30+ Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

For Thanksgiving, the main dish is pretty straightforward, but it’s deciding what to serve with the roasted turkey that can pose a problem. If you’re looking to try some new Thanksgiving dinner recipes, I’ve got 30+ recipes (appetizers! side dishes! desserts!) for you to browse.


Thanksgiving dinner is usually an all-day affair, so it’s nice to have some choice appetizers and snacks on hand for guests (and the cook!) to nibble on. Here are a few of the best appetizers and bites to have out while everyone is waiting for the Thanksgiving turkey.

a bowl of dip with carrots, celery, and crackers on the side.

Green Onion Dip

Green Onion Dip is a cold dip recipe that you can make ahead – just add your favorite dippers like crackers, veggie sticks, or chips. It’s super creamy and full of fresh flavors.

close-up shot of the final dish.

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

Brie wrapped in puff pastry is a flaky, buttery, warm cheese appetizer perfect for holidays and parties. It’s so easy to make with just four ingredients! Serve it with crackers and fruit for an elegant and delicious easy appetizer.

cocktail meatballs.

Raspberry Chipotle Meatballs (Slow Cooker)

Raspberry chipotle meatballs are an easy slow cooker appetizer! Frozen meatballs and a quick 5-ingredient chipotle raspberry sauce simmer in the crockpot for a great snack with tons of flavor.

pimento cheese dip.

Pimento Cheese Dip

Pimento cheese is a classic Southern cheese spread made with simple ingredients that, when combined, is hard to resist. It’s simple to make and perfect with crackers.

a chip being dipped in artichoke spinach dip.

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

This is a super easy dip recipe – just mix, bake, and serve. It’s cheesy, creamy, and perfect with tortilla chips, crackers, and veggie sticks.

the bundles with a dipping sauce.

Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Bundles

These puff pastry bundles are easy to make and switch up with different fillings. Make them with ham and Swiss cheese, or swap them out to change the flavor.

Roasted red pepper & basil pinwheels on a plate

Roasted Red Pepper Pinwheels

These pinwheels are so simple to make and a great appetizer when you need something easy. Plus, you can make them ahead to save time.

photo of pork sausage rolls on a baking sheet

Classic Sausage Rolls

Tasty bite-sized pork sausage rolls with apple and sage – make extra because these will disappear fast! I love these because they’re delicious warm out of the oven, but hold up really well at room temperature. They’re also delicious cold from the fridge!

11 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes: Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Mushrooms stuffed with warm goat cheese and a crispy breadcrumb topping. Everyone will love them!

a large cheeseboard.

Holiday Cheeseboard

Learn how to make a Cheeseboard loaded with cheese, cured meat, and other delicious bites. I’m sharing my tips for the best cheeseboard, including the best base to use and how to pick the ingredients. Make it, and it will be the star of the holidays!

Soup Recipes

Serving a creamy soup inspired by fall flavors is an elegant and delicious way to start a Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few inspired soup recipes for the season most of which can be made ahead and warmed up on Thanksgiving Day. Serve them in bowls as a starter or serve them up as mini soup shooters as a fun appetizer.

a bowl of acorn squash soup

Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

This roasted acorn squash soup is a cozy fall soup. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the squash, and it’s then simmered into a creamy soup flavored with herbs.

a bowl of soup garnished with mushrooms.

Roasted Mushroom Soup

Another creamy soup, but this time with mushrooms! It’s made with meaty roasted mushrooms, aromatics, seasonings, and cream. It’s so cozy, comforting, and easy to make – it’s definitely a fall-season favorite.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup | girlgonegourmet.com

Creamy Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup

Butternut squash soup is a wonderful dish for fall, but dealing with the awkwardly shaped squash can be a little intimidating. Look for pre-cut squash in the produce section of your grocery store to save time! Roasting the pre-cut squash brings out a caramelized sweetness that pairs wonderfully with the other ingredients, and the white beans add a creamy texture.

Mushroom and Leek Soup | girlgonegourmet.com

Mushroom and Leek Soup

This mushroom and leek soup is easy to make and is so warm and cozy!

overhead shot of a bowl of soup.

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Save this soup recipe for the days after Thanksgiving – it’s a great way to use up all the leftover roast turkey. It’s easy to make with pantry ingredients – just add your favorite toppings!

Sides Recipes

If you’re tired of the same old side dishes for the Thanksgiving table, I think you’ll find some inspiration here! There are a few of the best Thanksgiving recipes to go with the roasted turkey like creamy gratins, easy mashed potatoes, and lots of creative roasted vegetables.

balsamic roasted brussels sprouts on a plate.

