25 Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes
I LOVE Thanksgiving, and I love all of the traditional Thanksgiving recipes that come with it! Yes, mostly because of the food. I’m not gonna lie, but I love the food because most of the Thanksgiving recipes that we enjoy are handed down from generation to generation, and from family to family. T
o me, Thanksgiving is a day where friends & family can come together and break bread with each other while recognizing the bond that keeps them together. The family unity starts a day or two before when making we pull out our recipe cards and start making our shopping lists of things needed. Everyone in our families is known for making that special side item or dessert that is required to make: macaroni & cheese, green bean casserole, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, ambrosia salad, etc.
The only thing that ever upsets me is to see how corporate America starts pushing Christmas shopping with their Black Friday Sales and other propaganda. I say forget about that stuff and focus on your family and spending quality time for them. We are always in a rush to get things done.
There’s plenty of time to do those things, but there’s not always plenty of time to spend it with friends and family. Enjoy the moments while you can. While enjoying those moments, share your love for food, friendship, and love with each other. That’s how I’ve been able to get so many great recipes to keep in the family and have been able to create other great “food” memories. So, slow it down. Enjoy the family. Eat…and then eat some more! Enjoy these amazing recipes!
What are some popular traditional Thanksgiving side dishes?
When you think about Thanksgiving, immediately you will think of turkey. And when you think of turkey, it’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving without potatoes and peas (or sweet corn) on the side!
Potatoes are one traditional side dish that is eaten all over the world. In fact, in some countries, they often take a larger role in a meal than in the U.S., where potatoes are more of a side dish (at least on holidays) and not usually served as a main course like in much of Europe.
25 Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes
Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread is a nice bread. You can make it with store-bought dough and some pumpkin. Then you can put some spices on it to make it taste better and top it with a cream cheese glaze.
Beans are a traditional dish for Thanksgiving and they can be fried, boiled, grilled, or roasted. They are often cooked with onions and bacon. Add red pepper powder to make the flavor even stronger!
3. Crock Pot Turkey Breast and Gravy
For a simple turkey recipe, this is the perfect meal. You don’t need to watch the food while it cooks. It is juicy and you put in gravy.
4. Brown Sugar Honey Glazed Carrots
Tender baby carrots cooked in butter, brown sugar, and honey to make a delicious sauce. This can be cooked for any holiday or weeknight meal.
To make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, you will need to brine the turkey in white wine. Then, before it is finished cooking, rub it with spices and glaze it with cranberry sauce.
6. Almond Cranberry Squash Bake
Almond Cranberry Squash Bake is a great holiday dish! It’s also low carb and gluten-free. This is a paleo-friendly, primal side dish recipe that takes just minutes of prep time to prepare. I love making this as a holiday side because it’s colorful, beautiful, and different from the norm. It has an amazing flavor profile–tangy, sweet, savory.
7. Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter
This recipe, Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter and Maple will be a hit at your next dinner party! It is delicious. They will make everyone happy, even people who do not like sweet potatoes.
8. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Pudding
Pumpkin pie pudding is like pumpkin pie without the crust. It’s delicious, fast, and easy to make. Put on whipped cream or ice cream to top it off!
This old-fashioned, pecan pie is not at all too sweet like other pies. It will be good for your Thanksgiving dinner.
10. Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts
This recipe is called roasted brussels sprouts. It takes 10 minutes to make them. Brussels can be a difficult vegetable to cook, but this recipe will give you crispy vegetables every time!
11. Cranberry Salad
This dish is yummy because it has a crunchy texture. There are fruit and vegetables in every bite, so that makes it interesting. Adding celery adds an unexpected flavor that makes the taste of the cranberries better, too.
12. The Best Stuffing Recipe Ever
This Ever-Favorite Stuffing Recipe Never Came Out Wrong. With sweet cranberries and crunchy walnuts, this stuffing is perfect for Thanksgiving or other holidays.
13. Classic Green Bean Casserole
This green bean casserole recipe is delicious. The topping is crispy and the sauce is rich. It will be a hit at your house, at parties, or on holidays.
Homemade cornbread dressing is a delicious, classic side dish for the holidays. Cornbread gives this Thanksgiving staple so much flavor!
Nothing beats the taste of creamy, homemade mashed potatoes. Follow these tips to ensure that you don’t end up with gummy or dried-out potatoes.
These potatoes might not be healthy, but they are delicious. They are a good dish to have on special occasions.
An easy homemade crust filled with apples and cranberries. There is a crunchy mixture on top that tastes like sugar and oats.
This apple pie recipe is easy to make. It has a buttery crust and an apple filling that you can make at home. Make it for Thanksgiving or for a dessert on the weekend!
19. Roasted Lemon Thyme Turkey with Lemon Sauce
This turkey is cut open before it gets cooked in the oven. It is juicy and tender when it cooks because of the lemons, onions, and thyme.
20. Juicy Roasted Turkey Breast
The best turkey breasts are made by roasting them in the oven with wine, lemon, and butter. This will make a moist turkey every time.
21. Tender and Juicy Pork Loin Roast Recipe
This is a recipe for a Honey Garlic Glazed Pork Loin Roast. You should use this if you want to make a juicy, fork-tender, and delicious pork loin. This recipe requires that you rub the pork roast with spices and then smother it in the honey garlic glaze before roasting it until done.
This is a good meal for people who do have not much cooking time. It makes the meat soft and it is easy to make. This dish can be made on Thanksgiving Day or any other day of the year.
Spatchcock turkey is a way to cook a turkey. Cut down one side of the backbone and pull out the central bone. Press it flat, then put it back together. Then roast it in an oven.
24. Citrus Rosemary Roast Pheasant
Rubbing butter and citrus on this bird brings out delicate flavors. Let’s make it even better with fresh rosemary.
Sausage dressing is a Thanksgiving food that has been around for a long time. This recipe will be easy to make because of the help of apples and bacon.
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Traditional Thanksgiving dishes can vary with the region of the country and sometimes depend on what foods are locally available. Traditional meals consist of roast turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberries, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, rolls or bread, and pies for dessert. A slice of pumpkin pie is also a favorite dessert.