30+ Amazing & Festive Recipes You MUST Make This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! I bet you're trying to figure out what to make for the big dinner, aren't you? Well, look no further! These are the most amazing and festive Thanksgiving recipes you'll find!

Yesterday was Halloween. It was Bee’s second Halloween! A couple weeks ago I vowed that if I could teach Bee to say “Trick-or-Treat” by Halloween, we’d take her trick-or-treating.

Did she learn? No.

So there was no trick-or-treating for us. That’s okay, because I couldn’t find a single costume worthy of being worn by my daughter.

I don’t believe in dressing kids up as princesses or animals for Halloween (unless, of course, that animal is rabid or the princess is a zombie…). Halloween is about scary! So I wanted to dress her up as a witch or a vampire or a mummy… ya know… something that people only see in their nightmares. The fact that we couldn’t find a decent outfit in her size made the lack of trick-or-treating easier to swallow. And to be honest, I didn’t feel like making a costume for a kid that won’t remember wearing it.

Not to worry, though. She got to eat a bunch of candy! Turns out she’s a big Kit Kat fan!

Now that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. It’ll be here soon.

I’m not gonna lie. I started planning for Thanksgiving Saturday. Two days before Halloween!

Our Thanksgiving won’t be super exciting. We aren’t traveling to see family. We’ve invited my parents to our house for dinner, but I’m not sure if they’ll be in attendence.

If they do show up, it will be the first time I’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner. Prior to Bee’s birth, Hubby & I celebrated Turkey Day at home by ourselves. Just the two of us, the dogs, and some yummy food! And last year we did the same thing… except with a 4 month old!

Most Thanksgivings it’s just us, food, drinks and movies.

Saturday afternoon I started planning and writing out my appetizer game plan. And my dinner game plan. And dessert and drinks and… well, I think you get the idea.

The internet was my playground! And I found soooo many recipes worth trying this Thanksgiving!

Since I’m only feeding 4 adults max and one kid who is so young she barely qualifies as half a human in the food consumption department, I can’t make every single amazing recipe I found.

I decided to pick a few of the recipes for our dinner… and then share all of my favorite recipes with you!

Here are over 30 amazing and super festive Thanksgiving recipes that I’m sure you’ll wanna make this year:

APPETIZERS

Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Real House Moms

Does anyone NOT love deviled eggs??!!
If you said yes to that, LEAVE.
Like now.
Sicko.
They might be my favorite appetizer EVER. I. LOVE. DEVILED. EGGS.
I’m always looking for a way to spruce them up, though, and add a little life to them. I think this recipe will do that. That’s why I’m making it this year!

Meat, Cheese & Cracker Turkey Platter from Freebie Finding Mom

There’s always a meat & cheese platter at our house on Thanksgiving! I’m not sure if I’ll make mine this pretty, but I think it’s a neat idea!

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball from The Diary of a Real Housewife

Not only is there always a meat and cheese tray at our house on Turkey Day, I also make a cheese ball every year.
A couple years ago I tried a bacon ranch cheese ball recipe & it was a hit! Definitely doing it again this year!

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms from The Recipe Critic

Another “must have” in our home on Thanksgiving afternoon! I usually replace the pork sausage with turkey sausage to make it a little healthier. We all love these stuffed mushrooms, though!

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip from Baked in Arizona

This is yet one more recipe that will undoubtedly be a hit with my family. With all these appetizers I plan to make, I’m not sure anyone will have room for dinner!

DRINKS

Fireball Cider Cocktail from What’s Cooking America

For me, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey screams “holiday season”. I’m totally fine with sipping straight Fireball, but adding apple cider to it doesn’t sound like a bad idea, either. That’s why this recipe makes the list!

Fall Sangria from Sweet & Savory By Shinee

Even though I would be happy to sip Fireball all day, I know that not everyone loves cinnamon whiskey as much as I do!
I think this fall sangria would be a great option for our possible dinner guests!

Salted Caramel Apple Martini from Home & Plate

Can I skip dessert and just drink a few of these instead?!
It sounds delicious! A lot better than a slice of pumpkin pie!

Autumn Spiced Rum Cider from Honey & Birch

For the rum lover in your life!
Spiced rum by itself isn’t bad at all. Add to it a few extra ingredients like apple cider & nutmeg and you’ve got yourself a festive drink most people would be glad to enjoy on a brisk November day!

Drunken Pumpkin Latte from The Wholesome Dish

This would make for a great Thanksgiving dessert (or breakfast?) drink.
All these drink recipes… at this rate I’m gonna be passed out before dinner is ready!

 

DINNER

Sliced Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Breast from The Noshery

Hubby and I aren’t planning on having turkey this year. We’re weirdos and for the last 3 years we’ve made ham for Thanksgiving and turkey for Christmas. A story for another time…
I can’t say I’ve ever considered using apple cider to spice up turkey, but I bet it’s worth trying!

Creole Butter Injected Turkey from Mrs. Happy Homemaker

Again, Hubby and I aren’t planning on making a turkey, but I know most people are. If we were gonna cook a turkey (and Hubby didn’t want to BBQ or smoke it), this would be the recipe I’d try.
I’m not a huge fan of the flavor of turkey. I’ve been dying to try an injection recipe for YEARS. I have an injector now, so it’s only a matter of time!

Brown Butter Garlic Honey Roasted Carrots from Rasa Malaysia

I’m not sure if carrots are in the cards for us this year, but Bee loves them! I’m pretty sure they are her favorite veggie!
If we do have them, I’m going to give this recipe a try. It sounds absolutely delish!

