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21 Super Simple Thanksgiving Recipes For Feasting With Your Friends

Simple Thanksgiving Recipes

November 18th, 2017   |   Updated on April 2nd, 2024

Whip up one of these soup-to-nuts Thanksgiving menus, or mix and match recipes for appetizers, dessert, and everything in between. These are the best dish ideas you need to put together the ultimate Thanksgiving menu. All of these recipes have been triple-tested in the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, which means they’ll work in any oven, with any brand of ingredient, no matter what.

1. Golden Herb-Roasted Turkey

Turkey — no matter how you make it — is the star of the show, and it should be treated as such. Get the recipe for Golden Herb-Roasted Turkey 


2. Pear-Thyme Brined Turkey

The big moment has arrived! Serve a show-stopping turkey that’s salty and sweet and masterfully delicious. Get the recipe for Pear-Thyme Brined Turkey 


3. Garlic And Herb Roasted Turkey

Wow your dinner table with this super simple Thanksgiving turkey recipe. Get the recipe from Delish 

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4. Pickle-Brined Turkey

Actually, it’s delicious. Get the recipe from Delish. 

5. Italian Turkey

Zesty Italian seasoning mix is good for so much more than semi-homemade dressing, and this is proof. Get the recipe 


6. Herb And Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey

Give your turkey a bit of tartness with citrus and herbs. Get the recipe from Delish. 


7. Basic Roast Turkey

Keep it simple this holiday season with this classic and deliciously moist roast turkey. Get the recipe from Delish. 


8. Classic Turkey With Giblet-Mushroom Gravy

It doesn’t get better than a classic roast turkey with richly flavored gravy. Get the recipe from Delish. 


9. Orange And Sage Turkey With Cranberry-Pear Relish

A new twist on an old-fashioned Thanksgiving Turkey dinner. Get the recipe from Delish. 

10. Sage-Orange Turkey And White Wine Gravy

A fragrant herb mixture with fresh sage and tangy orange peel are cooked under the skin of the turkey, giving it a full flavor that is seriously enhanced by white wine gravy. Get the recipe from Delish. 


11. Herb-Roasted Turkey

This traditional roasted turkey is packed with distinctive fall flavors. Get the recipe from Delish. 


12. Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Whether you have a gluten intolerance or have decided to give it up for other reasons, these recipes prove you don’t need gluten to have a delicious Thanksgiving. Get Recipe Here


13. A Retro Menu

Pull out the vintage china! We added a few fresh twists to time-tested staples, from green bean casserole to cranberry sauce, for a meal rooted in nostalgia. Oh, and don’t forget to queue up an old-school playlist to match. Click Here For Recipe 

14. Fried Turkey

Deep-fried turkey is extra crispy, juicy and tender. You’ll never go back to cooking in an oven, again. Get the recipe for Fried Turkey 

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15. Luscious Roast Turkey

First time hosting? Refer to this flavorful and foolproof method for roasting your turkey and breathe easy. Get the recipe for Luscious Roast Turkey 


16. Easiest-Ever Pumpkin Soup

A creamy bisque that’s ready in minutes and not from a can? Genius! Keep this in your arsenal as an easy starter. Or, you know, for whenever you want soup at a moment’s notice. Get the recipe for Easiest-Ever Pumpkin Soup 


17. Squash Soup with Cumin

For an extra smooth soup, roast the butternut squash until it’s fork-tender and then add it to a pot with broth. Later, top with roasted pumpkin seeds to give the cozy dish some crunch. Get the recipe for Squash Soup with Cumin

18. Quick ‘n’ Easy Southern Biscuits

Who cares that the rest of the meal will be carb-heavy (hello, mashed potatoes!)? These Nashville-inspired, tender biscuits are a must. Get the recipe for Quick ‘n’ Easy Southern Biscuits


19. Classic Popovers

Classic Popovers

Our signature pastry has been served in the Good Housekeeping Dining Room to Presidents, First Ladies, royalty and movie stars (hey, Tom Hanks!). Make ’em for your extra special guests this year. Get the recipe for our Classic Popovers


20. Best-Ever Buttermilk Biscuits

Bake up a batch of biscuits that are basically everything you need — flaky, crispy, fluffy, buttery — you name it. Get the recipe for Best-Ever Buttermilk Biscuits


21. Citrus-Marinated Turkey

This marinated turkey is extra tender. Get the recipe from Delish.