I am overwhelmed. Holidays are overwhelming. I’m not even cooking a turkey dinner and I’m overwhelmed. If you’re anything like me, you have nothing planned, right? Oh wait… you probably have everything planned. Because you’re not crazy. If I plan far, far ahead, I just keep adding… and adding… and adding things to the list. Sort of like early Christmas shopping. I just keep buying… and buying… and…. yeah. I only have a handful of dishes to make but I can’t decide *for sure* between chocolate or pumpkin and lasagna or casserole and tequila or rum and then I get an email from a reader (?) last night asking if I’m a boy or a girl (yep for reals) and yeah… now I’m just utterly confused with this entire universe.

And I’m here to overwhelm you even more because I’m sure with all the holiday recipes you’ve been gathering you seriously need 101 more. Seriously. Seriously!

Gotcha a list of recipes I starred in my google reader over the last month or two – all fresh from 2011. I like things shiny, bright and new. Duh. These are the best of the best right here… and if you have more, link ’em up in the comments.  I don’t bite.

‘Cept when I’m hungry.

Click on all of these delicious recipes from my favorite blogs or else… I don’t know.

P.S. I think there are more vegetable dishes than desserts here. I’m a zombie. Don’t even know who I am anymore.

P.P.S. Some options below are gluten-free (and vegan!), but here is a full list of gluten-free Thanksgiving ideas.

P.P.P.S. I’m so hungry now.

Appetizers & Starters

The Perfect Cheese Plate

Tapas Stuffed Mushrooms

Cranberry Pear Salsa

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Cheesy Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms

Creamy Pumpkin Soup Shooters

Gorgonzola Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Prosciutto 

Roasted Autumn Panzanella Salad

Pumpkin Dip

Acorn Squash Soup with Cheesy Croutons

Holiday Salad with Cranberry Apple Orange Vinaigrette

Cranberry Mustard 

Pumpkin Fondue

Pecan, Brown Sugar and Kahlua Baked Brie

Prosciutto Bruschetta with Browned Sage Butter

Squash Hummus 

Goat Cheese and Pistachio Stuffed Dates


Roasted Turkey with Herb Butter and Shallots

Roasted Turkey Legs

Roasted Game Hens

Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey

Apple Sage Brined Turkey



Make Ahead Homemade Gravy

Turkey Gravy

Giblet Gravy


Skillet Stuffing

Baked Apples with Savory Stuffing

Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing

Pancetta and Sage Stuffing Muffins

Herb Baked Stuffing

Double Bread Stuffing with Brown Butter, Bacon and Sage

Sourdough Stuffing with Mushrooms, Apples and Sage

Tamale Cornbread Dressing 




Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Walnut Strudel 

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Souffle

Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole

Creamy Mashed Red Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Traditional Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Gratin with Gruyere

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chili Beans

Brown Butter Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Vegetable Dishes

Roasted Brussels, Butternut Squash and Cranberries

Broccoli Basil Mac and Cheese

Brussels with Cream and Sweet Dates

Cheesy Skillet Scalloped Corn

Roasted Butternut and Sweet Potato Whole Wheat Lasagna

Peas with Orange and Mint

Creamy Leek Gratin with Bacon and Breadcrumbs

Butternut Mushroom Bread Pudding

Maple Roasted Endive

Roasted Cauliflower with Olives and Herbs

Red Wine Glazed Mushrooms

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Brown Butter

Pumpkin Stuffed Lasagna Rolls

Truffled Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts

Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots

Pumpkin Sage Risotto

Roasted Green Beans with Red Bell Pepper

Crispy Acorn Squash Rounds 

Brussels Sprouts with Gin, Pancetta, Caraway and Sherry 

Fruit Dishes

Crockpot Applesauce

Cinnamon Poached Pears

Crockpot Apple Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Cranberry Chutney with Apricots and Pecans

