Thanksgiving is going to look quite a bit different this year, whether that means you’re having a small get together or celebrating virtually and making a meal for just you and your loved one. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy our favorite and the best Thanksgiving recipes, even if we make a smaller portion or freeze leftovers. I am NEVER mad about having Thanksgiving leftovers!
So, I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes hoping you’ll find something delicious to cook, like Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, Sweet Potato Casserole or my ‘famous’ Cranberry Sauce. You can cut the recipes in half, if needed, but I think it’s important to make yourself a special meal, even if it’s not in the traditional sense.
Here we go!
Read on for my BEST Thanksgiving recipes!
These mashed potatoes are LEGIT and one of the best sweet potato recipes, in my humble opinion. They’re made with just a few simple ingredients – sweet potatoes, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and butter – but they’ll totally knock your socks off. And, they’re easy to whip up and can be made in advance.
THIS SALAD, you guys. I don’t know that there is any better salad out there, and even though we don’t often crave salad for Thanksgiving (I mean, there are so many other dishes to think about), this one is the exception. It has fresh greens, honeycrisp apples, roasted butternut squash, toasted walnuts and juicy pomegranates with an apple cider olive oil dressing. Like I said, it’s the salad to beat all salads.
If you’re going to make one squash recipe this year, I highly recommend this one. Delicata squash is fuss-free because you don’t have to peel it, so that’s one less thing for you to worry about the day-of. Simply cut it, seed it, toss it in some oil and roast it until caramelized and nutty. Then, you’ll top it with buttery, brown sugary cinnamon walnuts for the ultimate side dish.
I realize everyone has their tried-and-true deviled egg recipe, but I am here to say this “grown-up” version takes things to the next level. The creamy yolk filling is infused with whole grain mustard and a dab of horseradish, so each bite is basically a flavor explosion. Go ahead, try it. (Keep reading for more of my BEST Thanksgiving recipes!)
If you’re not interested in peeling potatoes, this one’s for you. Grab a bag (or just a few) Yukon golds, dice them up with the skins on and boil them until fork tender. Whip them with milk, butter, salt and pepper, and if you’re feeling a little wild, add a dab of sour cream or cream cheese and some fresh herbs. Yummo.
The soup is on! This butternut squash and apple soup is silky, smooth and perfectly seasoned. It has a little maple syrup, a little balsamic vinegar, a hint of heat from cayenne and is super creamy from full fat coconut milk. I know I said this before, but this is THE BEST butternut squash soup, so look no further.
I absolutely love a recipe that only requires a few ingredients that is totally dynamite. In this case, it’s fresh cranberries, fresh orange juice and zest and sugar. Once you make a batch of this stuff, you’ll wonder why you ever bought the canned since homemade is so darn easy and way better.
Yes, mac and cheese is a totally appropriate Thanksgiving side dish. Especially this fall rendition that’s made with creamy butternut squash and salty Gruyere cheese. If you haven’t made this mac and cheese yet this year, what are you even doing with your life?! 😉
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I mean, we should probably throw a vegetable or two on the Thanksgiving menu, right? All jokes aside, I am a fanatic for Brussels sprouts and this recipe is actually one of my favorite things on the holiday table. It’s another one that’s made with just a handful of ingredients – fresh Brussels sprouts, maple syrup and Dijon – and is to-die-for!
This is a lightened-up version of my mom’s classic sweet potato casserole, but we actually like it a lot better than the traditional version. It has a ton of flavor from the cinnamon, vanilla, dark brown sugar and butter with a crunchy nutty topping that is just divine. This recipe will surely become a family fave!
More of my BEST Thanksgiving recipes!
Not David. Okay, that was a bad joke. But in all seriousness, if you haven’t hasselbacked a butternut squash, you just haven’t lived. Essentially it’s a culinary technique where you thinly slice a piece of produce almost all of the way to the bottom, then brush it with butter or oil and roast it. The result is that every little edge of the squash slits become caramelized, making each bite absolutely delicious. This version is made with cinnamon butter, so it really is over the top.
If you’re interested in something a bit different or want to compliment your meal with more than one dessert (your girl’s gotta have pumpkin pie!), these cranberry and goat cheese stuffed pears with oat crumble are seriously dynamite. Sweet caramelized pears, creamy, tangy goat cheese, tart cranberries and brown sugary oats on top? Yeah, you can’t go wrong.
And last, but not least, is my recipe for sweet potato pie! It’s similar to pumpkin pie, but made with sweet potatoes (duh!). It has a buttery homemade pie crust and many, many dollops of homemade whipped cream sweetened with real maple syrup. Yum, yum, yum!
Now tell me – what dishes will be on your Thanksgiving table?