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The Best Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes of All Time

We’ve got all the recipes you’ll need to make this the best Thanksgiving yet, from the turkey to the pumpkin pie.


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Italian Pinwheels

Store-bought puff-pastry dough is your secret weapon. Fair warning, though: These savory bites won’t last long. Get the recipe

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Spaghetti Squash Fritters

The dipping sauce is next-level, too

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Sweet Potato Hummus

Break out the pita chips and crudités

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Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Straws

The ultimate party snack

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French Onion Cups

There’s lots of cheese in there (trust us)

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Spinach Artichoke Squares

Your favorite dip in pastry form

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Roasted Garlic and Pesto Strips

The vegetarian version of those bacon-wrapped cheese straws

Crispy Roasted Artichokes

Roasted in the oven until golden and crispy. Served with plenty of garlic aioli for dipping. Get the recipe

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Grilled Cheese Crostini

A simple way to dress up Brie

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Homemade Cheese Crackers

A thousand times better than the boxed kind

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Goat Cheese and Honey Bites

Start with store-bought puff pastry

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Roasted Cauliflower Dip

Roasted cauliflower dip is the new party-friendly recipe you need in your life.

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Beef Flatbread with Herb Sauce

It’s like pizza—only way easier to make

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Spicy Glazed Popcorn Chicken

A sophisticated, less messy version of wings

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Easy Zucchini Chips

They’re baked and they’re crispy

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Eggplant Parm Bites

Here, classic eggplant parmigiana is turned into delicious finger food. Get the recipe

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Zucchini “Fries”

Crispy, golden...and baked in the oven

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Deviled Eggs

Three ways to dress them up

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Crispy Mushrooms

Season, then roast until nice and crispy

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Sweet and Spicy Wings

Honey + sriracha = magic

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Coconut Shrimp

Lightly fried with a side of dipping sauce

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Baby Bloomin’ Onions

They’re mini and they’re glorious

Roasted Mixed Nuts

Just imagine the smell of freshly roasted nuts, lightly seasoned with herbs and spices, wafting through your very own kitchen. Get the recipe

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Prosciutto Bites

Meet the new pigs in blankets

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Mini Nachos

Individual portions = no sharing required

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Mini Chicken and Waffles

A Southern classic, in finger-food form

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Mini Lasagnas

Surprise: Use wonton wrappers—not pasta

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Hot and Spicy Meatballs

A sophisticated cocktail meatball does exist

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Mini Quiches

No pie dough for crust here

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Mozzarella Bites

A bite-size twist on mozzarella sticks. Warning: Once you pop, you can’t stop. Get the recipe

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Honey-Lime Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Fact: Glazing is better than marinating

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Maple-Herb Roasted Turkey Legs

Not every feast requires roasting an entire turkey

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Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken

Tender, juicy and ready in an hour

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The Fastest Roast Turkey Recipe in the Universe

Believe it: This bird is done in under two hours

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Cheater’s White Wine Coq au Vin

Foolproof and ready in under an hour

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Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Roast the whole damn head

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Grilled Flank Steak with Lemon-Herb Sauce

For big, bold flavor, marinate the steak, and then serve it with a fresh herb sauce for an extra boost. Get the recipe

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One-Pan Roasted Salmon

A deceptively simple recipe

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Sausage with Broccoli Rabe

A dish that’s practically no fuss

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Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale

One pan means minimal cleanup

Stuffed Eggplant

This versatile, light and fresh recipe for stuffed eggplant will please both meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Get the recipe

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Cacio e Pepe Pasta

Sometimes simplicity wins out. This Italian classic requires just six ingredients and takes 20 minutes to make—including the time it takes to boil the water. Get the recipe 

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One-Pan Spaghetti and Meatballs

The easiest way to make an Italian meal

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Ravioli Lasagna

A genius update to everyone’s favorite

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Rigatoni Pasta Pie

An impressive yet easy-to-make pasta dish

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How to Carve a Turkey

This year we’re not worrying about making a big show of it. Instead, we’re resolved to just do it right. Watch our video to learn the proper way to carve a bird. Minimal mess. Zero wasted meat.

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Spicy Yogurt Marinated Chicken Legs

This is the roast chicken of our dreams

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Garlic Breaded Chicken Breast

Crispy chicken—without frying

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Roasted Drumsticks with Tomatoes

Almost too pretty to eat...almost

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Oven-Roasted Beets and Potatoes

Everyone oohs and ahhs when the turkey is brought out to the table. But that’s not usually the case with the side dishes. This recipe for beet and potato roast is about to change all that. Get the recipe

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15-Minute Microwave Mashed Potatoes

Easiest mashed potatoes ever

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5-Ingredient Red-Wine Cranberry Sauce

This Thanksgiving staple just got an upgrade

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Make-Ahead Vegetarian Gravy

Vegetarians rejoice! 

