When you think of Thanksgiving, you want the meal you remember and crave every year. There's a reason turkey is associated with Thanksgiving: It's a classic! Dinner rolls, sweet potato casserole, mouthwatering apple pie, sweet cranberry sauce, and gravy are must-haves at the holiday dinner table.
Follow this guide for time-saving tips and bountiful flavors, and pin the recipes for your best Thanksgiving dinner ever.
Entree: Flash-Roasted Turkey
Turkey time! For this year's favorite Thanksgiving entree, make Flash-Roasted Turkey—and save room for seconds!
This turkey is bursting with the flavors of garlic, onions, a carrot, celery, fresh herbs, and white wine. Plus, you won't spend all day getting this main dish ready. Set your timer: It will be ready to roast in under a half hour.
Get the recipe: Flash-Roasted Turkey
Vegetable Side Dish: Candied Sweet Potato Casserole
Step up your sweet potato game this year with Candied Sweet Potato Casserole with Parsnips and Carrots. Don't worry—it's still the casserole you love (with marshmallow creme on top, of course!). However, when parsnips and carrots are added for extra earthiness, sweet potato casserole becomes even more complex and craveable.
If you're a fan of sweet sweet potato sides, this recipe will satisfy with whipping cream, maple syrup, and lemon peel.
It's the perfect blend of savory and sweet that will convince even picky eaters to love vitamin-A-rich root vegetables.
Time-Saving Tip: If you're feeling overwhelmed by the big feast, add this sweet potato side dish to your menu. The casserole can be prepped and chilled up to 24 hours before baking.
Get the recipe: Candied Sweet Potato Casserole with Parsnips and Carrots
Fruit Side Dish: Double-Cranberry Sauce
If you're a fan of cranberry sauce, get ready to be twice as excited about Double-Cranberry Sauce. This Thanksgiving favorite includes fresh or frozen cranberries, and dried cranberries as well.
The goodness doesn't stop there, though: Pomegranate juice, molasses, orange peel, and cinnamon crank up the flavor. Earn plating and flavor points by topping with watercress to finish.
Get the recipe: Double-Cranberry Sauce
Bread: Classic Dinner Rolls
A classic Thanksgiving dinner needs rolls, and these Classic Dinner Rolls remind us so much of Thanksgivings past. For light, fluffy rolls you can't resist, try this just-like-grandma-made recipe. Top with honey, jam, or butter—there's no wrong way to eat these delicious rolls.
Chef tips for light, fluffy, shiny rolls:
- Stick to all-purpose flour rather than unbleached or bread flour.
- After forming the cloverleaf shape in the muffin cups, allow the dough to rise and double in size in the pan before baking.
- With one minute of baking time left, remove the pan from the oven, brush with butter, and bake 60 seconds more.
Get the recipe: Classic Dinner Rolls
In a hurry? No worries! Try one of our 60-Minute (and Under) Dinner Rolls recipes.
Gravy: Homemade Giblet Gravy
Pooled in mashed potatoes, drizzled over turkey, or sopped up with a roll, gravy is a go-to Thanksgiving side. This Homemade Giblet Gravy will pair perfectly with your classic Thanksgiving dinner. Carrots, celery, giblets, parsley, and more add rich flavor. No bland gravy here!
Get the recipe: Homemade Giblet Gravy
Dessert: Mile-High Caramel Apple Pie
You didn't think we'd forget dessert, did you? You'll want to save room for this sweet treat—it's like your classic Thanksgiving dinner apple pie with a totally modern twist.
This Mile-High Caramel Apple Pie incorporates your favorite fall flavors into a pie. In addition to delicious apples and sweet caramel topping, this dessert has cinnamon and brown sugar for extra seasonal flair.
Fun Fact: One-fifth of Americans enjoy apple pie at Thanksgiving, making it the most common flavor.
Get the recipe: Mile-High Caramel Apple Pie
Just Add Wine
If you love red: Try a light and dry French Beaujolais to stand up to rich, savory roasted turkey.
If you prefer white: Stock up on dry Riesling. The mild floral and stone fruit qualities work well with both sweet and savory dishes—without overwhelming any of them.
When in doubt, opt for bubbles. Sparkling wine (champagne, Prosecco, cava) is a default pairing with any food, from a cheese board to a holiday dinner.
Set the Classic Thanksgiving Table
Now that you know your menu, create an equally impressive tabletop to complement it. Whether you want to purchase the decorations, DIY, or just let the food shine, there are so many ways to make your classic Thanksgiving dinner stand out.