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Thanksgiving Recipes


posted: 11/02/22

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There is nothing more comforting than gathering around a delicious home-cooked Thanksgiving meal with loved ones. If you are looking for the perfect Thanksgiving menu, check out our recipes below!

If you make any of these Thanksgiving recipes, leave a comment and let me know how your Thanksgiving menu turned out!

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If you are new to hosting Thanksgiving it can be really overwhelming. The turkey alone is enough to create small panic attacks. But I have you totally covered!

Below you will find the perfect turkey recipe. It is tried and true and one that we use year after year. It is the most moist turkey recipe out there, and I can’t wait for you to be a convert.

Beyond that, you will find main dishes for the non turkey lovers. We have amazing appetizers, side dishes, every potato recipe you can think of, salads, breads, desserts, and of course cocktails.

You are bound to find enough to fill out your holiday table. And as always, all of my recipes contain simple, easy to find, ingredients and detailed instructions.

Thanksgiving Main Dishes

The shining star of your Thanksgiving meal, these main dishes will wow your crowd while still being simple enough for you to prepare without stress. My roast turkey recipe is always our go to, but we have two recipes for turkey breasts if you are serving a smaller crowd. I also have lots of other show stopping main dishes for those who don’t love turkey.

Roast Turkey

This Roast Turkey recipe is the best! With my detailed video and step by step instructions you will know how to brine a turkey like a pro.
a thanksgiving turkey on a platter with greens, orange wedges, and cranberries

Crockpot Turkey Breast and Gravy

Making a Crockpot Turkey Breast for Thanksgiving is the perfect way to keep your oven open for your side dish recipes. This turkey recipe is so easy and turns out incredibly moist.
overhead of a platter of crockpot turkey breast and gravy

Turkey Breast Recipe

This Turkey Breast Recipe makes the most delicious roast turkey breast. It turns out moist, delicious, and perfect every single time.
turkey breast that has been cooked and is cut up sitting on a cutting board with orange slices and rosemary sprigs

Prime Rib

Prime Rib is the perfect centerpiece for a holiday table or a Sunday dinner with the family. This Prime Rib Roast recipe is flavored perfectly and roasts easily in the oven leaving you with the most tender beef recipe.
a prime rib cooked and cut on a serving platter

Honey Baked Ham

Honey Baked Ham is easy to make with our perfect ham glaze recipe. You will be shocked by how easy this show stopping holiday recipe is.
whole honey baked ham on a platter

Easy Top Round Beef

This Easy Top Round Roast Beef Recipe is going to become a regular in your house after you see how easy it is to make. Our fail proof cooking method leaves you with a flavorful and tender roast that you prepared in five minutes.
easy top round roast beef recipe garnished with fresh herbs and on a plate of caramelized onions

Pork Chops with Apples

My Pork Chops with Apples is an easy dinner that is sure to impress. Simple ingredients come together with earthy flavors to bring you this savory pork recipe with a hint of sweetness.
Overhead photo of Pork Chops with Apples

Holiday Appetizers

Appetizers are the perfect thing to hold over your guests while you are working on pulling everything else together. These simple appetizer recipes all come together quickly and many of them can even be made ahead of time.

Cranberry Brie Bites

These Cranberry Brie Bites come together so fast with just four ingredients. Cranberry and brie go together seamlessly with the tart sweet flavor and the smooth buttery taste of the brie. These are holiday perfection!

Holiday Cheese Board

Entertaining is easy with this Holiday Cheese Board! This meat and cheese board comes together easily with great items to make it festive.
overhead view of an oval wood board with four varieties of cheese cut and whole, sliced pears, three small bowls of spreads, pear slices, persimmon slices, and hard meats

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe

A Cheese Ball recipe is a classic appetizer that everyone can get behind. This simple and easy 5 ingredient recipe is the perfect party food.
close up of a cheese ball recipe with a bit missing

Orange Honey Baked Brie Recipe

Orange Honey Baked Brie Recipe that is only four ingredients and so easy to put together. Your party guests will want this simple appetizer every time they come over.
close up picture of baked brie recipe made with honey, pecans, and marmalade

