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!

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5 Mini Pies Made in a Muffin Tin

These individually-sized pies are the perfect addition to your holiday spread. They’re made with easy press-in crusts or prepared pie dough so assembly is a cinch. All you’ll need to consider is whether to serve whipped cream or ice cream alongside (but we think it’s OK to have both).

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5 Fabulous No-Bake Holiday Desserts

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

Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipes

Can’t contemplate Thanksgiving without a green bean side dish to cozy up to your turkey and stuffing? Our archives are full of tasty Thanksgiving green bean recipes that make the most of seasonal ingredients without requiring a ton of time. Of course, a classic green bean casserole—baked with creamy mushrooms and crowned with crunchy onions—is always a crowd pleaser, but sometimes you want to aim a little higher than the stuff from the can. Our version swaps out the supermarket soup mix for an easy sauce of fresh mushrooms that tastes every bit as decadent and comes together in a flash. Or maybe you feel like breaking out of your holiday rut? Try tossing blanched beans with crunchy roasted nuts and tangy dried cranberries for a pop of sweetness, or stirring together a salad of tender beans, crunchy fennel, toasted walnuts, and creamy feta cheese.

Thanksgiving Carrot Recipes

Roasted, shredded, glazed, or steamed—any which way you like your carrots prepared, we’ve got an archive full of enticing Thanksgiving carrot recipes that are guaranteed to please. Want to keep things simple? Roasted carrots tossed with cumin require virtually no prep and minimal cleanup; pair them with a pile of crunchy pine nuts and sweet-tart orange slices, and you have a sophisticated side dish that’s delicious and deceptively easy. Feel like going a more traditional route? Play up carrots’ natural sweetness with a light brown sugar glaze, balanced out by crunchy, nutty pecans and a bright pop of fresh rosemary.

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes

Colorful, festive, and oh-so-delicious, sweet potatoes are a holiday staple that no Thanksgiving menu should be without. Our updated spin on the classic sweet potato casserole swaps a crunchy coconut topping in for candy-sweet marshmallows—but if you’re looking to break out of the usual routine, our archives are full of plenty more tempting Thanksgiving sweet potato recipes that play up the savory side of this seasonal favorite. Nutty pecans make a natural partner for the tasty tubers, bringing out their earthy richness—and sharp, salty cheeses, like Parmesan, can help balance out their natural sweetness. (Cheesy sweet potato wedges? Yes, please!) Or, for something new and fresh, try incorporating tender, roasted sweet potatoes into a hearty side salad packed with mustardy kale and tart, crunchy apples.

Pumpkin Bread in a Pumpkin Can

Warmly spiced pumpkin bread is a fall-baking must: it’s easy to whip up, it’s crowd-pleasing, and it makes your kitchen smell incredible. This recipe uses the entire can of pumpkin, which acts as an adorable baking vessel for our pumpkin bread batter. The bread rises up over the top of the can, creating a puffy muffin top sprinkled with a nutty brown sugar streusel. To serve, slide the loaf out of the can, cut into round slices, and enjoy while still warm. Alternatively, wrap a ribbon around the can and give it as a hostess gift. You’ll have some extra batter but you won’t need extra cans: bake the overflow in a loaf pan, or divided in a muffin tin. All of Libby’s cans are BPA-free.