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07 November . 2021

Top 10 Thanksgiving Staple Dishes

Most Popular Thanksgiving Foods

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s easy to start daydreaming about diving into a buffet of mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy, green beans, and more with family and friends. In order to create the ultimate full course experience, there are a number of Thanksgiving staple dishes to keep in mind to make your holiday a complete success. The best part? Each of these dishes can be made no matter your level of cooking expertise. Here is our list of the top 10 Thanksgiving dishes, along with some unique twists on these classic holiday bites:

Turkey
Turkey is often a must-have dish during the holiday season. If you’re looking for a fresh recipe to try this Thanksgiving, try giving your turkey a refresh with this clementine-and-garlic roast turkey recipe. Giving the meat an opportunity to cook with some juicy clementines and garlic in a roasting pan gives the meat an unbeatable kick of flavor that will leave your guests hungry for more. However, if you don’t feel like carving out a significant chunk of your day to cook a turkey, try this stress-free air fryer garlic herb turkey recipe. The total prep and cook time only takes around one hour and the best news is your guests won’t be able to tell the difference!

Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are just one of the many Thanksgiving staple dishes that will round out the entire meal. There’s nothing wrong with a classic mashed potato recipe. However, if you’re looking for some ways to mix up this side dish, we’ve got you covered. For some extra creamy flavor, try out this cream cheese mashed potato recipe that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. For those looking for a low-carb alternative, give your taste buds a treat with mashed cauliflower instead!

Green Beans
While green beans may not always be the fan-favorite out of the list of the most popular thanksgiving foods, that doesn’t mean you can’t make this dish even more fresh and exciting. A tasty green bean casserole recipe is always a safe plate to bring to the family meal, but you can also venture out of your comfort zone with unique recipes such as blistered green beans with tomato-almond pesto or these fun green bean bundles that can make for a perfect appetizer.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a necessary side dish to add a hint of sweetness to your Thanksgiving buffet. While you can’t go wrong with a sweet potato casserole with a mouth-watering nutty crumb topping, you can give it an extra unique spin by putting the casserole into some juicy apples to create sweet potato stuffed baked apples.

Cranberry Sauce
Whether you prefer it hot or cold, there are a number of tasty twists on the classic cranberry sauce that can level up this Thanksgiving staple dish. For those looking for a kick of mature flavor, try adding cherries and bourbon to make a cranberry-cherry compote. If you’re looking to add some extra spice, a cranberry chutney with orange, figs, and mustard will certainly do the trick.

Stuffing
A Thanksgiving meal wouldn’t be complete without a hearty helping of stuffing on the side. If you are in the mood to try something new and like to have a hint of sweetness in your savory dishes, try out this whiskey sausage apple stuffing this holiday season. However, if you are looking for a time-saving alternative, you can also whip up a quick stuffing with this air fryer sausage stuffing that comes together in less than an hour!

Cornbread
There is nothing more comforting than some warm and sweet southern buttermilk cornbread to round out a Thanksgiving meal. To kick this side dish up a notch, you can experiment with some fun recipes such as this custard cornbread with garlic and thyme and cornbread souffle.

Apple Pie
When considering the most popular Thanksgiving foods to include on your menu, you can’t skip out on the classic holiday desserts. While a signature apple pie is always a tasty treat, there are plenty of creative ways to mix up this dish. For those who can’t decide between a slice of apple pie and pumpkin pie, combine the two with this pumpkin apple pie recipe! You can also serve up some bite-sized portions of this dessert with apple pie shooters.

Pumpkin Pie
While some pumpkin pie fans may remain loyal to a more classic pumpkin pie recipe, a little experimentation with some exciting flavors and forms may persuade them to change their minds. To add some unexpected fun on this traditional Thanksgiving dessert, try out this pumpkin meringue pie. Not only is this dish delicious, but it also makes for some great food pics as well! For a quick, no-bake alternative, a pumpkin pie dip is sure to satisfy your seasonal cravings. This dip pairs perfectly with graham crackers, sliced apples, and gingersnap cookies.

Pecan Pie
Nothing compares to a warm slice of traditional pecan pie topped with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. However, if your taste buds are looking for a change, you can try mixing it up with some melt-in-your-mouth pecan pie truffles or deep-fried pecan pies for some sweet southern fun to mix up this Thanksgiving staple dish.

Whether you choose to go a more classic route with your recipes or you add some innovative twists, all that truly matters is the quality time that you get to spend with family and friends this season.

We’re eager to see what you whip up so be sure to share with us @estrellaazlife!

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