Crockpot Little Smokies

Crockpot Little Smokies are an easy appetizer that are always a crowd pleaser. Even better, these can be whipped up the day before and put out before a party.
a bowl of little smokies recipe

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts are such a delicious holiday appetizer. They are easy to make ahead of time, and even easier to eat.
close up of a bacon wrapped water chestnut recipe on a platter

Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

This Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball is such an easy dessert and perfect for parties. It makes for a great holiday recipe and will be the first thing to go.
chocolate chip coated cranberry orange cheese ball recipe on a cutting board with crackers

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The sides are many people’s favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal, and we have you totally covered. Below you will find tried and true recipes that we use year after year. You will definitely want to start with my stuffing recipe, absolutely add in my easy cranberry sauce, and you can’t miss my from scratch green bean casserole.

Homemade Stuffing

This is literally the BEST Homemade Stuffing Recipe. It has everything you love about a classic stuffing, plus I have instructions for how to make this the night before!
overhead view of the best homemade stuffing recipe garnished with fresh sage

Crockpot Stuffing

Crockpot Stuffing frees up your oven while still giving you the best Thanksgiving stuffing recipe you could ask for. This is going to become a family favorite!
overhead photo of crockpot stuffing in a slow cooker

Green Bean Casserole

This homemade Green Bean Casserole will put the canned version to shame. Creamy, delicious, and with the perfect green bean texture your family will love.
overhead close up of a green bean casserole being dished out of a baking dish

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This Cranberry Sauce is only THREE ingredients and is the most flavorful fresh sauce recipe for Thanksgiving. You’ll never reach for the canned stuff again!
spoon in bowl of Cranberry Sauce. Fresh cranberries, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks surrounding bowl

Corn Casserole

This Corn Casserole is made completely from scratch and is epically delicious. This cornbread casserole is made from my popular, moist cornbread recipe and is a side dish you don't want to pass up.
Photo of Corn Casserole in a bowl.

Honey Roasted Carrots

Honey Roasted Carrots are a great weeknight side dish and delicious enough to serve at the holidays. No need to worry about how you will get your vegetables in with these simple roasted carrots.

Cornbread Stuffing

This homemade stuffing is super simple to make, yet packs such a flavor punch that it will seem like you spent hours in the kitchen.
side view of a pan of cornbread stuffing

Cranberry Orange Relish

Cranberry Relish comes together in less than 10 minutes and can be made the night before. It will add the perfect bright flavor to your holiday plate.
up close picture of a white bowl full of cranberry relish being spooned up by a golden spoon

Creamed Peas

Creamed Peas are such a delightfully delicious side dish recipe! Made with easy-to-find ingredients, this is a perfect weeknight side but also great for holidays!
Overhead photo of creamed peas in a pan.

Creamed Corn

This Creamed Corn recipe comes together on the stovetop in about 15 minutes, making it the perfect addition to the table. It is easy enough for a weeknight meal, but delicious enough to grace your holiday table.
side view of a bowl of creamed corn recipe

Instant Pot Acorn Squash

Instant Pot Acorn Squash makes for the perfect hands off side while freeing up your oven for other dishes! This is a great way to add vegetables to your dinner without any fuss.
a cooked acorn squash with butter and brown sugar in it

Crockpot Cranberry Sauce

This Crockpot Cranberry Sauce is going to be the hit of your holiday meal! A homemade cranberry sauce that is so easy to make and will be very loved.
cranberry sauce in a white bowl with orange zest on top, sitting on a pieces of burlap and a fall napkin with cinnamon sticks and fresh cranberries around

Acorn Squash Soup

My Acorn Squash Soup is easy to make, creamy, and a perfect healthy side dish. This amazing soup is vegan, but delicious enough to be a holiday side dish.
Overhead photo of Acorn Squash Soup

Thanksgiving Potato Recipes

A true Thanksgiving staple, these potato recipes are easy to make and are so delicious! We have everything from scalloped potatoes to mashed, and everything in between. It’s going to be hard to pick which to start with, but I highly recommend my Candied Sweet Potatoes. They are done completely on the stovetop, freeing up your oven and tasting amazing.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes will be the hit of your holiday table. They look incredibly fancy, but in reality are the simplest side dish recipe.
small casserole dish with candied sweet potato recipe

