Good. Food. Stories.’ Best Thanksgiving Recipes

You know there’s going to be a turkey on the table—but what else will fill the serving bowls and platters surrounding that ravishingly roasted bird? How about this collection of our best Thanksgiving recipes?

Thanksgiving side dishes and Thanksgiving recipe index
Photo: Casey Barber

Good. Food. Stories. is here to help. Use The Thanksgiving Timeline method for no-pressure planning, along with the following hand-picked menu suggestions for a feast that’s the ideal mix of traditional and modern. (Hint: the stuffing has been a hit in my family for half a century.)

Best Thanksgiving Recipes


the Campbell Creamsicle, via
Campbell Creamsicle
spiced cranberry and bourbon cocktail, via
Spiced Cranberry and Bourbon Cocktail
cyril zangDry Cider
The Glasgow Ginger, a sweet ginger, Scotch, and lemon cocktail - via
The Glasgow Ginger
mulled cider with whiskey and walnut liqueur, via
Hot Mulled Cider
colonial ale flip with porter and rum, via
Colonial Ale Flip
roasted Concord grape cocktail, via
Roasted Concord Grape Cocktail
the Harvest Manhattan cocktail with applejack, nocino liqueur, and cherries - via
Harvest Manhattan
apple-sage-ginger cocktail, via
Apple Sage Cooler


fig, olive, date, mint tapenade
Olive and Fig Tapenade
bloody mary tomato appetizer
Bloody Mary Tomatoes
French onion dip with ramps and sesame-mustard pita chips, via
French Onion Dip
sweet and salty chex mix
Sweet & Salty Chex Mix
beet-pickled deviled eggs, via
Deviled Eggs
Pickled Butternut Squash via
Pickled Butternut Squash
a pairing of fried and raw oysters for John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, via
Oysters Two Ways
holiday baked clam dip, via
Baked Clam Dip

The Main Meal

brined and roasted turkey for Thanksgiving, via
Brined & Roasted Turkey
celery root and spinach gratin for Thanksgiving, via
Celery Root-Spinach Gratin
thanksgiving stuffing
Classic Stuffing
homemade mashed potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
bourbon and duck fat potatoes
Bourbon Duck Fat Potatoes
kale leek bacon bread pudding
Kale, Leek & Bacon Bread Pudding
roasted brussels sprouts
Sweet & Salty Roasted Brussels Sprouts
dinner rolls
Dinner Rolls
make-ahead pumpkin-nut dinner rolls, via
Make-Ahead Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
cranberry spread
Cranberry-Maple Spread


cherry cranberry pear pie
Cherry-Cranberry-Pear Pie
apple pie with brie and honey, via
Apple Pie with Brie & Honey
sweet potato praline pie, via
Sweet Potato Praline Pie
cranberry white chocolate cheesecake
Citrus-White Chocolate-Cranberry Cheesecake
maple buttermilk peanut pie, via
Maple Buttermilk Peanut Pie
salted caramel pie 2
Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Pie
maple cream sandwich cookies, via
Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies
butterscotch-pumpkin zebra pie with chocolate crust, via
Butterscotch Pumpkin Zebra Pie
pecan maple bourbon blue cheese tarts, via
Pecan Maple Blue Cheese Bourbon Tart
hazelnut bourbon hot chocolate, via
Hazelnut Bourbon Hot Chocolate