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America's Choice Thanksgiving Dinner

The votes are in! The Allrecipes community chose nine top-rated recipes for the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner. Check out the winners.

What's YOUR absolute Thanksgiving must-have? Please leave a comment and share your story. Thanks!

    Nov. 7, 2010 6:24 am
    Crescent rolls are a must! I always do a double batch of "Golden Crescent Rolls" from this site.
    lady blue 72 
    Nov. 8, 2010 3:25 pm
    regular mashed potatoes with turkey gravy!
    Nov. 8, 2010 7:36 pm
    My family can't do without stuffing and pie!
    Nov. 11, 2010 9:29 pm
    The Turkey!!
    Nov. 13, 2010 4:34 pm
    smoked duck and stuffing and let's not forget the sweet potatoe casserole :)
    Nov. 13, 2010 4:35 pm
    smoked duck and stuffing and let's not forget the sweet potatoe casserole :)
    Nov. 16, 2010 8:40 pm
    Sweet potato pie and potato salad are a must along side my turkey and dressing. Everything else is simply a bonus!
    Nov. 17, 2010 5:02 pm
    The pie! Two pumpkin, one carmel apple and one pecan. Killer leftovers next day.
    Nov. 18, 2010 9:27 pm
    sounds crazy, but we HAVE TO HAVE Brussel sprouts with cheese sauce, and we love all the rest.
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:15 am
    We love the Sunday Dinner Rolls from allrecipes. I could just eat them and not anything else.
    Nov. 19, 2010 4:49 am
    Sweet Potato Souffle, Cranberry Chutney, Cornbread Dressing, Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage and Pecan Pie.
    Nov. 19, 2010 4:52 am
    Jellied cranberry sauce!
    Nov. 19, 2010 5:40 am
    I have to make Shaker corn pudding. It's a gotta have!
    Nov. 19, 2010 6:20 am
    Turkey,Dressing,mashed Potatoes,creamed onions,escalloped Oysters,squash,cabbage salad,cranberries,pumpkin &apple,mincemeat pies are our favorites for years!!chip & dips,cheese & crackers also.
    Nov. 19, 2010 6:31 am
    My mother always made biscuits with donut hole cutter with melted butter on top before baking them. They would be put in huge bowl of gravy. That was Thanksgiving treat. I didn't realize how much that caught on with my son's because that is still always requested.
    Nov. 19, 2010 8:31 am
    turkey w/gravy,stuffing,mashed potatoes,creamed spinach,cran.sauce,buttered rolls,sweet potatoes with marshmallows(thats dessertlol) and before the meal.. italian wedding soup, and antipasto salad a meal in itself.
    Nov. 19, 2010 8:50 am
    Millionaire pie and strawberry and banana Jello,sweet potatoes and marshmallows,sauteed carrots with butter and garlic, stuffing with apples,raisins,walnuts and celery and onions and of course Turkey and Portuguese sweet bread/rolls,spinach salad, Pumpkin pies, apple pies, cherry pies...lot of desserts and whatever favorite thing the kids want on Thanksgiving day
    Nov. 19, 2010 9:03 am
    Spicy spinach casserole, turkey, stuffing, gravy, whipped potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn casserole etc., Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone.
    Nov. 19, 2010 9:09 am
    Mashed potatoes and jellied cramberry sauce:O)
    Nov. 19, 2010 9:37 am
    Spanakopita; my special,secret recipe turkey + gravy; carmelized onion,sausage+apple stuffing; sweet potatoes(NO marshmellows!!);whole berry cranberry sauce; mashed potatoes; sweet potato pie w/whipped cream; awesome apple cake drizzled w/ that's Thanksgiving!!! I hope everyone's holiday is blessed.
    Nov. 19, 2010 10:56 am
    My grandparents were from Austria and garlic lovers. Nothing better than crushing & chopping several cloves of garlic, and adding to a seperate cup of turkey gravy. Those that want extra "zip" add spoons of this mix, with other gravy, on potatoes, turkey, dressing etc. YMMM!
    Nov. 19, 2010 11:18 am
    baked sweet potatoes Brussel sprouts,and creamy mashed potatoes always a must with our turkey dinner plus lots of other veggies and stuffing
    Nov. 19, 2010 12:49 pm
    Our family can't do with out either mashed butternut squash or creamed onions! Yum!
    Nov. 19, 2010 1:52 pm
    Homemade Clover-Leaf rolls! A family tradition and worth the time they take!
    Nov. 19, 2010 2:39 pm
    My sister's Roasted Brussel Sprouts, my Mom's dressing and giblet gravy, and my pecan pie. Tis my favorite holiday!
    Nov. 19, 2010 4:25 pm
    Sweet potato biscuits! Finally got my grandmother to write down a recipe (I couldn't follow "add enough mashed sweets to your biscuit dough until it feels right") when I was just out of college. Now she's gone, but I make them every year, and for my sons, it's not Thanksgiving without them.
