Our Best Roll, Biscuits & Bread Recipes for Thanksgiving

updated Jun 29, 2023
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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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Potato Dough Rolls

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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Soft & Tender Dinner Rolls
A step-by-step guide to foolproof dinner rolls.
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Parker House Rolls

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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No-Knead Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

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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Herbed Olive Oil Fantail Rolls

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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1-Hour Dinner Rolls

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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Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

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

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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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2-Ingredient Yogurt Drop Biscuits

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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Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

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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Cheesy Whole-Grain Biscuits

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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Herbed Yogurt Biscuits
Every cook needs a foolproof biscuit recipe. This version is just that, along with a welcome addition of yogurt, fresh herbs and black pepper.
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Cream Biscuits

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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Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

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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One-Bowl Cream Cheese Biscuits

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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Southern Biscuits

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."

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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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No-Knead Garlic Tear & Share Bread

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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Basic Buttermilk Quick Bread

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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Easy Ranch Quick Bread
All the very, herb flavor of homemade ranch dressing in a hearty, easy-to-make quick bread.
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Skillet Cornbread

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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