November 13, 2017 posted by Lindsay Ferrier

35 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes: Tried, Tested, and GOBBLED UP.

35 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes: Tried, Tested, and GOBBLED UP.

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for amazing Thanksgiving recipes to add to your arsenal. I like to mix old favorites with a few new recipes each year, just to shake things up — but I want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that whatever new thing I’m making is like, THE BEST DISH EVER — because there’s nothing worse than a disastrous Thanksgiving dinner. (As many of you know, I speak from experience.)

With this in mind, I turned to you this year for your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, and I’m sharing the links and your comments about them below. Consider this your crowdsourced Thanksgiving menu. Whether you’re bringing a dish to someone else’s home or you’re solely in charge of the meal, you’ll find everything you could possibly need for a perfect Thanksgiving meal below!

Happy eating!

The Main Course


Source: What’s Gaby Cooking


Herb-Roasted Turkey

From: What’s Gaby Cooking

Jade says: ‘What’s Gaby Cooking has, hands down, the best Turkey recipe. Seriously, it’s SO good.’


Gin Brined Turkey

Source: Food 52

Gin Brined Turkey

From: Food 52

Andrea says: ‘My SIL made our turkey this way last year and it was hands down the best turkey ever. We’ll never make a turkey another way. And no, the gin left no taste on the turkey.’


Recipe Moist Turkey

Source: Simply Rebekah

Amazingly Moist Turkey

From: Simply Rebekah

I say: Rebekah contributed this recipe, and since she’s a host of one of my favorite podcasts, I’m totally going to trust her on this.




Apple Bacon Cranberry Salad Recipe

Source: Carlsbad Cravings

Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad

From: Carlsbad Cravings

Candy says: ‘This was a huge hit!’


Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe

Source: Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Lemon and Pecorino

From: Moms Kitchen Handbook

Holly says: ‘My family loves shaved brussels sprouts salad for Thanksgiving. Something a little different and ‘fresh’ on the table.’


Creamy Cranberry Salad

Source: Taste of Home

Creamy Cranberry Salad

From: Taste of Home

I say: Sue shared this one and I was excited to see it listed — I grew up in the South and fluffy fruit salads were ALWAYS on the Thankgiving table somewhere when I was a little girl. I haven’t seen one in a long time and I have a feeling my kids would love this one!



Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Source: Handle the Heat


Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

From: Handle the Heat

Lauren says: ‘If this was the only thing I ate on Thanksgiving Day I’d be a happy girl! And no cream of anything soup, which I’m also a fan of!’


Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe

Source: Brown Eyed Baker

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

From: Brown Eyed Baker

Tiffney says: ‘With the oven being used all day, this Mac and Cheese recipe is amazing because it cooks in the crock pot and taste as good as the Loveless cafe. Soo yummy! I always get asked for the recipe when I make this.’


Cider Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe

Source: Inspired Recipes

Cider Vinaigrette Roasted Root Vegetables

From: Inspired Recipes

Mary Beth says: ‘This is one recipe but you can really season with anything and roast almost anything!’


Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes

Source: Food Network


Creamy Mashed Potatoes

From: The Pioneer Woman

I say: Becky shared this recipe and since I’ve never tasted anything from The Pioneer Woman that wasn’t terrific, I feel confident this recipe is no exception!


Cranberry Relish Recipe Thanksgiving

Source: Simply Recipes

Cranberry Relish

From: Simply Recipes

Micki says: ‘My mom made this fresh relish every year. It’s delicious w/ turkey & stuffing, and great to put on leftover turkey sandwiches.’


Pineapple Casserole

Source: Food Network

Paula Deen’s Pineapple Casserole

From: Food Network

I say: Pineapple, cheddar cheese, and crackers sounds so weird, but you owe it to yourself to try this deep South staple. It’s AMAZING. I served it in California to my husband’s relatives last year and they thought I was crazy, at least until they tried it. Then it disappeared in minutes!


Creamed Corn Recipe
Noni’s Creamed Corn

From: Suburban Turmoil

I say: This is my mother-in-law’s recipe and I am required to make it every year. It’s delicious and you can whip it up a few minutes before you eat. It’s a total kid favorite — All four of our children LOVE this dish.


Pumpkin Gratin Recipe

Source: Epicurious

Pumpkin Gruyere Gratin with Thyme

From: Epicurious

Chelle says: ‘I made this a few years ago and people are still talking about it.’


Cranberry Sauce with Port

Source: Genius Kitchen


Cranberry Sauce with Port, Rosemary, and Dried Figs

From: Genius Kitchen

Kathleen says: ‘Buy the best port wine, make the best cranberry relish you’ve ever had. Skip Thanksgiving and eat it on ice cream!’


Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
Sweet Potato Casserole with Butter Pecan Topping

From: Averie Cooks

Candy says: ‘Not fancy—or healthy—just yummy! The recipe my family loves came from Emeril Lagasse years ago, but this is close. Add some bourbon and cream to the sweet potatoes. Coconut to the topping.’


Recipe for Yeast Rolls
Easy Homemade Yeast Rolls

From: Me.

I say: If you want to go the extra mile and make your own yeast rolls, this recipe is foolproof and tasty.


Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Source: Cook Eat Paleo

Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Mustard

Source: Cook Eat Paleo

I say: This is my childhood friend Joy’s go-to recipe. I’m a big fan of roasted brussels sprouts, so… YES PLEASE.


Party Potatoes Recipe
Party Potatoes

From: Suburban Turmoil

I say: Pardon the non-Pinteresty photo, but this was literally taken right before we ate Thanksgiving dinner several years ago. This recipe is basically mashed potatoes on steroids and definitely best saved for very special occasions!


Roasted Acorn Squash

Source: Inspired Recipes

Roasted Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

From: Inspired Recipes

Carrie says: This recipe is a ‘must’ for her family, and it’s so easy!


Sausage and Wild Mushroom Stuffing


Sausage and Wild Mushroom Stuffing

From: Southern Living

I say: This is my most-requested dish at our Thanksgiving dinners. It is truly decadent and as good as the main course. It calls for a LOT of mushrooms – Don’t skimp on them, because they’re a big part of what makes the bread moist — but I do use half wild mushrooms and half traditional supermarket mushrooms to save a little money.


Cornbread Dressing Recipe Pioneer Woman


Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Apples

From: The Pioneer Woman

I say: This is another favorite from Chelle and it looks amazing.


Ruth's Chris Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Source: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Sweet Potato Casserole

From: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

I say: Jenny shared this recipe — When a restaurant publishes its own recipe, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be awesome, amirite?


Perfect Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Perfect Macaroni and Cheese

From: Martha Stewart

I say: If you’re determined to slay at your Thanksgiving feast, make time for this dish. It’s labor-intensive, but the results are sooooo worth it. I’ve made it lots of times and shared it before, and several readers have e-mailed me to tell me they’ve made it ever since as well! One note — I add a drizzling of white truffle oil to mine before baking and I really think it takes the whole thing to a whole ‘nother level.


Cranberry Casserole Recipe
Cranberry Apple Casserole

From: Me.

I say: My mom brought this dish for Thanksgiving several years ago and I’ve been making it ever since. It’s one of her friend’s family recipes and you won’t believe how good it is- and how simple it is to make. It tastes like a dessert, really. I LOVE it — and normally, I’m not a big cranberry fan.


Stuffing Muffins Recipe Whole Wheat

Source: Kalyn’s Kitchen

Whole-Wheat Stuffing Muffins

From: Kalyn’s Kitchen

Kalyn says: ‘It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Stuffing Muffins, and now my family asks for them every year!’

I say: I’m a fan of Kalyn’s cooking blog and can’t wait to try these!


Whole Pumpkin Pie Soup Recipe
Whole Pumpkin Pie Soup

From: Food Network

Chelle says: ‘This I made a few years ago and it was really fun. The soup is delicious and the presentation is unique.’

I say: Wow.


Southern Living Pumpkin Crisp

Source: Southern Living

Pumpkin Crisp

From: Southern Living

Devry says: ‘I’m not a huge pumpkin fan, but this is wonderful just out of the oven!!’

I say: You literally cannot go wrong with any Southern Living recipe. I’m convinced.


Trisha Yearwood Pecan Pie Recipe

Source: Food Network

Trisha Yearwood’s Pecan Pie

From: Food Network

Mary Beth says: She’s a fan of both this pie and Brown Eyed Baker’s Chocolate Cream Pie. ‘I love these pie recipes,’ she says, ‘and have made them both several times.’


Black and Blue Mango Pie Recipe

Source: Salty Pie

Black and Blue Mango Pie

From: Backwoods Home Magazine

Karen says: ‘This pie has been a favorite for years in my house. I skip the lattice crust, though, and just do a regular one because #lazy. SO, SO YUMMY.’


Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

Source: AllRecipes

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

From: AllRecipes

Carrie says: ‘I will bring these anywhere I am invited to eat turkey someone else made.’


Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

Source: Betty Crocker

Pecan Pie Bars

From: Betty Crocker

Millie says: ‘This is our “we need something to snack on before dinner” treat.’


Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Recipe


Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

From: Better Homes and Gardens

I say: I needed to use some Mexican Chocolate we had on hand a couple of years ago and made this pie for our Thanksgiving dessert. It was a HUGE hit!


Hummingbird Cake

From: Me.

I say: This is, quite simply, the best cake I’ve ever made. Moist, dense, rich, heavy cake with an amazing frosting. Bake this when you want to stun someone with your insane baking skills.


Pumpkin Cheesecake

Source: Good Housekeeping

Pumpkin Cheesecake

From: Good Housekeeping

Lisa says: ‘Mmmm. Pumpkin cheesecake. Delish.’




Make Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes
My ever-prepared friend Amy Allen Clark from Mom Advice actually makes her entire Thanksgiving feast ahead of time!! Here’s how she does it.

And after you’ve eaten, here’s an idea…


Turkey Continental Soup Recipe
Noni’s Turkey Continental Soup

From: Me

I say: This is my mother-in-law’s incredibly delicious soup recipe — It’s super easy and fast to make and it requires turkey stock, which I make each year with our turkey carcass the day after Thanksgiving and freeze in two-cup increments. Then I use it to make Turkey Continental Soup all winter long! SO. GOOD.

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