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Our Best Thanksgiving Recipes + Thanksgiving Appetizers That Will Make Your Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is a food lover’s favorite time of year. Sure, sure we get to see the family. That’s great. But coming from a foodie perspective, Thanksgiving is the ULTIMATE holiday. If you are looking for a recipe or two that is sure to please, we present to you Our Very Best Thanksgiving Recipes + Thanksgiving Appetizers.

Everyone brings their favorite holiday dishes and treats. From time-honored family traditional Thanksgiving recipes that bring back memories to new twists on holiday classics, the table will be full.

As we give thanks for our many blessings and celebrate our “harvest”, we hope that you enjoy your Thanksgiving one bite at a time.

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How to Survive Thanksgiving:

  1. Invest in another slow cooker to keep things warm.
  2. Prep, chop and make ahead as many items as possible.
  3. Find your extra tables and chairs and get them cleaned up.
  4. Grab extra drinks and coffee now!
  5. Serve Thanksgiving buffet style instead of crowding the table.
  6. Arrange dishes up on blocks or stands to create different levels for more room.
  7. Wash out a cooler or two for extra storage space for cold foods and beverages.
  8. Pick up a set of plastic giveaway storage containers for leftovers and send home plates.
  9. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Get everyone in the household involved in cleaning, prep and cooking.
  10. Print out your recipes now instead of digging for them later.

Our Very Best Thanksgiving Recipes + Thanksgiving Appetizers

Best Thanksgiving Drinks

Warm + Cozy Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider

You can literally smell this through the screen can’t you? Simple and delicious, this will be perfect for all of your holiday gatherings.

The best of the season, warm + cozy Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider.

Sparkling Red Wine Sangria

Rich, fruity-sweet and sparkling, this indulgent holiday cocktail punch is the drink to celebrate the holidays with.

Best Thanksgiving Appetizers

Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Balls

Nope, these aren’t Aunt Myrtle’s dry, boring sausage balls. Liven up your Turkey Day with bold, savory flavor.

Tomato Caprese Bites

Your favorite combo in bite-sized form. These take a little bit of extra effort, but man, is it worth it? Yes. These pop-able bites are a delicious and healthy Thanksgiving appetizer.

Delicious appetizer recipe for Tomato Basil Caprese Bites, served on a white platter.

Cranberry + Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Tangy goat cheese with sweet cranberries, walnuts, and fresh chives, this is THE appetizer of the holiday season.

The Best Stuffed Mushrooms Ever

Stuffed with pecans, cream cheese, cheddar, bacon and more, these are addictive. Everyone will want the recipe. (Consider it one of our best Thanksgiving recipes.)

With seasonal pecans and savory bacon, these stuffed mushrooms are a must - Stuffed Mushrooms - The Best Thanksgiving Recipes + Thanksgiving Appetizers

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Is it really a holiday if there are no deviled eggs? In the South, you’ll see this classic appetizer recipe on just about every holiday table. Mix it up with this creamy and delish version made with fresh avocado.

Delish! Southern Style Avocado Deviled Eggs have all the classic ingredients plus rich avocado.

Cranberry Chili Meatballs

Sweet + tangy and super easy to make. You won’t believe how amazing these are. This is one of our very favorite Thanksgiving Appetizer recipes.

One of the very best Thanksgiving Appetizers ever - Chili Cranberry Meatballs. Part of our Very Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Veggie + Crescent Roll Appetizer

So easy and super fun to make. Savory ranch cream cheese with fresh chopped veggies. Excellent party appetizer for any occasion, including Thanksgiving.

Sugar + Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Lightly sweet + lightly spiced, these roasted pumpkin seeds are the perfect seasonal snack.

A hint of sugar and spice is the perfect accent for roasted pumpkin seeds. The Best Thanksgiving Recipes + Thanksgiving Appetizers

Easy BLT Cheese Ball

You can never go wrong with this Easy BLT Cheese Ball. A simple Thanksgiving appetizer that everyone will love.

