The Kitchn Collective Shares the One Thanksgiving Dish They Look Forward to the Most

published Nov 16, 2020
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Southern pecan pie
Credit: Grandbaby Cakes

Everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving has a favorite dish they look forward to every year. Maybe Grandma has a special green bean casserole, or your cousin makes Rice Krispies treats that are somehow better than pumpkin pie.

Personally, I am a major fan of Brussels sprouts — especially Ina Garten’s recipe for Balsamic-roasted Brussels sprouts. And a well-made cornbread stuffing is also a treat because I rarely get to eat it outside of Thanksgiving. So when it comes time to sit down for dinner, I’ll add a small slice or two of turkey for the sake of trying everything on the table, but I’m always the person who fills up on Brussels and stuffing and leaves no room for dessert. 

Finding out what other people look forward to the most helps me plan my own Thanksgiving menu, too. Am I missing out on a certain pie? Or is there a better method for cooking turkey I have yet to try? For inspiration, we turned to the Kitchn Collective to get their favorite picks — and boy, did they deliver. Here’s what they had to say.

1. Southern Pecan Pie

“Pecan pie is the ultimate pie that most people get down on for Thanksgiving. It is gooey, perfectly rich, buttery, and crunchy. It is seriously irresistible, and I literally speed through dinner so I can get me a slice!” — Jocelyn Delk Adams from Grandbaby Cakes

Get the recipe: Southern Pecan Pie from Grandbaby Cakes

Credit: Hip Foodie Mom

2. Tomato and Scalloped Potato Gratin

“We are big potato-lovers, and we always have at least three different types of potato sides for Thanksgiving: mashed potatoes, a sweet potato dish, and this scalloped potato gratin. This is the dish I look forward to the most because it’s cheesy, comforting, and so delicious. I purposely make a big batch so I can enjoy leftovers for at least a couple of days after Thanksgiving is over. Also, I love the tomatoes in this dish, but you can easily omit them altogether and it’s still wonderful!” — Alice Choi from Hip Foodie Mom

Get the recipe: Tomato and Scalloped Potato Gratin from Hip Foodie Mom

Credit: Yummy Toddler Food

3. Butternut Squash Pie

“We’ve been making this super-easy (and, in my opinion, better-than-pumpkin!) pie for about 10 years — ever since we’ve had squash from our garden. It’s my favorite holiday dessert and is equally delicious the morning after!” — Amy Palanjian from Yummy Toddler Food

Get the recipe: Best Butternut Squash Pie with Graham Cracker Crust from Yummy Toddler Food

Credit: The Cookie Rookie

4. Garlic Butter Roast Turkey Breast

“Garlic butter roast turkey breast is always on our holiday table. It is SO foolproof, and simply bursting with flavor (think: chicken with 40 cloves garlic, but with turkey!).” — Becky Hardin from The Cookie Rookie

Get the recipe: Garlic Butter Roast Turkey Breast from The Cookie Rookie

What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Let us know in the comments!