Thanksgiving Recipes

For many cooks, preparing the Thanksgiving recipes for the big dinner—whether brining the bird or filling the apple pies—is the most exciting and daunting kitchen challenge of the year. But no matter how many things are on your to-do list, our easy Thanksgiving recipes will be sure to keep you on track—and bring a satisfied smile to your guests’ faces come dinnertime. Hate the hectic last-minute rush? Get ahead of the game this year with one of our make ahead Thanksgiving desserts or Thanksgiving side dishes, like a colorful Autumn cabbage slaw, cider roasted vegetables, or gingersnap pear cheesecake. (Or get that slow cooker working!) Looking for a few new Thanksgiving recipes to spice up your usual menu? Swap out the casserole this year and try dressing your green beans with a bacon vinaigrette instead, or whip up a batch of roasted apple pie ice cream instead of fussing with a crust. It might just become a new tradition!

Cheesy Hasselback Yams

There’s more to hasselback potatoes than just impressive-looking slices. Unlike a traditional baked potato, which is the same consistency through and through, each slice of a hasselback yam achieves crispy edges and a smooth, soft interior. Even more exciting is the way flavor seeps into the entire potato—in this case, every bite is infused with butter and fresh herbs. A generous handful of grated cheese (we like a blend of Gruyere and Parmesan) melts in between each slice, ensuring the entire yam is filled with salty, cheesy goodness. To easily slice a hasselback, set the yam between two wooden chopsticks; they will stop the knife from cutting all the way through.

Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipes

Can’t contemplate Thanksgiving without a green bean side dish to cozy up to your turkey and stuffing? Our archives are full of tasty Thanksgiving green bean recipes that make the most of seasonal ingredients without requiring a ton of time. Of course, a classic green bean casserole—baked with creamy mushrooms and crowned with crunchy onions—is always a crowd pleaser, but sometimes you want to aim a little higher than the stuff from the can. Our version swaps out the supermarket soup mix for an easy sauce of fresh mushrooms that tastes every bit as decadent and comes together in a flash. Or maybe you feel like breaking out of your holiday rut? Try tossing blanched beans with crunchy roasted nuts and tangy dried cranberries for a pop of sweetness, or stirring together a salad of tender beans, crunchy fennel, toasted walnuts, and creamy feta cheese.

Thanksgiving Carrot Recipes

Roasted, shredded, glazed, or steamed—any which way you like your carrots prepared, we’ve got an archive full of enticing Thanksgiving carrot recipes that are guaranteed to please. Want to keep things simple? Roasted carrots tossed with cumin require virtually no prep and minimal cleanup; pair them with a pile of crunchy pine nuts and sweet-tart orange slices, and you have a sophisticated side dish that’s delicious and deceptively easy. Feel like going a more traditional route? Play up carrots’ natural sweetness with a light brown sugar glaze, balanced out by crunchy, nutty pecans and a bright pop of fresh rosemary.

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes

Colorful, festive, and oh-so-delicious, sweet potatoes are a holiday staple that no Thanksgiving menu should be without. Our updated spin on the classic sweet potato casserole swaps a crunchy coconut topping in for candy-sweet marshmallows—but if you’re looking to break out of the usual routine, our archives are full of plenty more tempting Thanksgiving sweet potato recipes that play up the savory side of this seasonal favorite. Nutty pecans make a natural partner for the tasty tubers, bringing out their earthy richness—and sharp, salty cheeses, like Parmesan, can help balance out their natural sweetness. (Cheesy sweet potato wedges? Yes, please!) Or, for something new and fresh, try incorporating tender, roasted sweet potatoes into a hearty side salad packed with mustardy kale and tart, crunchy apples.

Sweet Potato Pie Bars

Our friend Dorie Greenspan was kind enough to share her recipe for Sweet Potato Pie Bars with us. They’re just one of several Thanksgiving-inspired bar cookies featured in her new book Dorie’s Cookies. We were lucky to chat with Dorie as part of our Real Simple Thanksgiving podcast series. She offered some great tips and tricks for getting dessert on the table without starting a fire.

Classic Stuffing Recipe

Think of this stuffing as your blank canvas, the perfect understated accompaniment to your Thanksgiving meal. Onions, celery, and sage build the classic foundation while white wine adds brightness and a clean finish. We used good old white sandwich bread because we love the way it holds its shape, but this recipe works equally well with whatever type of bread you prefer. Try it with seeded rye for texture or torn challah for a bit of sweetness. If you can remember amidst the holiday chaos, save some of those lovely celery leaves for garnish.

Thanksgiving Gluten-Free Side Dish Recipes

Going gluten free at holiday time doesn’t have to mean missing out on all the decadent, delicious side dishes that are everyone’s favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast. From indulgent cream-drizzled gratins to nutty quinoa salads and colorful cauliflower and beet “risotto,” our archives are full of gluten-free Thanksgiving side dish recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters at your table (and everyone else!) Trust us: all it takes is on one spoonful of Parmesan-kissed polenta or bite sweet roasted squash drizzled with tangy yogurt to make you forget all about bread stuffing.

Pumpkin Bread in a Pumpkin Can

Warmly spiced pumpkin bread is a fall-baking must: it’s easy to whip up, it’s crowd-pleasing, and it makes your kitchen smell incredible. This recipe uses the entire can of pumpkin, which acts as an adorable baking vessel for our pumpkin bread batter. The bread rises up over the top of the can, creating a puffy muffin top sprinkled with a nutty brown sugar streusel. To serve, slide the loaf out of the can, cut into round slices, and enjoy while still warm. Alternatively, wrap a ribbon around the can and give it as a hostess gift. You’ll have some extra batter but you won’t need extra cans: bake the overflow in a loaf pan, or divided in a muffin tin. All of Libby’s cans are BPA-free.

Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts Recipes

From caramelized sprouts tossed with crispy kale and briny capers to hearty grain salads studded with shredded sprouts and ruby red pomegranate seeds, our archives are full of a colorful array of Thanksgiving Brussels sprouts recipes that are guaranteed to brings some freshness to your holiday table. Sticking to the traditional route this year? Bacon and Brussels sprouts are a classic flavor combination that never gets old, and our version adds a welcome note of color and sweetness by stirring in some golden raisins. Or maybe you're feeling more adventurous? Red grapes, roasted until they are soft and jammy, are a gorgeous companion for tart, crunchy sprouts and a lovely way to work another classic fall ingredient into your menu. Short on time? Remember: if you have a food processor, the shredding disk can help you prep a feast's worth of sprouts in minutes.

The Great Debate: Is It Stuffing or Dressing?

The difference between stuffing or dressing isn’t as much about technique or ingredients as it is about whether you say y’all, you all, or youse.