Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Everyone knows the essential components of a great Thanksgiving dinner: an array of colorful side dishes, a moist, golden turkey filled with a fragrant savory stuffing, and a tempting spread of seasonal desserts. Indeed, there are so many great Thanksgiving dinner recipes, sometimes the hardest part is choosing which ones to cook! If it’s quick and easy nibbles you’re looking for, we can never get enough of these make-ahead appetizers, and always keep a stash of candied nuts on hand for cocktail time. When it comes to Thanksgiving side dish recipes, we like to let seasonal ingredients be the star, in dishes like brown-sugar glazed baby turnips, fennel and farro salad, and crispy accordion potatoes. (Bonus: the vegetarians at your table will also love them.) Want to shave a little time off your dinner prep this year? Try one of these slow cooker side dishes. And when you’re ready to tackle the bird, this is the only Thanksgiving turkey recipe you’ll ever need.

How to Carve a Turkey

You’ve bought it, stuffed it, cooked it, and now you have to carve it. If you’re daunted by the task―some of the best cooks are―just remember that carving a turkey comes down to simple technique. Follow the easy steps in this video.

10 Easy Pie Recipes That You’ll Want to Try This Weekend

From the classics (chocolate cream) to the unexpected (raspberry buttermilk), these simple pie recipes are definite crowd-pleasers.

Easy Roasted Turkey

There are countless roasted turkey recipes on the web claiming to be the easiest, simplest, or tastiest method out there. More often than not, though, the techniques these time-saving recipes tout don’t pan out. In our test kitchen, we rely on this relatively easy recipe—that doesn’t require a ton of equipment or seasoning, but results in a well-cooked bird with crispy skin. (In other words, we don’t cut any corners that could negatively affect the meat.) For this turkey, cooks simply rub the body down with butter, season it with salt, and roast it atop some celery, carrots, and onions.

The One Thing Ina Garten Says Could Ruin Your Thanksgiving

And a pro tip that will make you say, “How easy is that?”

10 Delicious Stuffing Recipes

Some argue it’s the best part of Thanksgiving, so we’ve dressed up one simple stuffing recipe in a bounty of ways.

3 Recipes for Stuffing Mix

The greatest thing since sliced bread: simple combos that turn boxed stuffing mix into a standout Thanksgiving side dish.

The Fastest Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes Ever

Anyone can pull off a simple, delicious Thanksgiving feast that takes just one day to make—no advance prep needed. All it takes is smart recipes, which we’ve rounded up right here. Start off by cooking our genius Quick-Roasting Turkey recipe. Cooking a bird just right, so the thighs are done but the breast isn’t dried out is challenging even for the most talented cooks. On top of that, having it ready on time is heroic. Spare yourself of the stress by cutting up a whole turkey before you cook it. Here’s how to cut up a raw turkey. Not only does this recipe allow you to give the breast and thighs separate treatment, but also it takes just 1 hour and 20 minutes from start to finish. Onto potatoes, there’s no need to mash them—really. We love smashed potatoes, which have all of the milk, butter, and salt of classic mashed, but are, well, smashed instead, skins and all (hey, they’re a little more nutritious this way, too). Sweet potatoes are delicious simply sliced in half and roasted with tons of fontina and Parmesan. No one will be asking for sickly sweet mashed sweet potatoes again, trust us. Read on for salad, stuffing, dessert, and more.

12 Delicious Thanksgiving Sides

These 12 easy recipes can be mixed and matched at will and are sure to be the star of your Thanksgiving table.

9 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

Each of these delicious Thanksgiving desserts—from a cherry cheesecake to a chocolate tart—takes 20 minutes or less to prep.

Beyond Cranberry Sauce: Relish and Chutney

There’s more to serve with turkey than the usual side―try these three recipes.