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Best Thanksgiving Recipes To Make

November 22, 2021

Looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes to make this year? Here are some of my favorite recipes that I make every single year.  

In this post, I will go over every dish I make for my Thanksgiving dinner along with the ingredients and directions for each.  

Roasted Turkey


  • 1 fresh turkey 8lbs (fully defrosted, washed, giblets and neck removed)
  • 8 garlic cloves mashed
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1/4 tsp of cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp of black pepper
  • 3 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 3 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of Goya Adobo seasoning
  • 1 turkey gravy mix
  • 1/2 cup Coca Cola
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 3 lemons cut in quarters
  • 1 apple cut in quarters
  • 1 onion cut in quarters
  • 1 bunch of fresh thyme



Two days before Thanksgiving dinner prepare the adobo mixture by combining all the above ingredients in a mortar, first, mash the garlic with the salt and pepper then add the dry ingredients, and then when everything is well combined, add the vinegar and oil.

The wine and orange juice will be used once the turkey is placed in the oven.

Place the turkey in a roasting pan, rub prepared mixture all over the turkey, including under the skin, once this is done cover up with aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator until the cooking day.

On the day of thanksgiving dinner take the turkey out and add the apples, onions, lemons, and thyme in its cavity, tie legs with twine, and cover with aluminum foil.

Place in a preheated oven at 300 degrees for 3 hours. Halfway through the cooking time uncover the turkey and add the wine and orange juice, cover again and keep cooking for the remaining time.

After the 3 hours are done uncover the turkey and raise temperature to 400 degrees and cook for 1 more hour. Turn off the oven and let it sit for 20 minutes. Take the turkey out, place it in a tray.

Meanwhile strain all the juices from the roasting pan then add it to a small pot, stir in the brown gravy mix, Coca Cola and raisins and cook for 20 minutes, strain everything again and place it in a gravy cup. Keep turkey and gravy in the oven until is time to eat, enjoy!

Green Bean Casserole


  • 2 bags of fresh green beans, ends cut off
  • 1 package of mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves mashed
  • 1 bag of French’s Fried Onions
  • 3 tbsp of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup of half and half
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 tsp of soy sauce
    Salt and pepper to taste


Cut green beans in half and cook them for about 6 to 8 minutes in boiling water. Then bleach them in cold water and drain them. Once that is done set it aside.

In a large pan melt butter, add the onions, mushrooms, garlic, and soy sauce, cook until golden brown. Then add 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour whisk immediately over the mixture, then add the milk and half and half, season with salt and pepper, and continue whisking constantly while sauce thickens. Set aside once complete.  

Combine green beans and mixture and pour in a baking dish to bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, once the 30 minutes are done take it out and sprinkle with the French’s onions fries over the top and cook for 5 more minutes. Enjoy!

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes


  • 3 lbs of russet potatoes peeled and cut into slices
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Salt and paper to taste

Add the peeled potatoes and garlic to a large pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Cook until fork-tender, then drain well. Use a masher to incorporate the garlic flavor into the potatoes, then add the 1/2 stick of butter and whipping cream, and with a hand mixer combine all together until smooth. Add more salt if needed, sprinkle black pepper and the rest of the butter over the top in small pieces. Enjoy!

Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Orange peel


Rinse cranberries thoroughly with water. Boil water, add sugar and once the sugar is dissolved add the cranberries and cook in medium heat for about 20 to 25 minutes. Once that is done let it cool down and then place it in the refrigerator.

*Tip: This dish can be made ahead of time before thanksgiving day.

Sweet Potato Casserole


  • 5 yams or sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • Water


Peel and cut potatoes in quarters, add them to a deep pan with salt water and cook with cover until fork tender, then drain water and add the cream, butter, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, mash all together with a potato masher until very smooth. Add the marshmallows over the top and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes or until brown. Enjoy!

Each of these dishes is very popular at my Thanksgiving table every year. These are by far the best Thanksgiving recipes to make! If you are looking for more food inspirations make sure to check out my other blog posts

Laura Mogica

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