Need some Turkey Day inspiration? Here are dozens of simple Thanksgiving recipes.

By Real Simple
Updated October 19, 2005
Amy Neunsinger

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Mom’s pecan pie or your aunt’s famous green bean casserole, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some variety to your Turkey Day spread. Browse through these simple recipes by type to find old favorites and new takes on classic Thanksgiving dishes. Take our turkey recipes. If you want quick and easy, we have quick and easy: an Easy Roasted Turkey, Basic Roast Turkey, and Classic Roast Turkey. If you want to sweeten the deal, our Turkey with Molasses Butter is just as simple to pull off, but has a sophisticated sweet tang—thanks to lemony molasses butter that’s slipped under the bird’s skin while it bakes. Same with gravy: we have the basic, the classic, and the quick. But if you want to get wild, try our Hard Cider gravy, which uses a full cup of hard cider (or dry white wine). When it comes to stuffing, we have almost 20 different interesting options. Apple-Sausage Stuffing? Cheddar and Jalapeño Stuffing? Yes, Please! And don’t stop there. Browse through our breads and biscuits, cranberries, beans, spinach and greens, salads, squash, and sweet potato recipes. We’ve done the hard thinking for you, so all you have to do is pluck some favorites and get cooking.



Stuffings and Dressing

Breads and Biscuits



Spinach and Greens




Sweet Potatoes

Other Vegetables