7 Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes for 2023

Beautifully arranged Thanksgiving dinner table

Welcome to our Thanksgiving Feast healthy recipe collection; a culinary celebration that brings the essence of autumn to your table. As the leaves turn their golden hues and the air grows crisp, there’s a sense of gratitude and togetherness that fills our hearts. Thanksgiving is not just a holiday; it’s a reflection of warmth, family, and the bounties of the harvest season. It’s a time to gather, to share stories, and most importantly, to feast on dishes that have been passed down through generations, as well as new creations that spice up our traditional tables.

In this special collection, we’ve gathered seven mouthwatering recipes that embody the spirit of Thanksgiving. From the classic, juicy roast turkey that takes center stage, to the rich and creamy mashed potatoes, each recipe is crafted to add warmth and richness to your holiday spread. These dishes are more than just food; they are a tapestry of flavors and aromas that weave together to create a memorable Thanksgiving experience. Whether you’re hosting a large family gathering or a cozy dinner for a few, these recipes are designed to ignite your culinary creativity and fill your home with the delicious scents of the holiday.

Classic Roast Turkey with Herb Butter

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a succulent roast turkey. Our version is basted with a rich herb butter for extra juiciness and flavor.


  • 1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. Mix butter with thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture under and over the turkey skin.
  3. Stuff the turkey with onion quarters and garlic. Truss the legs and place in a roasting pan.
  4. Roast for 3-4 hours, basting occasionally, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  5. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes before carving.

To Enjoy:
Carve and serve with your favorite Thanksgiving sides for a traditional feast.

Savory Stuffing with Sausage and Sage

This stuffing, rich with sausage and sage, offers a delightful blend of textures and tastes, perfect alongside your turkey.


  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 loaf day-old bread, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a skillet, cook the sausage until browned. Add onion and celery, cooking until soft.
  3. In a large bowl, mix bread cubes with sausage mixture, sage, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour in chicken broth and melted butter, stirring until well combined.
  5. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden.

To Enjoy:
Serve warm as a heartwarming side that complements your turkey perfectly.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

No Thanksgiving table is complete without a bowl of creamy, buttery mashed potatoes.


  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and return potatoes to the pot.
  3. Add cream and butter, mashing until smooth and creamy.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

To Enjoy:
Serve hot, a perfect companion to gravy and turkey.

Cranberry Orange Sauce

This tangy cranberry sauce, with a hint of orange zest, is a refreshing addition to your Thanksgiving spread.


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Zest and juice of one orange


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.
  3. Let cool before serving.

To Enjoy:
Enjoy this zesty sauce with turkey, stuffing, or even on its own!

Green Bean Almondine

A simple yet elegant side, green beans tossed with almonds and butter.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Blanch green beans in boiling water for 3 minutes, then plunge into ice water.
  2. In a skillet, toast almonds until golden.
  3. Add butter and green beans to the skillet, sautéing until heated through.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

To Enjoy:
Serve as a light, crunchy counterpoint to the richer Thanksgiving dishes.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow Topping

A sweet and savory casserole, topped with a layer of golden-brown marshmallows.


  • 4 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Mix sweet potatoes, sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  3. Transfer to a baking dish and top with marshmallows.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until marshmallows are golden.

To Enjoy:
A delightful blend of textures and flavors, perfect for a festive dessert or side dish.

Classic Pumpkin Pie

End your Thanksgiving meal with the quintessential autumn dessert: a spiced pumpkin pie.


  • 1 unbaked pie crust
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix pumpkin, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
  3. Beat in eggs, then gradually add evaporated milk.
  4. Pour into pie crust and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F (175°C) and bake for 40-50 minutes.
  5. Cool before serving.

To Enjoy:
Serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream for the perfect end to your Thanksgiving feast.

Let these recipes guide you in creating a Thanksgiving feast that’s not just a meal, but a celebration of gratitude and love shared among family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🦃🍂