The 30 Best Recipes to Cook This November

published Nov 1, 2022
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Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

There’s simply no way around it: We cannot talk about cooking or eating in November without considering Thanksgiving. Sure, it’s just one meal, but for many of us it’s the Super Bowl of cooking. There is so much great eating to be had.

Need a hand planning your menu? We’ve got you covered with Thanksgiving recipes to take you through the entire meal: everything from the turkey (or if you’re making a vegetarian main, go for mini stuffed pumpkins) and the sides to dessert and festive cocktails. Now, I don’t know about you, but for me, the best part is the leftovers. Make a giant pot of turkey stock and get your fill of turkey sandwiches. Then remember that you can repurpose turkey leftovers the same way you’d use leftover chicken. There are so many possibilities.

If you’ve got house guests this month (or anytime over the holidays), a make-ahead Denver breakfast casserole is always a good idea, as are a batch of fast and fancy cream cheese breakfast pastries.

There’s still a ton of cooking and eating that happens outside Thanksgiving, and for that, this is a great month to lean into simple, cozy comfort. Creamy orzo, an easy spin on beef stroganoff, chicken adobo, fall-inspired sheet pan gnocchi, and chocolate chip-studded pumpkin bread are all great ideas to keep in your mealtime roster this month.

Bottom line: November is a great month for some seriously delicious food. Here are 30 of our favorite ideas to inspire your cooking and baking all month long, because we want you to have a positively delicious month ahead.

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The Ultimate Fall Salad

Have you been in a lunch rut lately? Same here. Recipe Director, Lauren Miyashiro, is banking on this hearty (and beautiful!) salad to snap her out of it. We think she definitely has the right idea.

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Wild Mushroom Stuffing

It's guaranteed to please both the stuffing purists (there’s still celery and parsley and thyme!) and the adventurous eaters alike.

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Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
Traditional mashed potatoes get an extra dose of luxe flavor from sour cream.
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Bombay Toast

If you love a savory breakfast, you'll want to follow Senior Food Editor, Megan's, lead. "I love a savory breakfast, plus anything cheesy and spicy, so this Bombay Toast is really speaking to me right now."

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One-Pot Weeknight Beef Stroganoff

For the nights you're craving something quick, easy, and super comforting, this one-pot twist on the classic checks all the boxes.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

According to Executive Editor, Adriana, this bread is a total dream. One loaf simply wasn't enough, and she'll be baking it on repeat this month.

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Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries

If you're hosting house guests this month, a batch of these puff pastry squares is a great idea for breakfast. Try swapping apple butter or pumpkin butter for the jam.

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Roast Stuffed Turkey with Cornbread Chestnut Dressing

If you're ready to go beyond basic roast turkey, we love this stufffed turkey. The aroma of roasted chesnuts combined with cornbread, sage, thyme, and a hint of bay leaf is just as magical as it is delicious in this stuffed turkey from chef Alexander Smalls.

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Turkey Thighs

Roasted turkey thighs are one tasty way to change up mundane holiday turkey recipes. From start to finish you'll need less than an hour, and they're a great option if you aren't cooking the whole bird.

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Mini Pumpkins Stuffed with Onion, Mushrooms, and Chard

Executive Food Director, Nina, is eyeing these little cuties for a fun fall dinner. They also happen to make a great vegetarian main for Thanksgiving. "I'm always looking for celebratory vegetarian dishes, and these mini pumpkins stuffed with mushrooms, chard, and cheese certainly fit the bill."

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Mustard and Wine-Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Shallots

If you're looking for an alternative to turkey for your holiday dinner (or just want a totally delicious chicken dinner), these braised thighs are celebration-worthy.

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Shortcut Apple and Pear Phyllo Pie

For a totally impressive-looking, no-fuss Thanksgiving pie, look to store-bought phyllo dough.

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Ribollita (Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup)

It's officially soup season, so Senior Contributing Food Editor Sheela is returning to a cold-weather favorite: Tuscan ribollita. It benefits from being made in advance, so it's a perfect, wholesome meal for the busy weeks ahead.

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Smashed Brussels Sprouts

What makes these sprouts so impossibly delicious is that they are tender inside and deliciously caramelized and crispy on the outside.

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Pumpkin Black Sesame Pie

Nutty black sesame makes this twist on a very traditional pie nothing short of a showstopper.

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Classic apple pie is good, but if you're looking to really up the ante this year, this is the pie for you.

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Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Sausage, and Butternut Squash

This 30 minute meal is a fall favorite for Contributor Patty. It's one you'll want to keep on repeat this month.

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Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes

These mouthwatering smashed potatoes are tossed in a garlic butter mixture and baked until golden and crispy.

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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie

Production Editor, Tracey, is ready to bring on all the Thanksgiving leftovers so she can make this turkey pot pie.

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Apple-Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

Make this cinnamon and apple French toast casserole the night before and enjoy it fuss-free in the morning. Apple butter in the custard is the trick!

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One-Pot Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Orzo

If you feel some risotto vibes coming from this creamy, cheesy dinner, you're not wrong.

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Turkey Noodle Soup
Your leftover Thanksgiving turkey was destined to be repurposed in this noodle soup, which comes together in 20 minutes but tastes like it took all day.
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Cinnamon Butter-Bath Sweet Potatoes

Cooking cubed sweet potatoes in a bath of milk, butter, and sweet fragrant cinnamon is a super-simple way to enhance the fall veggie.

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Chicken Adobo Recipe

This quintessential Filipino dish of chicken stewed with vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, black peppercorns, and bay leaves is at the top of Senior Contributing Food Editor Kelli's must-make list this month.

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Fennel, Carrot, and Leek Gratin

If you like fennel even a little bit, you've got to make this gratin. And if you love fennel, there is a very good chance this will become your new favorite fennel recipe.

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Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Squash, Persimmons & Pecans

If you pick up some persimmons this month, you've got to make this salad. Eat it on its own for lunch or as a side dish with chicken, pork, steak, or fish.

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Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

This two-ingredient recipe is one of the easiest, most foolproof ways to cook chicken. Try the shredded meat in tacos, burritos, grain bowls, sandwiches, and salads.

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Caramelized Onion, Apple, and Sausage Pasta

This month is the perfect time to make this pasta — it screams fall.

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Cauliflower Soup

This easy, creamy cauliflower soup is flavored with garlic and thyme, and is naturally dairy-free and vegan.

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Easy Breakfast Casserole

Senior Contributing Food Editor Kelli has this egg casserole bookmarked for when she has family staying with her later in the month. "My family adores Denver omelets (the inspiration behind this dish) and I love that I can prep it ahead of time and then just pop it in the oven in the morning."

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