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Best Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving dinner offers some of the year’s most delicious, filling food all on one crazy night. There are a dozen or more standard dishes served on any given Thanksgiving night, but what are the five essentials?

Here are some obvious choices, and a couple not so obvious….

Turkey with Gravy

Yeah, that one’s a little obvious. But what’s Thanksgiving without the turkey? Nothing beats three thick slices of turkey on the left side of the dining room table plate, with the tender meat doused with steaming hot gravy. The best thing about turkey at Thanksgiving: it makes great sandwiches for the next week!


The favorite dish for many, this one’s usually the side to make you anticipate the holiday all year long. The delectable mixture of onion, celery, bread cubes, seasoning, spices, and chicken broth makes the taste buds go wild. This also goes down well with a spoonful of cranberry sauce accompanying it.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Everybody loves French fries, but the world’s not-so-hidden secret is the even better sweet potato fries. Anything sweet potato is likely to be amazing, and the Thanksgiving sweet potato casseroles should most certainly be a family staple. With endless recipe possibilities online, this dish can be re-worked and experimented with every November. Just don’t forget the sweet potatoes!


This is the scariest Thanksgiving dish to try as a child. But once you get past the look and just overall gloopiness of the dish, it makes for a belly-warming addition to the already completely full dining room plate. The sweet blending of mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, coconut, sour cream, and miniature marshmallows goes far too well with every other side dish.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

The most variations at Thanksgiving dinner come in the dessert options. The staple is pumpkin pie, but is that really the best you can do? Even pumpkin lovers have to admit that pumpkin pie is one of the more bland pumpkin desserts out there. Apple pie is always a winner, as are other fruit pies. But the very best dessert has to be the integration of pumpkin and cheesecake. There are a lot of great recipes online, but Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake is the great champion, blending half regular cheesecake with pumpkin cheesecake, all baked on top of a pecan crust. Your whole family will go crazy for this scrumptious finish to their Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving these five dishes will make your Thanksgiving dinner the best on your block. Let’s start cooking!

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