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This post lists the 71 best Thanksgiving food recipes to try ASAP.

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Loosen those belt buckles for the most anticipated feast of the year is nearly upon us…it’s Thanksgiving!

It’s time to celebrate the glorious occasion of Thanksgiving, a time-honored tradition filled with laughter, love, and an abundance of scrumptious Thanksgiving food recipes that will leave you in the ultimate food coma as you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade or the Dallas Cowboys on TV!

I LOVE Thanksgiving food. From the tantalizing appetizers that could make even the pickiest eaters swoon to the main dishes. Not to mention a cornucopia of sides that deserve their spotlight in dazzling Thanksgiving serving dishes—this culinary extravaganza is nothing short of a foodie’s dream come true! I know it’s mine!

I have some cool and unique recipes for you, like Thanksgiving pasta recipes, where tender noodles marry with delectable sauces.

I didn’t forget to consider the best Friendsgiving dishes! Because Friendsgiving is an unmissable opportunity to gather with pals. Nothing is better than sharing a meal with the ones you love.

Time to embrace the comforting Thanksgiving food that fills the air with the aroma of love and coziness.

This post lists the best Thanksgiving Food recipes to try this year.

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Thanksgiving Appetizers

Let’s get after these delicious AF Thanksgiving appetizers that will leave you eagerly reaching for more, despite the impending Thanksgiving food baby!

1. Pimento Cheese Bites

Pimento Cheese Bites
Photo Credit: A Southern Soul

If there’s anything I’ve learned living in North Carolina, is that Pimento Cheese is the cheese of the South! Give your guests the ultimate munchies with these yummy Pimento Cheese Bites by A Southern Soul. yummy Thanksgiving food!

2. Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip
Photo Credit: A Southern Soul

This Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip by A Southern Soul is rich, creamy, and perfect for a Thanksgiving appetizer.

3. Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
Photo Credit: I am Homesteader

One gem will capture hearts and taste buds—the ultimate Thanksgiving bread recipe! You must try this Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread from I Am Homesteader.

4. Mini Mushroom Wellingtons

mini mushroom wellingtons
Photo Credit: Tasting With Tina

These Mini Beef Wellingtons by Tasting With Tina are cute and great finger foods for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Fall Mason Jar Flower Centerpiece

Give your tables at your Thanksgiving gathering organic, rustic, and cute floral fall centerpieces for your guests to marvel at as they smash their delish food!


5. Slow Cooked Caramelized Pork Belly

Slow Cooked Carmelized Pork Belly
Photo Credit: Kitchen Sanctuary

Give your friends and family the juiciest and most tender pork belly with this Sticky Chinese Pork Belly recipe by Kitchen Sanctuary.

6. Turkey Cranberry Sliders

Turkey Cranberry Sliders
Photo Credit: Graceful Little Honeybee

Go with sweet and salty Thanksgiving food with these delicious Turkey Cranberry Sliders by Graceful Little Honeybee. Turkey and cranberry go together to make delish Thanksgiving food.

7. Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

Green Bean Bacon Wraps
Photo Credit: Dinner at the Zoo

These Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles by Dinner At the Zoo are great as a Thanksgiving Appetizer or side dish!

KFC COpycat gravy

8. Deviled Eggs

Thanksgiving Deviled Eggs
Photo Credit: Delicious Table

A lover of classic deviled eggs? Try these delicious Thanksgiving Deviled Eggs the Delicious Table cooked up for us.

9. Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Mushrooms

jalapeno popper stuffed mushrooms
Photo Credit: I Am Homesteader

Go with a healthier Jalapeno Popper option and skip breading and stuff mushrooms with this I Am Homestead Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Mushroom appetizer!

Related Reading: 50 Amazing Thanksgiving Appetizers To Try This Year

10. Bacon-Wrapped Dates

bacon wrapped dates
Photo Credit: Dinner At The Zoo

Get your salty and sweet finger foods fix with this Dinner At The Zoo Bacon Wrapped Dates recipe! Not a traditional Thanksgiving food but totally tasty.

