Here are all the best Thanksgiving recipes to add to your table! These fresh and healthy spins on the classics are absolutely full of flavor.

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Thanksgiving is the top food holiday of the year, and we take it very seriously around here. Looking for Thanksgiving recipes? We’ve put together a list of the best of the best recipes to make your table shine. The approach? Our recipes are full of colorful vegetables, seasonal flavors and cozy vibes. You’ll find recipes for all types of diets: vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving recipes, gluten free spins, and overall healthier spins on classics. You’ll find gourmet green bean casserole made from scratch, and pumpkin pie made with not one ounce of butter.

But the overwhelming theme here? Each recipe is absolutely, undeniably delicious. Pick from this list of Thanksgiving side dish recipes, main dish ideas, desserts and holiday drinks: your family will thank you later! Let’s get started.

And now…our top Thanksgiving recipes (everything but the turkey)!

More Thanksgiving inspiration

We’ve got lots more lists of great ideas for Thanksgiving entertaining! If you didn’t see something that fits your fancy, pick from one of the following:

  • Vegetarian Thanksgiving Main Dishes Want to skip the turkey? Pick from these tasty vegetarian Thanksgiving main dishes, from risotto to pot pie.
  • Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes For a holiday that’s all about food, there can be a whole lots of lifeless mashed potatoes and brown mushy stuffing. But guess what? Thanksgiving side dishes can be vibrant, good-for-you, and drop dead delicious.
  • Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes Some of the best, tastiest holiday recipes can be plant based and vegan! Holidays like Thanksgiving can be hard to manage for families with a variety of eaters. Here’s a list that shows plant-based recipes can be showy and celebratory, too!
  • Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes The Instant Pot is a genius extension of your kitchen for holiday cooking. While your oven and stovetop are occupied cooking other things, the Instant Pot can be making up a monstrous batch of mashed potatoes or one of these other tasty sides!
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Mashed sweet potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes (& More Thanksgiving Recipes!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


These mashed sweet potatoes are at the top of our Thanksgiving recipes! Go savory with garlic and fresh chives. For the remaining Thanksgiving recipes, scroll up!


  • pounds sweet potatoes
  • pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • ½ cup milk (or dairy free milk for vegan)
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Peel and dice the potatoes.
  2. Place the Yukon gold potatoes in a large pot and cover with 3 to 4 inches of water; add a generous amount of kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then add the sweet potatoes after 5 minutes. Boil 10 to 15 minutes more until both types of potatoes are tender. Drain and reserve ½ cup of the water. Return the potatoes to the pot. 
  3. In the pot, pour back the ½ cup water to potatoes. Add the grated garlic (you can grate it right in), milk, kosher salt, chopped chives, and fresh ground black pepper. Mash until the desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Thanksgiving recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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