Thanksgiving

All the best Thanksgiving dinner ideas, appetizers, side dishes and desserts to make your Turkey Day simple and delicious.

All the best Thanksgiving dinner ideas, appetizers, side dishes and desserts to make your Turkey Day simple and delicious.

Pumpkin Delight Dessert

Tasty 4 layer pumpkin delight dessert starts with a crunchy pecan crust topped with creamy pumpkin, cream cheese, and whipped cream layers! Layered desserts are so impressive, and usually feed…

3 hours 35 minutes

4.88 from 100 votes

Homemade Dinner Rolls

These are our ALL-TIME FAVORITE Dinner Rolls! They are soft, butter-y and always the hit for any dinner or holiday get together. It’s so hard to eat just one! Whether…

35 minutes

4.94 from 141 votes

Funeral Potatoes

Cheesy and delicious Funeral potatoes (aka Cheesy potatoes, Party Potatoes). This simple casserole is a potato lovers dream. With cheesy, sour cream, butter, cream of chicken and Hash Browns, these…

50 minutes

4.93 from 117 votes

Pumpkin Dump Cake

This delicious pumpkin dump cake recipe is complete with all the fall flavors, pumpkin, pecan, and cinnamon spice. With how easy it is, you’ll be making this cake all fall…

1 hour 5 minutes

4.84 from 67 votes

All you need to know…

MENU PLANNING

How to Roast a Turkey

3 hours

5 from 16 votes

Best Mashed Potatoes

5 from 19 votes

Homemade Dinner Rolls

35 minutes

4.94 from 141 votes

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

1 hour 5 minutes

5 from 10 votes

Thanksgiving Menu Planning Tips

Planning the menu is probably the most stressful part of the Thanksgiving – but it shouldn’t have to be that hard.

Use our Free Printable Menu Planner to help you plan everything for the big day. Just remember these tips to help out…

TIP 1: Be sure to figure out the menu earlier in November and not the week of Thanksgiving. Many items tend to sell out, and there are many things you can buy ahead of time that you can freeze, like:

  • Meats (turkey, ham etc.)
  • Hash browns (for potato casseroles like Funeral Potatoes)
  • Frozen Veggies for sides
  • Cheeses – Shredded
  • Dessert ingredients (and desserts like pies)
  • Juice concentrates (for drinks)

Other items that can be stored in the fridge or pantry for at least a week, include:

  • Dips
  • Crackers
  • Canned Goods
  • Cheeses (for boards and appetizers)
  • Candies (for guests to munch on)

TIP 2 – Be sure to print off all your recipes the week before Thanksgiving. Use that to add to your shopping list above, and then the weekend before, make your schedule making notes of the recipes that can be made in advance and which ones need to be made the day of.

TIP 3 – Try to make sure you have a variety of recipes that can be cooked different (stovetop, oven, Instant Pop) so that you aren’t overloading any of the appliances or try to bake too many things at once. It’s also good to make food assignments based off of how they are cooked so not any one person is left with 4 things to bake at the same time. 😉

MOST POPULAR

Thanksgiving Dinners

Roast Turkey

3 hours 20 minutes

5 from 4 votes

Honey Glazed Ham

4 hours 10 minutes

5 from 9 votes

Garlic Prime Rib

3 hours 35 minutes

5 from 17 votes

Crockpot Brown Sugar Ham

3 hours 10 minutes

5 from 15 votes

Turkey Tips + More Main Dishes

We know turkey is the most popular main dish, so here are a few recipes to help ensure you achieve the most moist and flavorful turkey for your feast:

And don’t forget the GRAVY! Make it with OR without drippings:

And if you don’t like turkey, no worries – we have lots of other options too. Check out our Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas post for more great options!

READER FAVORITE

Thanksgiving Sides

Homemade Dinner Rolls

35 minutes

4.94 from 141 votes

Funeral Potatoes

50 minutes

4.93 from 117 votes

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

10 minutes

4.99 from 61 votes

Baked Sweet Potato Cubes

25 minutes

4.93 from 51 votes

Thanksgiving Sides Tips

How much to make: You do NOT want to run out of food, especially on Thanksgiving when food is what we gather around to express our gratitude for life’s blessings.  The following information can help guide you in how much to make.

  • Potato dish: plan 6 oz per person
  • Vegetable dish: plan 4 oz per person
  • Plan 1 ½  rolls per person 
  • Anticipate needing ½ cup salad per person

For even more information and tips, check out our Thanksgiving Side Dishes Collection.

MUST-MAKE

Thanksgiving Desserts

Pumpkin Delight Dessert

3 hours 35 minutes

4.88 from 100 votes

Pumpkin Dump Cake

1 hour 5 minutes

4.84 from 67 votes

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

2 hours 25 minutes

4.78 from 45 votes

Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes

27 minutes

4.9 from 19 votes

Dessert Tips

Keep these tips in mind when making treats for Turkey Day!

  • Make as many desserts as possible ahead of time. Most desserts store well and still taste delicious the next day.
  • Plan for people to have 2 desserts. A few guests won’t want to have dessert while others will only want 1 or 2 servings. Some, with a sweet tooth, will desire more. Planning 2 desserts per person will ensure everyone gets their fill.
  • Have a separate serving area for desserts. Place small saucers, utensils and napkins next to the dessert display.
  • Using tiered trays is a beautiful way to present desserts as well as save space.
  • Adding a label to each dessert gives a nice finish to the display. You can even include important allergy information on the labels.
  • Leftover desserts can be boxed up and sent home with guests. many desserts can also be stored on the counter or freezer to be enjoyed at a later date. See the individual recipes for storage information.

Check out our Thanksgiving Desserts Collection for even more ideas.

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

2 hours 25 minutes

4.78 from 45 votes

Best Apple Pie

3 hours 45 minutes

4.95 from 34 votes

Coconut Cream Pie

3 hours 15 minutes

4.75 from 16 votes

Pecan Pie Bars

55 minutes

5 from 18 votes

MOST POPULAR

Thanksgiving Collections

Newest Thanksgiving

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

55 minutes

5 from 20 votes

Turkey Gravy with Drippings

20 minutes

5 from 4 votes

Roast Turkey

3 hours 20 minutes

5 from 4 votes

Mini Pumpkin Pies

43 minutes

4.87 from 15 votes

Pumpkin Delight Dessert

3 hours 35 minutes

4.88 from 100 votes

Apple Cider

3 hours 15 minutes

5 from 7 votes

Pumpkin French Toast Bake

55 minutes

5 from 5 votes

Holiday Punch

4.95 from 17 votes