Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition that brings families and friends together to share good food and company. But for many of us, the pressure to create a perfect Thanksgiving feast can be daunting.
This year, why not try one of these tried and true Thanksgiving recipes that will guarantee a delicious holiday meal? From flavorful fall appetizers, to savory sides, and sweet fall desserts, we’ve got you covered. So relax and enjoy your Thanksgiving celebration – dinner is taken care of!
There are always a few Thanksgiving staples that must be made each year, and if you don’t make them, you know there will be complaints. But what if you’re itching to try something new and interesting?
Or maybe you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time, and don’t know where to start. What size turkey do you need? How will you know that it will turn out okay?
And don’t get me started on the advice to test out a recipe before making it for a holiday. With the price of everything these days, who can afford to test out a turkey recipe weeks in advance?!
That’s why I asked thousands of food bloggers for their very best Thanksgiving recipes. More specifically…I asked them to share the recipes they make every year. These are the recipes that are tried and true – the ones that their families request year after year.
So if you’re looking for some inspiration for your Thanksgiving feast, look no further. These recipes have been tested, tasted, and loved by families across the country. And they’ll definitely be a hit with your family and friends too!
Fabulous Fall Cocktails
It's always important to make your guests feel welcome - even if they're family.
One of the simplest ways to do this is to offer a drink right when they arrive. And with these fall cocktails, you can't go wrong.
Nothing gets an appetite started better than some delicious appetizers. Whether you're looking for bite sized fall appetizers or a make ahead cheese ball, these recipes will have your guests coming back for more.
The Main Course...
Turkey is the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving feasts, but there are so many other options too.
Whether you want a big turkey centerpiece, or if you need options for a smaller guest list, we've got you covered with these delicious main course recipes.
Soups, Sauces, and Gravy
Warm up from the inside out with spiced cranberry sauce, creamy soups, and flavorful homemade gravy.
From light harvest salads to rich and decadent creamed spinach, these vegetables will have everyone asking for seconds.
Heavenly Potatoes and Pasta
They're rich, they're creamy, and they're 100% comforting. With these starchy potato and pasta sides, your Thanksgiving feast will be off to a decadent start.
Stuffing (or is it Dressing?)
Yes, I know there's a technical difference between stuffing and dressing, but everyone seems to land solidly on one side of the fence or the other.
Whichever camp you're in, one of these recipes will certainly be a crowd pleaser for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Breads, Rolls, and Rice
Whether you prefer warm, buttery dinner rolls, or hearty cornbread to round out your feast, there's sure to be a recipe here to suit your taste.
The Best Thanksgiving Desserts
After stuffing yourself with plenty of turkey, potatoes, and other delicious sides, you're going to want something sweet to finish off your Thanksgiving feast.
We've got you covered with tried and true Thanksgiving desserts. From pumpkin pie to apple cinnamon cake, these recipes are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
There’s nothing wrong with trying a new recipe for Thanksgiving, but you can make sure – especially if you make sure you’re using one of these delicious tried and true recipes that your guests are sure to love!
If you want to stay on top of your Thanksgiving planning, you’ll definitely want to check out this printable Thanksgiving planner. It’s got everything you need to make sure your holiday is as stress-free as possible!
And if you’re looking for even more Thanksgiving inspiration, be sure to check out these other awesome resources:
- 15 Unique Thanksgiving Recipes with Craft Beer
- 30+ Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers You Just Have to Try
- 35 Ideas for Thanksgiving Table Settings That will Leave You Inspired
- 10 Stress Free Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner
This post was originally published on November 5, 2010. It has been updated with new recipes and additional content.