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Best Thanksgiving recipes and menu ideas

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Discover our best American-inspired Thanksgiving recipes for feeding a crowd, including must-haves like roast turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the US, and shines a spotlight on the best of autumn's harvest with an indulgent feast.

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Our guide has everything you'll want to include in your own Thanksgiving spread, from starters and showstopping mains, to rich puddings. Fill your plate with our top picks.

For more American-inspired recipes, see our ultimate Thanksgiving collection.

Starters

Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Our warming spicy pumpkin soup is the perfect way to kick off a Thanksgiving feast. Combine roasted pumpkin or squash with cream, stock and sautéed onions, then serve topped with homemade croutons and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Or, try our roasted sweet potato & carrot soup for another seasonal flavour. To make things even easier, prepare your soup ahead of time in a soup maker, then freeze and defrost on the day for a fuss-free meal. Read our soup maker review for the best buys.

For more warming starters, see our autumn soup collection.

Cornbread

Pumpkin cornbread with whipped jalapeño butter


Hearty, American-style cornbread is a great partner to soup, or makes a delicious starter on its own. This pumpkin cornbread with whipped jalapeño butter combines all the best flavours of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Make your own using polenta or cornmeal, and for extra heat, try our quick chilli cornbread. Classic cornbread wedges are also a versatile side to serve with your dinner.

See more in our cornbread collection.

Salad

Rainbow salad in white bowl


Tom Kerridge's autumn vegetable salad with saffron dressing makes an elegant starter. This healthy salad is loaded with rainbow carrots, courgettes, broccoli, plum tomatoes and cucumber. And, as it's both vegan and gluten-free, it's a crowd-pleasing dish that almost anyone can enjoy. Or, try our simple garden salad recipe.

For more fresh dishes, see our salad collection.

Mains

Turkey

Roast turkey on white dish with greens, lemons and garlic bulbs


Truly the star of the show, the turkey can make or break a Thanksgiving dinner. But, our perfect pancetta & roast shallot-stuffed turkey is a winner – the pancetta under the skin keeps the meat beautifully moist.

You could also try our classic roast turkey with lemon & garlic, which uses up storecupboard ingredients and creates an extra-crisp skin on the turkey. If you're serving a smaller crowd, this roast turkey breast is ready in less than two hours and serves four to six.

For more, see our turkey collection.

Vegan alternative

Pumpkin stuffed with rice on cake stand


Accommodate veggie and vegan guests with our showstopping centrepieces. This impressive stuffed pumpkin is full of autumnal flavours, such as fennel, apple and pecans.

Our sweet potato parcel is enhanced with sage, chestnuts and seasonal cranberry sauce. Or, try this beetroot & red onion tarte tatin for a colourful main topped with peppery salad.

See our autumn vegan recipes for more ideas.

Sides

Potatoes

Mashed potatoes in white pot


Smooth, fluffy mash is a classic Thanksgiving side. Our creamy mashed potatoes taste indulgently rich, but use clever substitutions to reduce the fat and calories. Mash your potatoes with an electric whisk for a light, airy texture. This roast sweet potato, squash & garlic mash is also a great option. Serve your potatoes with turkey & chestnut gravy or our vegetarian gravy.

Scalloped Potatoes

Take your Thanksgiving feast to the next level with a batch of cheesy, creamy scalloped potatoes. Layers of tender potatoes are covered in a silky cream sauce and topped with golden brown melted parmesan.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is a staple at any American Thanksgiving celebration. Creamy mashed sweet potatoes are topped with crunchy pecan topping and lightly sweetened with brown sugar.

See our mash collection for more recipes.

Green bean casserole

Green Bean Casserole


Green bean casserole is a quintessential American treat at Thanksgiving. Celebrate pure comfort food with this green bean casserole with chestnut mushrooms and creamy white sauce. If you'd prefer a lighter version, try our healthy green beans with shallots, garlic & toasted almonds.

To add some more green to your plate, see our green bean recipes.

Stuffing

Thanksgiving Stuffing


Our classic Thanksgiving stuffing combines traditional holiday flavours with fresh herbs. The top is crispy while the middle remains tender, making it perfect for accompanying your full roast dinner. To take the recipe to the next level, try using sourdough bread for tangy flavour.

Cornbread Stuffing

Cornbread is another tasty traditional stuffing option. Our cornbread stuffing recipe is loaded with crispy bacon, fresh herbs and hearty vegetables. To keep things meat-free, try our vegan stuffing recipe made with nuts, lentils and breadcrumbs.

See our stuffing collection for more recipe inspiration.

Popovers

Popovers

Make these moreish popovers to serve with your Thanksgiving dinner or Sunday roast. Very similar to Yorkshire puddings, popovers are an American favourite and easy to make.

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce with white ladel


Love it or hate it, cranberry sauce is a must-have on any American Thanksgiving menu. Our sloe gin cranberry sauce gives a modern spin to a time-honoured classic. Our easiest ever version, really simple cranberry sauce, uses just three ingredients and takes just 15 minutes to make. Try spicing it up with chilli, ginger or a splash of port.

For more ideas, see our cranberry sauce collection.

Dessert

Pie

Whole pumpkin pie with three slices on plates


No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without a big slice of pie to finish. Our top-rated vegan pumpkin pie is a luxurious treat sure to please a crowd. Classic pumpkin pie is full of warming autumn spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon.

Vegan Pecan Pie

New England pecan pie is full of sweet maple flavour and sticky golden syrup. Or, try our clever vegan pecan pie made with silken tofu for a perfect texture.

Sweet Potato Pie

Shine a spotlight on seasonal ingredients with this sweet potato pie. The creamy potatoes work beautifully for the filling, which is encased in a crumbly shortcrust pastry.

Or, keep it simple with our ultimate apple pie. Whichever you choose, serve your pie with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.

For more indulgent desserts, see our sweet pie collection.

Enjoyed our Thanksgiving menu? See our other autumn recipes:

Autumn recipes
Comfort food recipes
Autumn vegetarian recipes
Bonfire Night recipes
Healthy autumn recipes

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