Sweet Potato Stuffed Baked Apples

Cranberry Sauce with Brown Sugar and Pecans 


Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread

Sweet Potato and Honey Dinner Rolls

Cheddar Sage Biscuits

Flakey Crescent Rolls

Pumpkin Biscuits with Candied Ginger

Buttery Cloverleaf Rolls

No Knead Rosemary Crescent Rolls 

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Biscuits


Pumpkin S’mores

Caramel Apple Trifles

Autumn Delight Cake

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

Velvet Spice Cake

Maple Creme Brulee

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Perfect Pumpkin Roll

Sweet Potato Pie

Pecan Pie… without the pecans

Pumpkin Tiramisu

Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheet Cake

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Pie

Nutmeg Pot de Creme

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Cranberry Orange Caramel Corn

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie


Hot Vanilla Cider

Caramel Appletini

Apple Cider Margaritas

Spiced Apple Cider Sangria

Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita

Apple Ginger Calvados Cocktail

Spiced Cranberry Prosecco Punch


Now give it up… what are you making?

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113 Responses to “A Billion Thanksgiving Recipes. (Or… uh… 101.)”

  1. #
    Katie @ Peace Love and Oats — November 19, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    Thanks for linking to the gluten free list, this is my first holiday season gluten free (and soy free) and I think it may be tough…


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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — November 19, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    There is now a smudge mark smack dab in the middle of my computer screen.
    It may be from the fact that somewhere around “Salted Caramel Cheesecake” someone licked it.

    Not saying it was me… but Mac isn’t tall enough, so I’m not saying it wasn’t not me either.


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    Melissa D — November 19, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    I am only bringing sweet potatoes and a pumpkin cake (with browned butter frosting!). But since my Girl Scout troop is doing a bake sale the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I am totally with you on the overwhelmed-ness (and the lists). Trying to figure out how I can make a gazillion things and also do a few other things like go to work, go to my dad’s for Thanksgiving, and…um…sleep.


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    Susie Bee on Maui — November 19, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Wow, oh wow! That list will keep me in recipes for a year…here’s my new favorite (as of last year) using fresh cranberries, a riff on traditional Nantucket Pie (which is really a cake):


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    carly{carlyklock} — November 19, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    Wait. Are you a boy or a girl?


    I’m tackling macarons this week. And I can’t stop thinking about this stuffing recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon and a gratin from A Spicy Perspective. Links below.


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    Courtney R — November 19, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    I just made your lightened up sweet potato casserole. Totally earned a spot on my Thanksgiving rotation. Thanks for sharing gluten free menu ideas. We’re trying to go all gluten free this year so my mom doesn’t have to kill herself avoiding the stuffing, rolls, and dessert. I shared the sweet potato casserole and our gluten free menu here:


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    Ellie@fitforthesoul — November 19, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    *sigh* I totally feel ya now, girl! Haha, especially after 101! I always try to stay kind of “basic” with Thanksgiving food, while I change it up or add 1 or 2 new, different/unique dishes. :) You worked hard on this, I give you props! :D


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    Diane {Created by Diane} — November 19, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    oh my that is a wonderful list of Thanksgiving goodies.
    Thanks so much for including my pumpkin mashed potatoes :)
    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  9. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — November 19, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    If I could marry this post, I would. Wonderful, wonderful recipes!!


  10. #
    Tracy — November 19, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    Oooh thank you for the lovely roundup! I’m definitely bookmarking this post, and will probably end up making some of these even though I’ve already finalized my menu, lol. Thanks for including one from me, too! :-)


  11. #
    Rachel Wilkerson — November 19, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    You are officially superwoman.


  12. #
    Amanda — November 19, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    Recipe overload! My head is spinning there are so many delicious sounding recipes here.

