Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Are you looking for some special Thanksgiving recipes that not only taste good but look pretty too? I have found some of the best Thanksgiving recipes that present really well. There all always the tried and true family favorites that have to be included in the Thanksgiving menu. However, I like to have some great recipes that also have a unique or decorative presentation for the table. Even if it only lasts for a couple of minutes!

Here are some of the best Thanksgiving recipes that also have a wonderful visual appeal.

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Pretty Mashed Potatoes Recipe

loaded mashed potatoes recipe

Mashed potatoes are definitely a Thanksgiving staple.  However, an option to spice up the dish a little bit is this recipe for loaded mashed potatoes. I combine 5 lbs of mashed potatoes with 8 oz. cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream, and a couple of tablespoons of chopped chives.

I like to make this ahead of time and then put it in my crock pot an hour or two before dinner.  Then, just before serving, I put the potatoes in a serving bowl with garnishes.  I do still make gravy for this one too and it is delicious!

Fancy Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is an all time favorite but I think I could substitute the traditional pie for this wonderful looking tart that I am sure tastes as amazing as it looks.   Jenny Hobick shows how easy this is to make at Everyday Occasions.

An Elegant Stuffing Alternative

If you usually stuff your bird with your favorite stuffing and have some leftover, why not wow your guests by filling large mushroom caps with the rest instead of merely putting it in a small casserole dish? Garnish with fresh parsley for a pretty look.


Get Fancy With Souffles

These non-traditional but delicate souffles would make a great appetizer or elegant side dish to your Thanksgiving meal.  The flavorful scallions, red onions and peppers will add just a little kick to the rest of your meal.  The idea and recipe to make these as an addition to your Thanksgiving dinner comes from Food 52.


A Step Up From Regular Cranberry Sauce

And finally, for cranberry sauce, this recipe from Good Housekeeping for a ginger pear cranberry sauce offers a slightly sweeter version than the traditional.  The presentation with the pear slices looks elegant and perfect for a holiday dinner.


Besides having the best Thanksgiving recipes for making your table pretty, find ideas for decorating your table at Thanksgiving table decor.

Do you have some traditional favorites or ideas for great presentation?  Share your tips in the comments!

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