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21+ Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes 2022

on February 8, 2022
last updated March 24, 2022
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While Thanksgiving means a lot of different things to different people, these 21 Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes are all dishes that make me feel at home—wherever my plate might be.
thanksgiving table full of exciting thanksgiving recipes - brandy cranberry sauce, green bean casserole with secret ingredient, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy

Try something new for Thanksgiving dinner—or at least a twist on old favorites! Here’s the quintessential list for keeping it classic while freshening up your Thanksgiving game: 21+ Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes 2022. A list of every side dish, cocktail, and dessert you need to make a plentiful plate.

Whether it’s just you, or a table full of family members, there’s power in having nostalgic, homecooked, memory-inducing foods that simultaneously fill your heart and your tummy.

While Thanksgiving means a lot of different things to different people, these Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes 2022 are all dishes that make me feel at home—wherever my plate might be.

21+ Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes 2022

  1. Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
  2. Brandy Cranberry Sauce
  3. Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese (No-Bake!)
  4. Everything Bagel Stuffing
  5. Sparkling Mulled Cranberry Cocktail
  6. Quick Garlic and Lemon Asparagus
  7. Five-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole
  8. Roasted Garlic and Feta Mashed Potatoes
  9. Drunken Apple Pie With Bourbon Drizzle
  10. New Old-Fashioned Cocktail with Bourbon
  11. Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts
  12. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cosmo
  13. Four-Ingredient Roasted Potatoes
  14. Hearty Mushroom Gravy
  15. Green Bean Casserole with Secret Ingredient
  16. Festive Apple Cake with Streusel Topping
  17. Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


1. Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

two pumpkin muffins stacked on top of eachother with the top oine having cream cheese frosting

Festive Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Fall has arrived with these fluffy and moist Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting. If you love pumpkin spice, you will LOVE these muffins.



2. Easy Brandy Cranberry Sauce

bowl of cranberry sauce with sprig of rosemary garnish, surrounded by fresh cranberries

Easy Brandy Cranberry Sauce

This Easy Brandy Cranberry Sauce is simple to make, boasting the perfect balance between tangy and sweet and a subtle hint of floral brandy.



3. Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese (No-Bake!)

super closeup shot of creamy brie mac and cheese

Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese (No-Bake!)

Ready to level up your classic mac and cheese with a new twist? This Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese uses two types of cheese—one bold, and one more mild, to make the perfectly balanced bite.



4. Everything Bagel Stuffing

thanksgiving stuffing made with everything bagels in a casserole dish with a serving spoon

Everything Bagel Stuffing

This unique take on a Thanksgiving classic makes this Everything Bagel Stuffing a delicious enough side dish to eat all year round!



5. Sparkling Mulled Cranberry Cocktail

13 Exciting Recipes To Try Thanksgiving 2020 - Sparkling Mulled Cranberry Cocktail

Sparkling Mulled Cranberry Cocktail

A boozy and refreshing take on classic Fall flavors makes this Sparkling Mulled Cranberry Cocktail the epitome of a holiday cocktail.



6. Quick Garlic and Lemon Asparagus

13 Exciting Recipes To Try Thanksgiving 2020 - Garlic Lemon Asparagus

Quick Garlic Lemon Asparagus

This Quick Garlic Lemon Asparagus is fresh, earthy, cheesy, and zesty! The perfect side dish. You can also use this same recipe for all your green vegetables!



7. Five-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

13 Exciting Recipes To Try Thanksgiving 2020 - 5-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

5-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

This 5-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole maximizes the caramel and vanilla flavors of maple syrup and the natural sweetness of the potatoes to bring a bold taste with just a few ingredients!



8. Roasted Garlic and Feta Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic And Feta Mashed Potatoes - On Spoon

Roasted Garlic and Feta Mashed Potatoes

These Roasted Garlic and Feta Mashed Potatoes are creamy and fluffy with the perfect amount of salt and garlic to amp up each bite.



9. Drunken Apple Pie With Bourbon Drizzle

13 Exciting Recipes To Try Thanksgiving 2020 - Drunken Apple Pie With Bourbon Drizzle

Mouth-Watering Drunken Apple Pie with Bourbon Drizzle

Kick your apple pie up a notch with a boozy twist! This Drunken Apple Pie with Bourbon Glaze plays off the natural oak, vanilla, and caramel flavors of bourbon to add depth to your favorite Thanksgiving fall classic.