11. Mashed Potatoe Balls

Mashed potatoe balls
Photo Credit: Little Spice Jar

These little Loaded Mashed Potato Balls by Little Spice Jar are super cute, tasty, and the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer to pop in your mouth after a satisfying dip!

12. Blueberry Goat Cheese

Blueberry Goat Cheese Dip
Photo Credit: Easy Appetizers

Sink your teeth into this yummy Blueberry Goat Cheese Dip by Easy Appetizers, and your guests will surely follow girl.

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Maple Bourbon Glaze

13. Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers
Photo Credit: Easy Appetizers

Here’s another delish Goat Cheese Thanksgiving appetizer you will LOVE. Try these Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers by Easy Appetizers; you don’t need to be Gordon Ramsey to make this one!

14. Crispy Fried Zucchini

Chrispy Fried Zucchini
Photo Credit: South Your Mouth

These yummy, Crispy Fried Zucchini Sticks by South Your Mouth, sprinkled with delish parmesan, will be a hit for the kiddos at Thanksgiving.

15. Mac N Cheese Balls

Mac N Cheese Ball Bites
Photo Credit: Easy Appetizers

You need a Thanksgiving cheese ball appetizer, girl. Another simple AF Easy Appetizers recipe that your guests will LOVE! Mac N Cheese balls will be a hit for everyone—a great option for easy Thanksgiving recipes.

16. BBQ Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Lil Smokies
Photo Credit: Easy Appetizers

Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies are THE perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. Easy Appetizers take the win again!

Custom Thaksgiving Serving Dish

Personalized Thanksgiving Serving Plate

Serve your appetizers with style and family love with one of these gorgeous personalized Thanksgiving serving dishes from Etsy!


17. Sweet Potato Dip

Sweet Potato Dip
Photo Credit: Easy Appetizers

You can’t have Thanksgiving dinner without this Sweet Potato Dip from Easy Appetizers! It’s nice to add Thanksgiving appetizers vegan guests will love.

18. Vegan Jalapeno Poppers

Vegan Jalapeno Poppers
Photo Credit: PBF

Give a nod to the vegans at your party with homemade vegan Thanksgiving appetizers like this bomb Vegan Jalapeno Popper dish by PBF!

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Complete the perfect Thanksgiving dinner with these delicious and festive side dishes. From the perfect Thanksgiving peas recipe to Thanksgiving bread recipes, let’s get after this awesome Thanksgiving food list!

1. Creamed Peas

Creamed Peas
Photo Credit: Belly Full

Give your sweet peas some TLC with this yummy Belly Full Creamed Peas recipe. It’s a great peas recipe for Thanksgiving.

2. Candied Yams

Candied Yams
Photo Credit: Whisk It Real Guide

Yams are among the top 5 Thanksgiving foods, so try this Whisk It Real Guide Candied Yam recipe!

3. Turkey Pot Pie Soup

Turkey Pot Pie Soup
Photo Credit: Baked By Rachel

Thanksgiving soups for sides are perfect compliments to a tasty main course! This Baked By Rachel Turkey Pot Pie recipe is the perfect soup Thanksgiving side dish.

Related Reading: 65 Best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes to Devour

4. Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits
Photo Credit: Bon Appetit

Buttery biscuits by Bon Appetit are cheap Friendsgiving meals that everyone will enjoy!

Sweet as Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Sauce 2

5. Maple Bacon Wrapped Carrots

Maple Bacon Wrapped Carrots
Photo Credit: I Am Homesteader

Give your bacon a twist (lol) with these delish Bacon Wrapped Carrots by I Am Homesteader.

6. Baked Mac N Cheese

Baked Mac N Cheese
Photo Credit: Will Cook For Smiles

Be the MVP this Thanksgiving and bring this decedent AF Will Cook For Smiles Baked Mac N Cheese. Mac n Cheese is one of the best Thanksgiving food recipes.

7. Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatos
Photo Credit: The Salty Marshmallow

Buttery Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes by The Salty Marshmallow are THE way to go for Thanksgiving dinner! It’s also a Thanksgiving food baby will love and perf for BLW.

8. Three Bean Salad

3 Bean Salad Recipe
Photo Credit: Savory Nothings

This Three Bean Salad recipe by Savory Nothings is an awesome and easy Thanksgiving appetizer you can make.

