It’s almost Turkey time my friends! Here’s my little way of saying "thank you…" I’ve pulled together some of my favorite traditional and not-so traditional Thanksgiving recipes to help you have the most delicious holiday meal ever!
Can you believe Thanksgiving is just days away? How will you be celebrating this year?
Whether you’re sharing a feast with family, or heading off to a movie and Chinese food with friends, I hope you’ll take a moment and give thanks.
After all, giving thanks has always been the primary reason for this Turkey Day celebration.
You probably already know this, but originally the holiday celebration was for our nation’s founders to give thanks to God for a bountiful harvest after a year of sickness and scarcity… this was their joyous outpouring of gratitude.
Things have changed some over the years but Thanksgiving is still a time to give thanks!
Personally, one of the things I’m most grateful for is you! Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog, make my recipes, share your feedback, and spread the word about Taste And See like you do! I couldn’t do it without you!!
Now let's talk turkey!! For real. Lol
First things first... The Easiest Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe:
This Closed Oven Turkey recipe has been passed down through my husband’s family for many years. So, it is tried and true my friend!
It turns out super moist, even the breast… the skin is golden and crisp… and there’s plenty of turkey juice for making heaven’s elixir AKA gravy.
It’s actually a pretty simple recipe…Cover and cook Tom for an hour at 500 degrees, then turn the oven off. And just let it sit there for another 5 hours or so. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, really. I was a skeptic too, but I have tried to tamper with this recipe and the results were not good. Stay the course my friend…it will all work out I promise!
All the Thanksgiving side dish recipes:
This Classic Turkey Stuffing is one of those yummy family recipes that my mom would always make! I’ve made a few adjustments over the years and I think it’s better than ever. And apparently others do too... it was the star of the show last year - no leftovers to be found. This year I’ll make two pans!
Of course, this White Wine Turkey Gravy is absolutely one of my most favorite things about the whole meal. What can I say I’m a little crazy about my gravy! A little white wine, a mixture of flour and water, and a little salt and pepper (if it even needs it ) and you’re good to go. Don’t be surprised if your guests slurp it up by the spoonful.
Here are some other delicious time-tested side dishes to round out your Turkey Day menu:
Roasted Fall Vegetables
Kale Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry & Cherry Sauce
Our favorite Thanksgiving veggie recipes:
This dish will forever change the way you think about cauliflower! Thick hearty cauliflower "steaks" roasted with Asiago cheese, garlic, and golden raisins... it’s meaty and cheesy and salty and sweet. Nothing can compare with this Asiago Roasted Cauliflower!
There are countless ways to dress up even the most humble of veggies... here are just a few:
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Garlic Green Beans
Honey Roasted Carrots
Honey Harissa Carrots
Delicious Thanksgiving desserts!
It’s the season for all things pumpkin, and this amazing ganache cake takes inspiration from one of my favorite flavor combos: pumpkin and chocolate!!
An amazing tower of pumpkin goodness with a decadent layer of creamy, rich chocolate ganache... word's can't do it justice!
Be sure to check out these other harvest-season desserts:
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares
Caramel Apple Pie
Salted Butter Apple Galette
Pear Bourbon Skillet Crisp
Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
A few tasty holiday cocktail recipes:
This cider honey martini is Fall in a glass! It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart thanks to yummy ingredients like apple cider, fresh lemon juice, Honey Jack, and a pinch of cinnamon.
For some festive fun happy hour ideas this winter, check out these other celebration libations:
Warm Cranberry Apple Cider
Nutty Holiday Eggnog
And there you have it - some delicious recipes just waiting to be made and devoured!
We’re so thankful for all of you and we wish you and your family a delicious and Happy Thanksgiving!🍂🍁
That martini is perfect! This is an awesome round up if I do say so myself!
Okay, I'm coming to your house!! My mouth is watering over here. I'm so intrigued by the way you cook the turkey. And that ganache cake is seriously calling my name! I always love to see what other families serve on Thanksgiving. Loving all of your delicious recipes!
all these recipes look fantastic! loving the turkey especially! You've definitely made Thanksgiving easy for everyone with these gorgeous recipes!
Thank you, Georgie! This turkey is definitely the star of the show. I just made it again yesterday - perfection!
Can I start with the cider martini? I think the day will sail from there! Excited to add some of these recipes to my holiday menu. Thanks!
I like how you think, Charity! A pre-meal cocktail is a must! Thank you!
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! I love your choices here! Everything looks so good! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂
It's my favorite holiday as well, Tammy! Such a meaningful and special day! I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful!
Evrything here looks so delicious. Lovely pics too. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks so much, Sri! Happy Thanksgiving!
Ok, I want to try the turkey thing but it also scares me lol. That cauliflower is going to happen before thanksgiving too! It looks so good!
Hey Lauren, that cauliflower is probably my favorite side dish of all time - I adore it! I just made the turkey again yesterday - perfection! Maybe my best one yet. I did use a thermometer to see what is was when I pulled it out this time. After all that time of sitting in the oven it was 160. I encourage you to go for it!
Yummy! They all look amazing and absolutely delicious! Happy Thanksgiving to your family!
Thank you, Nicoletta! Happy Turkey Day to you and yours!😁
What a perfect Thanksgiving Day meal from top to bottom! Everything looks amazing, but I am so in love with that gorgeous cake and the white wine gravy. I'm a little gravy crazy too! 🙂
Aww you're so kind, Sherri! Thanks so much! I actually make a second turkey just so I can have more gravy!😆
There are so many lovely recipes here, I especially love that cake and that martini! I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving, by the looks of this I think it will be amazing x
Hi Michelle, Thanks so much for your encouragement! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Oh wow you have a very lucky family! All of your Thanksgiving dishes look absolutely incredible, I just want to reach into my computer and take a bite! Thanks for sharing!
Aww thanks so much, Aleta! I know what you mean - I always get so hungry looking at food photos.
Oh wow - there are so many yummy ideas here! But Oh.My.GOODNESS ... that gorgeous pumpkin chocolate cake?!?! Nothing wrong with traditional pumpkin pie, but that stunning cake is the perfect reason to kick tradition to the curb and try something new this year! Awesome inspiration! 😀 Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Holly!
Thanks so much, Shelly! I just made the cake again this week - it's sooo moist and delicious! Thanks for your kind words! You're absolutely right... there's nothing wrong with mixing it up and trying something new! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!