    My family goes out for Thanksgiving dinner now that my grandparents are in their 90s. My grandmother used to host it and do nearly all of the cooking, but now everyone takes the stress-free route and we either go to my grandparents’ country club or a nearby restaurant. I miss the cooking, but I make up for it pretty much every other day of my life. :)


  13. #
    Haley @ Health Freak College Girl — November 19, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    ummm i’m just gonna make everything on this list. sound good? mmmk good



  14. #
    Courtney — November 19, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    Omg you are Amazing! My company gives all employees a 12lb turkey and I live alone and have no friend here in Texas yet to invite over so I’m going to make all of those cocktails, drink them, and then try to make the apple sage brined turkey so that I can eat apple sage turkey everything for the rest of the month.


  15. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — November 19, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    All such great recipes! I love it


  16. #
    Katie @decoratemylife — November 19, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

    You make it look so easy!


  17. #
    Cinnamon — November 19, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

    Awesome list(s)! Thanks for putting it all together.


  18. #
    Sam — November 19, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    I’m making your chocolate spice bundt cake (I’m hoping that because it looks like a chocolate cake my very picky family will eat it – I don’t think they’d even try it if they knew there were all those spices in there haha… how boring huh??) and my very italian grandmother’s famous lasagna recipe, it will never taste like hers but I’m hoping I come close! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!


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    Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats — November 19, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    DAYUM! I wish I didn’t see this – now I have a hundred more dishes I want to make next week too! ;) Thanks for including my green beans – I know that veggie category was probably tough for you to put together. ;) Wishing you a very happy and yummy Thanksgiving!!


  20. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 19, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    Looks like we are having the same issue!! I have all of these recipe ideas, but I really have no idea what I’m going to make for Thursday… and I DO have to make the whole turkey dinner. :) Thanks for including one of my recipes. There are lots of great ones in this list!!


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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 19, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    fabulous list!
    I just made apple pie and pumpkin cheesecake for our early gathering tom’w – can’t wait to dig in :)


  22. #
    Julie — November 19, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    Thanks for the gluten-free recipes! You rock!


  23. #
    Judy E — November 19, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

    Dessert…maybe a break from the regular chocolate desserts I usually make…maple pots de creme!


  24. #
    Marci — November 19, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

    I. LOVE. THIS. POST!!!!!


  25. #
    Debbie — November 19, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

    So I just had a Cranberry Bliss Bar from Starbucks yesterday, and thought, “This is delicious. I should figure out the recipe. No, that’s too much work. I will just visit Starbucks until they are out of season. But then what will I do, if they are gone? I should really figure out the recipe.” You are totally a mind reader and lifesaver, both from going to Starbucks and from my husband when he figured out I spent a gazillion dollars on cranberry bliss bars…….


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    Mimi — November 20, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    Great list of goodies! Don’t hate me..we’ve escaped the ‘Burgh orbit and are almost to the FL keys as I write this so Thanlsgiving will be a smorgasboord of tasty curries and nont-raditional dishes with our friends. Oh, and saluting each sunset with a beverage ;D

    I did see a really interesting dry-brined turkey recipe on that I want to try for my next turkey in December!

    Hope you and Mr. Sweet have a great Thanksgiving (and I hope it doesn’t s**w)!


  27. #
    Athena — November 20, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    OMG! All of those recipes look fantastic, even the cocktails!
    I am making the Lightened up version of sweet potato casserole for thanksgiving, that is a definite.
    I may just be adding on of the above recipes too, I just need to look thru them all !!

    Thanks for the awesome post!


  28. #
    Sonnet Gal — November 20, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Whew! You really had me frightened because I kept scrolling and scrolling and didn’t see any cocktails. If thoses weren’t on your list of a billion Thanksgiving recipes then I really would have thought you turned into a zombie or had been abducted by aliens or something. My suggestion to make it through the holidays…start from the bottom up and all will be right in your world. :-)


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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 20, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    Love this! I have to work all day on Thanksgiving. Can I come to your house afterwards and you can make all this for me? I know I won’t feel like cooking. How depressing is that? No worries though–we’ll have a belated Thanksgiving at my mom’s. She asked if it was okay if she didn’t do the whole turkey/stuffing thing twice…
    Umm…no? That’s not okay! Haha. Thank goodness she loves me ;)
    Happy Thanksgiving!


