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!

7 Fresh Fall Salads for the Thanksgiving Table

These healthy, vibrant salads make a delicious complement to a carb-heavy Thanksgiving feast. 

5 Fabulous No-Bake Holiday Desserts

Main course monopolizing your appliance space? Treat your guests to one of these delicious desserts—no oven required.

6 Seasonal Thanksgiving Sides You Can Make in a Slow Cooker

Juggling all the details on a Thanksgiving menu can be a logistical nightmare. Put everyone’s favorite time-saving appliance to work instead.

5 Insanely Delicious Pie-Inspired Ice Creams

Who says you can’t have it all? These amazing holiday desserts make it easy to have pie a la mode in a single bowl.

The Simple Secrets of Delicious Mashed Potatoes

Real Simple’s food director shares the secrets to a stand-out recipe.

How Long to Cook a Turkey, in One Easy Chart

You have your bird (and a recipe), but how long, exactly, are you supposed to cook it? Here’s a handy guide.

Thanksgiving Pies Worth Making Room For (No Matter How Full You Are)

There’s only one way to end a holiday meal: with a dessert that’s just as satisfying as the main event. From the unexpected, like Chocolate Whiskey Pecan Pie, to the old standbys, like Sweet Potato Pie, we’ve got a dozen dessert ideas that’ll leave your guests wanting just one more sliver.

10 Thanksgiving Sides You'll Keep on the Menu All Year

These inventive yet easy dishes are great to serve on Thanksgiving—or any old Thursday night.