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Our Top 10 Classic Thanksgiving Recipes

From Turkey to mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce - our Top 10 Classic Thanksgiving Recipes that you can't NOT make for your Thanksgiving menu! |

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Making a brand new recipe for Thanksgiving (the biggest food day of the year) is risky and intimidating, so instead of sharing something new, I put together a list of our top 10 favorite, tried-and-true, Thanksgiving recipes. These are our top rated recipes – well loved by our family and the Natasha’s Kitchen Family (that’s YOU!).

I hope you have a delicious week and take many moments to reflect on being thankful. I’m thankful for so much – how the Lord brought our family out of Ukraine as refugees in 1989 to enjoy the abundant life we live in America. It’s humbling to me when I start to consider all that the Lord has blessed me with; the people we have influenced and the families we have blessed with this blog of ours. I’m so thankful for your love and support.

May the Lord bless your families with health, peace, joy and prosper you in whatever your heart desires. I usually write all this sappy stuff at the end but since only 10% of folks reach the bottom of a post (not you, but statistically), I wanted to be sure you all got the message loud and clear. I’m thankful for YOU! 🙂

Now on to the list of Thanksgiving recipes you can’t NOT make for your feast…

#1 ULTRA CREAMY Mashed Potatoes:

Our most popular recipe right now!! Everyone loves a good mashed potatoes recipe, but this one is just completely silky, rich and unforgettably good. It’s my friend, Anna’s recipe. She shared it with us last year and it has been our favorite ever since. Love potatoes? Here is every potato recipe we have.

#2: Autumn Chopped Chicken Salad

This was a tough one to pick but this is currently the favorite and also happens to be the salad I’m bringing to this years Thanksgiving dinner along with #5 (see below). It has the best flavors of Autumn and the dressing is oooohh so good (KEEPER ALERT)! See more exciting salads here.

#3: Salmon Crostini

These are always a crowd pleasing favorite. That cream cheese spread is excellent. Salmon canapés are so simple to make and show up to 90% of our major holiday and birthday parties. We buy the smoked salmon in Costco. They come in packs of 2 so I freeze one for the next party ;). See more appetizer ideas here.

These smoked salmon tea sandwiches (crostini) show up at 90% of our parties. Everyone loves them. The cream cheese dill spread is wonderful!

#4: Sweet Potato Casserole

If you have sweet potato lovers at your party, this is a must-make recipe! It is creamy and puffs up slightly like a soufflé. That crunchy pecan crust makes it holiday-worthy. My sister, Tanya, made this for last year’s Thanksgiving dinner and it was a big win. More sweet potato recipes here! 

#5: Classic Cheesecake with Blueberry Topping!!

This one’s a toss up. I always make our classic cheesecake for Thanksgiving including this year’s dinner, but our pumpkin cheesecake and mini cheesecakes are definitely the most popular this time of year. Either one is sure to be a hit!

New-York style cheesecake and a blueberry sauce that doubles as a topping for waffles, or anything else you could possibly drown with blueberry sauce.

#6: Salmon Layer Salad (Shuba)

I don’t think Thanksgiving is the same without Shuba. It’s a weird and wonderful flavor combination that I find completely irresistible and my sister, Sveta makes it every Thanksgiving.

#7: Hot Apple Cider

You’re guests will come hungry and thirsty too! This is such a tasty holiday punch. It’s awesome for all the winter parties. Explore more party drinks HERE (like our most popular Cranberry Pineapple Punch!!).

This honey apple cider is such a wonderful Fall recipe. Apples are inexpensive, crisp and delicious. You can use any variety of apples for this recipe.

#8: Cranberry Sauce

It’s so easy and flavorful. If you’re used to the canned version, you are in for a real treat! Bonus: This one is all-natural and sweetened with honey! Oh and it’s infused with orange and cinnamon – come to Mama!!

Cranberry Sauce

#9: Turkey Gravy

I call this the “Mother” of all gravies. It is made with drippings from your turkey which creates the most flavorful gravy known to me. Folks will remember you for your gravy. If you aren’t making the turkey this year, here are some easy gravy recipes for you.

Hands down, the best turkey gravy. Try this and you'll never toss those turkey drippings again; liquid gold! @natashaskitchen

#10: Juicy Roast Turkey.

If you don’t have a your heart set on a turkey recipe (or maybe you’re a little freaked out about making turkey), watch our video tutorial and get our Juicy Roast Turkey recipe here. Hopefully you are already thawing your turkey (and if not, try a quick-thaw method).

Making a juicy and flavorful Thanksgiving Turkey is easier than you think! A Video for how to make a Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe that your guests will love! |

P.S. Keep that leftover turkey meat. This leftover turkey in a creamy mushroom sauce makes the time you spent plucking the bird so TOTALLY WORTH IT! It’s so easy and completely delicious. I’m betting you’ll make it over and over.

This Leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!

Have a beautiful and delicious Thanksgiving my friends! For more Thanksgiving recipes and inspiration you may LOVE the following posts:

Q: What dish is the highlight of Thanksgiving dinner for you?
I would love to hear from you in a comment below.