Sweet Potato Casserole from Celebrating Sweets

Although it’s normally found on the Thanksgiving dinner table, I didn’t grow up eating sweet potato casserole. To be completely honest, the idea scares the CRAP out of me.
Why would you mix a vegetable that spent it’s whole life under ground with marshmallows and, in this case, pecans?
Who came up with this insane idea?!
Apparently someone who didn’t get the memo about potatoes need butter, sour cream, bacon and green onions…
Since this is generally a staple, I’m including it in my list. I know a lot of people love it and this is the best recipe I’ve come across.
If I step back and forget that it contains potatoes, it sounds super yummy!

Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes from Home Made Interest

Now THIS is a train I can get on!!
A potato recipe that sounds awesome!
Not only is is an au gratin recipe (which I love), it’s also filled with bacon, chives and cheese.
Mmmmmmmmmm.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes from Simply Recipes

Is this the perfect mashed potato recipe? I don’t know yet… but I’m going to try it this Thanksgiving.
I believe mashed potatoes are a must have item at most meals and turkey day is no exception!

Four Cheese Baked Skillet Rigatoni from How Sweet Eats

This isn’t the kind of recipe that I’d normally make for Thanksgiving, but Bee loves pasta. And I’ve been wanting to make a dish like this for ages.
What better time than Thanksgiving?!

Apple, Onion & Celery Stuffing from Six Sisters’ Stuff

We are definitely having stuffing, it’s one of Hubby’s favorites! I’m not sure if this is the recipe I’ll use, but 5 or 6 years ago I made stuffing just like this.
Obviously it wasn’t this exact recipe, but the ingredients look exactly the same. And it was amazing. I definitely recommend it!

Classic Baked Acorn Squash from Simply Recipes

I don’t like acorn squash, but I know a lot of people do. And for a lot of people, it’s a common Thanksgiving dish.
This recipe seems very traditional and definitely worth making if you’re an acorn squash fan.

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash from Life Made Sweeter

I’m a bigger fan of butternut squash than I am acorn. I just can’t stand the sweetness of the acorn squash.
To be honest, I’m scared of anything sweet being placed on my dinner table (besides maybe jam for my biscuits!). Although I like butternut squash, I’m slightly afraid of the “maple cinnamon” part of this recipe.
It can’t be all that bad, though… butternut squash isn’t horrible.

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole from Spicy Southern Kitchen

My husband actually requested I not make green bean casserole this year. I’ve made it every Thanksgiving & every Christmas since we got together and we barely touch it. It usually ends up getting thrown away after spending about a week in the fridge.
If I was making a green bean casserole this Thanksgiving, I’d definitely try this recipe. I would imagine that the chicken stock and cheese add some nice flavor to this dish.

Roasted Green Beans & Mushrooms from Plain Chicken

I think this dish would make a great replacement for the more traditional green bean casserole.
We love green beans & mushrooms in my house, so I know this super simple recipe will be a hit!

Creamy Corn Pudding from I Heart Recipes

I’ve never eaten, let alone made, corn pudding, but for some reason this recipe jumped out at me!
I know some people consider corn pudding a staple at the Thanksgiving dinner table. I just might try it this year, too!

Caramelized Onion & Gruyere Tart from The Lovely Bits

I’d never heard of anything like this prior to Saturday. I have no clue what it tastes like, but I think it sounds amazing. And looks awesome!
It would make for a beautiful addition to our dinner this year.

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Eat Yourself Skinny

I hadn’t had brussels sprouts until Hubby & I got together. His grandmother made them every Thanksgiving & Christmas, so I decided to continue the tradition.
I haven’t tried making them as per this recipe, but I’m going to give it a try this year.

Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad from Julia’s Album

I’ve never made a salad for Thanksgiving dinner. And I have never, ever considered adding fruit to a green salad.
It’s always seems so unnatural to me!
But if my parents do visit us for Thanksgiving, I’m probably going to try this recipe. It just seems like a nice, festive fall salad!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apples from Frugal Mom Eh

Hubby loves cranberry sauce. Me? Not so much.
Last year I made cranberry sauce from scratch and Hubby asked that I do it again this year.
This isn’t the recipe I used, but it’s so simple and looks so good, I think I’ll give it a try this year!

Ridiculously Easy Buttermilk Biscuits from The Cafe Sucre Farine

I think it’s safe to say most cold weather dinners are incomplete without some form of homemade bread. Thanksgiving in no exception!
I plan to make these biscuits the day before Thanksgiving and warm them up right before dinner.

The Best Turkey Gravy from Mom on Timeout

Gravy is something Hubby and I tend to disagree on. He claims it is a necessity any time you eat mashed potatoes. I, on the other hand, think gravy is rarely needed!
He would be seriously offended if I didn’t serve gravy with Thanksgiving dinner, though. That’s why this easy recipe is on my list!

DESSERT

Pumpkin Lush from Averie Cooks

I know that most Thanksgiving desserts consist of a festive pie, but not so in my house.
We aren’t huge fans of traditional Turkey Day desserts.
This pumpkin lush recipe looks like a great replacement for pumpkin pie, though!

Pecan Pie Cheesecake from Lil’ Luna

And this right here is a great pecan pie alternative!!
I love a good cheesecake and this recipe looks absolutely delicious!

Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake from Life, Love & Sugar

Like I said, I love cheesecake! If the pecan variety isn’t for you, maybe this yummy caramel apple option is!

Caramel Glazed Spice Cake from Chocolate, Chocolate and More

This definitely looks like a fall-tastic cake!
If you prefer the traditional cake to cheesecake, I’m gonna bet this recipe will be a hit!

Easy Apple Pie Cookies from Passion for Savings

If I can find the time, I’m definitely making these! I think they would be loved by everyone. Plus they’re super cute!

And there you have it. A bunch of recipes that I really want to make this year! Let me know if you make some of them yourself and if they tasted as good as they look! I’d love to know how they turn out!

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