Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Most families have a handful of traditional dishes they serve every year on Thanksgiving, but if you're looking for some new ideas that might have the potential to become Turkey Day favorites for your family, here are some side dishes, desserts, and leftover suggestions to inspire you.

  • Slide: Asparagus Almond Casserole

    Asparagus Almond Casserole

    This casserole recipe gets its unique flair from a long line of cooks, each of whom added their own special ingredients over time. It's a family favorite that will have everyone asking for seconds.

  • Guideposts: Molasses Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Molasses Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    This mashed sweet potato recipe is a great partner for pork, duck, turkey and all kinds of game. the touch of molasses really deepens the flavor but doesn't become cloying.

  • Guideposts: Squash Casserole

    Squash Casserole

    Every family has a favorite holiday recipe—the one dish that makes their celebration complete. This dish could assume that role on your family's holiday table!

  • Guideposts: Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Filling

    Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Filling

    No one does hearty and flavorful better than the Pennsylvania Dutch. Your whole family will love this recipe—and not just when the holidays roll around!

  • Guideposts: Squash Stuffed with Rice Medley

    Squash Stuffed with Rice Medley

    "To me," writes Rebecca Katz, the Healthy Cook, "nothing says autumn like squash, especially the baby dumpling variety, which resembles a miniature pumpkin. Squash strengthens the immune system and is an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, folate, iron and magnesium." We would add that this squash recipe tastes mighty good as part of a Thanksgiving dinner, too.

  • Guideposts: Feuding sisters Wanda and Nova, each holding a dish of her Thanksgiving yams.

    A Trio of Yam Recipes

    Wanda Reinart and her sister, Nova, have an ongoing, (mostly) friendly feud over which of their yam recipes is the best. Having read their story, Guideposts reader Connie Ferdon combined the two recipes in an attempt to enjoy the best of both worlds. We encourage you to give all three recipes a try!

  • Guideposts: Roasted Turkey Breast with Cornbread-Sage Stuffing and Brandy Gravy

    Roasted Turkey Breast with Cornbread-Sage Stuffing and Brandy Gravy

    How to keep the breast meat from drying out while the dark meat finishes cooking? By roasting a bone-in turkey breast by itself, which cuts the cooking time by several hours. What you get is a delicious Thanksgiving main course...in less than an hour.

  • Guideposts: Pecan Pie

    Pecan Pie

    Even though pecan pie is a traditional Southern dessert, at the holidays everyone enjoys this treat! Your family and guests won't be able to pass up this pie, no matter how full they are!

  • Guideposts: Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

    Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

    Warm, spicy gingersnaps bring a touch of the exotic to the familiar in this recipe. But don’t slip this delicious dessert in on Thanksgiving without telling anybody, for they may take one bite and never go back.

  • Guideposts: Adorable (and Delicious) Thanksgiving Cookies

    Adorable (and Delicious) Thanksgiving Cookies

    People often speak of honoring the meaning of Christmas, but how best to teach children about the meaning of Thanksgiving? One fun way is to make these delightful turkey cookie cards, and let the little ones write a message of gratitude on the feathers.

  • Guideposts: Thanksgiving Pie

    Thanksgiving Pie

    Why not break with tradition this year and use those Thanksgiving leftovers to make not sandwiches, but a meat pie?

  • Guideposts: Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

    Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

    After the feast and the sandwiches and the potpies are done, this delicious soup recipe makes the most of what remains of your Thanksgiving turkey. You won’t believe how much meat is left on those bones!

  • Guideposts: Turkey Quesadillas

    Turkey Quesadillas

    Add a dash of Mexico to your Thanksgiving leftovers with this fast and easy dish.


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