Dishes You Need to Bring to the Thanksgiving Table 2021

Raise your hand if mashed potatoes are your favorite comfort food… *raises hand*

I love Thanksgiving, and not just because it’s my birthday (woot woot)! From mashed potatoes to butternut squash bisque to your grandmother’s special stuffing, this holiday really is tied together with warm foods (and family time).

Here are a few yummy recipes that I’ve stumbled upon recently. Try something new this year! My all-time favorite are the cranberry brie crescent rolls. YUM.

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Classic Dishes You CAN’T Miss

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

This recipe by Delish covers you for a basic mashed potato recipe with step-by-step instructions. Make sure to melt the butter and cream to get that thick consistency. Yum!

Buttery Herb Stuffing

I was never a huge fan of stuffing as a kid, but I’ve grown to love it. This recipe by How Sweet Eats prepares a soft, rich stuffing with golden, crunchy edges in the oven. Use it to stuff your turkey or serve as a side dish.

Not-Your-Mother’s Casserole

Butternut Squash Casserole

This is one of my mother’s famous dishes… a special one, for sure! The recipe is pasted below.

Mac n’ Cheese

Who doesn’t love a classic mac n’ cheese dish? This oven-baked dish by All Recipes is topped with breadcrumbs and passes as a family favorite.

Sweet AND Savory

Cranberry Brie Crescent Rolls

These are one of my favorites to make any time of year. Head to the store for some Pillsbury crescent rolls, brie cheese and a can of cranberry sauce. Top with a sprig of rosemary and you have one of the easiest yet elegant appetizers to please the whole family. Follow the recipe on Self Proclaimed Foodie.

Adult Drinks

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Apple Cider Mojito

This fresh, sweet drink by Jo-Lynne Shane is a great one for fall, especially with Thanksgiving dinner! Don’t forget the cinnamon!

Cranberry Margarita

What’s better than cranberry sauce AND a cranberry margarita? This simple recipe is easy and pairs well with dinner. Just sub out the tequila for lemon-lime soda for a kid’s mocktail!

Salted Caramel White Russian

This creamy drink counts as a desert, too! With a little sea salt and caramel, you can’t go wrong with this one. Check it out here on The Sweet Occasion.


Did someone say s’mores? This step-by-step recipe looks super delicious and is ADORABLE. It’s also fitting for the upcoming holidays!

Did Someone Say Dessert?

Pecan Pie Bars

Bite-sized cookie bars with a shortbread crust… say less. These bars have the same delicious pecan pie filling in a unique shape that are easy to pass around the table for seconds.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Forget plain, old pumpkin bread… try bundt cake! This recipe also includes a cream cheese glaze to top it off. Yum!

Millionaire Bars

I’ve yet to make these cookie bars, but they look AMAZING. I’m a big fan of Twix bars, so these are right up my alley.

Oreo Turkeys

These adorable treats are so much fun for the kids. They can be made ahead of time or be done like an arts and crafts activity with the whole family!


I know I’m for sure going to be trying out some new recipes this year. Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Yours Truly,

Cat Taylor

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