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21 Thanksgiving Recipes Guaranteed To Please

Thanksgiving dinner is one of those events that people look forward to all year. There’s just something about a golden, roasted turkey, fresh from the oven, surrounded by dish after dish heaped full of your family favorites. And we can’t forget about the pies now can we? Pumpkin, apple, pecan, yes, please! Whether you’re hosting things at your house this year or headed somewhere else, I pulled together a gallery full of go-to Thanksgiving recipes — some traditional and some not so traditional — guaranteed to make your feast a flavor-filled success.

Bonus: Thanksgiving falls on the very last week of the month this year, so we still have plenty of time to prepare!

  • Sage Butter Roasted Turkey And Gravy 1 of 21

    If this turkey tastes as good as it looks, everyone at your Thanksgiving table is guaranteed to go home happy. 

    Method here from Country Living

  • Brined And Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey 2 of 21
    brined turkey

    Have you ever brined a turkey? I've heard it's the only way to go for unbeatable flavor and moistness. I need to give it a try this year!

    Maybe this method from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

  • Herbed Roasted Turkey 3 of 21
    herb roasted turkey martha

    Apple cider is the secret ingredient for this herb roasted turkey, delicious!

    Recipe and details here from Whole Living


  • Oil And Herb Marinated Turkey 4 of 21
    tatertots and jello oil and herb turkey

    Rub this herb and oil mixture under the skin of your turkey before cooking for savory and flavorful results. 

    Details here from Tatertots and Jello

  • Herbed Mashed Potatoes 5 of 21
    herbed mashed potatoes martha

    This recipe looks like a tasty twist on your standard mashed potato favorite. 

    Get it here from Martha Stewart

  • Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes 6 of 21
    buttermilk mashed potatoes martha

    Buttermilk makes everything better, even mashed potatoes. It's science. 

    Method here from Martha Stewart

  • Make Ahead Fluffy Dinner Rolls 7 of 21
    fluffy dinner rolls galley gourmet

    These rolls can be prepped up to a month in advance, so helpful when you're hosting dinner at your house. There's just so much to do the day of!

    Recipe here from The Galley Gourmet

  • Butter Dinner Rolls 8 of 21
    butter dinner rolls big red clifford

    This recipe promises lots of buttery deliciousness, sign me up!

    Details here from Big Red Clifford

  • Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes 9 of 21

    Sweet potatoes, yams, let's call them what they really are: Thanksgiving's most controversial side dish. You either love them or you hate them, right? I don't see how you couldn't love this twice baked version. Give it a try!

    Details here from Spoon, Fork, Bacon

  • Sweet Potato Casserole 10 of 21
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    I've had something similar to this in the past and I can tell you, it feels like more of a dessert than anything! 

    Recipe here from Food & Wine

  • Sweet Potato SoufflÃ�© 11 of 21
    sweet potato souffle food and wine

    This recipe calls for heavy cream and a healthy dose of Gruyère cheese which translates into all kinds of deliciousness, I'm sure. 

    Recipe here from Food & Wine

  • Bacon Topped Green Bean Casserole 12 of 21
    bacon topped green bean casserole key ingerdient

    No can of cream-of-anything here, just the good stuff. Add bacon or pancetta to really amp things up. 

    Recipe here from Key Ingredients

  • Savory French Green Bean Casserole 13 of 21
    savory french green bean casserole

    Let's all admit that the basic can of cream of mushroom soup/crispy fried onions version is pretty darn addictive, but there has to be a better way! This recipe promises to be the answer, all fresh, no cans involved. 

    Get it here from The Cozy Apron

  • Easy Thanksgiving Stuffing 14 of 21
    easy stuffing the kitchn

    If you've never made stuffing from scratch, you'll be surprised at how simple it is and so worth it!

    Recipe for this basic stuffing found here from The Kitchn

  • Cornbread Cranberry Dressing 15 of 21
    cornbread cranberry stuffing

    I have such a soft spot for cornbread stuffing, it's so sweet and flavorful! You can start prep on this a day or two ahead to throw it together day of in a snap. 

    Recipe here from A Food Centric Life



  • Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars 16 of 21
    pumpkin pie crumb bars

    How about a crumb topped alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie? These bars look divine!

    Recipe here from Cooking Classy

  • Pumpkin Cream Pie 17 of 21
    pumpkin cream pie with candied walnuts

    This light and fluffy cream pie version of the traditional pumpkin pie looks like a real winner, especially with candied pecans. Another great part of your menu that can be made ahead of time! 

    Recipe here from A Spicy Perspective

  • Pumpkin Crumb Pie 18 of 21
    pumpkin crumb pie

    This tasty pie is a cross between that yummy pumpkin dessert and more traditional pumpkin pie. Add a crumb top for extra deliciousness. 

    Recipe here from Tastes From Lizzy T

  • Traditional Apple Pie 19 of 21
    mom's apple pie

    Here's a basic apple pie recipe with a little secret ingredient to help the bottom crust avoid getting soggy. 

    Recipe here from Up Close & Tasty

  • Dulce de Leche Apple Pie 20 of 21
    dulce de leche apple pie

    Adding dulce de leche to your apple pie filling promises for the most savory pie eating experience ever!

    Recipe here from Vinkalinka

  • Old Fashioned Pecan Pie 21 of 21
    pecan pie

    Oh pecan pie, you do not disappoint! If you've never made your own, this is the year you should try. The recipe is surprisingly simple with just a few basic ingredients. 

    Get it here from Epicurious


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