Now that Halloween has passed, it’s time to gear up for Thanksgiving! With families gathering to give thanks and eat good food, Thanksgiving is without a doubt one of the best days of the year. Not to mention, the day after Thanksgiving kicks off many people’s favorite time of the year – the Christmas season!
Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, visiting friends and family, or working the holiday so others can enjoy their day, it’s the perfect time of year to indulge in delicious comfort food. Get inspired by recipes from our favorite Food Network chefs and hosts! These side dishes and desserts are perfect for any fall dinner and fit perfectly with classic Thanksgiving staples.
Thanksgiving Inspiration from your Favorite Food Network Chefs
1. Parmesan Roasted Asparagus, Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa is a Food Network favorite, and Ina’s easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing style makes all of her recipes fair game for Thanksgiving dinners (and potlucks year-round). For a delicious appetizer or side that won’t take too long, try her Parmesan Roasted Asparagus. On a table filled with turkey, potatoes and stuffing, you’ll welcome this lighter fare.
2. Garlicky Mashed Potatoes, Rachael Ray
Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving must-have! Try this jazzed up version for a little more flavor on your table. A little extra garlic and parmesan definitely never hurt anyone. These Garlicky Mashed Potatoes will taste delicious with your turkey, a spiced stuffing and rich gravy.
3. Cranberry Clementine Relish, Bobby Flay
If you prefer your cranberry sauce out of a can, skip right over this recipe. Otherwise, mix things up with this citrusy take on cranberry relish. Adding hints of ginger, chile, clementine and lime to the classic cranberry flavor make this a perfect addition to Thanksgiving. Consider bringing Bobby’s Cranberry Clementine Relish if you’re eating at someone else’s house – you won’t need to take up oven space to warm it up.
4. Brussels Sprout Gratin, Guy Fieri
Even the most avid Brussels sprout-haters can get on board with this creamy, cheesy, crunchy Brussels Sprout Gratin. Guy suggests slicing your sprouts with a mandoline to make prep a little easier. Once that’s done, this dish is simple to put together and cooks quickly, perfect for Thanksgiving dinner preparation.
5. Pumpkin Meringue Pie, Ree Drummond
The Pioneer Woman is a treasure trove of amazing Thanksgiving recipes. This meringue-topped pumpkin pie is as pretty as it is delicious! With a store-bought crust (unless you’re feeling ambitious), it’s not too difficult either. There’s nothing better to finish off Thanksgiving dinner with than a perfect Pumpkin Meringue Pie.