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Thanksgiving Recipes

Find all the recipes you need for your Thanksgiving feast with our collection of side dishes, menus, and desserts.

Roasted Cauliflower-and-Garlic Soup | Roasting cauliflower brings out a delicious nutty flavor and gives the soup a gorgeous silky texture.

Roasted Cauliflower-and-Garlic Soup

Tennessee Whiskey-Pecan Pie | We love the combination of pecans and smoky-sweet bourbon in the thick, rich pie filling. For a booze-free pie, substitute apple juice for the whiskey in the filling, and serve with plain sweetened whipped cream or enjoy it without.

Tennessee Whiskey-Pecan Pie

Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Pie | Use slightly firm pears and crisp, tart apples here to achieve the best texture in the filling, and let this mountainous pie cool and settle for at least two hours before serving.

Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Pie

Butterscotch Meringue Pie with Pecan Crust | We won't revoke your pie credentials if you use a purchased piecrust in this recipe, but we love the way the homemade crust's earthy flavor elevates the caramel filling so much that we recommend you give it a try.

Butterscotch Meringue Pie with Pecan Crust

Herbed Potato Flake Rolls | Like magic, packaged potato flakes give these fluffy beauties a lighter-than-air texture that makes them perfect for sopping up gravy. Trust us, they go fast.

Herbed Potato Flake Rolls

Graham Cracker Rolls | "This roll recipe was discovered by my wonderful mother, who was an amazing cook and loved to try new recipes. It's still a favorite with my family because of the flavor that the graham cracker crumbs give the rolls." —SL reader Allison Fogle

Graham Cracker Rolls

Herb-and-Cream Biscuits | The crème fraîche and herbs make these a perfect choice for Thanksgiving dinner. They are so rich you won't even need to butter them before eating.

Herb-and-Cream Biscuits

Spoon Bread Corn Muffins | We adapted these custard-like muffins from a recipe in The Gift of Southern Cooking by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock and tested with J.T. Pollard Extra-Fine White Corn Meal because our friend Scott Peacock swears by it.

Thanksgiving Rolls and Breads

Pepper Bacon Fried Turkey & Nashville Hot Turkey | Follow this recipe for two delicious takes on your holiday bird. Start with black pepper bacon or any bacon to flavor the peanut oil. For serious spice hounds, take the Pepper Bacon Fried Turkey a step further and try our Nashville Hot Turkey—our ode to the city's incendiary fried chicken.

Pepper Bacon Fried Turkey

Dry Brined-Herb Roasted Turkey | Skip the cumbersome wet brines that call for soaking turkey and making the skin flabby. This classic overnight dry brine—a simple herb, salt, and sugar mixture—gives the turkey deep flavor and a crackly crust.

Dry Brined-Herb Roasted Turkey

Smoked Self-Basting Turkey | We learned this self-basting technique from Chris Lilly, one of our favorite pit masters. The key? Mounding herb butter on top of the breast, covering the bird with aluminum foil, and cutting a slit in the foil. The butter will slowly melt and baste the turkey as it cooks and the smoke will permeate the bird through the hole.

Smoked Self-Basting Turkey

Grill-Smoked Turkey | The dry brine used on the turkey is inspired by a wet brine that cookbook author Gena Knox sells through her brand Fire & Flavor (

Grill-Smoked Turkey

Lemongrass-Turkey Soup | The fragrant flavors in this refreshing tonic of a soup are the antidote to a rich Thanksgiving feast. For a heartier spin, serve it over rice or noodles.

Lemongrass-Turkey Soup

Sausage-and-Sweet Potato Soup | A smart way to repurpose sweet potato casserole, this hearty soup drew rave reviews in our Test Kitchen. If your casserole contains marshmallows, remove them before stirring the casserole into this soup. The flavor will vary depending on your casserole recipe; simply adjust salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Sausage-and-Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Casserole Hotcakes | If your sweet potato casserole is very sweet, omit the brown sugar in the pancakes. Does yours come with a marshmallow topping? Even better. Simply stir it into your sweet potatoes, and make the recipe as directed.

Sweet Potato Casserole Hotcakes

New Turkey Tetrazzini | Loads of spinach and mushrooms freshen up this classic.

New Turkey Tetrazzini

Spicy Cranberry Salsa | Here's our new go-to condiment to use on everything from tamales to turkey sandwiches.

Spicy Cranberry Salsa

Cheesy Thanksgiving Tamales | You'll love our genius way to use leftover stuffing, turkey, or sweet potato casserole by turning it into the starchy outer layer of tamales.

Cheesy Thanksgiving Tamales

Green Bean Quiche | What's better than a clever new guise for extra green bean casserole (onion topping and all)? One that takes just 5 minutes to mix

Green Bean Quiche

The Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich Ever | With tasty additions of mayonaise, bacon and tomato, this hearty sandwich makes the most of your leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberries.

The Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich Ever

Southern Giardiniera | 91 Best Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes - Southern Living

Southern Giardiniera

Green Bean Salad with Hearts of Palm | 91 Best Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes - Southern Living

Green Bean Salad with Hearts of Palm

Citrus-Kale Salad | 91 Best Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes - Southern Living

Citrus-Kale Salad