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Thanksgiving Recipes You Must Try This Year!

Thanksgiving Recipes You Must Try This Year!

For the past few Thanksgivings, I’ve become more adventurous in the dishes I make for the holiday (just don’t ask me to make a whole turkey please; I’m not there quite yet!).

Whether you’re celebrating at home or with friends and extended family this year, I’ve curated a handful of my favorite easy and delicious dishes that will make everyone fight over who gets to take the leftovers home!

  1. Butternut Potato Puffs

Butternut Potato Puffs

I absolutely love creamy mashed potatoes, but I love pumpkin and squash even more. Combining the two is a match made in heaven as far as I’m concerned.

I like that this recipe cuts the heaviness of potatoes with silky butternut squash puree. It adds texture and a slightly more interesting flavor than regular potatoes alone. Plus, when you pipe them out and bake them, they look like they took a ton of skill and effort (but it really only takes about 15 minutes).

This recipe is also vegan/vegetarian friendly!


  1. Mac and Cheese Cups

Mac and Cheese Cups

In my opinion, baked mac and cheese is a staple of any good Thanksgiving meal. To keep my clothes fitting properly, though, I try to limit my serving sizes (it’s hard!). One of my favorite ways to pre-portion foods is to make miniature versions in a muffin tin. (This is also a great way to make COVID-friendly side dishes.)

This mac and cheese recipe is simple, cheesy and delicious, especially with that golden cheddar crust on top. If you want to make it a little more festive, you can sub in ¼ cup of pumpkin puree to amp up the creamy fall flavor.


  1. Roasted Root Veggie Pizza

Roasted Root Veggie Pizza

What would we do without Martha Stewart to save us from a boring Thanksgiving meal? Making pizza would have never occurred to me as a Thanksgiving potluck addition, but as soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it.

I also like that you have the option to make your own dough or just use store-bought. That makes it easy to whip up a big batch of these pizzas with minimal effort.

The recipe calls for mozzarella and ricotta, but you can easily swap these for vegan cheese alternatives to make this dairy-free!


  1. Roasted Sweet Potato, Squash and Chickpea Fall Salad With Maple Tahini Dressing

Roasted Sweet Potato, Squash and Chickpea Fall Salad With Maple Tahini Dressing

I’ll be honest. As much as I love stuffing, sweet potatoes, and all of the other delicious carbs of the season, sometimes I just really want a big, tasty salad.

This fall salad is filling, flavorful, and absolutely perfect. It mixes squash, chickpeas, cranberries and a melange of spices with a creamy, zesty maple tahini dressing for an easy, amazing side dish.

While the recipe calls for feta crumbles, you can always omit them or leave them on the side for a hearty, vegan-friendly meal.


  1. Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites

Homemade cranberry relish is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving, so combining a tangy cranberry sauce with Brie? Perfection. These are great as an addition to the main meal or as a less-sweet option on the dessert table.

The recipe calls for store-bought cranberry sauce, but I prefer to take a little extra time to make my own!

I switch between the New York Times cranberry relish recipe, which is a five-minute miracle dish, or the equally quick and tasty cranberry sauce from Damn Delicious. You can make it in a slow cooker, Instant Pot or on the stove.

Joyce Huang

Joyce Huang is the CCO of Previous to this she was a fashion editor and stylist for national publications and television shows. Connect with her on Instagram @JoyceInNYC.

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