The 33 Best Thanksgiving Recipes for the Ultimate Holiday Feast

Starved for some inspiring recipes? Try a few of these easy ideas.

best thanksgiving recipes
Johnny Miller

Hope your family is ready to gobble-gobble, because our best Thanksgiving recipes are so easy and tasty, you won't be able to choose just one or two. From delicious turkey ideas to classic side dishes, sweet potato casseroles and so many pies, we have every recipe you need to pull off your holiday feast.

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best thanksgiving recipes roasted butternut squash
Brian Woodcock
Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette

One bite of this apple cider-flavored butternut squash dish, and all your Thanksgiving guests will be saying, oh my gourd!

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best thanksgiving recipes wild rice and cider cranberry pilaf
Brian Woodcock
Wild Rice and Cider-Cranberry Pilaf

Wow your family this Thanksgiving with this flavorful rice side dish featuring sweet cranberries and zesty cinnamon.

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best thanksgiving recipes bourbon pecan pie
Brian Woodcock
Bourbon Pecan Pie

Your favorite Thanksgiving pie just got a big and boozy makeover thanks to the addition of some rich chocolate and bourbon.

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best thanksgiving recipes squash casserole
Brian Woodcock
Squash Casserole

With ooey gooey cheese and buttery crackers crumbled on top, this easy squash casserole might just steal the turkey's thunder.

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best thanksgiving recipes roasted brussels sprouts
Brian Woodcock
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!

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best thanksgiving recipes pie spiced apple fritters
Brian Woodcock
Pie-Spiced Apple Fritters

Get all the flaky goodness and fruity flavor of a pie without the prep time: Whip up a batch of these sugar-coated, apple-stuffed fritters.

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best thanksgiving recipes tamale dressing
David Tsay
Tamale Dressing

Say goodbye to bland and boring, and bring the heat to your holiday buffet with this spicy chile-packed Thanksgiving stuffing.

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best thanksgiving recipes braised greens
Brian Woodcock
Braised Greens

Savory bacon will encourage everyone to take a big heaping of healthy greens at your holiday feast.

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pumpkin pecan bread pudding recipe
Brian Woodcock
Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

Prepare yourself: This bourbon sauce is everything.

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red chile and orange glazed turkey recipe
David Tsay
Red Chile and Orange Glazed Turkey

Looking to wake up your party guests? This zesty turkey will do the trick.

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sage-butter roasted turkey
Christopher Testani
Sage-Butter Roasted Turkey

Adapted from the book 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.

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the perfect roast turkey
Anna Williams
The Perfect Roast Turkey

The centerpiece of your holiday meal, the turkey is one dish you want to get just right—and with this foolproof recipe, you can roast a beautiful, succulent turkey every time.

Try this tasty twist: If you have time, consider brining your bird overnight to ensure juicy meat infused with subtle flavor. Find recipes for three different brines.

Quick tip: For a fresh garnish that won't wilt, choose stiff, glossy leaves. Here, bay and citrus leaves pair with figs and kumquats.

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erin napier's skillet cornbread
Brian Woodcock
Erin Napier's Skillet Cornbread

Because there's nothing better than dipping cornbread in a plate full of gravy and cranberry sauce.

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best thanksgiving recipes pumpkin mousse
Steven Randazzo
Pumpkin Mousse

This extra-delicious pumpkin dessert is also extra easy to make since it requires no baking.

Quick tip: Whip it up (literally) ahead of time and chill overnight.

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best thanksgiving recipes roast turkey
Anna Williams
The Perfect Roast Turkey with Herbes-de-Provence Rub

Spice up our Perfect Roast Turkey with a zesty rub.

Try this tasty twist: The 2008 herbes-de-provence version shown here calls for ½ cup dried lavender; 1 tablespoon each salt, fennel seeds, and dried thyme; and 2 teaspoons white peppercorns. Just pulse in a spice grinder until the mixture is fine but not powdery. Then, at Step 2 in our turkey recipe, omit the butter. And instead of salt and pepper, work the spice rub under and over the turkey's skin.

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best thanksgiving recipes pecan pie
Christopher Testani
Pecan Pie

Thanksgiving is simply not complete without a classic homemade pecan pie. We adore this version, adapted from by Carrie Morey.

