The BEST Thanksgiving Recipes EVER

Updated October 28, 2021
Originally Published: September 5, 2016

The best Thanksgiving recipes for turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, gravy, and tips to help you along the way. These recipes are classics for Thanksgiving leftover recipes and Thanksgiving desserts too. They NEVER get old and are so delicious that everyone will go back for seconds (and thirds!) during your Thanksgiving feast. Be sure to pin and save this post for November and December.

The BEST Thanksgiving recipes EVER! The best recipes for Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, gravy, and tips to help you along the way.

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

1. Thanksgiving turkey recipe

One person said, “This is by far the best turkey I have ever made!” Step-by-Step Guide to The Best Roast Turkey. A tried-and-true recipe for making a perfectly cooked and moist turkey every time. A Thanksgiving menu item people look forward to the most!

Thanksgiving turkey recipe. One person said, "This is by far the best turkey I have ever made!" Step-by-Step Guide to The Best Thanksgiving Turkey. A tried-and-true recipe for making a perfectly cooked and moist turkey every time.

2. Smoked Honey Glazed Ham

This is a great way to take a regular cooked ham and turn it into something spectacular by applying a sweet and spicy rub and placing it in a smoker.

How to Make a Smoked Honey Glazed Ham

3. Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Chili

You’ve got to taste it to believe it! It actually tastes like pumpkin spice mixed with a spicy and savory chili. Made with pumpkin purée in a slow cooker.

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Chili: You've got to taste it to believe it! It actually tastes like pumpkin spice mixed within a spicy and savory chili. Made with pumpkin purée in a slow cooker.

4. The Perfect Turkey Gravy

Homemade brown gravy is better than packaged any day! Basic All-American Brown Gravy Recipe. Turkey Gravy made from drippings, the only way to do it!!!

The Perfect Turkey Gravy. Homemade brown gravy is better than packaged any day! Basic All-American Brown Gravy Recipe. Turkey Gravy made from drippings, only way to do it!!!

5. Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole

Another pinner said, “One bite and you will never go back.” The best green bean casserole EVER!!! Made with butter crackers, sour cream, cheese, and more.

Grandma's Green Bean casserole. Another pinner said, "One bite and you will never go back." The best green bean casserole EVER!!! Made with butter crackers, sour cream, cheese, and more. 

6. Mashed Potatoes

My Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes recipe is one you will come back to over and over again! Thick and creamy homemade mashed potatoes – Great as a side dish and an absolute staple recipe for the holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

7. Not Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding

The BEST banana pudding recipe ever!!! I want to lay on the pudding pillow. This is one of our all-time favorite desserts. It’s wonderful any time of year dessert, but it’s especially wonderful for the holidays!

Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding Recipe! The BEST banana pudding recipe ever!!! I want to lay on the pudding pillow.

8. Macaroni & Cheese

One reader said, “This is the best macaroni and cheese I have ever tasted!” Made of ooey-gooey mild cheese, jack cheese, sharp cheese, muenster cheese, Velveeta cheese, and half &half. OMG! Everyone knows that mac & cheese is the must-have pasta on Thanksgiving!

Macaroni and cheese recipe for a crowd: One reader said, "This is the best macaroni and cheese I have ever tasted!" Made of ooey gooey mild cheese, jack cheese, sharp cheese, muenster cheese, velveeta cheese, and half &half.

9. Morning Punch

All fall and winter long, this kid-friendly and adult-friendly Brunch Punch is a hit! A fun Morning Punch is a perfect way to kick off a special day.

A fun Morning Punch is a perfect way to kick off a special day.

10. Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto is such a deliciously comforting fall and winter meal! While it looks elegant enough for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is perfect for a weeknight dinner as well. Topped with goat cheese and cranberries, it’s also a wonderful vegetarian option!

 

This Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese & Dried Cranberries is a perfect fall comfort food - Rich, creamy and perfect for an elegant weeknight meal. Perfect for vegetarian guests at Thanksgiving!

11. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes are tiny pumpkin pies you can eat with your hands. Such a yummy dessert recipe for fall and Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

12. Buttery Ranch Ritz Crackers

Addicting…as the recipe title states, plus they practically scream HOLIDAY SNACKING!

Buttery Ranch Ritz Crackers - Addicting…as the recipe title states, plus they practically scream HOLIDAY SNACKING!

 

13. Pumpkin Fluff Pie

No-bake Pumpkin Fluff Pie is a pumpkin cream pie with a graham cracker crust and a Cinnamon Toast Crush twist!

No-bake Pumpkin Fluff Pie is a pumpkin cream pie with a graham cracker crust and a Cinnamon Toast Crush twist!

14. Ham & Vegetable Soup

Ever find yourself with a leftover ham bone from Thanksgiving dinner? This Ham & Vegetable Soup is the perfect leftover meal! A reader favorite and one of the most popular soup recipes ever! Flavored with wonderful herbs and veggies!

Ever find yourself with a leftover ham bone from Thanksgiving dinner? This Ham & Vegetable Soup is the perfect leftover meal! A reader favorite and one of the most popular soup recipes ever!