Three Ingredient Mashed Potatoes

Made with just three ingredients, this easy mashed potato recipe is simple enough for a weeknight meal, but delicious enough to make for holidays.
side view of a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes with a pad of melting butter, parsley, and black pepper

Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

This Sweet Potato Casserole is a sweet potato lover’s dream. An easy sweet potato casserole that is perfect for the holidays or a weeknight dinner!
sweet potato casserole with pecans in a white casserole dish on a wire rack with a blue towel in the background

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

These are The Best Scalloped Potatoes! Made with chicken stock and heavy cream, they are a lighter version than the original with all the taste you love.
Photo of a baking dish of Scalloped Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes

You will love these delicious Hasselback Potatoes. This elegant side dish is easy to make and full of perfect buttery garlic flavor.
Overhead of hasselback potatoes on a plate garnished and ready for serving.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe is very simple and a great way to bring some variety to your Thanksgiving table. They are so delicious and don’t need anything extra like gravy.

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes look like you slaved over them, but truly they are an easy delectable side dish that will leave your guests in awe.
close up of a hasselback sweet potato

Instant Pot Potatoes

Instant Pot Potatoes are so easy to make, and are the perfect fast side dish for so many dinners. These buttery little beauties practically melt in your mouth. My family is obsessed with this easy garlic potato recipe.
overhead of a bowl of instant pot baby potatoes

Holiday Salads

Introduce your Thanksgiving feast with one of these crisp, delicious salads. Easy to make, but full of flavors that will compliment your holiday meal, these are a must make. My Apple Pecan Fall Salad is one of my most popular, but all of the others are just as delicious.

Apple Pecan Fall Salad

This Fall Salad with apples and pecans is perfect for autumn! This salad, made with delicious honey mustard dressing, is a great holiday side dish or just a hearty lunch.
overhead view of fall salad with cut up apples, pears, blue cheese, and pecans

Fall Harvest Salad

This Fall Harvest Salad comes together with simple ingredients. With its variety of colors and flavors, it is perfect for a holiday table but easy enough for a weekday lunch.
overhead of a bowl full of fall harvest salad recipe

Winter Salad

This Winter Salad is full of the perfect combination of flavors that will have you making it well into the new year.
overhead view of a bowl of kale, pomegranate seeds, blue cheese, pine nuts, and pear slices for a winter kale salad

Brussels Sprout Salad

This Brussels Sprout Salad is easy enough for weeknight dinners, but fancy enough for holidays. All of the different flavors in this recipe come together to create an elegant side dish fit to be a family favorite.
white wooden bowl with brussel sprouts salad with cranberries, shaved parmesan, walnuts and thinly sliced shallots

Kale Salad

This Kale Salad is easy to make and absolutely delicious. I love this recipe for lunch, but it also makes the perfect side dish for a weeknight dinner or holiday table.

Bread and Dinner Rolls

A warm comfort to add to your Thanksgiving meal, baking these easy bread recipes will smell delicious and go great with all Thanksgiving meal components.

Dinner Roll Recipe

Dinner Rolls that come together in about an hour are basically magic. These homemade rolls are easy to make, light and fluffy, and perfect for weeknight dinners or holiday meals!
an oval baking dish with a cloth napkin and then piled high with dinner rolls

Homemade Cornbread

This Cornbread recipe is absolute perfection! It has the best taste of corn while still being slightly sweet and moist. Best of all, it is very easy to make!
close up picture of cornbread recipe topped with butter and honey

Thanksgiving Desserts

These recipes are the perfect sweet treats to round out any Thanksgiving menu. While Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie are the perfect staples, we have lots of great desserts for your holiday table. Make one or make them all for the perfect after-meal treat.

Perfect Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

This Perfect Pumpkin Pie from scratch is the BEST! A staple on any Thanksgiving table, it gets a little help from the blender so making it is really simple! It is smooth, delicious, and you will want to make it year after year.

