Cheesy Mashed Potatoes – rich and creamy mashed potatoes loaded with cheese! The ultimate side dish for any meal.
Recipes to make your Thanksgiving tasty and memorable!
Does your family make the same recipes over and over every Thanksgiving, or do you try something new? We are a little bit of both.
I like to throw in a new recipe every year, while keeping some of the same classics. My husband, son and I are not huge turkey fans. So we do tend to mix up our Thanksgiving menu each year.
When I was growing up we had the same thing every single year. And then the exact same meal at Christmas. By the time I was in high school and able to help, we started to add in a couple things and try new recipes.
But even to this day, my dad wants his same turkey dinner for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. If they are visiting us, and we have something different, then my mom will make him a smaller version of the meal when they get back home.
Tips for a successful Thanksgiving:
- Try your recipes ahead of time. Even if it just your family of 2 on the big day, you want to know the food is going to be good. So try the recipes ahead of time to make sure you know you like them and how they work.
- Plan ahead. Plan your menu and shop for it a week before the holiday. The stores are crazy during the week of Thanksgiving, so you want to make sure they have what you need in stock. And that you still have time to go back for anything you may have forgotten.
- Invite guests early. If you are having family or friends over, make sure to invite them at least a couple weeks ahead of time. People don't want to wait until the last minute to know what they are going to do, so they will make plans if you don't extend your invitation.
- Variety is key. You want to make sure you have a variety of side dishes. Not just carbs...stuffing, mashed potatoes and rolls. Add in vegetables and salads. Especially when you are feeding a crowd, people want variety.
Here are some of my favorite holiday recipes for your Thanksgiving table.
Pecan Pie Cheesecake – take two amazing desserts and turn them into this rich, decadent, and delicious cheesecake. A brown sugar cheesecake topped with a gooey pecan pie topping.
Sous Vide Turkey Breast – make the most tender, juicy, and delicious turkey ever using sous vide! It is so easy to make, and will be the star of your holiday table!
Ruth Chris Sweet Potato Casserole – creamy sweet potatoes topped with a brown sugar and pecan crust that makes them out of this world delicious. The perfect side dish for your holiday meal!
Air Fryer Turkey Breast – make a juicy and tender turkey in under an hour using your air fryer. Thanksgiving dinner just go easier!
Turkey Salad Recipe – turn that leftover turkey into the most delicious turkey salad. A fun twist on a classic with a few dried cranberries thrown in, to make it the best turkey sandwich you’ll want over and over again.
Cheesy Corn Dip – a delicious hot dip with jalapeno, corn, bacon, and plenty of cheese! Comes together in minutes, and perfect for snacking or entertaining!
Roasted Squash And Goat Cheese Salad – the perfect salad for fall with 2 kinds of roasted squash, apples, cranberries, goat cheese and a Dijon vinaigrette!
Smoked Turkey Breast – tender and juicy turkey breast that has a great smoky flavor. It is super simple to make and will impress every time!
Sausage Stuffing – the BEST Thanksgiving dressing recipe with savory sausage and herb bread cubes. So easy to make and it is the perfect side dish for your holiday table.
Potatoes Au Gratin – thinly sliced potatoes layered with a deliciously thick cream sauce and topped with cheddar cheese. Such a great side dish for any type of meal and so much easier to make than you think! Cheesy potatoes are one of those foods that everyone loves. It doesn’t matter what form they are…
Honey Butter Dinner Rolls – A light and fluffy homemade dinner rolls recipe that goes with just about anything! One of the best parts of dinner is the bread! It can be Cheesy Garlic Bread with pasta or it can be dinner rolls with a fancy holiday dinner. But bread and carbs are pretty much…
Fall Couscous Salad – Israeli couscous, spinach, butternut squash. cranberries and pecans all tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Great fall salad for the holidays, potlucks, or just because. I love squash season. As soon as fall hits, and squash is available in the store, I start to stock up. My family usually likes butternut squash…
Vanilla Caramel Pie – An easy vanilla cream pie with lots of caramel mixed in. Topped with homemade whipped cream and a caramel drizzle. Great for holiday entertaining! There is just something about the holidays and pie. They seem to go hand in hand. Whether it is your classic pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, or something…
Baked Potato Casserole – a cheesy potato casserole that is great for entertaining, potlucks, or even busy weeknights. Comforting, delicious, and a family favorite. Cheesy potatoes are a classic for lots of families around the holidays. There is just something about the gooey, cheesy goodness that wins everyone over. My family goes crazy for it…
Broccoli Salad Recipe – roasted broccoli salad with bacon, apples, cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds and a creamy poppy seed dressing! I am going to be honest with you and say I have never really liked broccoli salad. But all that changed about a few months ago, when I tried Barefeet in the Kitchen’s Irresistible Mandarin…
Blue Cheese Dip Baked Blue Cheese Dip – a creamy cheese dip recipe with bacon and lots of blue cheese. Warm, gooey, and great for parties! Do you remember when I made Rosemary Roasted Olives a few weeks ago? I made those olives as my appetizer pairing to go with Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut wine….
Roasted Green Beans with Sesame and Garlic – green beans ready in less than 10 minutes! Seasoned with sesame, garlic and topped with sesame seeds. I swear side dishes are the hardest thing to come up with. My family can never agree on anything. I would have roasted asparagus almost every night if I could….
Cheesy Artichoke Dip – creamy, cheesy artichoke dip that is easy to make, has tons of flavor, and great for any get together or party. Do you watch sports? Are you a big football fan? The big game is coming up soon, and it is time to start thinking about food. I will be honest…
Mini Pecan Pie Bites – mini desserts are always more fun! Pecan Pie made into bite sized pieces, perfect for just that little something. The holidays are pretty much here! Thanksgiving is next week and then we are in full on cookie baking season. Are you ready? I started my Christmas shopping already, so I…