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The Best Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes in the Universe

We’ve got all the recipes you’ll need to make this the best Thanksgiving yet, from the turkey to the pumpkin pie. Cacio e pepe cauliflower? We’ve got that too.


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Italian Pinwheels

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

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‘Everything Bagel' Cauliflower Rolls

The best thing since sliced bread.

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Cranberry, Brussels Sprout and Brie Skillet Nachos

Thanksgiving just got even more indulgent.

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Skillet Kale and Fontina Fondue

Gone in 60 seconds or less.

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Crispy Roasted Artichokes

Served with plenty of garlic aioli for dipping.

The Mom 100

All-Green Crudités Basket

Eating your veggies has never been prettier. 

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Eggplant Parm Bites

We took classic eggplant parmigiana and turned it into poppable little bites.

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Spaghetti Squash Fritters

The dipping sauce is next-level too.

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Sweet Potato Hummus

Bust out the pita chips.

Erin McDowell

Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Straws

You might want to make a triple batch.

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French Onion Cups

Overflowing with bubbly Gruyère.

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Spinach Artichoke Squares

It’s like your favorite dip and your favorite pastry had a really delicious baby.

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Roasted Garlic and Pesto Strips

The vegetarian alternative to bacon-wrapped cheese straws.

Cheesy Polenta Bites with Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

Polenta piled high with all of our favorite savory adds-ons. Get the recipe

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Erin McDowell

Cranberry-Brie Puff-Pastry Pops

These are the most grown-up (and delicious) lollipops ever. Get the recipe

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Grilled Cheese Crostini

Brie just got a snazzy new makeover.

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Homemade Cheese Crackers

A thousand times better than the boxed kind.

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Goat Cheese and Honey Bites

Store-bought puff pastry to the rescue.

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Roasted Cauliflower Dip

The new party-friendly recipe you need in your life.

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Brussels Sprout Sliders

Cutest “buns” ever.

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Spicy Glazed Popcorn Chicken

Step aside, wings.

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Easy Zucchini Chips

So crispy, you’d never know they were baked.

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Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprout Bites

In our humble opinion, crispy Brussels sprouts should be a food group. Get the recipe

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Zucchini ‘Fries’

Serve with warm marinara sauce.

Erin McDowell

Deviled Eggs

Three brilliant ways to dress them up.

Erin McDowell

Crispy Mushrooms

Surprisingly addictive.

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Sweet and Spicy Wings

Honey + sriracha = magic.

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Coconut Shrimp

Lightly fried with a sweet chili dipping sauce.

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Baby Bloomin' Onions

Because everything’s better when it’s mini.

Prosciutto Bites

It’s the new pig in a blanket. Get the recipe

Erin McDowell
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Roasted Mixed Nuts

Easiest party snack ever.

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Mini Nachos

Individual portions = no sharing required.

Erin McDowell

Mini Chicken and Waffles

A Southern classic made bite-size.

Erin McDowell

Mini Lasagnas

The secret ingredient? Wonton wrappers.

ERIN MCDOWELL

Hot and Spicy Meatballs

A sophisticated cocktail meatball does exist.

Erin McDowell

Mini Quiches

With hash-brown crust. Swoon.

ERIN MCDOWELL

Mozzarella Bites

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

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ERIN MCDOWELL

Honey-Lime Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Glazing > marinating.

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Maple-Herb Roasted Turkey Legs

Not every feast requires roasting the entire bird.

ERIN MCDOWELL

Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken

Tender, juicy and ready in an hour

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The Fastest Roast Turkey Recipe in the Universe

It’s ready in under two hours. Believe it.

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Cheater’s White Wine Coq au Vin

They’ll think you spent hours making it. (Spoiler: You didn’t.)

Erin McDowell

Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Slathered with a spicy yogurt marinade.

Pomegranate-Sumac Chicken with Roasted Carrots

We’re swooning over this dish from chef Jake Cohen. Get the recipe

 

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Grilled Flank Steak with Lemon-Herb Sauce

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

Ellen Silverman/Everyday Dorie

Dorie Greenspan's Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges

Have it as an entree or alongside meat or fish.

Let's Stay In

Turkey Roulade with Cherry and Sausage Stuffing

No more awkward carving. 

Salt & Wind

Charred Cauliflower with Garlic Tahini Sauce

A vegetarian’s dream.

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One-Pan Roasted Salmon

Hate doing dishes? This one’s for you.

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Sausage with Broccoli Rabe

The easiest dinner in the universe.

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Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale

Completely impossible to mess up.

Stuffed Eggplant

Vegetarians, rejoice (and meat eaters will love it too). 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

Spend less time cooking and more time eating.

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Ravioli Lasagna

A genius update to everyone’s favorite.

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Rigatoni Pasta Pie

Looks impressive (but it’s secretly really easy).

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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

The main dish of our dreams.

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Garlic Breaded Chicken Breast

Oh, you thought we fried this?

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Roasted Drumsticks with Tomatoes

Taste the rainbow.

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Hasselback Butternut Squash

Forget potatoes—butternut squash is about to become your new favorite side dish. Get the recipe.

 

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15-Minute Microwave Mashed Potatoes

The best way to cook ’em. Seriously.

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5-Ingredient Red-Wine Cranberry Sauce

We laugh in the face of canned.