Thanksgiving dish setting quotes

Thanksgiving Quote Table Settings

How cute are these table settings? They are perfect for Thanksgiving and give a nice touch to your table presentation. Also perfect for Friendsgiving.


9. Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Roasted Beet and Goat cheese Salad
Photo Credit: From A Chef’s Kitchen

Give your guests some greens this Thanksgiving with this Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad by From A Chefs Kitchen.

10. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Photo Credit: I Am Homestead

These Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes by I AM Homestead is one of the best dishes for Friendsgiving!

11. Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Texas Roadhouse Rolls
Photo Credit: I Am Homestead

Complete your traditional Texas Thanksgiving dinner with these absolutely delish Texas Roadhouse Rolls by I Am Homestead. Buttery AF rolls are the Thanksgiving food you need, girl.

Apple Butter
Apple Butter

12. Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli cheese Casserole
Photo Credit: Nums The Word

Looking for Broccoli Thanksgiving recipes? I got you! Try this Cheesy Broccoli Casserole by Nums The Word.

13. Buttery Parsley Potatoes

Buttery Parsley Potatoes
Photo Credit: Foodie Crush

These boiled Buttery Potatoes by Foodie Crush are the perfect Thanksgiving side dish and super easy to make.

14. Cheddar Grits

Cheddar Grits
Photo Credit: Lana’s Cooking

These Cheddar Grits by Lana’s Cooking are creamy and rich!

15. Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole

Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole
Photo Credit: Celebrating Sweets

Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole like this one by Celebrating Sweets is undoubtedly a Thanksgiving special!

Thanksgiving Utensil Holder

Thanksgiving Utensil Holders

Keep your Thanksgiving utensils clean, cute, and organized with a batch of handmade utensil holders.


16. Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Photo Credit: Avery Cooks

Get after these tasty Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes by Avery Cooks.

17. Brown Sugar Bacon Baked Beans

Brown Sugar Bacon Baked Beans
Photo Credit: The Chunky Chef

These Brown Sugar Bacon Baked Beans by The Chunky Chef are a mouthful!

18. Sausage and Herb Stuffing

Sausage and Herb Stuffing
Photo Credit: Once Upon A Chef

This Sausage and Herb Homemade Stuffing recipe by Once Upon A Chef is one of the best Friendsgiving dishes. Stuffing is a staple Thanksgiving food and a must!

19. Slow Cooker Cheddar Corn

Slow Cooker Cheddar Corn
Photo Credit: Plain Chicken

This Cheddar Corn recipe by Plain Chicken will twist your traditional corn side.

20. Roasted Garlic and Brie Pull Apart Bread

Roasted Garlic Pull Apart Bread
Photo Credit: Life’s Ambrosia

This Roasted Garlic and Brie Pull Apart Bread by Life’s Ambrosia will make the perfect Thanksgiving bread recipe!

21. Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots

Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots
Photo Credit: Cooking and Beer

Use the article’s delish Maple Bourbon Glaze recipe to make these yummy Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots by Cooking and Beer.

22. Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
Photo Credit: Amy + Jacky

Looking for instant pot Thanksgiving sides? Try the Instant Pot Corn on the Cob by Amy + Jacky.

Berry Juniper Fizz
Berry Juniper Fizz 1

23. Pecan Cranberry Brussel Sprouts

Cranberry Pecan Brussel Sprouts
Photo Credit: Rachel Schultz

Try this yummy Cranberry Pecan Brussel Sprout dish by Rachel Schultz.

24. Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole
Photo Credit: The Novice Chef

Get your greens this Thanksgiving with this Green Bean Casserole by The Novice Chef.

25. Roasted Garlic Parmesan Asparagus

Garlic Roasted Parmesean Asparagus
Photo Credit: Bobbie’s Cozy Kitchen

These Roasted Garlic Parmesan Asparagus by Bobbie’s Cozy Kitchen are a must at Thanksgiving.

26. Oven Roasted Butternut Squash

Oven Roasted Butternut Squash
Photo Credit: The Healthy Foodie

Get after this Oven Roasted Butternut Squash recipe by The Healthy Foodie for your Thanksgiving sides! Squash is a staple Thanksgiving food.