Best Pecan Pie Recipe

Even the guest who doesn’t like nuts in their dessert will fall head over heels for this delicious and easy Pecan Pie Recipe!
overhead view of a full pecan pie recipe in a white ceramic pie plate with an antique pie server next to it and sitting on a wire rack

Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie is going to be your new go to dessert. This perfect pie tastes like an extra soft and chocolatey brownie in the best pie crust.
Overhead photo of slice of chocolate chess pie garnished with a dollop of whipped cream. Slice is served in a plate with a fork.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

This Chocolate Pecan Pie tastes like the cross between the most delicious brownie and pecan pie. It will be your new favorite holiday tradition.
overhead picture of chocolate pecan pie recipe

Pumpkin Cake

Topped with the best cream cheese frosting, you won't be able to resist this amazing pumpkin spice cake.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

This Pumpkin Cheesecake has the perfect pumpkin flavor with smooth cheesecake texture and the best chocolate ganache on top. With these easy to follow instructions, you will have the best pumpkin cheesecake.
Overhead photo of a Pumpkin Cheesecake with a slice cut into it. Serving spatula, cinnamon sticks, and pumpkins beside.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups

These No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups are fool proof and make such a cute and fun holiday dessert!
small mason jar filled with pumpkin cheesecake, topped with whipped cream, and a gingersnap cookie, says: no bake pumpkin cheesecake cups

Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies

Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies are the perfect fall spin on Puppy Chow. This fun treat is easy to make, and even easier to eat!
Overhead photo of Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies recipe.

Cranberrry Oatmeal Bars

These cranberry oatmeal cookie bars are chewy, full of delicious flavor, and easy to make.
a stack of cranberry oatmeal bars

Pumpkin Fudge

This Pumpkin Fudge recipe uses real pumpkin and a few other simple ingredients to make a melt in your mouth fudge!
a pile of pumpkin fudge


A Thanksgiving menu is not complete without festive beverages. These cozy cocktails will warm you from the inside out. We have great adult drinks, but we also have a non-alcoholic Holiday Punch, and a great Crockpot Spiced Apple Cider that is perfect with or without alcohol.

Mulled Wine

Fragrant and just sweet enough, the classic Mulled wine is the ultimate cozy cocktail. It’s easy to make and great for serving a crowd. The cozy notes of cinnamon, citrus, and vanilla mixed with a bold red wine make it perfect for the Holiday season.
overhead of a stock pot full of mulled wine recipe, garnished with fresh cranberries and oranges

Crockpot Spiced Apple Cider

This Crockpot Spiced Apple Cider fill your home with the best aroma. Throw the ingredients in your crockpot and forget it until it's time to enjoy! Make a kid friendly batch and keep some brandy on the side for the grown ups.
clear mug full of crockpot spiced apple cider with anise seed pods floating in it, apple slices and two cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon Whiskey Sangria Recipe

This Cinnamon Whiskey Sangria is only four ingredients and delicious all year round. It is a particularly amazing spin on my red sangria recipe, perfect for a ladies' night and even better for holiday get togethers.
glass of cinnamon whiskey sangria filled with apple slices and cinnamon sticks

Cranberry Moscow Mule

The perfect Thanksgiving cocktail, it is an easy to make, pretty, festive, and delicious twist on the classic moscule mule!

Holiday Punch

This easy Holiday Punch is a kid-friendly drink everyone at the party will love! This fruity and bubbly punch only takes 10 minutes to make!
a gold rimmed wine glass full of non alcoholic holiday punch with cranberries floating in it and an orange wedge

Christmas Sangria (Holiday Sangria)

This Holiday Sangria is perfect for your holiday party! Made with only three ingredients, this is the perfect cocktail for the holiday season.
tumbler with christmas sangria in it, garnished with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Melissa says

    I pretty much want to make every single one of those recipes. However, I am not planning on buying four turkeys, so I will have to choose :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Ooooo! Then in that case, make my turkey!! You won’t regret it!

  2. Terri Jones says

    Thank you so much for these wonderful recipes! Now the hard part is choosing which ones I want to make. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 💖💖

    • Lisa Longley says

      Happy Thanksgiving to your family too!

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5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



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