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This balsamic Brussels sprouts recipe is one of my favorite holiday side dishes. Even the so-called Brussels sprouts haters love them! The sprouts come out tender and caramelized, and the drizzle of balsamic glaze takes them over the top.

a pan of cheesy potatoes.

Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole

Bacon Potato Casserole is a delicious and comforting side dish that combines crispy bacon, creamy mashed potatoes, and cheese. It’s like loaded twice-baked potatoes but made easy as a casserole. It’s perfect for holiday meals or any time you’re craving some serious comfort food.

roasted sweet potato and arugula salad on a large white plate

Roasted Sweet Potato and Arugula Salad

Tender roasted sweet potatoes and peppery arugula tossed with a simple vinaigrette, walnuts, and crumbled feta cheese. You can easily double or triple this recipe to serve a crowd.

roasted sweet potato wedges on a sheet pan.

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Roasted sweet potato wedges are a great side dish that is quick to make. The potatoes are seasoned with herbs and roasted until they’re tender.

Green Bean Potato Salad | girlgonegourmet.com

Green Bean Potato Salad

Maybe potato salad isn’t a traditional Thanksgiving side, but this one isn’t your average potato salad. Instead of mayo, tender potatoes and green beans are tossed in a tangy mustard vinaigrette. It’s light and bursting with flavor – the perfect side for other rich Thanksgiving dishes.

baked mac and cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Rich and decadent baked macaroni and cheese made with a classic béchamel sauce and two types of cheese. It’s rich, creamy, and a perfect side dish for holiday dinners.

sauteed green beans

Sautéed Green Beans

This easy recipe combines sautéed green beans with butter, garlic, and lemon for a fresh side dish that pairs perfectly with turkey or ham.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin with gruyere cheese and bacon

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Fresh Brussels sprouts baked up in a rich and creamy Gruyere cheese sauce and topped with a crispy bacon and breadcrumb topping.

glazed carrots in a pan.

Lemon-Honey Glazed Carrots

These easy honey-glazed carrots are always a crowd pleaser! If you’re serving a crowd, you can easily double the recipe. It’s really simple.

mashed potatoes

Easy Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Save room on your stove top and use your slow cooker to make mashed potatoes. They are creamy, rich, and go great with lots of holiday main dishes!

cauliflower gratin in a baking dish.

Roasted Cauliflower Gratin

Creamy, cheesy roasted cauliflower gratin. This is a rich and decadent side dish that is great for holiday celebrations.

Thanksgiving Desserts

I like pie, but I usually leave the pie-making to people who really love it and, instead, opt for other types of desserts that have an element of surprise. There are a lot of familiar flavors here – pumpkin, cranberries, and pecans – but turned into desserts that don’t need a homemade pie crust.

overhead shot of a bar with a bite taken out of it.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake bars swirled with pumpkin are the best fall dessert. The cheesecake filling is smooth and creamy and every bite has the perfect amount of fall spices. Plus, you can make them ahead and freeze them.

dark chocolate pecan bars.

Dark Chocolate Pecan Bars

Decadent dark chocolate pecan bars with a chocolate shortbread crust. They have a brownie-like texture and are so rich and decadent.

a cupcake sliced in half with caramel oozing out.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel apple cupcakes are filled with caramel sauce and topped with cinnamon frosting. The apple cupcakes are soft and tender and every bite has oozing caramel.

cookies with one with a bite taken out of it.

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Soft pumpkin cookies topped with cream cheese frosting are full of fall spices. Plus, this no-chill pumpkin cookie recipe is ready in less than an hour.

the bread pudding with slices removed.

Banana Bread Pudding

This bread pudding combines bananas, pecans, sourdough bread, and a delicious caramel sauce for a decadent dessert. The custard-soaked bread bakes up soft in the middle and golden on top with crunchy nuts and fresh fruit in every bite.

cranberry apple crisp.

Cranberry Apple Crisp

An easy-to-make cranberry apple crisp with a brown sugar and oatmeal topping.

Main Dishes

Here are a few of my personal favorites you might like to try! If you’re hosting a smaller holiday dinner, you can’t go wrong with these. Or, if you’re expecting a crowd, try Wolfgang Puck’s brined turkey recipe – it’s my go-to when I want an amazing roast turkey.

one roasted cornishe hen on a dish.

Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Roasted Cornish game hens are perfect for a small holiday meal. They’re easy to make and look fancy – not to mention, they’re delicious.

easy easter dinner on a sheet pan

Ham Dinner on a Sheet Pan

If you’re hosting a small gathering and want to skip the big turkey, this sheet pan ham dinner is for you!

I hope you’ve found some new Thanksgiving recipe ideas to try this year!

Happy Cooking 🦃


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Post updated from the archives. First published in November 2016.

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