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Brussels Sprouts Skillet with Crispy Pancetta-Garlic Bread Crumbs

A veggie side that’s anything but boring

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Baked Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds and Thyme

It’s like stuffing, but with the best vegetable of all time

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Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board

Part salad, part work of art

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The Best Potatoes au Gratin Ever

Move over, mashed potatoes

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Whole Roasted Carrots

The only carrot recipe you’ll ever need

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Coconut Creamed Spinach

Swap cream for coconut milk

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Stuffing Muffins

Forget a tray of stuffing. Instead, serve portions that are just the right size. Get the recipe 

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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Ready when you need them most

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Kale and Cheddar Cheese Galette

Savory pie for the win

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Cauliflower Gratin

A cheesy take on our favorite vegetable

The Secret Ingredient to Make Potatoes Extra Crispy

Transform boring, mushy potatoes into a crispy, flavorful side dish with this totally unexpected secret ingredient. (Tip: Try them with extra ketchup. They’re life-changing.)

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Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

This vegetable side dish will totally steal the show

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Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash

Give dinner a pop of color (and flavor)

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20-Minute Mashed Potatoes

A fast take on a classic side dish

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Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

One excellent reason to eat your vegetables

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Brussels Sprouts Latkes

Move over, potatoes

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Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Cabbage isn’t just for coleslaw

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Swiss Chard au Gratin

Permission granted to smother with cheese

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Marinated Butternut Squash

Here’s what to do with all that squash

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Classic Stuffed Peppers

A tasty use for ground beef

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Turnip Fries

Why should potatoes have all the fun?

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Pumpkin Polenta

A creamy, seasonal side dish

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Crispy Potato Latkes

Ready the sour cream and applesauce

Hasselback Potatoes

Friends, this baked potato recipe is epic. You can fill those crevices with exponentially more toppings (hello, cheddar cheese and bacon) than your average spud. Get the recipe

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Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

The easiest upgrade for apple pie ever? Mini mason jar apple pies. The individual portions are just the right amount, and the whole mason jar thing is way more impressive than a boring pie dish. Get the recipe

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Cinnamon-Roll Pie Crust

Kick your holiday pie up a notch

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No-Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Just assemble and serve

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Gluten-Free Apple Rose Tart

Could this dessert be any prettier?

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Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies

The cutest fall dessert ever

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Caramel Almond Cake

No frosting required

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Rosé Poached Pears with Ginger and Vanilla

Fruit for dessert just got way better

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Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate

Move over, Swiss Miss. Slow-cooker hot chocolate is what holiday dreams are made of.

Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake

Everyone needs a little pick-me-up. Sometimes it’s a latte. Sometimes it’s chocolate. Our espresso cheesecake is a little bit of both. It’s New York-style—extra tall and rich—and coated in a chocolate glaze. Get the recipe

 

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Mini Yogurt Cheesecakes

A lighter take on the classic dessert

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Chocolate-Caramel Pretzel Tart

The right balance of sweet and salty

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Blueberry Crumble Pie

The crust is everything

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Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes

If fall were a dessert, this would be it

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Brownie Pops

These might be the perfect party dessert

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Thin Mint Tarts

Better than a sleeve of cookies

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Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon-Roll Crust

That’s right. This pumpkin pie has a crust made of cinnamon rolls. You, too, can achieve rock-star status this holiday—or any day—with this easy-to-assemble treat. Get the recipe

 

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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Raise your hand if you like ice-cream cake. Raise your other hand if you like ice-cream sandwiches. Great. (We love them, too.) And when you make our ice-cream sandwich cake recipe, you get to enjoy both frozen treats. Get the recipe

 

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Angel Food Cake

Light, airy and satisfyingly simple

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Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

A light and simple option

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The 10 Best Holiday Slow-Cooker Desserts

Set it and forget it (then devour it)

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Chocolate-Chip Cookie Tart

The crust is made of cookies, people

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Frozen Chocolate Soufflé

Guaranteed not to fall

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Mini Tiramisu

An Italian classic

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The Genius and Mess-Free Way to Ice a Cake

Presenting the easiest (and most Insta-worthy) way to ice a cake. We’ll give you one hint: No utensils necessary.

Pumpkin Spice Icebox Cake

News flash: There are ways to get your pumpkin fix other than pie. Take this impressive-looking pumpkin spice icebox cake. You get all the autumnal goodness you crave (layers of it, actually) and you don’t even need to turn on the oven. Get the recipe

 

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Dairy-Free Cheesecake

You can use the words indulgent and dairy-free in the same sentence. Like to describe this dairy-free cheesecake recipe with blueberry topping. It’s rich yet virtuous, which is achieved without using cream cheese or butter or even flour. Get the recipe