15. Homemade Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Delicious homemade Hawaiian sweet rolls, soft, fluffy, and fresh from the oven. Brush top with melted butter, and serve warm. You can also make it into one big loaf! By Linda Bailey (and family)

Delicious homemade Hawaiian sweet rolls, soft, fluffy and fresh from the oven. Brush top with melted butter,and serve warm. You can also make it into one big loaf!

16. Crack Green Beans with Bacon

With the sweet-savory flavors of brown sugar and bacon, this combination is worth every minute of waiting in the oven! This recipe is a great dish to take to any potluck and makes a delicious and easy side at any dinner party.
Ingredients:

5 cans of green beans (8 ounces), drained
12 slices of bacon, chopped, cooked to be crispy, and drained
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
7 teaspoons of soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
Put the drained beans in a 9×13-inch saucepan. Add the bacon. Mix the brown sugar, butter, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Pour over the beans and bake 40 minutes at 350°F. Toss to coat and mix everything, and serve.

Crack Green Beans with Bacon

17. Caramel Apple Dump Cake

4 ingredient caramel apple dump cake recipe! Great for fall and even Thanksgiving.

4 ingredient caramel apple dump cake recipe!

18. Mini Thanksgiving Pies

Mini Pies for Thanksgiving are a great alternative for your friends and family who can’t decide which kind of pie to have for their Thanksgiving Dessert. They are small enough that you can eat a couple of them! Click the picture for the different mini-pie recipes.

Mini Pies for Thanksgiving are a great alternative for your friends and family who can't decide which kind of pie to have for their Thanksgiving Dessert. They are small enough that you can eat a couple of them!

19. Cream Cheese Corn Casserole

Cream Cheese Corn Casserole. Thanksgiving recipe done right! Simple, decadent, and delicious. Click the picture for the full recipe.

Cream Cheese Corn Casserole. Thanksgiving recipe done right! Simple, decadent, and delicious.

20. Amish Zucchini Bread

This easy homemade zucchini bread recipe is a no-fuss and no-fail recipe. This is a great recipe to always keep on hand! Make it for yourself, family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

Amish Zucchini Bread

21. Crock Pot Turkey Breast

Shredded Crock Pot Turkey Breasts in a delicious gravy! This slow cooker turkey breast recipe is the easiest and tastiest way to cook a turkey breast. No need for a big turkey at Thanksgiving? Try this!

Shredded Crock Pot Turkey Breast in a delicious gravy! This slow cooker turkey breast recipe is the easiest and tastiest way to cook a turkey breast. No need for a big turkey at Thanksgiving? Try this!

22. Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving side dishes are just as important as the turkey! Candied Sweet Potatoes are a traditional side for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas with butter (or margarine), brown sugar, cinnamon, and marshmallows. This is a classic recipe that simply must be served for Thanksgiving!

Candied Sweet Potatoes are a traditional side for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas with butter (or margarine), brown sugar, cinnamon, and marshmallows

23. Brussels Sprouts

This easy Brussels sprouts and bacon recipe will have everyone asking for seconds! Pair this simple and cozy side dish with a roast or even Thanksgiving turkey.

This easy Brussels sprouts and bacon recipe will have everyone asking for seconds! Pair this simple and cozy side dish with a roast or even Thanksgiving turkey.

24. Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash makes an excellent fall-baked side dish. So easy and healthy, this savory squash is a delicious vegetable side you’ll want to make again and again.

Roasted Butternut Squash makes an excellent fall baked side dish. So easy and healthy, this savory squash is a delicious vegetable side you’ll want to make again and again.

25. Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Look no further for the Best Ever Cranberry Sauce! This easy and delightful recipe takes only 15 minutes to make and a handful of ingredients! Spiced with cinnamon and sweetened with orange juice, it is the best combination of sweet and tart! The perfect complement to your holiday meal!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

26. Apple Pie

This classic apple pie recipe makes the BEST old fashioned apple pie from scratch! This easy pie has a flaky, buttery pie crust and a sweet homemade apple pie filling. With simple directions for how to make apple pie, including which type of apples to use. Perfect for the holidays!

This classic apple pie recipe makes the BEST old fashioned apple pie from scratch! This easy pie has a flaky, buttery pie crust and a sweet homemade apple pie filling. With simple directions for how to make apple pie, including which type of apples to use. Perfect for the holidays!

27. Broccoli Salad

Everyone needs an easy recipe for Broccoli Salad! This side dish stuffed with bacon, cranberry, pecans (or walnuts), and cheese is a huge crowd-pleaser.

Everyone needs an easy recipe for Broccoli Salad! This side dish stuffed with bacon, cranberry, and cheese is a huge crowd-pleaser.

8 thoughts on “The BEST Thanksgiving Recipes EVER

  1. I make butternut squash rolls that are soft and yummy. You can’t even taste the squash so they never know unless you tell. I make it in bread machine then on Florida surface, make individual rolls on cooking stone. They are delicious.

  2. On greenbean casserole, it doesn’t do anything.
    I’ve clicked on pic, name, everywhere, and nothing

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