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Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Top-Rated Thanksgiving Recipes to Make Your Turkey Day Dinner Special


This collection of the best Thanksgiving recipes includes Thanksgiving side dishes, desserts and turkey recipes that have received 5-stars by our readers. When you make these recipes, you will win your family over with the Thanksgiving flavors they crave. And these recipes are so easy, you won't exhaust yourself in the process.

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Oven Bag Turkey Recipe

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Your guests will love how moist this oven bag turkey recipe comes out, and you will love the fact that the turkey cooks faster in the oven bag. Just be careful: Only use a bag that is specifically designed for cooking a turkey, and never use a paper bag to cook a turkey in.

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Stephanie Gallagher
Everybody thinks mashed potatoes have to be made at the last minute. But this recipes proves you can enjoy creamy mashed potatoes that are hot when you want them without breaking into a sweat moments before Thanksgiving dinner is served.

Cranberry Jello Salad Recipe

Cranberry Jello Salad
Ocean Spray
I like to include cold dishes on the Thanksgiving dinner table, because it means I don't have to worry about keeping them hot while I get everything else on the table. The good news is this cranberry Jello recipe is a classic, you can make it in advance, and everybody likes it.

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Roasted Green Beans Recipe

Roasted Green Beans
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Why not try a change from the traditional green bean casserole this year? This oven roasted green beans recipe is not only wonderfully fresh-tasting, it's incredibly easy, too. I use my Mario Batali pizza pan (compare prices) to roast the green beans. It's an enameled cast iron pan that does a beautiful job of roasting vegetables.
Even people who don't like green beans tend to like this recipe. And don't skimp on the sea salt. It really adds incredible flavor to this simple dish.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Hazelnuts

Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Stephanie Gallagher
Most people who say they don't like Brussels sprouts have never tried them. Or they've only tried them steamed or boiled. This recipe shreds the Brussels sprouts, so they take on a cabbage-like texture. They are then tossed with crisp bacon, maple syrup, hazelnuts and Parmesan cheese. What's not to like?

Raspberry Cool Whip Jello Recipe

Cool Whip Jello Mold
Stephanie Gallagher
This is one of those dishes that is sweet enough to serve as dessert, but refreshing enough to work as a side dish, too. Whichever way you go, your family will be glad you made this recipe. It's cool, creamy and the perfect accompaniment to turkey.

Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Stephanie Gallagher
Pumpkin pie is a rather simple dessert, yet there are so many ways to vary it and dress it up. For me, keeping the crust crisp and flaky is key. For this recipe, I pre-bake the crust for 15 minutes before filling it, which keeps it from getting soggy. This pumpkin pie also has maple syrup in it, which gives it a rich, caramel-like flavor.

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Apple Pie Recipe

Apple Pie Recipe
Stephanie Gallagher
Sometimes the best recipes are the easiest, like this apple pie recipe recipe. A pre-made refrigerated crust and a simple, six-ingredient filling make this pie quick and easy to prepare. Serve warm, topped with homemade whipped cream.

Pecan Pie Recipe

Pecan Pie Recipe
Stephanie Gallagher
This is another, incredibly simple pie that's perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. Be sure to use pecan halves for this recipe - they make for a better presentation. To cut the sweetness of this pie, I like to top it with vanilla ice cream (I know, I know - why does adding more sugar cut the sweetness? Because it just does! No, seriously, the icy fat from the vanilla ice cream does tame the sweetness of the pie.)

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