Hi Friends! I’m in full on prep mode for Thanksgiving already, because this year, we are hosting our very first Thanksgiving! I’m a little sad because I can’t head home like usual, but I’m really excited to spend our day with my parents and Trev’s parents at our new home! I’ve got my cleaning check list ready, we’ve started buying ALL the food, and I have a massive pile in our den where I’ve been putting everything I’m going to need to cook our first Thanksgiving dinner.
We’re OF COURSE cooking all our favorite Thanksgiving dishes as always! I’ve shared some with you over the years, like my Grandpa’s stuffing recipe (the BEST stuffing you will ever eat EVER… no joke!), our favorite side dishes and a yummy fall drink recipe or two!
Last year, My Thanksgiving Bible: Dishes That Are Guaranteed To Make You Everyone’s Favorite Dinner Guest was a huge hit! But because I posted only a week before Thanksgiving, a lot of my readers had already planned their menu. So this year, I figured I’d share it a little bit earlier!
So grab your stretchy pants and get ready. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m here to share my Thanksgiving Bible. This post is filled with my favorite family recipes, my favorite online recipes and a FREE printable for everything your need this Thanksgiving.
Lets start with the sides!
Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Aren’t Yams
While the star of the show is supposed to be the Turkey, take any of these dishes and I can promise you that they will steal the show!
Grandpa’s Literally Perfect Stuffing
I bet you can’t guess who named this! HAHA This stuffing is amazing and doesn’t contain any of the gross stuff that real stuffing contains. Check it out. It’s seriously SO GOOD.
Grandma Rosie’s Mashed Potatoes
These are the best Mashed Potatoes ever and so freakin’ simple. But if you want an even simpler option, buy the Idahoan Buttery Homestyle Instant Potatoes for $1. They’re almost as good as my Grandma’s and take like 5 seconds to make.
Dad’s Maple Glazed Carrots
Snapple Fact! I HATE carrots! I try so hard to like them but they just taste so bad to me. This is the absolute only way I will eat them (or covered in Peanut Butter) and everyone loves these bad boys!
Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts
If you don’t like Yams like me and Harry Styles (GASP!) bring a fresh take on a sweet potato. Trev and I make these for dinner almost weekly and they’re so freakin’ good!
Loaded Potato Casserole
And since there are a lot of people out there that don’t love Turkey, a hearty side dish is always welcomed at our dinners. This Loaded Potato Casserole is so yummy and will fill up the bellies of those that aren’t eating the bird.
Creamy Mac and Cheese
There is never an occasion where Mac and Cheese isn’t appropriate. You’re welcome.
And now on to my favorite part of any dinner… the desserts!
Thanksgiving Sweets That Aren’t Pie
Okay. So I was yesterday years old when I learned that people around the country don’t eat marshmallow salads as part of their meals, and that this is a Midwestern thing. Like what?! This is always the first thing I put on my plate at any potluck/gathering! But since most of the country things serving Marshmallows as a salad is weird, I’m putting it in the dessert section. I dare you to try it this Thanksgiving… you’re going to LOVE it. Trust me. Midwesterners know food. 🙂
Here’s another recipe from my Grandma’s Kitchen that is basically world famous. (Okay. Famous in Manistee.) She makes these every year for her family and friends as a sweet little gift on Thanksgiving. And you guys, people look for them every year because they are SO good.
PS… like I mentioned, these make the best hostess gifts! Clicking on the link won’t only give you the recipe, but also access to a super cute FREE printable that you can print and tie on your package with some twine 🙂
Aunt Tammy’s Sugar Cookies
I’m well aware that these are totally a Christmas recipe, but these cookies are so yummy they’ll be a hit at any holiday gathering! (Just make sure they’re shaped like Turkeys, not trees!)
Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake
I don’t really like Pumpkin. But I LOVE pumpkin when it’s combined with Oreos and cheesecake!
Thanksgiving Drink Recipe + Infused Vodka Recipes
Just in case you like to drink your dessert 🙂
And what would a Thanksgiving Bible be without a pie recipe… or three?! i realized last year that I didn’t share a single one, and thinking back, that just feels wrong!
Mickey Approved Apple Pie
It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of “pumpkin” flavored things, so I always gravitate towards apple pie on Thanksgiving!
My family and I have been making the same apple pie for YEARS. We got the recipe out of a Walt Disney World cookbook when I was small, and it was so good, we’ve never tried anything different!
- Pie Crust (We like Pillsbury!)
- 5 Cups Apple Slices
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon All-Purpose Flower
- 2 Teaspoons Apple Pie Spice
- Juice of Half a Lemon
- 2 Tablespoons of Butter
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. While your oven preheats, roll out half the pie crust dough and line an 8-inch pie plate. Allow a slight overhang!
- After you’ve cut up your apple slices, place them into a large bowl. Add the sugar, flour, apple pie spice and lemon juice. Toss until well combined.
- Spoon your mixture into the unbaked pie crust and dot with butter.
- Place your remaining pie crust (the second slice if you use a pre-made crust) over the top. Crimp the edges with your fingers or press a fork around the edges to seal. Cut slits in the crust in a pretty pattern, then bake for 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown!
- Top with The Best Whip Cream You’ll Ever Eat! (Recipe below!)
No Bake Oreo Pie
This is the easiest pie recipe ever and it’s so dang good! Plus, it’s a no bake pie. Which means you aren’t taking up any of that precious oven space. I found this recipe on Pinterest YEARS ago, and have made it so many times, I’ve memorized it. So, I’m sorry for not linking the original post!
- 14 Oreos
- 1 package (8 oz) Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 cups thawed Cool Whip
- Oreo Pie Crust (You can make your own… but I cheat and buy the pre-made one!)
- Begin by chopping up 10 Oreo Cookies, and set to the side.
- Next, beat cream cheese and sugar in medium bowl until light and fluffy. Then, mix in cookies and cool whip.
- Once combined, spoon into crust and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Chop up the remaining four Oreo Cookies and sprinkle on the top before serving!
Dad’s Pumpkin Pie
And because I can’t do a Thanksgiving post without the most classic dish, I suppose I can share my dad’s Pumpkin Pie recipe with you.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 can (15 oz) canned pumpkin
- 1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Pie Crust (We like Pillsbury!)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix pumpkin, sugar, salt, evaporated milk and eggs.
- Next, pour into pie crust.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees, and continue to cook the pie for 40-50 minutes. (It could be a little longer! Check with a tooth pick near the center and cook until it comes out clean!)
- Let your pie cool for at least 2 hours before adding The Best Whip Cream You’ll Ever Eat and serving!
The Best Whip Cream You’ll Ever Eat
And to top your pies, you HAVE to try this whip cream my Dad makes! It’s so good… it seriously tastes like ice cream! It’ll make every pie you serve taste boujee AF, and your guests are going to want to eat it by the spoonful.
- 1 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream, Cold
- 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste (You can buy it here! This is the secret ingredient!)
- Begin by placing a medium sized metal bowl in the freezer for at least 10 minutes. You want it to be nice and chilled!
- Once the bowl is chilled, remove from the freezer and add your heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla bean paste.
- Using an electric mixer, beat on a low speed. Gradually increase the speed to high, and beat until peaks begin to form. It should have the same consistency as cool whip!
What are you favorite Thanksgiving recipes?! Link them below! I’m always looking for something new.
Alright my loves, I’ve had a super long day! I’m off to snuggle up and catch up on some of my shows. Have a great rest of your Tuesday! I’ll be back tomorrow.