Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas from Your Favorite Bloggers

For Thanksgiving dinner inspiration, look no further than our favorite bloggers. We've rounded up the most delicious (and Instagram-worthy) Thanksgiving dinner recipes perfect for gatherings of any kind. 

From good old-fashioned turkey to gluten-free and vegan dishes, our favorite bloggers have Thanksgiving recipes for every gathering. Whether you're in charge of cooking the bird, or only responsible for providing a side dish, these delicious recipes will have you covered. 

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

How gorgeous are these creamy and cheesy roasted garlic mashed potatoes? Mashed potatoes are a must-have traditional Thanksgiving side dish at Thanksgiving dinner, but even if you're set on making grandma's classic recipe, mix up the toppings or garnishes for an extra pop of flavor. Patty from The Mad Table topped this Thanksgiving staple with brown butter and crispy sage—and they're seriously drool-worthy! 



Charcuterie Board Appetizer

We all have that one family member who can't keep their hands off the food while it's still being made. Instead of spending your day keeping family members from snatching up all the rolls while you're trying to finish the turkey and potatoes, put out a simple snack tray. We love the idea of serving a pre-Thanksgiving dinner charcuterie board like Elizabeth from College Housewife. Plus, it's super easy to put together—throw whatever fruit, cheese or nuts you have onto a simple serving board and let early snackers help themselves. 


We're loving the non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas we've been seeing this year, and this might be our favorite. Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen cooked up an acorn squash pasilla chile queso—served in an an actual squash—and we can't wait to add this to our Thanksgiving appetizer spread. To make it, she combined diced acorn squash, pasilla chile and garlic, then baked the mixture with Oaxacan and mozzarella cheese inside the squash. As Adrianna says, this is an easy (and delicious) healthy Thanksgiving side dish that's perfect for the people pacing around the kitchen and not helping.

Get the recipe: Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido

Who knew carrots could look this gorgeous? If this beautiful and healthy side dish doesn't inspire everyone around the table to eat their vegetables, we don't know what will. Hannah from Two Spoons made this dish by roasting carrots in oil and maple syrup, then generously sprinkling with sea salt and thyme. We're totally loving the pomegranate seed garnish!

Get the recipe: Maple Roasted Carrots

Cheesy Garlic and Herb Pull-Apart Rolls

We're all about making Thanksgiving dinner prep as easy as possible. Stephanie from Blue Bowl Recipes shared this delicious dinner roll hack and we can't wait to make it. Her recipe for these cheesy garlic and herb pull apart rolls starts with store-bought frozen rolls and only requires 5 other ingredients. She stuffed thawed rolls with cheese and brushed them with butter and topped the dish with garlic and herb seasoning—yum! The best part about this easy Thanksgiving side dish recipe is that no one has to know it started in the freezer aisle.

Get the recipe: Cheesy Garlic Herb Pull-Apart Rolls

A Thanksgiving celebration shouldn't be all about the food—holiday drinks are important too! We're loving this cranberry-inspired drink spread by Kate from Domestikated Life. Her cranberry punch calls for muddled cranberries, oranges, and rosemary combined with ginger beer, orange juice and vodka. This is a holiday cocktail we're definitely making this year. We also love her easy set-up idea. Instead of wasting dishes with a punch bowl, Kate set out full cups directly on the serving area, complete with gorgeous garnishes and frozen cranberries as ice cubes.

Get the recipe: Cranberry-Ginger Punch

Related: 10 Boozy Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Sweet Potato Casserole with Oat Walnut Crumble

You've never made sweet potato casserole like this before! Lindsay from The Ginger Root shared the vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving reicpe she made (from Oh She Glows) and we seriously can't wait to whip this up for Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of throwing some marshmallows on top and tossing the dish in the oven, she made an oat and walnut crumble to top this Thanksgiving vegetable side dish. Yum!

Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Crumble Casserole

Rotisserie Thanksgiving Turkey

It's not Thanksgiving dinner unless there's a turkey! Nelson & Liz from Photos & Food wrote that they love cooking with their rotisserie, and we have to say we can totally see why! Their Thanksgiving turkey came out crispy and juicy—and we're loving the gorgeous garnishes.  

Get the recipe: Rotisserie Thanksgiving Turkey

Related: Thanksgiving Turkey 101

Kale and Butternut Salad with Maple Spiced Pecans

Ditch the boring bagged salad and serve this colorful healthy side dish instead. This vegan Thanksgiving dish is full of fall flavors and only requires a few ingredients, so it's easy to whip up right before guests arrive. Susan of The View from Great Island made this Thanksgiving vegetable side dish with kale, butternut squash and maple spiced pecans to balance out the heavy traditional foods on the dinner table. 

Get the recipe: Kale and Butternut Salad with Maple Spiced Pecans

This Thanksgiving, add a few vegetarian or vegan dishes to your Thanksgiving menu. If you're not sure where to start, Nicole and Nathan from This and That Kitchen have you covered with this vegan side dish that looks seriously delicious. This hearty butternut squash soup is so good, everyone around the table will enjoy it. Plus, this one-pot recipe is so simple to put together—and you can make it ahead of time to save valuable kitchen time on the day of the big meal. 

Get the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cashew Cream

Gobble 'Til You Wobble Apple Pie

Every Thanksgiving dinner needs a good dessert, and pie is always a favorite. We're totally obsessed with this gorgeous creation from Marie Saba of Cocina Marie. She topped her Thanksgiving pie with a flat crust, then used fall-theme cookie cutters and alphabet cookie cutters to create this adorable design. We're ready to gobble this pie 'til we wobble!

Related: Our All-Time Favorite Pie Recipes

Green bean casserole is another Thanksgiving must-have side dish, but this is one of those dishes that can be a bit too heavy. We're loving this dairy-free version of the classic Thanksgiving side from Melissa of Simply Whisked—it's lighter, healthier and just as crunchy and tasty as the classic recipe you're used to. 

Get the recipe: Green Bean Skillet Casserole

Related: Remembering Dorcas Reilly, Inventor of Green Bean Casserole

Garlic and Herb-Stuffed Pull-Apart Bread

Our mouths are watering just looking at this gorgeous photo. Paige from Last Ingredient totally wins Thanksgiving dinner with this savory pull-apart loaf. She makes the pull-apart layers by cutting plain circles from layers of dough, then she spreads each circle layer with a homamade garlic and parsley butter before adding each layer to a pan and baking. We seriously can't wait to make this Thanksgiving side dish! 

Get the recipe: Pull-Apart Bread with Garlic Parsley Butter

Lisa from Lisa Dawn Bolton brings us another delicious vegetarian Thanksgiving side dish and it's seriously goals. Her harvest vegetable slaw combines brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and squash. When you make the slaw, don't forget to whip up her insanely good warm vinaigrette dressing to top it off with. If you aren't cooking for vegetarian friends his holiday, Lisa suggests topping this salad with fresh, crispy bacon—yum!

Get the recipe: Harvest Vegetable Slaw with Warm Vinaigrette

Okay but seriously, have you ever seen a cuter Thanskgiving dessert? We're totally loving these bright and fun wishbone cookies! Kailo from A Kailo Chic Life used a simple cookie dough and brightly-colored frosting to turn an old-fashioned tradition into a fun and sweet Thanksgiving dessert.

Get the recipe: Colorful Wishbone Cookies

Related: Our Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts


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