10 Dishes to Make for a Spectacular Thanksgiving Dinner

Mmmmm… turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes…. Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner? In the food styling business, Thanksgiving is the main event of the year. Of course, Christmas has lots of goodies (Christmas cookies!), but on Thanksgiving everyone is thinking about the food. It’s when you showcase your best cooking for family and friends. So, I’m sharing mine! These 10 dishes are my go-to’s for a spectacular spread, from fluffy mashed potatoes to turkey tips to a double-crust streusel apple pie.


Red Wine Glazed Pearl Onions

This simple side dish is actually one of the most exciting. Each little pearl onion in this dish is caramelized and saturated with tangy, sweet and savory flavor. Even better, you can buy frozen pearl onions so there’s no need to peel them!



Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

A classic and a staple! You’ll never have anything but fluffy, light and rich mashed potatoes following this recipe. It’s easy and simple, and the perfect pair to butter or gravy!



Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Orange and Almonds

This light and healthy recipe packs the flavor but not the fat. A side dish for your fit friends, or just those folks that love new tastes and unique ways to eat Brussels sprouts. The tangy dressing and bits of dried fruit are perfect with the crunch of almonds.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with orange and almonds close up


Dinner Rolls with Savory Seed Topping

These rolls are soft and rich, but still light enough to eat with all the other side dishes that are a must at Thanksgiving dinner. A mix of whole wheat and all-purpose flour keeps them from being too heavy. And the savory mix of seeds adds just the right amount of flavor. The finishing touch!

Dinner Rolls with Savory Seed Topping are the perfect accompanyment to any dinner.

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Baked Sweet Potato Cubes with Cinnamon Meringue

Gloriousness all in one dish! If you love brown sugar sweet potatoes with marshmallows as a side dish, you’ll love this spruced-up version. An elegant cinnamon meringue replaces the classic marshmallows and the swoops of goodness are so delicious. Wow your family and friends this year with this stellar side.


Roasted Grape and Pecan Stuffing

Roasted grapes are my unique addition to this Thanksgiving dinner essential. Cooking grapes brings out their flavor and juiciness, and when I combine them with pecans and sausage, it makes for stuffing heaven. Try it!

Roasted Grape and Pecan Stuffing


Favorite Roasted Turkey and Gravy and Tips

This is a perfect, classic turkey. No strong flavors that you don’t want in your gravy, no fancy new twists. I save those for the sides and dessert! Your guests will be dying to know how you made the turkey taste this good.



Beautiful Pie Crusts Are Easier Than You Think

Take your place among the bakers making gorgeous, intricate pie crusts. And take decorating your pie to a whole new level. Check out these designs for some awesome inspiration.

Renee from Kudos Kitchen blog created this darling turkey crust


Pecan Streusel Apple Pie

This is a pie that has it all–a crispy double crust, apples piled high and a nutty streusel topping hidden inside the pie. No one will be able to say it’s just not their slice of cake… I mean pie!

apple pie with pecan streusel on green linen



Pumpkin Cream Pie

Pumpkin cream pie is one of those new twists on a classic I was talking about. It’s a rich pumpkin pudding in a pie crust, topped with frothy whipped cream and pepita brittle. Not a diet dessert by any means, but sooooo worth it.

If you’re like me, you can’t wait to start baking and cooking for the big day. Happy Thanksgiving!

pumpkin cream pie


10 Recipes to make for a Spectacular Thanksgiving Dinner
Ten recipes for Thanksgiving dinner