Have you planned your Thanksgiving dinner yet? If not, look no further- the Pioneer Woman has your back with all of the easy, delectable Thanksgiving recipes you need. From the classics like turkey and mashed potatoes, to indulgent desserts like apple strudel, The Pioneer Woman Thanksgiving recipes will make for a filling, yummy meal this holiday season.
The first order of business is the turkey, of course. Ree Drummond's roasted turkey recipe has a prep time of only 10 minutes, and is flavored with butter, orange, rosemary, salt and pepper. She also has a brine recipe for a flavorful, juicy bird.
No Thanksgiving is complete without turkey gravy. Ree's is flavorful and addicting, starting off with a homemade turkey stock. By the time you're done, you'll have a delectable gravy to pour over your mashed potatoes, or as Ree suggests, on everything.
Along with the turkey, every self-respecting Thanksgiving table includes a few casseroles. Green bean casserole is always a classic, and the Pioneer Woman's includes bacon, butter, garlic, sharp cheddar cheese, pimiento, and bread crumbs.
Another tasty option that adds some healthy veggies to the table is a Brussels sprouts casserole, which is simply irresistible with its cream, cheese, bacon, and crispy, lemony panko bread crumb topping. The Pioneer Woman compares this casserole recipe to a baked gratin, if that tells you anything about how delicious it is.
Sweet potato casserole is another dish the sweet-savory lovers can't live without. Full of the sweet flavor of sweet potato and the autumnal spices of paprika and cinnamon, this dish will complete your Turkey Day menu. Plus, it has that decadent topping of marshmallows for a touch of sweetness.
Side Dishes Galore!
As for Thanksgiving side dishes, the Food Network star's mashed potatoes are as creamy as they come. She uses cream cheese, half and half, and butter to achieve that amazing texture that goes so well with a plate full of turkey, green bean casserole and pie. The best part is, they can be made ahead of time so make Thanksgiving Day easier.
The Pioneer Woman's go-to cranberry sauce is simple, yummy and ready in under half an hour. She uses maple syrup for the sweetness and orange juice for the tang. As she explains in her recipe, it's also super adaptable to fit the ingredients you have on hand, an easy addition to your Thanksgiving menu.
To celebrate the season of winter squashes, make Ree's butternut squash puree recipe. This is also a great option for any vegetarians out there looking for some veg-friendly Thanksgiving dishes. Butternut squash puree is essentially just roasted butternut squash, maple syrup, and cinnamon, but it's truly delicious.
Another autumnal vegetarian option is creamy pumpkin soup, which is velvety smooth and flavored with maple syrup and nutmeg. Served with roasted pumpkin seeds, this adds the perfect balance to a carb-heavy meal and includes our favorite fall-time flavor.
We've got the turkey, casseroles, and some solid sides, but no Thanksgiving is complete without some dinner rolls to clean your plate with. Ree describes hers as "rustic and charming," and "begging for butter," and we can't help but agree.
The Most Important Part
Thanksgiving dessert is immediately where my mind goes when it comes to this scrumptious holiday! The Pioneer Woman is amazing at desserts of all kinds, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Her apple pie recipe is classic and delectable, asking to be topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The big day wouldn't be complete with a pecan recipe! My personal favorite dessert, pecan pie brings that nutty goodness that perfectly complements the many fall flavors on the table. Ree Drummond's pecan pie is sweet and nutty, featuring vanilla, butter, and corn syrup.
Another classic, Ree's pumpkin pie is a must-have on Thanksgiving day. Hers is served with butter-pecan whipped cream, which tastes amazing atop the spiced pumpkin custard. After the 30-minute prep-time, just sit back let the pie become the yummy, pumpkiny delight it was meant to be!
To switch it up from the pies, Ree's caramel apple cheesecake recipe is a heavenly culmination of graham crackers, apples, and caramel. Just make sure to plan ahead, as you'll need to chill the cheesecake until firm, at least 8 hours.
Thanksgiving Meal Ideas
For anyone struggling to plan your Thanksgiving meal, the Pioneer Woman makes it super easy with her Thanksgiving menus! Each menu idea includes a main course, sides, dessert, and a drink. Whether you want to go fancy or make a meal on the quicker side, the Pioneer Woman has a menu for it!