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Thanksgiving Recipes – Mix and Match Menu!

If you’re looking for easy Thanksgiving recipes to enjoy with your family, this is your complete menu to pick from! From roast turkey or chicken, delicious gravy (with or without drippings), mashed potatoes, rolls, vegetable side dishes, easy desserts, it’s ALL here!

Have a question about any of these recipes? Ask away! I’m here to help!


A collage of Thanksgiving Recipes including turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and corn casserole.


Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

Here it is my friends, scroll through and take your pick! Thanksgiving can be whatever you want it to be with my mix and match menu. There are tons of options to pick from and many of them include make-ahead instructions, cooking method variations, and PRO tips for picture perfect results!

BONUS: I will be stationed at my computer on Thanksgiving Eve and on Thanksgiving Day! If you have a question about any of my recipes while you’re cooking, leave your question on the corresponding blog post and you will receive an email notification with my answer to your question. I got your back!

Roast Turkey, Chicken, or Glazed Ham

My Roast Turkey recipe will ensure that you have extra crispy results on the top and bottom with extra juicy meat that ensures that both the breast and thighs are cooked to ideal temperature. Make an easy pan gravy with the drippings at the end and dinner is done! I also have the BEST glazed ham recipe that you can try!

Planning on a smaller gathering this year? My roast chicken recipe is SUPER easy and comes out perfect every time. (and includes an easy chicken gravy recipe at the end!)

Potato Side Dishes

When it comes to making creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes, simple but important techniques make all the difference.

But it doesn’t stop there, Sweet Potato Casserole and Twice Baked Potato Casserole are easy make-ahead side dishes that are all the rage during the holidays. And my Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole makes a delicious side dish for breakfast or dinner!

Want more? Check out all of my potato recipes!

Vegetable Side Dishes

The most popular of these choices by far is Paula Deen’s Corn Casserole recipe, which is SO easy to put together and can be assembled 2 days ahead of time! Her classic Green Bean Casserole can’t be beat, and my Roasted Carrots recipe couldn’t be easier. (Check out all of my roasted vegetable options here!)

Other options include:

Roasted Brussels Spouts, Spinach Pie, Cheesy Baked Broccoli, White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms, Roasted Broccoli, and Creamed Spinach.

Macaroni and Cheese

There’s no shortage of Mac & Cheese options here! Paula Deen’s Macaroni and Cheese is a classic addition to the Thanksgiving table, Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is super creamy and convenient! Also check out my Bacon Mac and Cheese, or Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese, One Pot Broccoli Mac and Cheese, and my  Panera Mac and Cheese recipes!


My Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls and Honey Butter are super popular on Thanksgiving! The rolls can be baked to near completion the day before and popped in the oven and brushed with butter before dinner is served!

And my Buttermilk Biscuits are a no-fail recipe (with no yeast!). These biscuits have flaky, buttery layers that your family will love. And perhaps the easiest of all: my Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

Which one will make it to your table!?


There is no shortage of gravy recipes here! Make my easy turkey gravy recipe with any pan drippings you end up with, or make my brown gravy, chicken gravy, sausage gravy, or mushroom gravy with no drippings at all!


For a smaller and simpler Thanksgiving dinner, try my Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing! (Also Instant Pot friendly!) This recipe is SO easy and will leave you with plenty of time to spend with your family.

For an easy make-ahead stuffing that you can make up to 3 days ahead of time and cook in the Crock Pot or on the Stove Top, you have to try my Stuffing Casserole recipe (with green beans)! This one is so good.

Are you hungry now too?

Easy Desserts

Save room for dessert! My Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie and Oreo Truffle recipes are both easy to make ahead of time with NO baking required!

And who doesn’t love a simple sweet cookie after a Thanksgiving meal? My 4-ingredient Shortbread Cookies never fail. BONUS: The cookie dough is easy to make days or even weeks ahead of time until you’re ready to bake!

Finally, my Blackberry Cobbler and Cinnamon Roll recipes can’t be beat!

Want more?! Check out my gallery featuring ALL of my Thanksgiving Recipes!

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20 comments on “Thanksgiving Recipes – Mix and Match Menu!”

  1. Wow thank you for all the yummy food recipes! Last year we scaled back not this year!! I may try all of these over a couple days worth of meals. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family 

  2. I LOVE this compilation of Thanksgiving recipes!!!! It’s like a one-stop shop right here on your website!!!! I thought it would take me hours to find all the recipes I wanted, but this is easy! With me being a novice chef, I love all the tips you provide throughout these recipes! From the gravy to the bread…I’ve planned out my meal. Love that Stuffing Casserole recipe!!! This is going to be fun!!! Thank you!!!!

    • Thanks for such great comments Theresa! I love planning my Thanksgiving Day menu. I look forward to it all year. I’m so happy you’re enjoying it too! Thanks again!😍

  3. I really appreciate your helpful tips for brining and cooking roasted turkey as well as for the gravy.  They both turned out great!  Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Do you recommend any type of apples to put in it?  Would you cut them or leave them whole?

  5. Love the ideas that I see

  6. Any tips to keep pumpkin pie from cracking?

  7. Have you ever tried stuffing in an instant pot?

  8. Thank you so much for these recipes and options .You make it all so much easier to do especially for us first timers. Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

  9. I can’t wait to try out your delicious so excited. You also have great easy recipes thanks to you i can cook with your help of course. Thank you and hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

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