Here’s a collection of the very best Thanksgiving recipes! You’ll find all kinds of dessert ideas from pies to sheet cakes to bar desserts. Plus all my crowd-pleasing bread recipes, side dishes, turkey and more!
Classic Thanksgiving Pie Recipes
Creative Thanksgiving Pie Recipes
Thanksgiving Side Dishes
The Best Bread Recipes
Creative Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas
Cheesecake Recipes for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas
Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Thanksgiving dishes can be made ahead of time?
Almost everything can be made ahead of time, at least in part! Stuffing and casseroles, bread dough, and almost all desserts will keep best. You can prep veggies and portion ingredients ahead of time. Mashed potatoes and meat products should be cooked the day of.
How to determine size of turkey for Thanksgiving?
Depending on the appetite of your guests and how much turkey leftovers you want, estimate about 1 to 1 ½ pounds per guest. The smaller the bird, the more you want to lean towards 1 ½ pounds because the bones will make up a higher portion of the total weight. The larger the bird, the more you can lean towards 1 pound because there will be more meat vs. bones.
When to buy a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving?
Only purchase a fresh turkey if you’re able to buy less than 3 days before Thanksgiving. Ideally a fresh turkey is purchased within 48 hours of Thanksgiving. This is perfect if ordering from a local farmer or butcher shop.
When to thaw turkey for Thanksgiving?
It will take about 30 minutes per pound of turkey to thaw from frozen in the refrigerator. It’s better to give yourself a wider buffer, just in case!
How to cook Thanksgiving dinner with just one oven?
I highly recommend making as many dishes ahead of time as you can. You can also get creative with slow cooker and no-bake recipes. Check out my Slow Cooker Turkey Breast and No-Bake Pumpkin Mousse Pie recipes to save room in your oven on turkey day.
What is in a classic Thanksgiving dinner?
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie. This will be the ultimate Thanksgiving feast with flavors that everyone will love.
How much food should I make?
Besides the turkey, you can estimate ¾ cup cooked stuffing, 1 potato, ¼ cup gravy, ¼ cup cranberries, 4 oz veggies, 2 rolls, and one sixth of a pie per guest. I always like to make extra just in case and to ensure leftovers!
What food to take to a Thanksgiving party?
Any and all appetizers or casseroles are a great idea, so is anything that can be held in a slow cooker to keep warm. But truly, you can’t go wrong with dessert. Especially one that can be held at room temperature, like apple pie, so you don’t require any more space in your host’s fridge.
How to store Thanksgiving pies?
Most pies can be made a day ahead of time. Some pies can also be frozen and made up to a month before Thanksgiving. At the very least, get a head start on your pie dough because that can be stored in the freezer for quite a while! Check out my make-ahead guide with detailed instructions on preparing pies ahead of time.