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Don't overlook festive holiday drinks when you're thinking of Thanksgiving dinner ideas; this apple cider punch can be on your table in five minutes. To make it an adults-only option, switch out the grape juice for champagne for an extra sparkly drink.

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Zesty Ranch Turkey

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This Thanksgiving turkey is a must-have recipe. It has a citrusy ranch topper and bakes to golden perfection. Serve it with an extra squeeze of lime.

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Honey Roast Turkey

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Give this best Thanksgiving turkey recipe a burst of flavor by injecting it with seasoned liquid—we put a mixture of honey, sage, garlic, and olive oil directly into the meat before roasting it.

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Classic Roast Turkey

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Making a Thanksgiving turkey is easier than you think! For this best Thanksgiving turkey recipe, all you need is vegetable oil, salt, and pepper for a fully flavored delicious holiday entree.

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Maple-Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie

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Maple-laced pumpkin pie is one of our best Thanksgiving desserts—and the best way to end any holiday feast. Just slice, top with a spoonful of maple whipped cream, and serve to your dinner guests.

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Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie

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This cinnamon-spiced apple dessert may not be one of your usual Thanksgiving dessert recipes, but it's one of our most popular recipes of all time! Chopped pecans, rolled oats, and sugar make up the delicious crumb topping that takes this dish from run-of-the-mill to extraordinary!

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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

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In addition to pie, serve up cookies with your spread of Thanksgiving dessert recipes. Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg turn these cookies into absolute showstoppers. When topped with homemade frosting and a touch of cinnamon, the soft cookies become even more irresistible.

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Sara's Silky Pumpkin Pie

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Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger add classic spice to this luxurious pumpkin pie recipe, sure to be an immediate Thanksgiving favorite. One bite, and this pie just might replace all of your other go-to Thanksgiving dessert recipes.

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Apple Dumplings with Cider Caramel

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Apple pie is nice, but how can you make it even better? Wrap apples with buttery pastry and serve with a homemade cider caramel.

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Mallow-Praline Sweet Potato Pie

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This sweet potato pie is a great alternative (or addition) to the apple and pumpkin pies on your table. After all, your Thanksgiving menu could always use one more pie.

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Pastry for Single-Crust Pie

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Meet our go-to flaky pie crust recipe. Made with shortening and ready in just 15 minutes, you can skip the store bought crust this year. As one BHG reviewer raves, "This recipe turn out great."

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Pumpkin Brandy Alexander

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End the meal with a sweet co*cktail! This take on a brandy alexander is loaded with pumpkin puree and a dash of pumpkin spice. Garnish each glass with a star anise pod.

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