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10 Recipes for the Perfect Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming!

And if you’re like me you’re trying to figure out what you’re going to make.

This is the first time in a long time we’re having dinner at home, as in home-cooked here, and I’m excited about it.

But I’m also trying to come up with some of my favorite recipes, and even a few I’ve not yet tried, so I can have a number to choose from. Here they are for you.

Ten Thanksgiving Recipes You Need On Your Menu!

Potato Corn Chowder

Do you like starting off your holiday meal with a warming serving of a comfort soup? This potato corn chowder is exactly what you need. Laurie has shared that it’s the perfect addition to her Thanksgiving menu. Give it a try. Delicious Potato Corn Chowder

Orange Herb Turkey Brine Mix

Do you even know what brine is? Do you know how to brine a turkey? Yeah, I pretty much have less than a clue. And that’s why I’m sharing this recipe for orange herb turkey brine from Farm Girl Cook’n. I thought it sounded great and that maybe it would help.

Perfectly Roasted Turkey

The Kitchen Wife knows her stuff, and when you check out this perfectly roasted turkey recipe you’re going to absolutely agree with me. This particular recipe is for butter and herb roast turkey, but even if you don’t follow her complete recipe she walks you step-by-step through the turkey prep and cooking process.

Sauteed Garlic Spinach

Looking for a non-traditional side this year? Nancy Fox of Skinny Kitchen has a great garlic spinach recipe that looks delicious and is so simple all you need is a bag of spinach, some garlic and olive oil, salt and pepper and some lemon. Boom. You’re done.

Stovetop Garlic Spinach

Baked Sweet Potatoes

I’m relying on Nancy once again for a super simple side. All you need are some sweet potatoes and some butter. You don’t even HAVE to use the butter if you don’t want to. Make that optional when serving. The simpler the better when entertaining and cooking such a huge meal, don’t you agree?

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole (Inspired by Boston Market)

Prefer your sweet potatoes extra sweet? Kim at The Kim Six Fix has a delicious looking sweet potato casserole recipe that starts off in the slow cooker and wraps up in the oven. If you’re a fan of an ooey and gooey sweet potato side? This is the one for you.

Perfectly Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

If your family is like mine, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without BOTH, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. So I’m sharing a recipe for perfect mashed potatoes from Michelle of Honest and Truly. This is quite possibly the simplest mashed potato recipe I’ve ever seen, even easier than the one my husband uses!

Roasted Squash and Zucchini Casserole

For some of us it’s still nice enough to use the grill, and if that’s you this holiday season, or if you’re the kind of people who grill all year round? This roasted squash and zucchini casserole recipe from Pennie Nichols will free up your oven for a bit, and you can decide whether or not you want to turn it into a heartier side by adding some pasta. Not a fan of squash or zucchini? Switch it to eggplant! We won’t tell.

Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese

Because mac-n-cheese is THE side dish for all things when you live in the south, it’s become so for me and my family, as well. And so I share with you my favorite crockpot version, one you can’t go wrong with.

Good Girl Gone Redneck's Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese

Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte – Spiking Optional

Looking for the perfect after dinner treat? Susan Williams has a pumpkin spice spiked latte that is the perfect choice. If you’re worried about drinking caffeine too late in the day – switch to decaf! On top of how delicious this will taste, your house is bound to smell amazing with all of these spices.

And there you have it! Ten deliciously perfect recipes for you to save for the holiday season and for years to come. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Andrea Bates

Andrea is a native New Yorker living in NC who has become quite accustomed to wearing flip flops year-round. A licensed clinical social worker, she spends her free time volunteering for a number of organizations supporting women (more specifically, mothers) in need of a reminder that they are not alone. Andrea blogs at Good Girl Gone Redneck, where she writes from the heart, sharing the ins and outs of parenting, family and relationships. She also devours books and regularly features her honest reviews, ensuring that her readers are intrigued and ready for more.

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Mona Andrei

Wednesday 16th of November 2016

Reading this was like walking through the aisles in a grocery store while hungry. I WANT IT ALL. Now.


Wednesday 16th of November 2016

So yummy, especially that mac and cheese!

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