Viral Thanksgiving Recipes to Try Something New This Season


As the holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving fast approaching, many have started planning what they intend to serve for dinner. Some may find themselves looking for inspiration on what to cook and have taken to social media for recipes.

TikTok has served as a space for creators to share some of their recipes, some of which have gone viral. At the time of publication, videos with the hashtag “thanksgiving recipes” have a combined total of 170 million views.

Jenna Helwig, Food Director of Real Simple, said Newsweek in an email that social media can encourage people to start planning their dinners early.

Above is an image of a Thanksgiving dinner. Many recipes have gone viral on TikTok as people share some of their favorite dishes.

“When you see those Thanksgiving rolls or TikToks rolling out the day after Halloween, it gets those menu-planning wheels spinning,” she said.

Annie Campbell, associate editor of Allrecipes, said Newsweek in an email that the holidays seem to be starting earlier than ever on social media.

“With so much time to prepare and find inspiration, I think holiday dinner parties will involve more creativity and experimentation than in years past,” Campbell said. “If a video stops you in your tracks, that’s usually enough incentive to get it on your own table. Think about that dish that looked so incredibly delicious on your [For You Page], you immediately saved it and sent it to a friend. Now you have a plan for a dish you can’t wait to execute and someone to share it with.”

She noted that cooking videos go through every step of the process, making recipes — even those that once seemed daunting — seem more accessible and less complicated.

So what are some of the most popular appetizers, sides, and desserts viewers are seeing on TikTok this year?


Those who prepare pre-meal snacks can find quick and easy recipes that show the step-by-step cooking process on TikTok.

TikTok user @thepalatablelife shared a video that has been viewed nearly 400,000 times showing how to make Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts.

Combining water, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a saucepan, she brought the mixture to a boil just before adding the nuts.

Once the liquid is nearly cooked, chefs are encouraged to spread them out on a pan to allow them to cool. The final touch is to add a little puff salt.

Another TikTok video, shared by @jordynn.ann, has been viewed over 350,000 times as it has been dubbed “the perfect fall appetizer”, with the hashtag “thanksgiving appetizers” included in the caption.

She cut a bulb of garlic in half and nestled it with cherry tomatoes and rosemary in a skillet. By putting it in the oven, the dish cooks for about 40 minutes, or until it becomes blistered.

The garlic is then added to sticks of butter, which are spread on toasted bread with the blistered tomatoes on top.


Not to be overshadowed by the turkey on the dinner table, many find the sides to be just as delicious as the star of the Thanksgiving show.

The mac and cheese is a family favourite, and TikTok user @moribyan’s video shows how she made the creamy side dish which has garnered over a million views.

She added heavy cream, minced garlic, cream cheese, and spices to the roux, along with three types of grated cheese. This mixture was combined with cooked macaroni and it was placed in a dish to be baked.

At the end of the baking process, @moribyan turned on the broiler to give the mac and cheese a crispy top.

With over 420,000 views, TikTok user @thatguywywy’s video on how to make ‘string bean bundles’ has also gone viral.

Fresh green beans are added to boiling salted water for about four minutes before being plunged into ice water to stop the cooking process.

In a measuring cup @thatguywywy added finely chopped garlic, brown sugar and melted salted butter hoisin sauce. He then wrapped bunches of green beans in strips of bacon and placed them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

After dousing the packets with the butter mixture, @thatguywywy put the tray in the oven and let the green beans cook for 30 minutes.


Even after a day of amazing food, there’s always room for dessert.

TikTok user @oh_my_foodness shared a video that has been viewed nearly 750,000 times showing how he made puff pastry apple rings.

He peeled and cut apples to make apple rings and covered them with cinnamon and sugar. @oh_my_foodness wrapped each circle in strips of puff pastry and topped them with milk and cane sugar.

After baking the rings, @oh_my_foodness dusted them with powdered sugar.

Departing from the classic pumpkin pie, @livingwithlady posted a video that has over 300,000 views showing how she makes pumpkin spice cake.

Using boxed cake mix to make the recipe, she added pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, and softened cream cheese.

Chocolate chips were sprinkled on top before the cake started baking.

These are just a few recipes that have been posted on social media, and Campbell said she took inspiration from social media to make a dish she saved for Thanksgiving.

“Last year I made a dairy-free spinach artichoke dip from @sweetsimplevegan which was a huge hit,” she said. “Wish I could say it was so good I’m going to make it again, but now I have dozens of new recipes saved in my Thanksgiving Idea Board to try instead.”

Basic Recipes and Ingredients

Aside from the viral recipes, there are classic dishes that Campbell and Helwig recommend.

Helwig said she likes to twist some classics, like turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. She also said that some of the best ingredients to have on hand are butter, canned chicken broth, and plenty of fresh herbs.

Campbell said she’s a fan of Allrecipes’ “Apple Pie by Grandma Ople” recipe and makes it every year.

As for basic ingredients, she suggested chicken broth and a can of pumpkin are good to have on hand for simple desserts.

“You could call him the unsung hero of Thanksgiving dinner,” Campbell said. “A good chicken or vegetable broth does wonders to prevent the number one problem we see in side dishes: too dry.”

Helwig said it’s ideal to try a recipe at least once before serving it to family and friends, but encouraged cooks to try something new, even if they don’t have the time to test it.

“If it doesn’t work, there will be a lot of other foods on the table,” she said.

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