NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 23: Assistant Chef Joe Breaton carries out a turkey prior to actor Stephen Baldwin serving Thanksgiving dinner to men and women at the New York City Rescue Mission on November 23, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

Everyone has their own traditions and favorite foods for Thanksgiving based on their culture, family traditions, and preferences. But if we get down to basics, most thanksgiving meals have five main dishes: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. 

Here are great videos with tutorials and recipes on each dish. 


Philly Boy Jay has a great recipe for turkey and a step-by-step video on how to properly make it. For this recipe, a lot of ingredients aren’t necessary either. You’ll need a defrosted turkey, onion, green peppers, flour, oven bags, seasonings, butter, and chicken stock. Watch the video below.


There are a lot of ways to make stuffing from scratch. I Heart Recipes has a great of making the dish using cornbread as the main ingredient. Watch the step-by-step video with instructions below.

Mashed Potatoes 

Mashed Potatoes are a must for Thanksgiving, but it is one of those dishes that can be difficult to make. Tasty has a lot of different versions of mashed potatoes on their website. Check out one of them making creamy mashed potatoes below.


There are a lot of different ways to make gravy. Philly Boy Jay’s recipe above on how to make turkey has a version at the 12:50 mark. It involves using the turkey neck, liver, heart, and gizzards.

Todds’ Kitchen also has another, more straightforward way of making gravy that only requires using water, beef or chicken stock cubes, Worcestershire sauce, cornflour, and milk. Check out that version below.

Green Beans

Sure, green beans are a simple dish that can be made in minutes. This version by Anita Cooks shows a great, easy way to spruce them up using garlic, butter, seasonings, and olive oil. Check it out below.

Bonus dish: Pumpkin pie 

The five main dishes are great, but Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Check out this version by Food Wishes below.


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