Our Best Roll & Bread Recipes for Thanksgiving

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We all know that certain heavy-hitter dishes — like classic turkey, hearty stuffing, or ultra-buttery mashed potatoes — tend to steal the spotlight at Thanksgiving. But as you get ready to finalize your holiday menu, I urge you not to forget the bread. Despite an already-packed table, there’s always room for a bread basket.

They’re a great counterpoint to everything else on the table, and bread also holds the (very important!) duty of helping mop up all that extra gravy. So from pillowy soft dinner classics, to fancy 12-layer rolls flecked with fresh herbs, to a gluten-free version everyone will enjoy, here are several bread recipes that deserve a place on your Thanksgiving table.

Rolls

From no-knead rolls you can make in an hour to incredibly tender, potato-enriched morsels that melt in your mouth, homemade rolls are the quietly beloved staples of the Thanksgiving table. Here are a few recipes to choose from.

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These are the ultra-easy, no-knead rolls that everyone will love for their craggily, toasted tops and moist, tender centers. They’re just as good with dinner as they are for tiny leftover sandwiches.

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If a classic dinner is what you’re after for Thanksgiving, these are the rolls to round out your spread. These are the classic rolls you know and love — soft and tender, yet weighty enough that they don’t collapse under the bread knife.

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Two things make these famous rolls special: first, each one is dipped in melted butter before going on the baking sheet, and second, they are folded in half to give them their signature pocketed appearance.

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Mashed sweet potato brings extra flavor to these light and airy no-knead rolls. These rolls also let you get a head start by making the dough a day before you bake the rolls.

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If what you’re going for is the wow-factor, these herb-flecked rolls, built with 12 layers of flaky dough, do not disappoint.

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With an extra dose of yeast and just a single rise, this quick recipe is your solution to home-baked rolls in a hurry.

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This rich and tender dinner roll recipe is one that everyone will enjoy, whether they’re avoiding gluten or not.

Biscuits

Great for a last-minute addition, we think biscuits deserve a spot on the table regardless of your geography. Whether you want your biscuits tall and flaky or quick and tangy, there’s a recipe to suit your needs.

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With just two ingredients, and no rolling or cutting, this is the recipe that makes from-scratch biscuits easy to bring together while you tackle the rest of your Thanksgiving prep.

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To really nail these tender and flaky classic biscuits, pop the butter into the freezer for about five minutes before getting started to ensure it’s super cold.

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This is the recipe that guarantees the bread basket doesn’t get pushed into the corner. Nutty spelt flour creates the base for tender biscuits studded with sharp cheddar, chives, and black pepper.

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These herb-flecked biscuits substitute Greek yogurt for traditional buttermilk, for an airier texture and a subtle tang.

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These simple cream biscuits are a take on the ever-delicious and classic buttermilk biscuits. What you’ll love more than the slightly crisp tops and pillow-soft insides is that these biscuits come together from start to finish in about 20 minutes.

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Sometimes you just need to give your classic buttermilk biscuits a boost. There’s no better time to break out the smoky bacon and sharp cheddar than Thanksgiving.

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All you need is a single bowl to make these buttery biscuits with an oh-so-delicate crumb. This recipe combines the best traits of the temperamental butter biscuit and the cream biscuit.

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This recipe, based on the recipe from a package of White Lily Flour, delivers the tender-yet-flaky biscuits the South is known for. As Meghan says, “If it takes longer than 20 minutes to whip these up, you’re doing too much.”

Breads

Here’s where you’ll find items for the Thanksgiving bread basket outside of the traditional rolls and biscuit category. For some, a skillet cornbread is a must. For others, a quick bread is enough for the table. Perhaps even a savory muffin is more your speed? Add a few wild cards this year, and see how quickly whatever you add to the table gets used to mop up all that gravy.

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Thanksgiving is a holiday for sharing, and there’s no better bread to do just that than these simple tear-and-share buns laced with plenty of butter, garlic, and herbs.

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Change up traditional rolls with slices of savory and tangy buttermilk quick bread. This basic recipe can be instantly upgraded with herbs, spices, nuts, fruit, and more.

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A play on the basic buttermilk quick bread, this version gets tangy flavor from buttermilk and mimics ranch seasoning with help from the spice cabinet.

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Muffins are not just for breakfast. This tender whole-wheat version carries a subtle sweetness and has a moist, tender crumb perfect for mopping up that pool of gravy on your plate.

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Don’t reserve this cornbread for just soup and chili. This light and tender bread knows how to hold its own at the center of the Thanksgiving spread.

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