  30. #
    Gina — November 20, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    You are sooo freaking awesome! Thanks for all of the recipes. My holiday cooking just got easier. Happy Holidays to you Jessica!


  31. #
    Erika - The Teenage Taste — November 20, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is the best post ever! Thanks for posting, Jess! :-D


  32. #
    Kat — November 20, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    Thank you thank you!

    I love all the GF ideas and I needed something new and different to do with cranberries. That dressing and mustard both look amazing. Not sure I’m brave enough for canning, but we’ll see.


  33. #
    brandi — November 20, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    thanks for the link!

    great, great round-up.
    is there any way I could have ALL of this for Thanksgiving?!?


  34. #
    Molly @ RDexposed — November 20, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    Wow…wow. That’s an impressive list!


  35. #
    JennyB. — November 20, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing these recipes! So many yummy choices!


  36. #
    Stephanie — November 20, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    Guess today’s not the day I get out and get a life…:)


  37. #
    Laura @ GotChocolate — November 20, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    What a fabulously diverse list of Thanksgiving treats. Mmm, mmmm, mmmm.


  38. #
    Tracy @ Commit to Fit — November 20, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

    That so much for sharing this links! What a great resource. I wish we were having Thanksgiving in Canada again :)


  39. #
    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — November 20, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    oh my gosh you would be SO proud!! i made homemade pumpkin biscuits and they acutally turned out well! I didn’t burn the house down and measured everything properly! YAYAYA


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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — November 21, 2011 @ 12:21 am

    I volunteered to host Thanksgiving this year. Overwhelmed does not even start to explain how I feel. Okay, I’m pretty excited too. I’m crazy. Thanks for including my Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, Jessica!


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — November 21, 2011 @ 12:43 am

    Wow! Now that’s a list! I can testify to the goodness of the Roasted Cauliflower with Olives and Herbs, as I just made it a few nights ago. It was awesome!

    Thank you so much for including my Pumpkin Biscuits with Candied Ginger – I super appreciate it. Happy Thanksgiving!


  42. #
    caroleena — November 21, 2011 @ 1:28 am

    Thank you!! I know EXACTLY what you mean. I threw a baby shower last week & I’m still not done making recipes for it. Your list makes me want to have my own personal Thanksgiving all by myself where I can enjoy things like Gorgonzola stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto. (and then faint from it’s deliciousness & eat something else…) Have a lovely Thanksgiving!


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    MizFit — November 21, 2011 @ 6:33 am



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    Nettie Moore — November 21, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    WOW!! this is wonderful! Love all the different recipes! What a great go to list! Happy Thanksgiving!!



  45. #
    donna — November 21, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    *sigh* … like i don’t already have enough recipes bookmarked including a ton of yours! And are you a boy or girl anyway? :)


  46. #
    Kristen — November 21, 2011 @ 12:07 pm


    ok now that I got that outta the way….

    this may be a dumb question… be prepared… Where is that cupcake from under the “desserts” part ?? what site where is the recipe what is it?!?! I need that in my life like now…..

    your the best! I hope you respond!!

    thanks! Kristen


  47. #
    Lisa [With Style and Grace] — November 21, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    you, my dear, are amazing. thank you!


  48. #
    Amy — November 21, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    I’m super excited to try making your cloverleaf rolls this weekend! I haven’t had these in forever and I’m pretty sure they’ll hit the spot (and help clean the plate) perfectly.

    Also – I love your blog and your photos! I’m always delighted to see a new post from you.


  49. #
    Ali — November 22, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    Whoa, that’s quite a list! Impressive, definitely some good stuff on there. Now if someone could just help me choose…..



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