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Saro
    November 23, 2018

    Hello Natasha! Thanks to you this Thanksgiving my family and I feasted on the BEST, most DELISH, attractively fluffy and white mashed potatoes!!! I’ve honestly been trying for the past 3-5 years to make decent mashed potatoes to no success. I’ve learned from you that I was using the wrong potatoes, not using enough butter, needed hot not cold milk, and shouldn’t salt the water while they cook. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!! I’m going to subscribe to your family food blog and look forward to trying more of your excellent, clear, simple, recipes that I’m confident will yield more great results! I found the video on this recipe greatly increased my confidence while a house full of guests milled about! God Bless you😊👍 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 23, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. It sounds like you have a new favorite! Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Inna
    November 24, 2017

    Roasted asparagus and green beans on our table to go with the turkey and mashed potatoes! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 25, 2017

      Yum, that’s delicious! 🙂 Reply

  • Ilona C
    November 22, 2017

    thank you for all your awesome recipes!!
    they always turn out amazing
    i have never been disappointed !!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 23, 2017

      My pleasure! I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying the recipes. Thanks for following Ilona! Reply

  • Belle
    November 21, 2017

    I visit your website to look for recipes to make for the holidays every year (or whenever there’s a special occasion) and you always come through with the best recipes that never disappoint. I love that I can always count on you, Natasha! Thank you so much!! I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 22, 2017

      My pleasure Belle! Happy Thanksgiving to your family! Thanks so much for following and sharing your encouraging, thoughtful comments! Reply

  • Cindy
    November 21, 2017

    We love the leftover turkey pieces with the mushrooms. I have made that often when we have a turkey.
    May the Lord continue to bless you and your family and I am so glad he made it possible for you to come to America so you can share your traditional recipes with all of us. Happy Turkey Day!!! Reply

  • Cindy K.
    November 21, 2017

    I read in the comments that you wanted a good dressing recipe. We do not stuff our bird. It extends the cooking time, so over the years I have learned to simulate the dressing inside the bird by adding extra hot liquid.
    I buy two loaves of good buttermilk white bread. (I used to bake my own when I had more time) I cube it and drizzle olive oil over it and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I toast the bread in the oven until it is crisp. I do this several days before. On the day of the feast I saute onions and celery, melt a stick of butter, add about 24 o.z of chicken stock and heat until boiling. Take the liquid off the heat and add the bread, stirring until all of it is moistened. I then ask my husband for about a cup of turkey drippings from the pan. I admit these are estimations. I would start with less liquid and you can always add more. We like the dressing very moist. Season more with salt and pepper if needed. Reply

    • Natasha
      November 21, 2017

      Thank you so much for sharing! That sounds wonderful!! Reply

  • Sharon S Faerber
    November 21, 2017

    The dressing with gravy poured over the top ! Yum !!! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 21, 2017

      OOOh do you have a good dressing recipe you could share? We don’t make dressing traditionally in our family, but I would love to start a new tradition! Reply

      • SR
        November 21, 2017

        My mom made the absolute BEST dressing. She never measured but I can tell you approximately.

        Pan of freshly made cornbread, crumbled
        Loaf of white bread, torn into small pieces
        3 cups cooked white rice
        4 large eggs
        1 bunch of celery, chopped finely including leaves
        1 large onion, chopped
        Small bunch of fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
        Box vegetable, chicken, or turkey stock
        3 cubes of butter
        Salt, pepper

        Melt butter in very large pan. Add chopped onions, celery. Sauté until veggies are soft. Add 1 cup of stock. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

        Place cornbread, bread, and rice in a very large mixing bowl or roasting pan. Pour veggies/butter/stock from pan over bread and rice. Toss to coat. Add eggs and mix well. Stir in parsley. Mixture should be fairly wet. If it’s too dry, add more stock gradually.

        At this point, my mom always put a dab of the mixture into a pan and cooked it so she could taste the seasonings. Add more salt and pepper as needed.

        Cook stuffing separately in a roasting pan or place inside raw turkey.

        Note: my family does not like sage. But sage is commonly used in stuffing and could be added to butter step.

        Variations include adding chopped mushrooms or dried cranberries. But my mom just stuck to the basics and there was NEVER leftover stuffing. 🙁 Reply

        • Natasha
          November 21, 2017

          Woah that sounds awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing your Mom’s recipe! 🙂 Reply

          • SR
            November 21, 2017

            OMGosh! I forgot that my mom did toast the white bread in the oven until it was completely dried out. So sorry! How could I have forgotten? She would do that in the evening on Wed and make extra. Then we would have Melba toast for breakfast on Thanksgiving. Sorry Mom!!

          • Natasha
            November 21, 2017

            Ok thank you so much for clarifying! 🙂

        • Cindy
          November 21, 2017

          This very similar to my families recipe for stuffing. We ad marjoram and a tiny bit of sage to ours. It is to die for. Reply

          • Natasha
            November 21, 2017

            Thank you for sharing that Cindy! 🙂

          • SR
            November 22, 2017

            That sounds good! I have never tried marjoram in my stuffing recipe.

            Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Treasure the moments.

  • November 21, 2017

    Turkey and mashed potatoes for us 🙌 Reply

    • Natasha
      November 21, 2017

      YES!! It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving dinner without them! Reply

  • Thanks so much for this overview, really helpful! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 21, 2017

      You are so welcome!! 🙂 Reply

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