The BBC Good Food logo
Thanksgiving turkey with glass pot of sauce

Thanksgiving Day feasting


Americans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday in November and to feast on turkey, pumpkin pie, plus other treats we cannot resist...

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with traditional turkey or simply a big slice of New York cheesecake – it's a great excuse to indulge.


Traditional with the trimmings

Sweet potato fries

Serving sweet potato is also a Thanksgiving tradition. Try sweet potato fries as a side to the turkey, or go for a seasonal twist on another American classic with our bacon & pecan stuffing cornbread.

Roast turkey with lemon & garlic
Bay & orange roast turkey
Citrus & thyme turkey
Perfect roast potatoes
Hot or cold meatloaf

Sweet American favourites

Cheesecake with slice taken out

Try baking an irresistibly rich and creamy New York cheesecake. While it's a classic American dessert, it's become a staple on British dessert menus. Cookies are also a popular American treat with good reason. Our recipe for all-American chocolate chunk cookies are chewy, moist and moreish.

Three-cheese cheesecake
American blueberry pancakes
American pancakes
Peanut butter berry crisp
Cherry cheesecake slice

Pie in the sky

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a classic pumpkin pie or pecan pie. Serve either one with a dollop of cream and you're guaranteed to make your diners – whether they're American or not – very happy.

Classic pumpkin pie with pecan & maple cream
Pumpkin pie s'mores
Best ever pumpkin pie with stem ginger cream
Vegan pumpkin pie
Pecan mince pie
5 ways with pecan pie
PBJ Bakewell tart

Bagels, burgers and good old Bourbon

Bagels in a heap

Why not begin Thanksgiving with a New York-themed morning? Bagels for brunch are much easier to make than you may think. Or, for something more indulgent, try our ricotta, fig & sesame bagel. Later in the day, get spirts high with a Bourbon cocktail

Tex-Mex burger
Stickiest ever BBQ ribs with chive dip
Chunky chips with caramelised onion & garlic
Hot pastrami bagels
Breakfast bagel club


More Thanksgiving inspiration...

Thanksgiving Day recipes
American recipes

Comments, questions and tips

Choose the type of message you'd like to post

Choose the type of message you'd like to post

Sponsored content