30 “Must-Serve” Foods For Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is coming! Have you got ideas for what to make for this big occasion? Roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, apple pie, roasted harvest vegetable, sweet potato casserole,…well, they are all worth serving at dining table. They make your holiday more complete, a part from traditional activities. Adults love them and kids crave them!

In this article, we’re introducing 30 “must-serve” foods for Thanksgiving Day. If you are finding something traditional and delicious to make that day, these are the way to go. Pick out preferred types and save their recipes, you’re on the half way to turn them into homemade food. The other part is just to make them when you need. Although these are mainly made for Thanksgiving, you may still enjoy them whenever you have an appetite for. These cool days of Fall or freezing days of coming winter, it’s ok. Let’s check them out!

#1 Citrus and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey

The easiest turkey ever made.  This Citrus and Herb Butter Roast Turkey Recipe is moist, tender and juicy.  So simple to make and will definitely steal the show at your Thanksgiving dinner.  

Full recipe here.

#2 Apple Pecan Smoked Turkey Breast

There is not a more juicy and flavorful turkey than The Most Amazing Apple Pecan Smoked Turkey Breast. It is our current favorite for Thanksgiving.

Full recipe here.

#3 Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese

These Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecan and Goat Cheese are a delicious and flavorful side dish for the fall and holiday season.

Full recipe here.

#4 Creamy Garlic Mushrooms

This Creamy Garlic Mushrooms is an incredible and by far one of the easiest mushroom side dishes I have ever made.

Full recipe here.

#5 Easy Crock Pot Fried Apples

These Easy Crock Pot Fried Apples are a perfect, effortless Thanksgiving side dish or an everyday treat! You’ll love how easy they are to whip up!

Full recipe here.

#6 Sausage, Cranberry and Apple Stuffing


2 types of hearty bread, browned sausage, onions and celery meet up with bite sized apples, dried cranberries and spices.  Baked or stuffed, this stuffing is a winner!

Full recipe here.

#7 Turkey Cranberry Sliders

It’s that time of year when you look in the fridge and see a ton of leftovers piled up. Or at least it is in our house. We always seem to have a plethora of ham, turkey, and sides stacked up in the fridge. It may be because I cook WAY TO MUCH during the holidays but I am not going to admit that. LOL! Today’s Cranberry and Leftover Turkey Sliders Recipe is a great way to repurpose some of those leftovers in the fridge.

Full recipe here.

#8 Cranberry Orange Sauce

A simple homemade cranberry orange sauce.

Full recipe here.

#9 Marinated Turkey Breast

I am completely in love with this roasted turkey breast recipe and I have no doubt that you will be too after you try it out.  It’s not your typical turkey breast . It’s roasted in a delicious marinade that adds great depth of flavor. If you are looking for an alternative to roasting a whole turkey for Thanksgiving, this recipe is a great option.

Full recipe here.

#10 Squash Casserole

Y’all, I’m so excited to share this recipe with you guys today!  This is a recipe that I have literally eaten my whole life, as well as one that comes out of my mom’s magic recipe book haha.  Okay, so it’s not actually magic, but it’s another tried and true recipe that everyone loves, and always one that people ask for the recipe. 

Full recipe here.

#11 Sweet Potato Casserole

This Sweet Potato Casserole is loaded with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and topped with toasty marshmallows and cinnamon streusel! It’s the perfect compliment to your Thanksgiving meal!

Full recipe here.

#12 Crock Pot Stuffing

Crock Pot Stuffing takes my favorite classic stuffing recipe and turns it into an easy make ahead side dish. This stuffing is perfect to serve along side turkey dinner!

Full recipe here.

#13 Creamy Green Bean Casserole

To me, Green Bean Casserole must include 3 things… cream of mushroom soup, canned green beans, and fried onions.  You’re welcome to throw whatever else in there, but it’s gotta have those 3 things in my opinion.

Full recipe here.

#14 Herb and Butter Roasted Turkey with White Wine Pan Gravy

30 “Must-Serve” Foods For Thanksgiving Day

Full recipe here.