Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this week? Have you started to plan your Thanksgiving menu? If you’re not hosting the big feast, do you know what dish you will bring to the Thanksgiving potluck?

If not, I’m here to share with you super simple recipes that are full of flavor. These dishes will have the dinner guests getting in line for seconds … and maybe even thirds.

Let’s start with an appetizer dish and work our day through the menu until we get to the dessert … welcome to my Thanksgiving Virtual Feast!

Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipe: Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas

Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas

The last thing you want to have happen is for the dinner guests to fill up on appetizers before the big feast. You also don’t want the dinner guests to have grumbling, grouchy tummies as they smell the aromas wafting through the home. A great alternative to a heavy appetizer is this recipe for Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas. Instead of spending a lot of time in the kitchen preparing an appetizer dish (who has time for that when the there are so many other dishes to prepare?), serve up these chickpeas. They will be the perfect snack to enjoy while watching the big game.

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Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipe: Arugula, Brie, and Cranberry Crostini

Arugula, Brie, and Cranberry Crostini

To me, Turkey Day is just not Thanksgiving without cranberries. Whether you’re making fresh cranberry sauce or opening up a can, this red, tart, chunky sauce is a must-have for the Thanksgiving table. If you want to give your dinner guests a little taste of what’s to come during the main course, whet their taste buds by preparing and serving this crostini recipe.

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Thanksgiving Salad Recipe: Tomato and Blue Cheese Couscous Salad

Tomato and Blue Cheese Salad with Spicy Oil Dressing



Turkey Day is all about packing on the carbs and calories. Between the turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, there’s very little room for fresh vegetables. This year, be sure to toss together a salad to help dinner guests increase their intake of fresh vegetables during turkey. A vibrant salad, like this Tomato and Blue Cheese Couscous Salad, will add a bit of festive color to your Thanksgiving spread. The salad will also add a bit of health and freshness.

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Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe: Fresh Green Bean Casserole


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Instead of opening up can after can, why not go the fresh route when making a green bean casserole? One bite of this Fresh Green Bean Casserole and you’ll never go back to the traditional route. The crispness of the beans paired with the homemade cream of mushroom soup will be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving spread. Don’t worry, it might look or sound difficult but with just a few simple steps, you’ll have dish that is guaranteed to please.

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Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe: Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Fresh Sage

Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Fresh Sage

Usually, people prefer to add milk, butter, and a little sour cream to their mashed potato pot. This year, why not kick the flavor up a notch (or 10) by adding cheese into the mixture, along with fresh herbs? You can go with cream cheese, shredded cheese, or, better yet, goat cheese. Toss in some fresh herbs and your mashed potatoes this year will be unforgettable. Your guests will be asking you to prepare this dish for years to come.

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Thanksgiving Main Dish Recipe: Rosemary Roast Turkey

Rosemary Roast Turkey

Welcome the man of the hour … the bird. That’s right, Thanksgiving’s main attraction is the turkey so the pressure is on to make the turkey sheer perfection. You want people to be saying “ooh” and “ahh” when the bird comes out of the oven. This recipe for Rosemary Roast Turkey will definitely get the reaction that you’re looking for when bringing the bird to the table.

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Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe: Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

I know that pumpkin and pecan pie slices will be making their way into the mouths of many this Thanksgiving holiday. However, why not change things up a bit and serve pumpkin-flavored doughnuts instead? These little balls of dough are packed with the flavors of the season. The treat, in bite-size form, will be the perfect way to end a day full of spending time with family, watching football, and feasting on one delicious dish after another.

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What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

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