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 Menu Ideas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hope you’ve found some new Thanksgiving recipe ideas to try this year!
Happy Cooking 🦃
More Holiday Recipe Collections
- Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes
- Sweet and Savory Brunch Recipes
- New Year’s Eve Snack Ideas
- Classic Christmas Cookies
Post updated from the archives. First published in November 2016.