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Thanksgiving Recipes

November 21, 2019

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Thanksgiving Recipes to make your Thanksgiving dinner amazing!

Whole berry cranberry sauce
Fan Shaped Dinner Roll
Fresh green beans with almonds
Bundt cake topped with sugared cranberries.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Or are you just in charge of bringing a side dish or a dessert to dinner? I’ve gathered everything you’re going to need to make this holiday dinner extra special. 

These recipes include the turkey, all the side dishes and some extra special desserts. I’ve featured several of my own recipes as well as several recipes from other amazing bloggers. 

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

Everyone has their favorite recipes for Thanksgiving. We tend to stick to pretty traditional recipes in my family. We start with an oven roasted turkey filled with a homemade sausage stuffing. Homemade mashed potatoes and gravy are a must. Then we usually have green beans, cranberry sauce and a few other side dishes to make certain our plates are overflowing.

For dessert we always offer a variety of choices: pumpkin pie, cherry pie, and this year we will also have a cranberry cake. 

How to make a successful Thanksgiving Dinner

  • A successful Thanksgiving dinner always begins with planning. 
    • Write down your menu
    • Plan a shopping list
    • Determine which items you can make ahead of time
    • Plan for extra storage
    • Examine your tableware – plates, silverware, glasses, linens, serving dishes. 
      • Plan out each serving dish. Label each dish with the contents that will fill the dish at serving time. This helps make certain you have enough dishes and it allows others to help out at the last minute.
    • Write out a timeline for cooking your meal on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Allow others to help
    • Assign your guest to bring side dishes or desserts
    • Assign tasks in the kitchen prior to serving
    • Allow help with cleanup
  • Take time to enjoy
    • Enjoy the conversation, your family and friends and the food! 
    • Don’t stress and if things don’t go quite as planned, it’s okay!

Make ahead tips

  • Make any dishes that can be made ahead of time
  • Peel and slice potatoes, cover potatoes in water
  • Cut up any vegetables, onions and garlic for your recipes
  • Prep your turkey – make certain your bird is fully thawed. Remove package of organs from cavity of your turkey. Check both ends and make certain there’s nothing extra under the flap of skin around the neck. Rinse and dry bird and store covered with plastic wrap on a baking sheet in the refrigerator. Do not stuff your turkey with stuffing until the just before placing in the oven. Your stuffing should be fully cooled when stuffing your bird. Many people also cook their stuffing separately. 
  • Make a turkey broth with neck, gizzard, heart and other organs included in turkey package. This is often used for basting your turkey, making your stuffing extra moist and adding to gravy.

Turkeys standing in the rain getting wet.

Thawing a turkey

If you bought a fresh turkey, you don’t need to worry about thawing a turkey. But if you bought a frozen one, you’ll need to plan ahead. All Recipes has a great guide for making certain your turkey is fully thawed. 

Equipment you might need

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Cranberry sauce with additional Thanksgiving recipes.

Thanksgiving Recipes

Any recipe can be served for Thanksgiving. Below are a few traditional recipes you might enjoy.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and good food!

This was first published in November of 2016. It has been updated to share a wider range of Thanksgiving Recipes and information. 

Thanksgiving Recipes

From the turkey to the sides and desserts, this collection of recipes includes everything you need for your Thanksgiving.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Valentina
    November 26, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Fabulous collection of Thanksgiving recipes. So many super delicious choices! I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂 ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 27, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      You too, Valentina!!!

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    David @ Spiced
    November 22, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Wow, this is an excellent collection of Thanksgiving recipes and tips, Kathy! As you noted in the post, the most important thing is to stop and enjoy time with friends and family. Who cares if dinner is served 30 minutes late, or if you run out of pecan pie? (Wait. On 2nd thought, just make two pecan pies!) Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, my friend! 🙂

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      Kathy
      November 25, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    November 21, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Oh wow.. What a lovely collection. Everything looks so delicious. Thank you for making my life a bit easier. I will definitely make something from this list this Thanksgiving.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 25, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Thanks, Natalie! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 21, 2019 at 5:39 am

    We’ve had our Thanksgiving here in Canada already, so this would be perfect for Christmas! So many yummy eats that would make the meal special . Thanks so much for including my whipped sweet potatoes and Happy Thanksgiving to ya 🙂

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    David @ Spiced
    November 28, 2016 at 9:26 am

    So I might have missed this post before Thanksgiving, but that’s ok…because Thanksgiving food is fair game around here throughout the holidays! These look like some delicious classics, and I definitely need to give them a shot soon. 🙂

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    November 23, 2016 at 7:31 am

    What a wonderful collection of Thanksgiving recipes. Mmm I could eat them all of them in one meal!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 25, 2016 at 5:26 am

      Yep….we did…and more! 🙂

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 23, 2016 at 4:57 am

    They all look wonderful Kathy! Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving with your family!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 25, 2016 at 5:26 am

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  • Reply
    mira
    November 22, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Wonderful menu! Have a great holiday!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 25, 2016 at 5:26 am

      Thanks, Mira!

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    Gingi Freeman
    November 22, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    That cranberry sauce looks out of this world! I usually just go for the can.. gonna have to give this a try!!! – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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      Kathy
      November 25, 2016 at 5:26 am

      The cranberry sauce is amazing! And it’s super easy to make 🙂

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    November 22, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Oh gosh, that cranberry sauce! I’m pinning that one. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply
    Sues
    November 22, 2016 at 7:25 am

    I am all about those cranberry nut bars! Perfect for Thanksgiving or any day at all! Hope you have a wonderful holiday 🙂

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