These Top 20 Thanksgiving Recipes Have 1,000+ Reviews
When it comes to cooking the biggest feast of the year, you can't go wrong with these boast-worthy recipes that have already been battle-tested by your fellow home cooks at their own Thanksgiving feasts. Each of these delectable options has earned 1,000+ reviews (and often a whole lot more) on Allrecipes — making them the best of the best. Take a look at our most popular Thanksgiving recipes.
Allrecipes user Shelly White credits her friend from France for this "perfectly seasoned and juicy" version of the Thanksgiving centerpiece, fragrant with fresh thyme and white wine. "She never measures anything so use your own judgment for vegetable amounts," Shelly writes. "I usually err on the side of more is better!'" No room in your fridge for a bucket to brine the bird? Allrecipes user redamber recommends you pop your turkey and brine into an oven bag, squeeze out the air, tie it shut, then chill it overnight in a well-ieced cooler. Raves fellow cook K-Mom: "The gravy is to die for." She adds lots of fresh sage inside the cavity before cooking, because "thyme is good, but sage smells and tastes like Thanksgiving to me."
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
If you never imagined you'd eat a Brussels sprout willingly, Allrecipes user BAYSIDE used to agree — until she tried this simple recipe. "These yummy, salty, nutty, crunchy, caramelized Brussels sprouts were SO good. No bitterness whatsoever!" Her advice: Halve the sprouts to avoid "mushy middles" and cut away the "sprout" part to avoid bitter flavors.
Sometimes, keeping it simple is simply the best. With just four ingredients, this recipe comes together easily on the stove and can be made ahead for ease and to let the flavors meld.
"This was the best cranberry sauce I have ever had!" writes Allrecipes user LEXI, JACK and COOKIE. "I used to just resort to canned because I never seemed to be able to make a 'good' cranberry sauce."
Homemade Mac and Cheese
"Very creamy and yummy" writes Allrecipes user Julie Olsen. "If you think your sauce is too runny before pouring it over the macaroni, it's not. I was very nervous that my sauce was not thick enough, but once I poured it over the macaroni and baked it, the dish turned out wonderful!"
Sweet Potato Pie I
"People who have eaten sweet potato pie all their lives say this recipe is the best they've ever tasted," writes Allrecipes user SL, who has baked this dessert three Thanksgivings in a row. What puts SL's version of this classic recipe over the top? She swaps evaporated milk for the standard and replaces half the white sugar with brown. Pro tip: Check the reviews rated "Most Helpful" on each recipe for more helpful hints to optimize all the treats atop your table.
Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll
If you're a jelly roll novice, it's your lucky day. The comments below Granny Kat's masterpiece (and the comments below all Allrecipes recipes) are a treasure trove of tips to ensure your efforts won't wind up a #PinterestFail. Key wisdom: use a bigger pan than you think you need and don't attempt to cram in every last bit of filling. You'll find the work is worth it. "I wish there were more stars available because I'd give this recipe ALL of them," writes Allrecipes user Christie. "My husband, who has something to say about EVERYTHING, said 'Well, I just can't find one thing that I'd improve about this.'"
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
We know what you're thinking: would anyone really fix the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner in a slow cooker? The answer is definitely yes. "I was skeptical about cooking turkey in the Crock-Pot but was pleasantly surprised that it came out so moist," writes Lori, who also notes clean-up is easy. Plus, just think of all the extra oven space you've created to bake more pie!
Cream Corn Like No Other
Sure, you can always eat creamed corn from a can. But Allrecipes user LINDA MCLEAN writes that even her husband and youngest daughter couldn't believe the difference after tasting this recipe. "My older daughter can't stand creamed corn but decided to give this a taste. Guess what? Her plate had a huge helping!"
Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing
"This is my favorite recipe on this site," writes Allrecipes user StephanieM. After just a few years of serving this stuffing, "it's demanded of me at every family get-together." She advises you to experiment with different types of bread until you find your favorite combo (she recommends sourdough and potato bread). And if you have them handy, reach for fresh herbs over dried for best results.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes Secret Recipe
Whether you're fixing mashed potatoes for your entire clan or a party of five, Allrecipes user AUSTAD's recipe offers garlicky joy. For a less intense but still enjoyable garlic-ness, heed the wisdom of fellow cook Z and use roasted garlic rather than raw. For extra fluffy mashed potatoes, don't miss these top tips from Allrecipes Editors. And remember: you can adjust the serving size of any recipe on the site. Just click on the servings pie and adjust it up or down to the size of your unique gathering (don't forget leftovers!).
Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole
"My family begs me to make this creamy baked dish every Thanksgiving and Christmas," writes Allrecipes user TinaB. "What makes it so good is the pecan topping! Try it and I'm sure it will become your new tradition!"
Grandma's Green Bean Casserole
The key to rocking this recipe: fresh, steamed green beans, writes Allrecipes user momma_s. "I am not too big on veggies, but I CRAVE this dish!" For that familiar consistency, fellow Allrecipes user KIMAR recommends sauteeing the onion in butter until translucent, reducing the salt and flour by half, and adding half the cheese into the beans mixture.
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
With 10,000+ reviews, this prize-winning recipe from the grandmother of MOSHASMAMA is a gift that keeps on giving and a highlight of holiday meals. The stand-out ingredient? Pleasingly tart Granny Smith apples. Review after review sings the praises of this straightforward pie. "Henceforth I am eschewing all other apple pie recipes," writes wee red. "Truly spectacular."
Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
If you're running out of time to concoct the dressing for this fresh and flavorful salad, substitute your favorite store-bought poppyseed dressing. Many reviewers also changed up the nuts or cheese to suit their personal tastes. "One word of caution," writes Allrecipes user KOALAGIRL. "This fed three hungry adults (two helpings for the men). So don't be fooled by the "serves 12." Your family and guests will go back for seconds, trust me!"
Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
When in doubt, trust Grandma. This recipe from the grandmother of Allrecipes user BETHANYWEATHERSBY turns out reliably moist and tender. It also calls for sugar, as a heads up for those on the savory side of the great Should Sugar Exist in Cornbread? debate. The correct answer: it depends on how your own grandma makes it!
Sweet Dinner Rolls
These are the soft, pillowy Thanksgiving dinner rolls you remember. Don't have a bread machine handy? Follow the lead of Allrecipes users K PRAPER and summer_lover (the two reviews voted Most Helpful on this recipe) for tips to get your dough rising on the stovetop and countertop.
Butternut Squash Soup II
Smooth, creamy, decadent … and yes, we're talking about soup, people! Make this ahead and freeze to have one less task to tackle on turkey day. To save even more time, skip the hassle of hacking apart a raw squash and make like Allrecipes user JINGSHI: "The easiest way to prepare butternut squash is to pierce it with a fork and bake it, whole, at 400 degrees F for one hour. Let cool, then halve lengthwise and remove the seeds. The flesh scoops out easily with a spoon. No cutting or dicing required." Save even more time by buying pre-diced, frozen butternut squash.
Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
Warning: this cheesecake is so good, it may very well walk right away from you. So cautions Allrecipes user bonniejo roberts, who took it to work, went to answer the phone, came back 10 minutes later, "and the whole cheesecake was gone! I couldn't believe it!" The moral of this story: let the call go to voicemail.
Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms
This is the perfect recipe to delegate to one of your guests who really wants to make something simple but impressive. Take them to the next level with these tips from Allrecipes user (and repeat stuffed mushroom-making master) Stephanie G.: add crabmeat to the mixture to boost the savory quotient, use smaller mushrooms to create a better balance between mushroom and filling, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese just before baking, and bake them in mini muffin tin pans to keep the mushrooms from tipping over and rolling around in the oven.
White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies
Allrecipes user Carla Brown recommends doubling this recipe and adding a ½ cup of chopped pecans. Fellow baker LongIslandBorn echoed many other reviewers with her advice to swap vanilla extract for the brandy: "What can I say? I've now found a family tradition that I will make for Thanksgiving and Christmas forever!"