9 recipes no Thanksgiving would be complete without

Thank you America!

9 recipes no Thanksgiving would be complete without

While us Brits have only got Christmas on the agenda, Americans are gearing up for a whole different festive holiday: Thanksgiving.

This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday 28 November. Originating as a harvest festival, this special day is one of the biggest holidays of the year in America, and it's celebrated with a delicious and extravagant feast – all while family and friends get together to share what they are thankful for.

The core ingredients of the Thanksgiving meal are not dissimilar to those of Christmas – a roast turkey here, gravy and mashed potato there – with a few differences, like candied yams and green bean casserole.

If you want to get in on the Thanksgiving action, see our round-up below of all the American dishes that are tempting our taste buds this Thanksgiving…

Roast turkey 

What would Thanksgiving be without an enormous turkey centrepiece? This bacon-topped bird is stuffed with lemons and limes to give it a zesty taste, and creates the most delicious gravy.

baked sweet potatoes 

Whether mashed, baked or thrown in a gratin dish and topped with marshmallows (it's a thing), sweet potatoes – or yams – are known to make an appearance at the Thanksgiving table. We've topped ours with a big dollop of soured cream. 

Mashed potato

If you've watched any Thanksgiving movie scene, you'll know that mashed potato is always on the menu. As a shortcut, our Extra Special Creamy Mash is indulgent and smooth and will save you lots of time – but if you're catering for a crowd, we recommend checking out our tips on making the best mashed potato

brussel sprouts

There's no escaping our friend the sprout at this time of year – not that we would want to, as they're bloomin' delicious! Especially when pan-fried with pancetta and chestnuts, as in this recipe.


Where there's turkey, there's usually a side of stuffing. This fresh herb and onion stuffing is packed with flavour – lemon zest gives it a bit of a kick, while a splash of milk and a dollop of butter keep it moist. 

butternut squash soup

After a good Thanksgiving starter? It doesn't get much more seasonally appropriate than this butternut squash soup. Make sure you limit yourself to one bowl, mind – there will be a lot more food to come.

Cranberry sauce

Just like mint sauce is to lamb and horseradish is to beef,  our traditional and classic cranberry sauce is perfect for turkey. We've added extra orange in this recipe for some citrussy zing. 

Classic Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie - America's favourite Thanksgiving dessert. It's sweet, lightly spiced and perfect for a winter feast. Serve with whipped cream and a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg for a traditional finish. Flags are optional. 

Pecan pie

Not sure about pumpkin pie? Make this all-American pecan pie instead. Packed with butter, brown sugar, maple syrup and crunchy pecans, this will hit the spot served with a post-dinner tea or coffee. 

Make sure you stock up on everything you need at Asda this Thanksgiving or pop into your local store