The Best Viral TikTok Recipes to Make This Thanksgiving

From quality time with loved ones to an epic fall football game, there are endless reasons to love Thanksgiving. But face it: You’ve been making the same turkey, stuffing and roasted Brussels sprouts for the last decade, so your menu is overdue for an update. Get with the times by whipping up five viral recipes from every foodie’s favorite app, TikTok. Your guests will be totally surprised, and you’ll get to keep the grunt work to a minimum, since all the dishes are fairly easy to pull off.

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1. Pumpkin-shaped Bread

Every jaw at your table will land promptly on the floor when this stunning autumn-inspired loaf hits the table. Our favorite thing about this trend is that you can use pretty much any recipe for a round loaf that you’d like (we’re fans of sourdough). A masterpiece created by @cottageloaves, the pumpkin-shaped bread comes together with the help of a few strings and a lame (aka a fancy little razor blade used to score bread dough). The strings are tied around the loaf to create the segments of the pumpkin, while the lame is used to etch tiny leaf-like designs on each segment. Once the bread is baked and the strings are removed, a cinnamon stick is stuck through the top of the loaf to simulate a pumpkin stem. Add a few faux leaves to the top—et voilà. Serve it as an appetizer on a pretty cutting board with butter, jam, cheese and cured meats.

2. Air-fried Green Beans

If you’re somehow still putting off buying an air fryer, consider this a sign from the universe to add one to your cart, like, right this minute. Your first project to tackle? Air-fried green beans, a nutritious, shatteringly crisp alternative to traditional green bean casserole. We love @lowcarbstateofmind’s take on the dish, since she boils the green beans in beef broth instead of water for maximum flavor. Once they’re tender, she mixes them with Cajun seasoning and about two tablespoons of butter in a pot. Once the butter is melted and the green beans are evenly coated, she pops them in the air fryer until they turn crunchy and brown, sort of like French fries. Be sure to toss them every five minutes or so while they crisp in the air fryer. (Oh, and serve them with a killer aioli dip.)

3. Carrot Bacon

This vegan recipe was allllll over TikTok’s For You page last year. And whether you treat it as an unconventional veggie side or a plant-based meat alternative, your guests will be happy to gobble it down. As is the case for most vegan TikTok recipes, no one does it like @iamtabithabrown. First, she peels whole carrots into long, thin ribbons. Then, she combines liquid smoke, maple syrup, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder and black pepper in a bowl to create a marinade. After tossing the ribbons in the marinade and coating them evenly, she pops them in the air fryer (though you could easily use your oven instead) at 380°F for five minutes. Serve it as a side for the main course, crumble it like bacon bits to sprinkle over mashed potatoes or bake it into your favorite biscuits or stuffing.

4. Baked Feta Pasta

When this recipe first hit our TikTok feed, pasta (and cheese) lovers went absolutely bonkers for it. (Seriously: Rumor had it that this food trend led to a feta shortage in Finland.) Luckily, all the ingredients should be easy to find now that TikTokkers have moved on to other recipes—but that’s not to say that baked feta pasta is any less delicious than it was in its heyday. There are a ton of variations out there, but we’re partial to @everything_delish’s rendition. The first step is tossing cherry tomatoes in olive oil in a baking dish, then adding a few cloves of crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Next, nestle a block of feta cheese in the center of the dish so it’s surrounded by the tomatoes. Top the cheese with olive oil, dried oregano and lemon zest, as well as any other fresh herbs and dry spices you’d like to add. While it bakes in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes at 400°F, boil and drain a pot of pasta. Once the feta is done baking, break it up and stir the ingredients together to create a sauce, then add the cooked pasta to the baking dish and stir until it’s evenly coated. Finish it off with fresh basil and it’s ready to serve—then send the family home with leftovers in a durable Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bag that you can trust to not burst on the way home.

5. Foolproof Roast Chicken

Repeat after us: There’s absolutely no need to roast a turkey for a handful of guests. Instead, try @maddisonkitchen’s whole roast chicken on for size. Start by mincing a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and adding them to a stick of soft butter in a bowl, along with freshly cracked black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Mash the butter into the spices to create a paste. Then, chop celery, carrots, white onions, garlic and a few lemons. Prepare the chicken by stuffing the seasoned butter between the meat and the skin and adding onions and lemons to the cavity. Tie the legs together with twine to ensure the produce doesn’t fall out of the chicken as it cooks. Coat the outside of the chicken with more paprika and black pepper, then massage it with a drizzle of olive oil. Grease the bottom of a roasting pan with olive oil, add the chopped celery, carrots, white onions, garlic and lemon, then top it all with more salt, pepper and fresh rosemary. Fill the pan about an inch high with chicken broth, then add the roasting rack to the pan and top it with the chicken. Let the chicken roast at 425°F for about 40 minutes, removing it every so often to baste the top with more chicken broth.

taryn pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...