Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Feast

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There's nothing like a traditional Thanksgiving menu to capture the communal spirit of the day. Our collection of family recipes will fill your holiday table with long-cherished flavors.

Herb-Rubbed Turkey with Pear Stuffing

Your traditional Thanksgiving menu usually starts with a tender, juicy turkey, of course. The dried herb coating and pilaf-style stuffing add old-world appeal to Thanksgiving's star attraction.

Homemade Giblet Gravy

No traditional turkey dinner is complete without gravy! Your Thanksgiving guests will clamor for more of this thick gravy to spoon over the turkey.

Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing

Your traditional Thanksgiving menu list isn't complete without stuffing! 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.

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!

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

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 quintessential 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.

Corn Pudding Casserole

Is corn on your traditional Thanksgiving menu yet? 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 dish will only make your guests want more.

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.

Sweet Potato Marshmallow Pie

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.

Classic Dinner Rolls

Who doesn't love biting into a warm, flaky, buttery dinner roll? Save some valuable space in your oven so you can serve these rolls hot at your traditional turkey dinner.

Twice-Baked Sweet 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 Thanksgiving menu ideas. For faster shaping, cut rolled dough into 1-inch-wide strips. Twist the ends of each strip in opposite directions two to three times. Arrange on a greased baking sheet; press ends down. Let rise; bake as directed.

Apple Cider Punch

Make this ruby drink your predinner treat. Champagne or sparkling grape juice will add a touch of fizz to your traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Pecan Pie

Most people think pumpkin pie reigns supreme as the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, but don't leave pecan pie out in the cold! 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.

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