14 Tried-and-True Thanksgiving Recipes, From Perfect Turkey to Bourbon-Spiked Pie

wine-brined turkey
White Wine-Brined Turkey / Photo courtesy Rusty MacMillan and food stylist Janine Kalesis

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, or have been tasked with bringing a dish, you’ll want to plan accordingly. Here, 14 of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, from wine-glazed turkey to bourbon-spiked pecan pie.

On the hunt for perfect Thanksgiving wines, too? Look no further. And, if you need inspiration to decorate your Thanksgiving table, we’ve got you covered.

wine-brined turkey
White Wine-Brined Turkey / Photo courtesy Rusty MacMillan and food stylist Janine Kalesis
White Wine-Brined Turkey

T'is the season for the avian beauty of the moment: turkey. This recipe is dressed up in a white wine brine that garnered acclaim in France.

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Turkey with red wine barbecue sauce
Photo by Penny De Los Santos
Turkey with Red Wine Barbecue Sauce

It’s like gravy meets cranberry when you top your turkey with this barbecue sauce. Smoked paprika brings the heat, apricot preserves add sweetness.

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Thanksgiving stuffing
Photo by Beth Kennedy
Cornbread and Fennel Sausage Stuffing

Erin Clarke’s flavorful yet simple dressing recipe saves time and oven space on Thanksgiving, keeping one more hassle off your holiday plate.

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Herbed dinner rolls on a plate.
Photo by Noah Fecks, Styling by Olivia Mack Anderson
Herbed Dinner Rolls

Basic dinner rolls are better with herbs and artisan flour, and we'll show you how to make the rosemary butter to serve them with.

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Scotch bonnet cornbread.
Photo by Stephen Devries / Food & Prop Styling by Erin Merhar
Scotch Bonnet Cornbread

Deceptively simple, this cornbread has the heat of Scotch bonnet peppers with a cooling, subtly sweet mango purée providing balance.

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“Canned” Cranberry Sauce

A whimsical version of the Thanksgiving staple created by Chef Stephanie Izard. Gelatin ensures a firm consistency and cider vinegar adds a tart note.

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Vegetarian ratatouille gratin
Photo by Noah Fecks / Styling By Nadine Beauchamp
Vegetarian Ratatouille Gratin

Fresh squash, zucchini, sweet peppers and other fresh vegetables topped with Parmigiano make up this vegetarian ratatouille gratin.

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Whipped Potatoes
Blue Cheese Whipped Potatoes

Chef Doug Psaltis gives us his tips to avoid lumpy mashed potatoes, in this cheesy upgrade to a classic side dish.

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Skillet pan filled with roasted potato slices
Photo by Meg Baggott / Photo Styling by Ray Garraffa
Melting Potatoes

Melting potatoes is the ultimate roasted potato recipe. Add a flavorful stock while in the oven and the roasting veg turns pillowy soft.

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Sacred Onion Soup
Photo by Morgan Ione Yeager / Food styling by Judy Haubert
Easy-to-Make Shallot Soup

This simple Turkish shallot soup is made with rice, melted butter and thyme for a hearty dish perfect on cold winter nights.

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Photo by David Malosh
Kohlrabi and Apple Salad with Chèvre, Nuts and Seeds 

Often intimidating and misunderstood, kohlrabi takes a starring role in this crispy, savory and sweet salad.

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Brown butter sweet potato pie
Photo by Morgan Ione Yeager / Food Styling by Judy Haubert
Brown Butter Sweet Potato Pie

Made with a classic crust and custard that’s packed with spices, this sweet potato pie offers a twist on a seasonal favorite dessert.

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Old fashioned apple pie recipe
Photo by Meg Baggott / Food styling by Katherine Rosen and Dylan Garret
Whiskey Old Fashioned Apple Pie

The classic American dessert recipe gets a boozy update that combines artisan baking and cocktails.

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Bourbon, almond and pecan pie
Photo by David Malosh / Styling by Adrienne Anderson
Bourbon, Almond and Pecan Pie

Almonds, pecans and bourbon are winter staples. The ingredients for this pie will fill your home with quintessential baking-and-holiday-spice aromas.

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Published on November 11, 2021