Top 5 Best Apps for Finding Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

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Looking for a great Thanksgiving dinner recipe? There are tons of cooking apps that have recipes for Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you want something classic or something creative, these apps have tons of wonderful Thanksgiving dinner ideas. Read on to find the perfect app for planning your Thanksgiving dinner menu this year.


1. Epicurious

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Finding creative Thanksgiving dinner ideas can be hard. While there are always a few dishes your family wants to see year after year, there will always be people at your Thanksgiving table who want to see something creative and different. That’s where Epicurious comes in.

Beyond Thanksgiving classics, this app also has a ton of unique spins on traditional Turkey Day fare. If you want fancy gravy, alternatives to roasting a whole bird, or show-stopping desserts, this is the app for you. In the lead-up to Thanksgiving, Epicurious has dedicated sections to turkey & gravy, Thanksgiving sides, stuffing, pies, and vegetarian Thanksgiving options.

Download the iPhone version here.

Download the Android version here.


2. Butterball Cookbook Plus

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Thousands of home cooks call the Butterball help line every year to get advice on how to rescue their turkey. Butterball’s app is a must-have for any first-time Thanksgiving cook. In addition to tons of info on how to cook a bird, there are also recipes for desserts and side dishes.

And, as a nice bonus, there are plenty of ideas for creative and easy ways to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers. If you plan on eating turkey for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the days after Thanksgiving, this app is going to be your new best friend.

Download the iPhone version here.

Download the Android version here.


3. Thanksgiving: A Bon Appetit Manual

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Thanksgiving now has a foolproof user’s manual, and it comes from one of the most respected publications in the cooking world. Bon Appetit’s Thanksgiving manual is totally gourmet, and still totally approachable. Turkey, sides, and desserts are all outlined with detailed instructions and gorgeous photographs. The app also includes ideas for cocktails and after-dinner drinks that are festive and fun.

Overwhelmed by all the choices this app gives you? Switch to Menu view to see an array of pre-selected menus for the big day, including a “Classic” menu, a Southern-style menu, and BA’s ultimate recipes for 2014. Whether you prefer a cutting edge menu or more traditional fare, this guidebook to creating a Thanksgiving feast is an awesome resource for first-time cooks and seasoned cooks.

Download the iPhone version here.

Download the Android version here.


4. Food.com

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Food.com is a solid app to use for recipe inspiration year-round. It’s also great for people who are planning Thanksgiving dinner at the last minute, since Food.com allows you to get meal suggestions based on what’s in your fridge, right now.

As a side bonus, the Food.com app lets you see suggested recipes based on what’s on sale at grocery stores near you. And for Thanksgiving, there’s a whole recipe section devoted to turkey. Tired of roasting the whole bird? Try one of their recipes for Crock-Pot turkey, brined turkey, or cooking just the breast.

Download the iPhone version here.


5. Whole Foods Market Recipes

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Even if there isn’t a Whole Foods near you, this app is an awesome resource for trendy, creative, and healthy recipes for Thanksgiving (and the rest of the year.) And if you do have a Whole Foods near you, then you will enjoy the built-in shopping list function in this app.

This is also a great app to use generating Thanksgiving dinner ideas for people on special diets. If you aren’t accustomed to cooking with restrictions, this app can provide you lists of side dishes and main courses that are vegan, vegetarian, wheat-free, dairy free, raw, low-sugar, or low sodium. Now, the news that one of your guests has special dietary needs on Thanksgiving doesn’t have to fill you with dread.

Download the iPhone version here.

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