Easy BLT Cheese Ball is a perfect Thanksgiving Appetizer.

Best Thanksgiving Recipes – Sides + Mains

Whole Berry Homemade Cranberry Sauce

So easy to make your own, this spiced cranberry sauce is full of flavor and is a perfect addition to any holiday table.

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The Best Sweet Potato Casserole Ever

No brag. Only the truth. Buttery sweet potatoes topped with a mixture of marshmallows and crunchy topping.

Dig into the best sweet potato casserole this Thanksgiving.

Roasted Asparagus + White Cheddar Sauce

Simple but delicious, this easy side dish is a tasty way to add more vegetables to the Thanksgiving table.

Sausage Cornbread Dressing 

Dig into this savory dressing recipe made with savory sausage and toasted cornbread. Flavored with earthy sage, this is a different twist on the classic Thanksgiving recipe.

Jacked Up Potatoes Au Gratin

Warning, this isn’t your usual potatoes au gratin recipe. Loaded with extra cheese, jalapenos and bacon, this is a spicier twist for your Thanksgiving meal. (You can leave out the jalapenos.)

The Best Thanksgiving Recipes + Thanksgiving Appetizers

Bacon Green Bean Casserole 

This green bean casserole is one of our most popular recipes on the blog. Better than your mom’s!

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

I think it is 100% ok to have two potatoes at every Thanksgiving celebration – at least! One of my personal favorite best Thanksgiving recipes your family will adore.

Easy Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole - The Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Panko Crusted Turkey Breast 

Not a fan of the whole bird? This recipe uses tender turkey cutlets in golden panko for a tasty entree.

Smoked Gouda + Cheddar Potato Ham Casserole

Now THAT is a mouthful, but let me tell ya’, Thanksgiving is THE official holiday of all things potato. This recipe is a combination of gourmet + classic au gratin. 100% yummy.

A perfect cheesy side dish to serve this Easter: Smoked Gouda + Cheddar Potato Ham Casserole.

Triple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

When you want something different than turkey – or in addition to turkey – this is the ultimate stuffed pork tenderloin for your Thanksgiving Feast.

The Best Thanksgiving Recipes - Ever have one of those days when you want to take a perfectly good piece of pork, stuff it with pork, and wrap it in pork? Try our Stuffed Pork Loin recipe.

Rosemary Standing Rib Roast

Showstopper recipe that is decadent but simple. Typically reserved for Christmas or New Year, I think this rib roast deserves a spot at Thanksgiving, too.

This Rosemary Standing Rib Roast is that perfect bite for me. So simple, so easy. Only 4 essential ingredients are needed to create this insanely delicious main course for your family.

Savory Pumpkin Pasta

Not only is this one of the very best Thanksgiving Recipes, it is one of my very best on the blog. I love this creamy and savory pumpkin pasta. Perfect (and impressive) as a side dish no one will expect. (And soooo easy.)

The Best Thanksgiving Recipes + Thanksgiving Appetizers

Cranberry Glazed Ham

If you are a turkey purist, that’s great. Me? I’m all about a glazed, savory ham on T-day. This recipe is stellar!

Cranberry Glazed Ham

Simply Roasted Brussel Sprouts

A classic way to prepare Brussel sprouts that is fantastic and stress-free. For extra Thanksgiving Flair, toss some toasted pecans and crispy bacon in.

Cherry Bacon Pork Tenderloin

Wow the entire table with this bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with homemade cherry glaze.

You won't believe how amazing this easy pork tenderloin recipe is. Featuring hickory smoked bacon and a homemade cherry barbecue sauce.

BONUS: Delicious + Different Thanksgiving Desserts

Cranberry Almond Cookies

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

Orange + Spiced Rum Bread Pudding

Baked Apple Hand Pies with Cornmeal Crust

Our Favorite Carrot Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet Potato Pie + Whiskey Whipped Cream

Peanut Butter Punch Bowl Cake

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