Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away? It’s my favorite food holiday and it’s time to start thinking about what your lineup will look like this year. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite turkey day recipes that live on to share with you and hopefully get the wheels spinning on what your menu will be composed of. I’m a fan of sticking with some of your family favorites and throwing in a few new recipes to keep things interesting.


Easy Herb Roasted Turkey: This my friends, is as easy as Thanksgiving turkey gets. This recipe is as simple as it is delicious. If you’re intimidated by cooking a turkey, this is the recipe for you. No brining, no basting, yet fantastic results. I’ll be doing something really similar for my own turkey this year. If you’re cooking for a smaller group or prefer the white meat (like my mom always does), consider this Cranberry Apple Roasted Turkey Breast recipe. The glaze is soooo good and you could even use the yummy glaze on whatever size turkey you’re roasting this year.



Baked Apple Pear Stuffing: I’ve always been a fan of having something sweet in my stuffing and seasonal fruits like apples and pears in this recipe sure do hit the spot. I really love this recipe and like using this stuffing starter for almost all of my stuffing recipes.



Pickled Root Vegetable Salad: This recipe shows up in my Thanksgiving episode that will air on November 17th and it’s a fun twist on those beloved root vegetables that always make an appearance at the Thanksgiving table. Rather than roasting them, which is what I always do, I wanted to try and quick pickle thinly sliced root veggies for both a different taste and texture. I love the pungent zippy flavors that are in this salad and think that it’s a great thing to have on your menu when everything else is heavy and comfort food like.



Cranberry Salad: Be still my heart. If you know anything about me and my Thanksgiving preferences, you know that my family’s famous cranberry salad is one of my favorite things to eat. Period. I don’t remember having a Thanksgiving without it. It may contain mini marshmallows and crushed pineapple, but believe me…no one is too good for this quirky holiday side dish. Admit it, you all have a family recipe that either incorporates jello, marshmallows, or something else trashy that you secretly love.



Rapid Rolls: It’s one of my most popular recipes on Cooking Channel’s website and always fool proof. Fresh rolls hot out of the oven are a mandatory part of my Thanksgiving meal.



Twice Baked Potatoes: This is my Grandma Karen’s recipe and you’re lucky she shared this one with me to share with all of you. These potatoes are all sorts of creamy, cheesy, potato-ey goodness. I love em’.



Sweet Potato Salad: I first had a version of this recipe from my friend Maribeth and remember being as impressed with the flavor as I was with its appearance. It’s bright and colorful and a great, yet unexpected way to enjoy sweet potatoes on turkey day.



Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms: This would be the perfect option for an appetizer, if you’re planning to be a holiday over-achiever. Or better yet, delegate and ask a family member or friend to bring an appetizer to prime everyone for the big meal. These stuffed mushrooms would be a delicious way to kick things off.



Mile High Apple Pie: You can’t have Thanksgiving without pie. It should be illegal. This classic apple pie has a lovely twist with a layer of almond paste on the bottom crust that adds a punch of almond flavor to the apples that is super complimentary and delicious. My sister-in-law Betsy was the first one to tip me off on this idea and I loved it. This is apple pie at its finest.


Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Dessert Sauce: If you are looking for something other than pie to finish off your meal, you can’t go wrong with this sweet bread pudding. It’s easy to assemble and the sauce is so good that you’ll be pouring it over everything. This particular recipe is so good with a big fat scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side which most definitely requires and extra drizzle of the caramel dessert sauce.


Pear Crumble with Pomegranate Sauce: I’ll never refuse a crisp or a crumble this time of year and pears and the perfect pairing with a tangy pomegranate sauce.



Hopefully this lineup gives you a few different ideas about what will end up on your holiday menu this year. There is no better time of year for food, and these recipes won’t disappoint. I personally can’t wait to start cooking for the big day!



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4 Responses to “Thanksgiving Essentials”

  1. jill says:

    “you all have a family recipe that either incorporates jello, marshmallows, or something else trashy that you secretly love.”

    i laughed :) so true. i need to try those sausage stuffed mushrooms! yum.

  2. Dee says:

    I love you Kelsey! These thanksgiving pictures look great ! Where are the recipes??

  3. Bethany Jackman says:

    Kelsey. Oh my word these recipes all look incredible. I finally pinned it after salivating over your IG photos on Thanksgiving weekend. :) I think I may need to use a few for Christmas. Thank you!

  4. Brianna says:

    The Rapid Rolls recipe is one of my favorites!!!! I made them last Thanksgiving and again this past Thanksgiving. So easy to make and they come out perfect every time! Everyone at the table raved about how delicious they were! Thanks, Kelsey! :)

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