Thanksgiving is like our Super Bowl. We spend all of November brainstorming recipe ideas, making a cooking game plan, and creating menus that’ll satisfy our guests who may be picky eaters, have dietary restrictions, or are looking for something other than the typical turkey dinner.
If you haven’t decided how you’re going to cook your turkey or what your sides will be, look no further! For inspiration, here’s everything Team Delish is making for Thanksgiving this year. We’ve rounded up all of our favorite festive Delish recipes that have earned a spot on our Thanksgiving tables. Whether it’s appetizers, the main event, or dessert, you can rest assured that all of these recipes are Delish-approved.
The dip on everybody’s lips. Our very own Brooke Caison developed this cranberry whipped feta dip, and it’s already taking over the internet. If you asked the entire Delish team what they’re making this year, odds are they’re making this. The salty, creamy cheese pairs perfectly with the bright and tart cranberry. Add in some toasted crostini and you’ve got the appetizer to end all appetizers.
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The secret to this warm, cheesy one-bite appetizer? Bisquick! Store-bought biscuit mix may seem out of place in a meatball, but our Director of Content Operations Lindsey Ramsey makes these sausage balls every year for a reason. They add just the right amount of carby goodness that you should expect in a Thanksgiving dish—and you can’t go wrong with cheese, right?
The best way to take your Thanksgiving gathering to the next level is by serving a festive cocktail. These ginger-cranberry whiskey sours are shaken with a quick ginger-infused simple syrup that takes minutes to make. The tart cranberry juice is the perfect swap for plain old citrus and adds a splash of holiday fun. Executive Editor Lindsay Funston is especially excited to serve these this year.
These cranberry brie bites are our ride-or-die Thanksgiving snacks. With just a tube of crescent dough, you get the ultimate bite of holiday flavor in a small package. You can swap out the fruit filling, the cheese, or the nuts to customize these bites, but we’re loyal to our classic combo of cranberry sauce, brie, and pecans. This is another dish that you’ll find is most of our kitchens this year.
Lindsey Ramsey SWEARS by this recipe from deep in our archives. If you don’t want to spend the time chopping up lots of fresh herbs and aromatics to season your turkey, just buy a few packets of ranch seasoning. In this recipe, we mix the seasoning in with two sticks of butter, which gets spread all over the bird. It’s moist, it’s flavorful, it’s everything.
For the turkey haters out there, this retro-style ham recipe is a staple at Art Director Carlos Dominguez’s dinner. This spiral cut ham gets the old-school treatment with a sticky-sweet glaze flavored with apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, and dijon mustard. The pineapple rings and maraschino cherries are, in our opinion, a non-negotiable decorative touch.
Lindsay Funston has a tradition of trying a new recipe for dinner rolls at every Thanksgiving, and this recipe by Olivia Mack McCool for Thanksgiving rolls is next on her list. She’s convinced that rolls are the unsung hero of Thanksgiving sides—and we’re inclined to agree. There’s no better vessel for sopping up extra gravy off your plate and it’s the ideal vehicle for building a sandwich with leftovers.
Who said you had to celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey? Visual Assistant Santos Norales has a holiday menu that has the rest of us asking for an invite. Alongside hudutu, pan de coco, and goat meat pepper soup, one of the stars of his holiday dinner is a big pot of jollof rice. This traditional West African rice has tomato and plenty of scotch bonnet peppers for an extra kick.
Saved room for dessert? Try following in the footsteps of our Assistant Food Editor Taylor Ann Spencer. She’s tasking her husband with making Makinze Gore’s recipe for no-bake pumpkin cheesecake. It comes together in a snap; just make sure you set aside some time for it to rest in the fridge. It’s a quintessential fall dessert that doesn’t take up precious oven space, and it’s pretty much foolproof.
Our Senior Food Editor Makinze Gore is baking with her dairy-free guests in mind this year. Our recipe for olive oil cake is soft, tender, and full of citrusy flavor—all without the butter! Whether you serve it on its own or with some fresh fruit on top, this cake is a showstopper.
Assistant Digital Food Producer Taylor Worden is rounding out her Thanksgiving Dinner with a batch of our lemon cranberry cheesecake bars. This is another dish that allows store-bought crescent dough to do all the heavy lifting. Add in some lemon, homemade cranberry filling, and plenty of cream cheese and you have a stress-free end to your holiday meal.
What are you planning on making for Thanksgiving this year? Let us know in the comments!
Gabby Romero is a writer based in New York. As Delish’s Editorial Assistant, she writes stories about the latest food trends and is also the human at the other end of [email protected]
She loves eating spicy food, reading cookbooks, and adding a mountain of Parmesan to any dish she can.
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