Thanksgiving Recipes: Main Dishes, Stuffing, Sides, and Desserts

Enjoy classic Thanksgiving recipes from The Old Farmer's Almanac.

Few feasts are so steeped in tradition and history, from the cranberry sauce to the turkey to pumpkin pie.

We've included some of the editors' favorite recipes, such as Bag-Roasted Turkey and Indian Pudding.

And be sure to check our Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes which can be prepared ahead of the big day!

Need a refresher on how to roast the turkey? Below the recipes are cooking tips as well as craft ideas, fun facts to talk about at the table, and folklore.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving Recipes


Main Dishes

The three turkey recipes were winners in The 1989 Old Farmer's Almanac Turkey Recipe Contest.

thanksgiving recipesPilgrim's Thanksgiving Turkey

Roast Turkey With Apple-Pecan Stuffing

Bag-Roasted Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing

Quinoa Stirfry (Vegetarian option)



Memere's Pork Stuffing for Turkey

Sauerkraut Stuffing

Stuffing of Artichokes, Currants, and Grapes

Traditional English Dressing



Cranberry Relish

Easiest Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Curried Butternut Squash (Vegetarian)



Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pie with Cider Pecan Crust

Indian Pudding

Pecan Pie


Browse the Almanac archives for more Thanksgiving recipes.

Cooking and Entertaining Tips

How to Roast a Turkey

How to Use a Meat Thermometer

The Holiday Table: Setting and Decorating

Napkin Folding

Party Planner: Cooking for a Crowd

How to Care for Table Linens

Credit: Margo Letourneau

Thanksgiving Crafts

How to Make a Nut Wreath

How to Make a Glove Turkey (Thanksgiving Table Decoration)

How to Make a Cornhusk Doll

How to Make a Cranberry Wreath

Just for Fun

Turkey Trivia

The Great Yam Scam

Cranberry Trivia

Historic Thanksgiving Storms

Why Do We Eat Turkey at Thanksgiving?

Why We Can Feel Good Eating Thanksgiving Food!

Weather Folklore

  • If the geese on St. Martin's Day (November 11) stand on ice, they will walk in mud at Christmas.
  • If the first snow sticks to the trees, it foretells a bountiful harvest.
  • If sheep feed facing downhill, watch for a snowstorm.
  • If on All Saints Day the beech acorn is dry we will stick behind the stove in winter, but if it is wet and not light the winter will not be dry, but wet.
  • Thunder in November indicates a fertile year to come.
  • If there be ice in November that will bear a duck, there will be nothing thereafter but sleet and muck.
  • As November 21st, so the winter.
  • When the winter is early, it will not be late.

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