Whether you are a first-time Thanksgiving host, are looking to spruce up your feast or are stumped about your potluck picks, Cooking Channel has the best Thanksgiving recipes — turkey, starters, sides and sweets — plus how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

  1. 1 Sour Cream + Chive Mashed Potatoes, Plus More Thanksgiving Side Dishes

    Starring: Scrumptious Side Dishes

    Fill guests' plates with a combo of classic sides — velvety mashed potatoes, ruby-red cranberry sauce and green bean casserole — and unique Cooking Channel-style twists.

  2. 2 Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

    It's Turkey Time

    Turn out a perfectly cooked turkey with our top tips (brining and beyond), and amp up flavors with herbs and spices.

  3. 3 Pecan Pie Recipe

    Dig Into Dessert

    Save room for our spread of apple, pumpkin and sweet potato pies –– and even more dessert recipes in a bevy of fall flavors.

  4. 4 Kelsey Nixon's Thanksgiving

    A Kelsey’s Essentials Thanksgiving

    Kelsey shares her Web-exclusive menu, mix-and-match stuffing recipes and tips for hosting your tastiest Thanksgiving yet.

  5. 5 Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

    Savory Starters

    Offer tiny indulgences that hint at the feast to come: meaty stuffed mushrooms, creamy soups, crostini bites and more.

  6. 6 Thanksgiving Countdown Timeline + Shopping List

    Countdown to Thanksgiving

    Don’t panic: We've got the two-week timeline and shopping list to get you ready for Thanksgiving in stress-free fashion.

  7. 7 Thanksgiving Table Decorations

    Entertain Like an Expert

    Set the stage for your feast with Cooking Channel's table decorating ideas, and get more hosting tools and tricks.

  8. 8 Cooking Channel Thanksgiving Specials

    Thanksgiving on Cooking Channel

    The Deen brothers tackle Turkey Day, Bobby Flay and Ree Drummond face off in a Thanksgiving Throwdown, and more.

  9. 9 Stuffing Recipes

    Ditch the Boxed Stuffing

    Whether you're stuffing the bird or dressing your buffet, experiment with these different bread bases and mix-ins.

  10. 10 Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe

    The Easiest Thanksgiving Recipes

    When speed is of the essence, whip up these sides and sweets that cut back on prep time — but not on flavor.

  11. 11 How to Host Your First Thanksgiving

    Host Your First Thanksgiving

    Ace your first hosting gig: Plan in advance, keep guests happy, and ensure your food is both fresh and tasty.

  12. 12 Top-Rated Thanksgiving Recipes from Cooking Channel

    40 Top-Rated Recipes

    Can't narrow down your picks for the feast? Choose from Cooking Channel's most popular, highest-rated recipes.

  13. 13 Caramel-Apple Cheesecake + More Apple Dessert Recipes

    Fall Harvest Desserts

    Decorate your dessert display with apple cheesecake, crumbles and bread pudding, plus twists on classic pumpkin pie.

  14. 14 Alton Brown's Tips

    Alton Brown, Turkey Master

    Get Alton’s foolproof turkey tips, from his brining secrets to how to truss the turkey and get an evenly cooked bird.

  15. 15 Fixes for Thanksgiving Disasters

    Help! Thanksgiving Disasters, Averted

    Lumpy potatoes? Cracked pie? Undercooked turkey? We've got 10 quick fixes for all your Thanksgiving quandaries.

  16. 16 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

    Make-Ahead Thanksgiving

    Prep these easy sides and desserts in advance to limit day-of stress (or to tote to a potluck Thanksgiving meal).

  17. 17 Nadia G.'s Pie Crust

    Pick Your Pie

    Watch 10 Cooking Channel chefs tackle pie crust, from Nadia G.'s coconut-almond tart shell to a simple phyllo dough.

  18. 18 Dinner for Two

    Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

    Host a small-crowd meal with one-plate portions of turkey breast, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberries.

  19. 19 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

    Get in the Spirit(s)

    Round out your feast with festive cocktails and big-batch drinks that incorporate fresh fall ingredients and Thanksgiving flavors.

  20. 20 Thanksgiving Soup Recipes

    Start with Soup

    Warm guests up with creamy, spiced soups made out of seasonal squash and fresh fall veggies.

  21. 21 Southern Thanksgiving Menu

    Down-South Decadence

    Host a Southern-style feast with fried chicken, braised greens, cornbread dressing and a streusel-topped sweet potato pie.

  22. 22 Stove Top Sides Recipes

    Stovetop Sides

    Prep these pots-and-pans sides while you're finishing up your turkey, and don't worry about the oven shuffle.

  23. 23 Roasted Carrot and Sweet Potato Recipes

    Orange You Glad?

    Roasted and glazed with sugary syrups, carrots and sweet potatoes become the dessert-like stars of your dinner spread.

  24. 24 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

    Recipes for Leftovers

    Turkey turns into a savory soup, mashed potatoes fill quesadillas and sweet potatoes become breakfast stars.

  25. 25 Thanksgiving Vegetarian Recipes

    Veggie Delight

    Offer meat-free mains like a cheesy vegetable pasta and a Veggieducken squash roast to satisfy your vegetarian guests.

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