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.

Leftover Turkey Recipes From Around the World

Go beyond the turkey sandwich with these globally-inspired dishes. 

Thanksgiving Headquarters

Thanksgiving should be all about celebrating with family and friends—and eating... and eating. But too often, the stress of getting dinner on the (beautiful) table clouds the revelry. Not to worry: Our simple, streamlined videos show you how to pull off everything from appetizers to turkey to pie.

The Simple Secrets of Delicious Mashed Potatoes

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

The Best Way to Boil Sweet Potatoes

Learn how to boil sweet potatoes. Plus, get their nutritional information.

How to Roast Sweet Potatoes in the Oven

Get the easiest roasted sweet potatoes recipe and learn how long to bake in your oven.

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.