The best Thanksgiving foods to make this holiday season

These dishes are very customizable and easy to make

The best Thanksgiving foods to make this holiday season

With the holiday season fast approaching, many are looking forward to Thanksgiving break, spending time with their loved ones and, of course, eating a lot of food. This holiday is notorious for having some of the best food, so we’ve compiled a list of several Thanksgiving dishes to make this year. 


As the main staple of Thanksgiving dinner tables each year, turkey is the most iconic holiday food there is. There are millions of different recipes online that describe the perfect ways to cook a turkey. This website compiles a list of 22 of the best recipes to make this year. Each one has different variations on the classic recipes, adding ingredients such as various herbs, garlic and different barbeque spices. There is even a recipe to make a bacon-wrapped bird. If you don’t have the time or the energy to make a whole turkey this year, many restaurants offer take-out Thanksgiving meals on the holiday

Mashed Potatoes

Another must-have at the dinner table on Thanksgiving is mashed potatoes. One of the easier dishes to make, mashed potatoes often only require a few ingredients. As always, there are many different variations of recipes found online including this one from Delish. Mashed potatoes are very customizable to make. Popular ingredients to add include cheese, herbs, bacon, and sour cream. The possibilities are endless with this classic dish, you can add in whatever flavors you would like. There are also many ways to make this delicious dish in just minutes if you do not have the time to make them from scratch. For example, the brand Idahoan Mashed Potatoes has many variations of instant potatoes that you can make in as little as five minutes. 


This delicious dish traditionally made of bread pieces, herbs, spices and vegetables is the perfect complement to the other traditional Thanksgiving foods. The best thing about stuffing is that it is so easily customizable — oftentimes people vary the recipe to include their favorite spices, meats, and even fruit. Country Living has 16 different variations on the classic side dish, with ingredients ranging from oysters, to apricots, to sausage. Also, if you’re on the go, companies like Stovetop have instant stuffing products to make the dish in little time as well. 

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is another iconic flavor related to Thanksgiving. As a popular side dish, it’s easy to make with few ingredients needed. This dish too can have many different variations, mixing in different fruit flavors to complement the cranberries. This recipe from Simply Recipes uses cranberries, sugar and water to make a delicious cranberry sauce in just 20 minutes. Many companies, including OceanSpray, also make canned cranberry sauce that you can just pick up in the grocery store. 


Last up on the list is the dessert choice of many households: pie. Whether it be pumpkin, pecan, apple, or any other fall flavors, pie is just the kick of sweetness you need after your big Thanksgiving meal. Pie is customizable with many different recipes to fit your desired flavor profile for the season. Allrecipes compiled a list of 35 of the best fall pie recipes to make for this holiday season, from the classics to new and interesting variations. The site has many out-of-the-box recipes to try including a sweet potato pie, and even a zucchini apple flavored pie. Many grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants begin to sell pies as it gets closer to the holidays if you don’t have the time or desire to make a pie from scratch. 

Thanksgiving has some of the best and most iconic food dishes of all the holidays. From turkey, to cranberry sauce, these dishes are the perfect complement to the quality time spent with loved ones and the reflection of all that you are thankful for this holiday season. 

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