I’m in charge of my family’s Thanksgiving menu each year, which, admittedly, isn’t that difficult of a task, given that our typical menu varies little from year to year (they like traditions!). This year, however, I’m really going to try branching out. Don’t get me wrong—I love the classic recipes I’ve relied on for so long, but why not try adding a little pizazz to the traditional Thanksgiving dishes to mix things up? With recipes this good, they might even become new traditions to keep alive.

If you’re also looking for a little extra inspiration this year—maybe you’re hosting for the first time, maybe you’re planning on dinner for one, or maybe you’re like me and just looking for change—look no further than these 70 (yes, 70!) recipes that would go beautifully on your table this year, no matter what else is on it.

In this article
1 Appetizers
2 Drinks
3 Mains
4 Vegetable Sides
5 Other Sides
6 Breads
7 Desserts


Make sure your Thanksgiving festivities start out strong with the best appetizers out there: artichoke dip, baked brie, and more. These sweet and savory options will have your guests glued to the appetizer table until it’s time to sit down to eat.

1. Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip

2. Cranberry-Jalapeño Baked Brie Dip

3. Gruyere, Bacon, & Caramelized Onion Dip

4. Goat Cheese Crostini with Cranberry Apple Compote

5. Sweet ‘n’ Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels

6. Mini Greek Spinach Pies

7. Stone Baked Tortilla Chips with Avocado Cranberry Salsa


What is a holiday with a cocktail (or mocktail) in hand to help you celebrate? These drink recipes are classic yet festive so they are sure to be loved by everyone at your Thanksgiving table.

8. Warm Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider

9. Pomegranate Prosecco Punch

10. Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail

11. Rosemary Vodka Gimlet

12. Boulevardier Cocktails

13. Apple Cider Whiskey Rose

14. Orange Cranberry Moscow Mules


From crowd-pleasing classic turkey recipes to vegan options and plenty of gravy to pour on top of them all, these main dish recipes will have you going in for seconds.

15. Whole Roasted Cauliflower

16. Chipotle Citrus Turkey

17. Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

18. Roast Turkey

19. Vegan Mushroom Gravy

20. Make-Ahead White Wine Gravy

21. Cider Roasted Turkey Breast

22. Turkey Gravy

23. Whole Roasted Cabbage

Vegetable Sides

I think we can all agree on one thing: Thanksgiving is all about the sides, so it’s your job to make sure that everything from the green beans to the carrots gets their moment in the spotlight. These vegetable side recipes will help you do just that.

24. Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

25. Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds

26. Cheesy Creamed Kale

27. Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice, and Arugula Salad

28. Brussels Sprout Gratin

29. Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

30. Green Bean Casserole

31. Southern Collard Greens

32. Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

33. Pear Salad with Balsamic and Walnuts

34. Everything Roasted Asparagus

Other Sides

Mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and stuffing galore—this is where the magic happens. Make sure you make extras because these are sure to be the first to go.

35. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

36. Vegetarian Rye Bread, Onion, and Apple Stuffing

37. Herb Roasted Honeynut Squash with Miso Tahini Sauce

38. Creamy Corn Pudding with Crispy Onions and Herbs

39. Oven Roasted Carrots with Maple and Cinnamon

40. Pecan Cranberry Rice Pilaf with Caramelized Onions

41. Creamy Garlic Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

42. Sweet Potato Casserole

43. Braised Cabbage

44. Garam Masala and Honey Roasted Carrots

45. Honey Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

46. Cornbread Dressing

47. Roasted Delicata Squash with Hazelnuts

48. Maple Cranberry Sauce

49. Stove-Top Apple Walnut Stuffing

50. Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

51. Fresh Cranberry Relish

52. Baked Macaroni and Cheese


A dinner roll or two? Don’t mind if I do. These bread recipes will act as the perfect companion to your salads and soups—just make sure you have warm, spreadable butter at the ready.

53. Sweet Potato Rolls

54. Honey Buttermilk Cornbread

55. Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

56. 1-Hour Dinner Rolls

57. Cranberry Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

58. Buttermilk Biscuits


Even if you didn’t save room for dessert, you’re going to want to make room for these recipes. From cheesecake bars to sweet potato pie and more, your family will be asking you to make these recipes year after year as soon as they taste them.

59. Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie

60. Cranberry Orange Sorbet

61. Sweet Potato Pound Cake

62. Caramel Cake

63. Vegan Cranberry Almond Tart

64. Caramel Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

65. Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

66. Brown Sugar Maple Pie

67. Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bars

68. Sweet Potato Pie

69. Coffee Pecan Pie Bars

70. Old Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps


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