Welcome to my 2023 thanksgiving kitchen essentials guide! This includes everything you need to make the holiday come together easily without stress. Includes favorite recipes, my go-to products that I have an use and more!

I am so, so excited to bring you my annual HowSweetEats Thanksgiving series this week! Along with alllll the Thanksgiving kitchen essentials.

Because I LOVE celebrating this holiday! Over the next week I’ll be sharing a bunch of new recipes with you, but in the meantime, let’s get prepared.

These are things that I use to make the big meal happen. I LOVE cooking Thanksgiving. It’s actually enjoyable for me, because it’s familiar recipes (no testing, no photography, nothing!) and brings such nostalgic vibes to the day. Since cooking is my job, the meal also comes easy to me, so I can tell you EXACTLY what you need in your kitchen. I’ve tried every kitchen gadget alive. There are what I recommend.

I highly suggest getting these things NOW (like, today) so you have them in time and aren’t scrambling a day before or even the day of, when life is rushed and items are sold out. As I made this list, I went through and actually bought the items I had to repurchase for the holiday. In the next week or so I’ll share my Thanksgiving timeline, and I honestly use the entire week to prep, which makes it super easy. Not all day, every day, but I do certain things every single day to make the actual holiday stress-free and much simpler. Many of these tools below help!

Classic Recipes – A Traditional Thanksgiving

Also, my huge Thanksgiving recipe guide is right here, but I wanted to list a few traditional favorites below that I always make. These are the absolute BEST if you’re looking to add a classic to your list.

Turkey Stock (I make this every year for gravy. It is a GAME CHANGER.)

Butter and White Wine Drenched Turkey

Grilled Turkey (we grill or smoke a second turkey, always)

The Best Stuffing Ever

How Sweet Eats Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Parker House Rolls

Vanilla Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

Honeycrisp Harvest Salad

Pumpkin Dream Cake

Pumpkin Dream Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting

Apple Cider Sangria


While practically EVERYTHING gets used in my kitchen on Thanksgiving (and the week prior!), these are the ones that I can’t live without. The meal has to happen with these things! The below are all the items that I use in my kitchen – so they are personally tested by me!

Happy holidaying.