Candor's Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup (plus, get our bonus BEST pie crust recipes!)
written by Lindsay McNamara and Co.
Thanksgiving and Dinner are just… I don’t have to explain. We all know. It's the thing. Whether this is our first time hosting a family gathering, or you’re just bringing a side, or even keeping things relatively small, you’ll have to track down a recipe. We have got you covered! We asked our Candor Contributors to tell us what recipes they have actually used, what makes them easy staples, and where to find them. So just like that, dinner is planned for you! Now you just have to do the shopping, and the cooking, and the cleaning… and for the love of everything remember to enjoy the heart of the day!
Turkey - Meg Buchanan knows that the bird is the word. “I really like this recipe for turkey because it's educational and easy! A brined turkey sounds fancy, but really it just makes it hard to screw up your bird.” Cider & Citrus Turkey Brine with Herbs
Ham - Kelli Wilson is a fan. “The best turkey alternative (or add-on 😉) It is so easy and I can't tell you how many ppl tell me it is the best ham they have ever had.” Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Stuffing - Kristen Denstaedt recommends, “Here's the best stuffing you'll ever eat (tip: make it with the whole grain sourdough bread from Trader Joe's).” Sourdough Bread Stuffing
Mashed potatoes - Juli Gibbons tells us “These mashed fauxtatoes are DELICIOUS, low carb, and no one can tell they aren't potatoes! Holidays have enough carbs; this recipe helps you to indulge without feeling the carbo-bloat afterward.” Cauliflower-Mashed Poatoes
Gravy - Lindsay McNamara says, “Gravy is its own Main Dish and I learned to make it from my Mom. This recipe is as good as I have seen if you’re new to the gravy business. We run out every year.” Perfect Turkey Gravy
Green bean casserole - Bethany Roach raves, “This is my FAVORITE dish. Don’t skimp on the fried onions. This recipe link is great because from the classic to modern twists it's all so easy to make a choice without tracking down 6 recipes to compare!” Best Green Bean Casserole
Sweet potatoes -This classic side dish has just enough savory sweetness to make it the perfect accompaniment to any Thanksgiving meal. The crunch of the topping is definitely my favorite part, but this entire dish just feels like comfort to me. Southern Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry sauce - Meghan Wedgeworth tells us, “I started making this just a couple of years ago. I eat it on everything I can think of during Thanksgiving. If you have a food processor or a blender, it’s the easiest thing in the world.” Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish
Corn - Dani Burkhead submits, “Technically a grain but used as a veggie side in our meal:1)Every single person in my family eats it, even the picky kids. 2)It rides the line between savory and sweet, which is soooo yum!” Corn Casserole
Side Veggie - Lindsay McNamara considers this the ultimate dish. “This has all the flavors of fall and looks divine with the vibrant butternut squash and elegant brussels. I use extra bacon because- bacon.” Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash
Side Veggie - Tay L recommends, “The pumpkin is subtle, the spices are PERFECT, and it's so nice to have pumpkin as something savory! Gnocchi is surprisingly easy to make. Not going to lie, until you figure out the correct consistency to make a log to be able to cut them, its a sticky mess. But after the first batch, it truly only takes like 20 minutes to whip it together! You can make a big batch and freeze it, then they only take a few minutes in boiling water.” Pumpkin Gnocchi
Vegan-Friendly Dish - E. Tempesta says, “I make this recipe for every possible cold weather celebration. It's decadent and fancy and everyone likes it, and it also happens to be vegan. If I'm feeling extra I make homemade seitan for it. If you're gluten-free, you could sub in tofu or something for the seitan (or just leave it out and do extra mushrooms), and another thickener (like corn starch) in the roux.” Seitan Bourgougnon
Applesauce - Stephanie Carlson is a lovely cook. “I squish mine with a potato masher, then put it in the blender. I make sure all the skins are removed and no seeds before I cooked them so I don't have to strain them. I also don't add anything. Just apples and water. Apples are sweet enough there is just no need for the extra sugar. You can do a small batch if you aren't’ going to can.” Homemade Applesauce
Rolls - Antonia Johnson-Caldwell says of these, “They're soft and buttery and yeasty and delicious! This is the one thing my girls ask me to make every single year and they love to help!!!” Delicious Dinner Rolls
Apple pie - Lori McNamara shares a classic, “This recipe is the same as my Mama’s. My Mom used it and her mom before her so it is not just pie, it is family. Also, my husband and my kids love it and I love making it for them.” Dutch Apple Pie
Pumpkin pie -Kim Pitts is a fan of the classic. “My pumpkin pie recipe is the one on the back of the Libby's can which might not be what you are looking for, but hear 👏me 👏 out: My hubs loves it because it tastes just like his Mom's so....two sentences. You won't drop your basket making it. And it tastes like home.” Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie
Other Dessert - Kelli Wilson says, “Kids can help roll it up. Looks fancy but really crazy easy and soooo good!” Libby’s Pumpkin Roll
Thanksgiving recipes and spreads are as unique as the families that prepare them. I know that you’re putting the final touches on your menu, and that you’re looking for trustworthy, tried and true recipes from people you trust. For that reason, I’m so thankful you’ve skimmed through this list. I hope you enjoy some of these new twists on old classics to help liven up your Thanksgiving meal!
Bonus: get an amazing list of pie crust recipes from Candor’s resident dessert queen, Kelli Wilson by clicking the button below!