Thanksgiving Dips and Sauces

It’s time to start planning your Thanksgiving meal. While you’re busy brainstorming side dish and dessert options, don’t forget about sauces and dips. Both can add a truly unique and tasty touch to your meal, not to mention all the meals leading up to and after the holiday when you’re still feeding your family even though you wish they’d leave.

Or not. Some of us like our families.

Either way, I scoured the web to find a few good Thanksgiving sauce and dip recipes. I wanted to keep going and list dozens more, but there’s just not enough time in the day. I hope you’ll share your Thanksgiving sauce and dip recipes in the comments to keep this list growing.

Opera Girl recommends cranberry sauce for turkey meatloaf. Her sauce recipe is very straightforward, but no doubt yields great flavor. Check out the recipe and pics here.

For the more adventurous cranberry lover, I suggest you try the pumpkin-cranberry chutney from Kitchen Heals Soul. This recipe sounds amazing. I’m imagining it on top of my warm, fresh baked rolls now.

The pumpkin macaroni and cheese from Squirrel Bakes sounds absolutely fantastic. Be sure to make your own cheese sauce (as instructed), and you’re bound to have the ultimate Thanksgiving dish.

If you can’t eat hollandaise on Thanksgiving, then when can you eat it? Follow the lead of a Wives with Knives and steam your asparagus and beat those egg yolks for a lovely hollandaise sauce. (This post isn’t specifically geared to Thanksgiving, but I think it’s completely fitting for the holiday meal.)

Hola Jalapeño believes that no Thanksgiving dinner should be eaten before a few appetizers are enjoyed. I like the way she thinks. Click here and check out her yummy sounding Bacon-Blue Cheese Dip. Ya, bacon to boot!

I’m not a huge fan of gravy. There. I admitted it. I am, however, a fan of turkey, and I like the sound of making a simple gravy from turkey drippings for the rest of my family at Thanksgiving. Check out the citrus turkey with gravy recipe and tutorial over at Great Eats with Petes. They make it look so easy (and delicious).

Forget the green bean casserole. Try Pure & Yummy’s fried green beans with spicy dipping sauce. Beer batter for the fried beans and sirachi chili sauce for the dip. It doesn’t get better than this.

Grandma won’t believe you made an apple pie dip instead of an actual apple pie for Thanksgiving. Easy Appetizers recommends you serve apple pie dip with toasted tortillas sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, which I think sounds far better than pie. Sign me up.


  1. I’m so happy I found your blog, Sara. My family loves sauces and dips of all kinds and I think I’ve hit the mother lode.

    Thank you for including my hollandaise sause recipe. It really is holiday worthy. I appreciate the link to my blog.

  2. Thanks for the shout out Sara! I recently found out I won’t be able to get home for thanksgiving, so now I am rushing to get everything planned, this will definitely help! Thanks

  3. I think I’m going to try to make the Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese this weekend – sounds delish!! Thanks!

  4. Cathy – Glad you came by and I hope to see you again and again 🙂

    Debbie – I hope you blog about your meal. Would love to see what you come up with.

    Larissa – Make an extra plate for me. Can’t wait to try pumpkin macaroni.

    Carrie – You’re welcome. Same to you.

  5. What a great list of fall inspired eats! I can’t wait to try that pumpkin macaroni and cheese. I’m already drooling. Thank you for sharing this with us. I hope you are having a relaxing Saturday!

  6. What a great list of dips and sauces! I usually buy all of my dips – I think the only sauces I’ve made from scratch are various pestos and cheese sauces for pasta. These are some awesome suggestions for Thanksgiving and I’ll definitely have to try them!

  7. I’m with you, the pumpkin macaroni and cheese sounds awesome. And so does the apple pie dip with cinnamon sugar dippers. Wow, I wish I had some now.

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