10. New Old-Fashioned Cocktail with Bourbon

Honey Flying off honey dipper and landing on rosemary garnish

New Old Fashioned Cocktail with Bourbon

This New Fashioned is an herbaceous twist on a classic favorite—the Old Fashioned—with the distinct flavor of honey and fresh aromatics of rosemary.



11. Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts

Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts - Featured Image

Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts

These Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts will turn even the pickiest of eaters into brussels-obsessed veggie lovers with this lick-your-fingers-worthy recipe.



12. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cosmo

cranberry cosmo garnished with whole cranberries and twisted zested lime

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cosmo

Have a little cranberry sauce to spare? Use it in this Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cosmo! With sweetness from the cranberry sauce, citrus, and vodka, this Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cosmo is the perfect Holiday cocktail.



13. Four-Ingredient Roasted Potatoes

Simple 4 Ingredient Roasted Potatoes - Recipe Card Image

Four Ingredient Roasted Potatoes

Sometimes you need simple. And that’s okay. Especially when simple is effective like in these Four Ingredient Roasted Potatoes.



14. Hearty Mushroom Gravy

bowl of mashed potatoes with hearty mushroom gravy oozing out

Hearty Mushroom Gravy

Non-meat-eaters rejoice! Finally, a Hearty Mushroom Gravy that boasts tons of flavor and can compete with any meat-based gravy. Pour over biscuits, mashed potatoes, veggies, fish—you name it!



15. Green Bean Casserole with Secret Ingredient

Green Bean Casserole with Secret Ingredient being lifted on a serving spoon

Green Bean Casserole

This Green Bean Casserole utilizes a secret ingredient to boost the natural flavors of your traditional Thanksgiving favorite for a whole new dinner sides experience.



16. Festive Apple Cake with Streusel Topping

dusting vegan apple cake with powdered sugar

Apple Cake With Streusel Topping

This Apple Cake With Streusel Topping is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of fall with fragrant cinnamon and the addition of 4 juicy apples to lock in moisture.



17. Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

stack of cookies with one cookie split in half on top

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for the perfect cookie to serve at Thanksgiving? Stop the search! These Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy to whip up and use the perfect amount of pumpkin and spices to bring Fall flavors to your classic cookie.



Thank you for checking out my list of 21+ exciting recipes to try this Thanksgiving. Whether your gathering is large or small, there is something here that will knock the socks off those at the dinner table. Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re still unsure where to start, here’s one of my annual family favorites, this Easy Brandy Cranberry Sauce.

21+ Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes 2022, including Easy Brandy Cranberry Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

All the Thanksgiving side dishes you’ll need in 2022, plus this Brandy Cranberry Sauce that boasts the perfect balance between tangy and sweet with a subtle hint of floral brandy.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (4 cups) fresh cranberries

  • 3/4 cup Brandy

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/2-3/4 cup granulated sugar*

  • juice of 1/2 orange (about 2 tablespoons)

  • zest of 1/2 orange

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  • Rinse your cranberries and set them aside to dry.
  • In a large pot, bring Brandy, water, orange juice, and sugar to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved (about 5 minutes).
  • Add 3 & 1/2 cups cranberries, cinnamon, and orange zest, and continue to cook on medium-high heat uncovered until cranberries burst (about 10 minutes). Conserve the remaining 1/2 cup of cranberries to add later.
  • Once your cranberries burst, turn off the heat but keep the pot on the hot burner. Use a potato masher or wooden spoon to crush cranberries and stir until you have a thick sauce.
  • Add remaining cranberries and cover, leaving your pot on the burner (with heat off) for another 5 minutes until whole cranberries soften.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and allow to cool before serving.

Pro Tips

  • *If you like your cranberry sauce on the tangier side, use 1/2 cup of sugar. If you like it on the sweeter side, use 3/4 cup sugar. I always make it with 1/2 cup because I find it to be sweet enough with the subtle sweetness of the Brandy or orange juice, but I’ve tested it thoroughly both ways and enjoyed both!
  • Conserve 1/2 cup of cranberries to add last to add texture to your cranberry sauce.

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