Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Feast

Pecan Pie
There's nothing like a traditional Thanksgiving menu to capture the communal spirit of the holiday. All your favorite Thanksgiving dishes are represented, including pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Our collection of traditional Thanksgiving recipes will fill your table with long-cherished flavors.

Herb-Rubbed Turkey with Pear Stuffing

Your traditional Thanksgiving menu usually includes a tender, juicy turkey, of course. The dried herb coating and pilaf-style stuffing add delicious flavors and old-world appeal to Thanksgiving's star attraction. After all, Thanksgiving turkey recipes should be anything but bland!

Homemade Giblet Gravy

Traditional Thanksgiving sides always include gravy, so don't make the mistake of skipping it this year. Your Thanksgiving guests will clamor for more of this thick, homemade gravy to spoon over their slices of turkey. Keep this classic Thanksgiving recipe simple by mixing up your gravy right in your roast pan.

Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing

Any traditional American Thanksgiving dinner has to have an old-fashioned stuffing recipe on the side. This versatile Thanksgiving favorite can be prepared on its own or used to stuff a turkey. Mix crisp apple cubes with the bread crumbs for a fresh crunch that sets this stuffing recipe apart from the crowd.

Double-Cranberry Sauce

Make sure cranberry sauce plays a role in your traditional Thanksgiving meal. This tart recipe has a double dose of the ruby-red food, thanks to fresh and dried cranberries. You can store this sauce in the fridge up to two days after the meal so your leftovers can a get a delicious drizzle, too! Plus, it takes only 20 minutes (at the most) to toss together, making this Thanksgiving cranberry sauce recipe even quicker than the store-bought stuff.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes may be simple, but they always make our list of best Thanksgiving recipes. These mashed potatoes are called "perfect" for a reason: No fuss, no frills—just 3 pounds of potatoes mashed with butter, salt, pepper, and milk. That's all you need to make this traditional Thanksgiving side! 

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

When we think of traditional Thanksgiving recipes, green bean casserole is at the top of our list. These veggies are covered in a creamy, cheesy sauce, then topped with crispy shallots or french-fried onions. You can assemble this classic green bean casserole recipe ahead of time so all you have to do before Thanksgiving dinner is make the sauce and pop it in the oven.

Corn Pudding Casserole

Is corn on your traditional Thanksgiving menu? If not, this casserole makes it easy to serve up corn for a crowd! Baked into a creamy dish with other veggies like tomato and zucchini, every bite of this Thanksgiving side will only make your guests want more. Thanksgiving dinner will never be the same without it!

Creamy Brussels Sprouts

Even the pickiest eaters at your traditional Thanksgiving meal will fall in love with this veggie dish. A simple creamy sauce and a few crumbles of crisp bacon make this side dish shine. When you include this easy Thanksgiving side dish on the menu, you'll also be serving up a platter full of Thanksgiving soul food.

Sweet Potato Marshmallow Pie

What makes a traditional Thanksgiving dessert? There's no better way to celebrate than with a slice of sweet potato pie! You'll have lots of happy guests when you include this recipe in your traditional Thanksgiving meal, especially when it's topped with marshmallows and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Classic Dinner Rolls

Who doesn't love biting into a warm, flaky, buttery dinner roll? Your menu of Thanksgiving dishes isn't complete until you add homemade rolls to the list. Save some valuable space in your oven so you can serve these rolls hot at your traditional turkey dinner.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes are a must when it comes to Thanksgiving side dishes, but you don't have to stick to plain mashed potatoes. These classy potatoes take some time to prepare, so it's best to make the dish the night before your traditional turkey dinner. Pop the potatoes into the oven 30 minutes before guests arrive.

Rosemary Braidsticks

If you want to give your dinner rolls an upgrade, add these rosemary breadsticks to your list of old-fashioned Thanksgiving menu ideas. For faster shaping, cut rolled dough into 1-inch-wide strips. Twist the ends of each strip in opposite directions a few times to give them a braided look, then let rise and bake. If you want, you can also serve these homemade breadsticks with a savory dipping sauce.

Apple Cider Punch

Make this ruby drink your predinner treat. Champagne or sparkling grape juice will add a touch of fizz to your classic Thanksgiving meal. Toast to family and Thanksgiving traditions before you start loading up your plate with turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

Pecan Pie

Most people think pumpkin pie reigns supreme as the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, but don't leave pecan pie out in the cold! There's plenty of room for it alongside other traditional Thanksgiving desserts like pumpkin pie and apple pie. Just one slice of this sweet, gooey pie might not be enough—we won't judge if you go back for seconds.

Best Pumpkin Pie

Your table of traditional Thanksgiving desserts wouldn't be complete without creamy pumpkin pie. It's easy to customize this delicious holiday favorite: Add a lesser amount of spices for a light, golden pie or a generous amount for a darker, more robust-flavored dessert. Serve with a spoonful of whipped cream on top or opt for pecans and caramel sauce (or both!).

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