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Make-Ahead Vegetarian Gravy

Herbavores, rejoice.

Ellen Silverman/Everyday Dorie

Dorie Greenspan's Maple Syrup and Mustard Brussels Sprouts

So delicious, they could be an entrée.

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Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower

Creamy and cheesy, without the extra carbs. 

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Yotam Ottolenghi's Roasted Butternut Squash with Lentils and Gorgonzola

This combo is downright irresistible. 

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Green Bean Casserole Galette

A tasty new take on a Thanksgiving classic. Get the recipe

Aubrie Pick/Cravings: Hungry for More

Chrissy Teigen's Garlicky Cauliflower ‘Rice'

All hail Queen Chrissy.

David Loftus/Now & Again

Julia Turshen's Skillet Cornbread with Cheddar and Scallions

Eat it straight from the skillet.

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Spiralized Winter Vegetable Gratin

Our new favorite.

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Oven-Roasted Beets and Potatoes

Vegetables never looked or tasted so good.

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The Creamiest Brussels Sprouts in the Universe

Aww, look at these little green guys all dressed up.

Cook Beautiful

Delicata Squash Agrodolce

Think of the Instagram shots.

Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts

We’re giving the cheesy-peppery treatment to one of our favorite veggies. Get the recipe

 

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Weeknight Society

Bulgur with Roasted Butternut Squash, Sage and Goat Cheese

Flavorful, warming and so easy to prep.

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Brussels Sprouts Skillet with Crispy Pancetta-Garlic Bread Crumbs

A side that’s anything but boring.

David Loftus/Now & Again

Julia Turshen’s Sheet-Pan Stuffing with Sausage and Spinach

This. Is. Brilliant.

Cauliflower

Gluten-Free Cheesy Cauliflower Patties

Move over, tots.

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Baked Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds and Thyme

A stuffing even gluten-free folks can eat.

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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

Mashed potatoes are so last year.

Erin McDowell

Whole Roasted Carrots

Add some color to your spread.

ERIN MCDOWELL

Coconut Creamed Spinach

Did we mention it’s vegan?

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Stuffing Muffins

Serve portions that are just the right size. Get the recipe 

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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Ready exactly when you need them.

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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 veggie side dish will totally steal the show.

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Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash

Give dinner a pop of color (and flavor).

Erin McDowell

20-Minute Mashed Potatoes

A quick take on a classic side.

Erin McDowell

Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

An excellent reason to eat your vegetables.

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Pumpkin Polenta

So creamy, so seasonal.

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Roasted Cabbage Steaks

It’s not just for coleslaw.

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Brussels Sprout Latkes

Sayonara, potatoes.

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Charred Sweet Potatoes with Pistachio-Chili Pesto

Savory, sweet and delicious.

Quentin Bacon/Cook Like a Pro

Ina Garten's Baked Spinach and Zucchini

Permission to smother with cheese: granted.

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Hasselback Potatoes

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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Classic Stuffed Peppers

Seconds, please.

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Crispy Potato Latkes

Ready the sour cream and applesauce.

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Turnip Fries

Why should potatoes have all the fun?

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Ranch

Healthy? Check. Irresistible? Check. 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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Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes

If fall were a dessert, this would be it.

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Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Cider Frosting

You can’t go wrong with this no-fuss cake.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Just try to only have one. 

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Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies

Aren’t these the cutest?

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Sticky Toffee Honeycomb Cake

Enjoy with just a few drizzles of honey for good measure.

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Pumpkin Spice Pecan Rolls

We’d say the creamy icing is optional...but we’d be lying.

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

 

ERIN MCDOWELL
ERIN MCDOWELL

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

 

Erin McDowell

Cinnamon-Roll Pie Crust

Kick your usual holiday pies up a notch.

Erin McDowell

Caramel Almond Cake

No frosting required.

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Blueberry Crumble Pie

The crust is everything.

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No-Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Save the oven for the turkey.

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Gluten-Free Apple Rose Tart

Could this dessert be any prettier?

Lomelino's Pies: A Sweet Celebration Of Pies, Galettes, And Tarts

Banoffee Pie with Honeycomb

Better save room for seconds... and thirds. 

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Pecan Pie Scones

Perfect for breakfast or dessert.

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Mini Caramel Pecan Pies with Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

These cuties can be summed up in one word: irresistible.

Jerrelle Guy/Black Girl Baking

Sea Salt Butterscotch Tart

Gluten-free doesn’t need to mean a boring plate of fruit for dessert.

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Maple Baked Pears

Easy, elegant and practically healthy.

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Glazed Blueberry Cake

It's basically a fruit salad, right? 

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Mini Yogurt Cheesecakes

A lighter take on a classic.

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Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate

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

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Brownie Pops

In a word, yum.

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Chocolate-Caramel Pretzel Tart

 We love the balance of sweet and salty.

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Thin Mint Tarts

They’re small. Have six.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

The best part: You just have to assemble it. No mixing or measuring or baking. How simple is that? Get the recipe 

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Rosé Poached Pears with Ginger and Vanilla

Fruit for dessert just got a billion times better.

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Angel Food Cake

Light, airy and satisfyingly simple.

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Miniature Banoffee Cobblers

The cutest take on this traditional pie. 

Erin McDowell

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

So delizioso.

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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

It’s rich and virtuous, without using cream cheese, butter or even flour. Get the recipe