27. Mac N Cheese Casserole

Mac N Cheese Casserole Thanksgiving
Photo Credit: Carlsbad Cravings

Looking for easy Thanksgiving casserole recipes? Take your ma n cheese to the next level with this Mac N Cheese Casserole by Carlsbad Cravings.

Thanksgiving Turkey Pop Holder

Handcrafted Wooden Turkey Sucker Holder

How cute is this wooden Turkey sucker holder? It’s a perfect addition to the kiddie table at your Thanksgiving!


28. Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower
Photo Credit: Foodie Crush

Want to cut back on carbs? Try this Mashed Cauliflower recipe by Foodie Crush

29. Tofu Butternut Squash Soup

Tofu butternut Squash Soup
Photo Credit: Real Good Eats

This Tofu Butternut Squash Soup recipe by Real Good Easts is one of the best tofu Thanksgiving recipes.

30. Garlic Parmesan Broccoli Quinoa

BRoccoli Quinua
Photo Credit: Well Plated By Erin

If you’re looking for broccoli recipes for Thanksgiving, I got you! This Garlic Parmesan Broccoli Quinoa recipe by Well Plated By Erin.

Thanksgiving Main Courses

From Thanksgiving pasta dishes to seafood Thanksgiving recipes, there is more to eat than just yummy Turkey. It’s Thanksgiving dinner time!

1. Deep Fried Turkey

Deep Fried Turkey
Photo Credit: Grilling 24×7

You have not experienced the ultimate Thanksgiving turkey experience until you have smashed a deep-fried turkey! I’m telling you, deep-fried turkey is some of the juiciest and most tender turkeys you will ever devour…we do it every year. Get after this Grilling 24×7 Deep Fried Turkey, and you will never go back. In my humble, uninformed internet opinion, Deep Fried Turkey is one of THE best Thanksgiving food to eat!

Deep Frier

42 QT Stainless Steel Stock Pot w/Basket

Once you deep fry your turkey once, I promise you won’t go back. Invest in a deep fryer you can use every year! What’s better, your turkey won’t take up hours of space in an oven! Woot woot!


2. Roasted Leg of Lamb

Roasted Leg of Lamb
Photo Credit: Damn Delicious

You can incorporate the lamb into your Thanksgiving with this Roasted Leg of Lamb by Damn Delicious—an extremely rich Thanksgiving food to try this year.

3. Lemon Grilled Branzino

Lemon Grilled Branzino
Photo Credit: Feasting at Home

A yummy Lemon Grilled Branzino by Feasting At Home is the perfect recipe for Thanksgiving fish recipes. Yes, you can have a fish for Thanksgiving! I’m not forgetting you lovely pescatarians out there!

4. Truffle Herb Butter Cornish Hens

Truffle Herb Butter Cornish Hens
Photo Credit: The College Housewife

Turkey doesn’t need to be the only delicious bird to eat on Thanksgiving! These Truffle Herb Butter Cornish Hens by The College Housewife are an awesome choice when branching out for Thanksgiving dinners!

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Rosmeary and ginger mule mocktail

5. Turkey Lattice Pie

Turkey Lattice Pie
Photo Credit: Taste of Home

Pivot from your traditional turkey with this Turkey Lattice Pie by Taste of Home. Taking the ultimate Thanksgiving food, turkey, and marrying it off to broccoli and pie, yum!

6. Creamy Cauliflower Pumpkin Fettucine Alfredo

Pumpkin fettucini alfredo
Photo Credit: Rhubarbarians

I found a delish one if you’re looking for Thanksgiving pasta recipes! Try this Cauliflower Pumpkin Fettucine Alfredo by Rhubarbarians for a creative and non-traditional Thanksgiving meal at your party.

7. Traditional Oven Roasted Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey
Photo Credit: Downshiftology

Don’t feel like veering off the traditional turkey? Try this Oven Roasted Turkey by Downshiftology and keep it simple. The ultimate Thanksgiving food!

8. Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken

Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken
Photo Credit: Mom On Timeout

Crispy, juicy, and gorgeously golden, this Garlic Herb Oven Roasted Chicken by Mom On Timeout is a great option for those who want to contribute not don’t want to take on a massive turkey! An awesome Thanksgiving food to try.

9. Carmalized Onion Goat Cheese Quiche

Goat cheese Spinach Quiche
Photo Credit: Well Plated by Erin

Go with this creamy and delish Carmalized Onion Goat Cheese Quiche by Well Plated by Erin at your Thanksgiving feast!

Thanksgiivng plates

Authentic Vintage 1950s Autumn Leaves China Set

Made with ceramic in 1950s Japan, this vintage autumn leaves China Set is perfect for a Thanksgiving meal—a unique set of Thanksgiving dinner plates.


10. Beef Tenderloin Roast

beef tenderloin
Photo Credit: Downshiftology

Sink your teeth into this Beef Tenderloin Roast by Downshiftology—one of the best Thanksgiving beef recipes.

11. Juicy Prime Rib

Juicy Prime Rib
Photo Credit: Natasha’s Kitchen

Get after the Juciest Prime Rib you’ll ever smash by Natasha’s Kitchen.

12. Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast
Photo Credit: Tyme and Joy

Juicy and tender, this Mississippi Pork Roast by Tyme & Joy is an awesome Thanksgiving food to smash!

13. Grilled Lobster Roll

Lobster Tails
Photo Credit: Diethood

I know Buttery Grilled Lobster Rolls, like from Diethood, isn’t the traditional Thanksgiving food we’re used to but SO good regardless. It’s an opportunity to have a delectable Thanksgiving seafood dinner.

Garlic Butter
Garlic Butter

14. Buttery Turkey Bundles

Turkey Bundles
Photo Credit: Taste of Home

These Buttery Turkey Bundles by Taste of Home are a great Thanksgiving food option with a unique turkey twist.

15. Butternut Squash Ravioli

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Photo Credit: Julias Album

This Butternut Squash Ravioli by Julia’s Album is an awesome choice for Thanksgiving pasta recipes.

16. Beef Tamales

Beef Tamales
Photo Credit: Sweet Life

Another non-traditional Thanksgiving food but still delish AF. Try these Beef Tamales by Sweet Life!

17. Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Photo Credit: Sweet & Savory Meals

These Stuffed Cabbage Rolls by Sweet & Savory Meals are great for your Vegetarian friends.

18. Five Spice Roasted Duck

5 Spiced Roasted Duck
Photo Credit: Cooking Therapy

This Five Spice Roasted Duck by Cooking Therapy is juicy, tasty, and awesome Thanksgiving food to try this year.

Turkey Baster

Turkey Baster

Don’t be left hanging on turkey day without your baster! Use it to ensure your delicious meals are cooked at the proper temps and safe to smother!


19. Vegan Lentil Loaf

Lentil Loaf
Photo Credit: Nora Cooks

Don’t forget, your vegan buddies love to smash on Thanksgiving too! This Vegan Lentil Loaf by Nora Cooks will do them good!

20. Honey-Baked Ham

Honey Glazed Ham
Photo Credit: The Food Charlatan

Like the one by The Food Charlatan, Honey Baked Ham is my favorite Thanksgiving food.

21. Glazed Tofu Roast

Glazed Tofu Roast
Photo Credit: Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

Give your vegan buddies this Glazed Tofu Roast by Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen to enjoy guilt-free!

22. Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon

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Photo Credit: Avery Cooks

Give your guests a big fish Thanksgiving dinner with this Lemon Butter Garlic Salmon by Avery Cooks!

The Very Best Thanksgiving Food Recipes You Must Try This Year

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Girl, I hope you found this Thanksgiving food list to be helpful because making this list made me hungry AF! I hope I provided enough variety of Thanksgiving food options, like a good ole Thanksgiving fish, tantalizing tofu dishes, a Thanksgiving pasta dish, and a happy elegant turkey! Remember to give thanks for dinner and to your host if attending a party. Go nuts with your Thanksgiving dinner portions and have fun. Happy Thanksgiving yall!

This post listed the 71 best Thanksgiving food recipes to try ASAP.

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