Fresh Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Get inspiration for your Thanksgiving dinner menu with our collection of recipes for savory side dishes, delicious turkey, and -- of course -- luscious pie.

By Holly D'Anna

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Porcini-Chestnut Stuffing

    Whether inside the turkey or out, stuffing is a Thanksgiving staple. This recipe -- one of our new favorites -- is inspired by Italian flavors with porcini mushrooms, Genoa salami, and fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Roast   15 mins  400°F 
Stand   15 mins 
Honey Roast Turkey

    Give your Thanksgiving turkey a burst of flavor by injecting it with seasoned liquid -- we put a mixture of honey, sage, garlic, and olive oil directly into the meat before roasting it.

Makes: 18 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   45 mins 
Roast  3 hrs  325°F 
Potato-Apple Gratin

    This cheesy potato bake also has a touch of something sweet -- Granny Smith apples -- and makes for a comforting side dish on your Thanksgiving table.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake  1 hr 45 mins  350°F 
Stand   10 mins 
Persimmon, Blood Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

    This fruity and exotic salad will give your holiday table a pop of color; to save time you can prepare the Pine Nut-Persimmon Vinaigrette a few days beforehand.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   50 mins 
Pumpkin-Bean Soup

    In just 15 minutes, make this warm-you-up fall soup with six ingredients as a simple and scrumptious starter.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
Classic Dinner Rolls

    We love these pull-apart buttery dinner rolls from Scott Peacock -- they're a must-have at every Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving size: 24 rolls
Prep   50 mins 
Rise  2 hrs 
Bake   20 mins  to  25 mins  400°F 
Buttermilk Mashed Creamers

    It's just not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes, and this recipe is one of our favorites -- you need only potatoes, butter, buttermilk, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper to make this instant holiday classic.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   30 mins 
Stand   5 mins 
Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding

    Herbed focaccia adds to the flavor of this savory bread pudding, perfect for a holiday brunch or as a Thanksgiving side dish. To save prep time, make the dish and chill for up to 24 hours before baking and serving.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  At least  2 hrs 
Bake   40 mins  325°F 
Green Beans with Lime

    This zesty green bean side dish will quickly become a Thanksgiving favorite -- parsley, rosemary, lime juice, and a splash of olive oil add flavor; chopped hazelnuts add crunch.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   6 mins  to  8 mins 
Butternut Squash-Wild Rice Casserole

    This comforting fall casserole serves a dozen guests -- check out more of our crowd-pleasing holiday casseroles below when choosing recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Roast   20 mins  425°F 
Bake   45 mins  to  50 mins  350°F 
Orange-Sage Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

    Make your sweet potato side even sweeter with a glaze made from orange juice concentrate, brown sugar, sage, and thyme. Crumbled bacon on top of the dish keeps it savory.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Roast  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 hours (high)
New Cranberry Sauce

    Spice up your cranberry sauce with ingredients such as persimmon and rosemary -- this easy-to-make Thanksgiving relish takes only a half an hour to prepare.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 (1/4-cup) servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook   18 mins  to  20 mins 
Chill  up to 48 hours
Apple Cider Punch

    Don't overlook festive holiday drinks; this apple cider punch can be on your Thanksgiving table in five minutes.

Makes: 15 servings
Serving size: 11-1/2 cups
Start to Finish   5 mins 
Sara's Silky Pumpkin Pie

    Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger add classic spice to this luxurious pumpkin pie recipe, sure to be an immediate Thanksgiving favorite.

Makes: 10 servings
Serving size: one 9-inch pie
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   50 mins  325° 
Cool  1 hr 
Salted Caramel Apple Pie

    The salted caramel sauce drizzled on top of this apple pie is what makes it a cut above the rest -- it has quickly become one of our favorite Thanksgiving fruit pie recipes.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Bake   50 mins  to 1 hr 5 mins  375°F 
Mallow-Praline Sweet Potato Pie

    This sweet potato pie is a great alternative (or addition) to the apple and pumpkin pies on your Thanksgiving table.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   45 mins  to  50 mins  375°F 
Cool  1 hr 
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