The Biggest Thanksgiving Mistakes Everyone Makes at Least Once—and How to Fix Them

Here's everything you need to know to avoid disaster when it comes to your turkey, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, pie and more Thanksgiving dinner staples.

Whether you've hosted Thanksgiving dinner dozens of times or you're taking your first stab at the big meal, Thanksgiving cooking mistakes are bound to happen from time to time. It could be gummy mashed potatoes, or soggy green bean casserole. Maybe it's lumpy gravy—or dry, woody Brussels sprouts. Use this guide from our test kitchen to fix all your flubs—or better yet, to avoid them in the first place.

Green Bean Casserole

4 Mistakes That Ruin Green Bean Casserole (and How to Fix Them)

Making green bean casserole from scratch? Excellent idea. Here are a few pitfalls to avoid and tips for fixing your mistakes. Goodbye mushy green beans and soggy onions!

Parmesan-Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

5 Mistakes That Ruin Brussels Sprouts (and How to Fix Them)

They're a fall staple and a Thanksgiving menu must-have, so for your best Brussels sprouts ever, learn how to sidestep these common mistakes.

Slow-Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

6 Mistakes That Ruin Mashed Potatoes (and How to Fix Them)

Make the best mashed potatoes ever by avoiding these pitfalls, like gummy, soggy and cold mashed potatoes.

Wild Rice Stuffing with Apple & Sausage

4 Mistakes That Ruin Stuffing (and How to Fix Them)

Homemade stuffing is ridiculously easy to make, but there are a few things you can do that would ruin a perfectly good stuffing. Here are a few mistakes to avoid when you're making stuffing from scratch, plus tips for making the best stuffing ever.

Herbed Turkey Gravy

6 Mistakes That Ruin Gravy (and How to Fix Them)

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without good old-fashioned gravy. Here are six common mistakes that make gravy less than perfect and how to fix them.

José Andrés Brined Roast Turkey & Gravy

5 of the Biggest Turkey Mistakes to Avoid

Don't make these common mistakes while cooking your Thanksgiving turkey. Find out how to fix your bad turkey habits in the kitchen and at the grocery store.

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

5 Mistakes That Ruin Pie (and How to Fix Them)

Avoid these common pie baking errors and use these simple tips for your best pie yet.


4 Mistakes That Ruin Cranberry Sauce (and How to Fix Them)

Thinking outside the can this year for Thanksgiving? Learn the pitfalls of homemade cranberry sauce—and how to avoid them.

no sugar-added sweet potato casserole in baking dish on table

4 Mistakes That Ruin Sweet Potato Casserole (And How to Fix Them)

Sweet potato casserole not as sweet as you remembered? Here are four things that can go wrong—and how to fix them.

Slow-Cooker Dinner Rolls

5 Mistakes That Ruin Dinner Rolls (and How to Fix Them)

Avoid pale, tough, flat and otherwise sad dinner rolls with these tips.

spatchcock turkey with thyme and sage on sheet pan on table

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What could possibly go wrong? No roasting pan, raw turkey, frozen turkey, no oven space. Here's how the pros deal with kitchen disasters on Thanksgiving day.

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