My Best Thanksgiving Recipes

November 8, 2018 | | |

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Best Thanksgiving RecipesT-14 days people.

Thanksgiving is my favorite non-present holiday, and I am downright giddy with anticipation right now. I live for this meal. Fun Fact: My family used to have a second full Thanksgiving dinner every July when I was a kid just because I love it so much.

I’m big on tradition and nostalgia, so my Thanksgiving menu remains the same year after glorious year: turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, doctored Stovetop stuffing (let me do me, dammit!), sautéed green beans, cornbread, gravy, and cranberry sauce. The past few years, I’ve also been making sweet potato gratin because my roommate and I love it, but I sense this displeases my mother…

Since my greatest personal and professional pleasure is being a virtual part of other people’s T-Day extravaganzas, I’m praying your menu has a little bit more flexibility, and that you’re in the market for some epic holiday inspiration. If that’s the case, I’ve rounded up my very best Thanksgiving recipes—from small bites and cocktails to desserts and leftovers—for your feasting pleasure. My hope is that there’s a little something for everyone on this list, and that these recipes add a little extra joy and deliciousness to your celebration/earn you all manner of festive compliments.

Should you need to brush up on your turkey roasting skills, I have some tips for you here. I’ve also got some easy pointers for hosting the big day here. As per usual, I’m ready and willing to field all of your Thanksgiving-related questions from now until the big day, and I try to make myself available until noon the day of to help put out any last minute fires. The easiest way to chat is via Instagram DM, but you can also drop me a line via email if you prefer.

Happy cooking, friends!

Domesticate Me’s Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Best Thanksgiving Recipes AppetizersSMALL BITES
Acorn Squash Tart with Prosciutto and Pomegranate
Butternut Squash Crostini with Brussels Sprouts
Brie Quesadillas with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Beer-Glazed Onions
Manchego Crisp with Serrano Ham, Quince and Marcona Almonds

Best Thanksgiving Recipes SaladsSOUPS AND SALADS
Golden Bell Pepper Soup
Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Parmesan, Toasted Almonds and Golden Raisins
Butternut Squash Soup with Roasted Garlic, Goat Cheese, and Pepitas
Harvest Pumpkin Soup with Candied Bacon
Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate and Avocado
Harvest Kale Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing
Shaved Brussels Sprout and Cauliflower Salad
Kale Salad with Quinoa, Cranberries, and Toasted Almonds

Best Thanksgiving Recipes SidesSIDES
Fall Farro Salad with Butternut Squash, Walnuts and Cranberries
Farro with Chipotle Glazed Squash, Kale, and Pepitas
Butternut Squash Brown Rice with Fontina and Thyme
Three Cheese Cauliflower Gratin
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Two Potato Gratin
Sweet Potato Gratin with Pancetta, Parmesan and Sage
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese, Sage, and Pepitas
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
Mashed Red Potatoes with Cream Cheese
Kabocha Squash Quinoa Bake with Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta
Butternut Squash Brown Rice Bake with Sausage and Apples
Mushroom, White Bean, and Brown Rice Casserole with Bacon and Gruyere
Skillet Cornbread

Best Thanksgiving Recipes Desserts

*Baking isn’t this weird blog lady’s strong suit, so I’m outsourcing it to my most trusted sources.
Bruleed Pumpkin Pie via A Cozy Kitchen
Gluten-Free Pumpkin-Ginger Cupcakes via Food & Wine
Texas State Fair Pecan Pie via Food & Wine
Apple Pie via Sam Sifton
Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp (because some of us are crisp people) via Ina Garten
Double Ginger Molasses Cookies via Dorie Greenspan

Best Thanksgiving Recipes CocktailsCOCKTAILS
The “Serendipity” Cocktail
Bourbon Spiced Cider Punch
Autumn Sangria
Spiced Pumpkin Punch
Mulled Wine
Holiday Moscow Mule

Best Thanksgiving Recipes LeftoversLEFTOVERS
Thanksgiving Enchiladas
Turkey and Sweet Potato Taquitos with Jalapeño-Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potato Pancakes with Goat Cheese and Chives
Curried Pumpkin and Turkey Stew
Turkey Un-Fried Rice

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  1. Kate on July 8, 2020 at 5:46 am

    Give me all the holiday recipes!!! My MIL does thanksgiving every year and she prefers to plan the menu and cook everything herself…but I will definitely be mixing up some of those delicious cocktails for Friendsgiving!

  2. Susan Stone on July 8, 2020 at 5:46 am

    I am not a fan of holidays, but I did find several must-try recipes in your list. Thank you for providing me with culinary inspiration on a very regular basis.

  3. Megan on July 8, 2020 at 5:46 am

    I DO NOT UNDERSTAND! Don’t get me wrong, every other day of the year I too love Stove Top stuffing. BUT. It’s Thanksgiving Day. And stuffing is so easy to make. I am going to send you 2 different stuffing recipes to try at your leisure. My mother’s classic recipe, and my rogue recipe, which I sense displeases my mom when I bring it to her house on Thanksgiving.

    • Serena Wolf on July 8, 2020 at 5:46 am

      Hahaha I hear you, but it’s just a family tradition! I make homemade stuffing (which I agree is very easy) for any other occasion, but on actual T-Day it must be stovetop with sausage, apples and onions. Non-negotiable. My family is wonderful and very weird? 😉

  4. Jean Scrivani on July 8, 2020 at 5:46 am

    You need a cookbook just for Thanksgiving!! So many of these I want to try!

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