Thanksgiving Menus

Thanksgiving should be a time for celebrating the company of family and friends—not for stressing out. That’s why we aim to make our Thanksgiving dinner menus as simple as they are scrumptious—using techniques and ingredients that save on time and effort but never skimp on flavor. All of the traditional favorites are right here: cranberry sauces, potato side dishes, green bean recipes, healthy salads, cornbread stuffings, easy turkey recipes, and of course, pumpkin desserts. Sure, it’s a lot—but trust us: with our handy checklist to keep the meal prep organized, you’ll never go off track. Looking for a few creative new Thanksgiving recipes to round out the classic spread? We’ve got lots of ideas—from a deconstructed turkey basted with thyme butter to dark chocolate cacao nib brownies studded with tart cranberries—that are sure make your menu feel fresh all over again, whether it’s first year in the kitchen or your 50th.

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.

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.

Thanksgiving Preparation Checklist

Spend more time planning and you’ll spend less time panicking, says New Jersey native Judith Bluysen, co-owner of Thanksgiving, an American grocery store, restaurant, and catering business in Paris. Each fall Bluysen and her team of five prepare more than 150 take-out turkeys and turkey dinners. She sticks to a schedule. Here’s how you can, too.

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.

Thanksgiving Potluck Menu

Like the first Thanksgiving, make dinner potluck, with these 10 easy recipes and tips.

24 Thanksgiving Recipes To Make in Advance

Get ahead of the kitchen chaos with great recipes with make-ahead cooking tips.

Our 11 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

If the Real Simple food department hosted Thanksgiving, this is what it would look like: a crowd-pleasing potluck featuring favorite family recipes (dog-eared, make-ahead, easy as pie).