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best thanksgiving recipes spiced cranberry sauce
Anna Williams
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. This sauce can be made up to three days ahead. "When we developed this recipe a decade ago," says Cheryl Slocum, Ikaroo's contributing food editor, "the goal was classic cranberry sauce with a hint of exoticism. Star anise did the trick."

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best thanksgiving recipes wild rice dressing
Anna Williams
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.

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best thanksgiving recipes cornbread stuffing
Anna Williams
The Fabulous Beekman Boys' Cornbread Stuffing with Pecans and Sweet Sausage

This recipe by the calls for Supermoist Cornbread. If using cornbread for stuffing, make it two days prior: Cut cornbread into 1-inch chunks, place on a large baking sheet in a single layer, and let dry out at room temperature for two days.

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best thanksgiving recipes mushroom stuffing
Anna Williams
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.

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edythe newman's matzo stuffing
Anna Williams
Edythe Newman's Matzo Stuffing

Matzo meal and chicken broth are added together slowly to ensure this stuffing is deliciously moist. Apples and cinnamon impart a surprising hint of sweetness. "For me, it's just not Thanksgiving without my mother's stuffing recipe, which calls for matzo meal instead of bread," says Rachel Newman, Ikaroo's editor-in-chief from 1978-1998. "It's great the first day, even better the next."

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best thanksgiving recipes grapefruit and chicory salad
Anna Williams
Ruby Red Grapefruit and Chicory Salad

This bright salad features sweet-tart grapefruit and slightly bitter chicory for a refreshing addition to your holiday table.

Quick tip: To segment a grapefruit, first cut off the top and bottom. Slice away the peel and pith; then slice along the membranes to release the segments.

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tom valenti's sauteed kale
Steven Randazzo
Tom Valenti's Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Red Onions

This Thanksgiving recipe is inspired by the cooking style of New York City chef . "Sautéed kale is always on my family's Thanksgiving table," he says. "It reminds me of my Italian grandfather, who served the green straight from his garden." To save time, wash, dry, and trim the kale the day before. Store in crisper. Cook only the kale and omit the onions and garlic. Finish the dish by adding a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts or sliced almonds.

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marvin woods's brussels sprouts
Anna Williams
Marvin Woods's Brussels Sprouts, Red Pepper, and Avocado Salad

Try something new with Brussels sprouts, like this salad from Marvin Woods, chef and author of . Add red onion, cilantro, peppers, avocado, and dressing to the little cabbages. "As a kid, I never cared for Brussels sprouts," says Woods. "Then I realized boiled isn't the only way to serve them. For this dish, I treat the leaves like salad greens."

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best thanksgiving recipes green beans with bacon
Anna Williams
Green Beans with Bacon

Swap-in this savory-sweet side dish for green bean casserole of years past. It's sure to stand out with bold ingredients like bacon and pecans.

Try this tasty twist: Yes, you can make bacon even better! Consider candied bacon with these green beans. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and fit with a rack. Toss 4 slices bacon with 2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar to coat. Cook bacon until shiny and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Let bacon cool, then chop and sprinkle on beans in Step 3 of our recipe.

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best thanksgiving recipes cracked pepper dinner rolls
Anna Williams
Cracked-Pepper Dinner Rolls

A hint of spicy black pepper adds a kick to these traditional dinner rolls.

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roasted sweet potato casserole with praline streusel
Anna Williams
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.

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best thanksgiving recipes cheese grits and corn pudding recipe
Anna Williams
Cheese Grits and Corn Pudding

This savory cheese grits pudding is inspired by the South.

Try this tasty twist: The only thing more delicious than a corn pudding with cheese grits? One with pimiento-cheese grits! Simply add ¼ cup red pimientos along with the Cheddar in Step 2 of our recipe.

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best thanksgiving recipes light and fluffy carrot souffles
Anna Williams
Light and Fluffy Carrot Soufflés

The delicate sweetness of carrot is complimented by freshly grated nutmeg in these pillowy soufflés.

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best thanksgiving recipes potato and celery-root gratin
Anna Williams
Potato and Celery-Root Gratin

Celery root lends unique flavor and freshness to this variation on a classic potato gratin.

Quick tip: A slices potatoes uniformly and paper-thin.

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