    Nov. 19, 2010 6:33 pm
    A must for my family is home made noodles and lots of mash potatoes and we deep fry our turkey.
    Antique Cook 
    Nov. 19, 2010 6:46 pm
    My oh My! I was brought up on two fabulous dishes and we have them both on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. I am now nearing my 80s so these are real old treasures from the 'Victorian Days'! Scalloped oysters and creamed onions! Yum!! Coming from the Bay State, home of the Pilgrims (Massachusetts), we can't celebrate without this stuff. Also, cranberries right from the bog on Cape Cod. We like having a cranberry sauce making contest, and having the spoon stand up in it while still cooking in the pan is a must!
    Nov. 19, 2010 6:47 pm
    Cocktail sausage meatballs, mincemeat pie, 7 layer salad, scalloped corn and cranberry walnut salad have to be on the table or it's not Thanksgiving. Everything else including the turkey is replaceable.
    Nov. 20, 2010 12:55 am
    Turkey, stuffing, mashed pototoes, gravy, rolls, corn casserole, creamy corn, green bean cass, pistachio salad, pumpkin pies, chocolate pudding pies, bacon wrapped smokies, crab dip & spinach dip for appetizers. Yum! Can't wait!
    Nov. 20, 2010 1:27 am
    my children can skip over anything else but the must have is sweet potatoes with marshmallows!
    Nov. 20, 2010 4:18 am
    I favor smoked turkey but some of the stuff listed here deserves a look definitely. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
    Nov. 20, 2010 1:04 pm
    Homeade noodles! Plus all the other stuff...
    Nov. 20, 2010 10:46 pm
    Our family MUST have Fresh Cranberry Fluff Salad w/Ground Cranberries, Sugar, Crushed Pineapple, Mini Marshmellows, real whipped cream & toasted pecans. Wonderfully refreshing & not too sweet.
    Nov. 20, 2010 11:17 pm
    Where will I start, turkey, sometimes ham, depends how many at the table, bread stuffing, gravy, olives, both whole & jellied cranberry, fruit salad, marshmallowed sweet potatoes, rolls, mincemeat & pumpkin pies & pumpkin dump cake. We have a big gathering & everybody brings something which makes a nice holiday w/ family & friends. Wishing everybody a wonderful Thanksgiving as ours.
    Nov. 21, 2010 4:17 pm
    My Mom's oyster dressing, smoked turkey, sweet potato souffle with pecans, collards and of course turnips..biscuits and lacy's a southern thing
    Nov. 22, 2010 8:12 am
    rutabaga is a must
    Nov. 22, 2010 7:27 pm
    My family always wants my mac salad, not only for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but any time we are together. Plus my home made apple and pumpkin pies.
    Nov. 23, 2010 7:37 am
    Cornbread Dressing. Mashed potatoes. Turkey, homemade rolls,cranberry relish, broccoli cheese casserole.
    Nov. 23, 2010 9:27 am
    Turkey, mashed potatoes & giblet gravy, greenbean casserole, homemade mac & cheese, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce (jellied) & rolls are a tradition in my family! Its a must have every year!! Happy Gobble Gobble!!! :)
    Suzie Q 
    Nov. 23, 2010 5:46 pm
    Roasted chestnuts are my holiday favorite
    Nov. 24, 2010 2:58 am
    Thanksgiving must have? The traditional dishes we all love make the meal... but being with friends and family make it Thanksgiving. That's my must-have on this holiday.
    Dec. 1, 2010 4:36 pm
    I've discovered a new substitute that's far better than any mashed potatoes. I call it root mash. Equal parts sweet potato (not yams) carrots, red potatos, celery root, parsnips with onion and garlic. Cube, boil, mash with 1 stick butter and 1 can evap. milk. YUMM-O!
    Nov. 11, 2011 1:37 pm
    Home made green bean cassarole, the Martha Stewart " way-Shhhhhh.
    Nov. 19, 2011 10:47 am
    My you have "interesting" tastes for Thanksgiving dinner must-haves, Angelica Dillard... :-| Ours is a little relish tray of tiny sweet gherkins, black olives and cream cheese-stuffed celery sticks. Turkey and gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, Seven Layer salad, Awesome Broccoli-Cheese Casserole from this site, other veggie dishes, sweet potato casserole, jellied cran-raspberry sauce, dinner rolls or crescents and of course-pumpkin and apple pies! Don't forget the wine!! Enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving, AR Friends!!
    Jul. 3, 2012 2:08 pm
    I cook everything each holiday! My family must have my Cranberry ham,stuffing, and my green bean bake!
    Nov. 19, 2014 7:25 pm
    Watergate Salad - it's gone before it hits the table!
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