6 Thanksgiving Must Haves

A thanksgiving dinner table
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it's time to start planning your menu. Will you go traditional with turkey and mashed potatoes? Or spice things up with a deep fried turkey (extra crispy, please!)? No matter what you serve, there are a few essential ingredients that every Thanksgiving feast needs. Check out our list of 6 Thanksgiving must-haves below.

1. A Turkey...duh!

A turkey cooking in a large pot

No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a juicy, golden brown turkey taking pride of place on the dinner table. Whether you like your bird roasted, deep fried, or smoked, make sure to get one that's big enough to feed your whole crew. And don't forget the all-important stuffing!

2. Mashed Potatoes

A plate with breaded chicken, mashed potatoes, and peas


Mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish because they go with pretty much everything. Plus, they're super easy to make ahead of time so you can focus on cooking the turkey and prepping the green beans on Thanksgiving day.

3. Cranberry Sauce

A plate with Christmas Cookies


Whether you like it canned or homemade, cranberry sauce is a must-have for any Thanksgiving feast. Be sure to have plenty on hand to top off those yummy mashed potatoes.

4. Green Beans

A bushel of green beans


Green beans are a classic Thanksgiving side dish. They're affordable, easy to make, and can be dressed up or down depending on your preference.

5. Pumpkin Pie

A pumpkin pie


No Thanksgiving is complete without dessert, and pumpkin pie is the quintessential fall dessert. Serve it up with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream for an extra special treat.

6. A Good Bottle of Wine...or Two!



Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and friends, and what goes better with good company than a delicious bottle of wine? Whether you like red or white (or both!), make sure to have plenty on hand to help everyone relax and enjoy their meal. Cheers!

From turkey to pumpkin pie, these are the 6 essential ingredients you need for a perfect Thanksgiving feast! What are your must-have dishes for this holiday? Let us know in the comments below. And happy cooking!

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