While it’s true Thanksgiving occurs a little later this year because of how the last Thursday in November falls, I know from past experience it will sneak up on all of us faster than we think. Our plans are quiet this year, as the past few have been, but my many years of hosting large feasts means my mind still wanders to the planning of the meal this time of year even if our table is now just three, plus a very eager puppy, hoping for scraps to land miraculously at her feet.
A couple of years ago, I wrote this primer with links to some favorite recipes for Thanksgiving—everything but the turkey, really. I’m straight-forward when it comes to turkey, preferring a traditional roast with butter, salt, pepper, maybe some white wine in the pan. Michael always loved to get crazy with a bourbon glaze but I think a good quality bird with a killer gravy is all you need, leaving me more time to focus on sides and desserts.
I’m including some updates to that list from 2017, with recipes that didn’t exist on the site back then. Hope you all enjoy them, and if you find yourself cooking some of my recipes for the big feast, I’d love to see them, so tag me on Instagram. You can also peek at this post to see how and when some items can be prepped ahead to free up oven space and save some sanity on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Soups, Salads & Sides
- Spice Scented Cranberry Sauce
- No-Cook Cranberry Relish
- Sweet Potato, Ricotta & Leek Soufflé
- Mashed Potato Pie
- Perfect Mashed Potatoes, every time (with a video!)
- Wilted Kale Salad & Warm Shallot Vinaigrette
- Creamy Turnip Soup
- Roasted Cauliflower, Ginger & Pear Soup
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- Gruyere Cheese & Rosemary Buttermilk Biscuits
- How to Make Perfect Gravy, with out with pan-drippings!
- Mikey’s Thanksgiving Stuffing
- 60-Minute Homemade Chicken Stock
- Lemon Thyme Roasted Butternut Squash
- Pumpkin Slab Pie
- Brown Butter Apple Pie
- Apple Crumb Slab Pie
- Classic Pumpkin Pie (no evaporated milk)
- DIY Evaporated Milk
- DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Chocolate Chess Pie
- Coconut Custard Pie
- Lemon Honey Chess Pie
- No-Bake Pumpkin Cream Pie
- Vegan Pumpkin Pie
- Salted Tahini Pumpkin Pie