13 Butter-Ready Bread Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table

Cornbreads, rolls, biscuits, and more.

August  7, 2020
Photo by James Ransom

Thanksgiving is basically the Starch family reunion. Everyone's accounted for, with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pie crust all making an appearance at the big meal. 

But between a showstopping turkey and all those dreamy side dishes, the bread—the root of this family tree—often gets pushed aside for another scoop of something more traditionally "festive." 

No more, we say! This year, make cornbreads, rolls, and biscuits so delicious that your guests cannot possibly ignore them. Here are 13 of our best bread recipes for your Thanksgiving table.

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1. No-Fuss Vegan Cornbread 

This tender, slightly sweet, never-dry cornbread is totally vegan thanks to a few simple swaps—like soy milk and canola oil. 

2. Soft & Fluffy Sourdough Pull-Apart Rolls

These buttery, impossibly fluffy dinner rolls get their distinctive tang from sourdough starter and come together easily—just make sure to prep the levain the night before so you can have 'em warm on the table the next day. 

3. Vera Obias's Cheddar & Black Pepper Cornbread

"How to make even better cornbread?" asks our Genius creative director and founding editor, Kristen Miglore. "Treat it more like a biscuit (or scone or pie crust)," as baker and cookbook author Vera Obias does in this cheddary, peppery recipe. 

4. Drop Biscuits with Molasses Butter

We love these flaky-soft biscuits from cookbook author and baking expert Erin McDowell all on their own, but even more when they're slathered with homemade molasses butter. 

5. Astor House Rolls

These dinner rolls, named after New York City's first luxury hotel, have a clever trick that makes them oh-so-luscious: A teaspoon of butter gets tucked inside each portion of dough before baking.

6. Cornbread With Chorizo 

There are so many different directions you could take cornbread in—this one calls for spicy chorizo, fresh corn, and cottage cheese.

7. Dan Leader's 4-Hour Baguette 

One reviewer described this baguette as the "essential" recipe, and we have to agree. Not only does it take just four hours of your time, but the flavor and texture will rival that of your favorite bakery.

8. Italian Snacking Bread 

Bring a little bit of Italy to your Thanksgiving dinner with this soft snacking bread topped with anchovies, oil-cured black olives, and thinly sliced sweet onion.

9. Sweet Potato Biscuit Pillows With Honey & Coconut Oil

These aren't just sweet potato biscuits, they are sweet potato biscuit pillows, meaning they are so soft you'll want to rest your head right on them (okay, not really, but they are very, very fluffy).

10. Black Pepper Popovers With Chives & Parmesan

These puffy popovers couldn't be any simpler to make—all you need to do is whisk together the ingredients in a bowl, spoon the batter into a muffin tin, and watch them rise in the oven. 

11. Heavenly Oatmeal-Molasses Rolls 

We couldn't leave the recipe contest winner for "Your Best Dinner Rolls" off this list, now could we?

12. Irish Brown Soda Bread

Meet our co-founder Merrill Stubbs's favorite-ever quick bread recipe: Irish brown soda bread that's never dry, thanks to buttermilk. 

13. Cheese Biscuits 

Cheese and bread make a winning team yet again in these cheddar biscuits. 

What bread recipe do you have at your Thanksgiving table every year? Tell us in the comments! 

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I used to work at Food52. I'm probably the person who picked all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream.


Mm September 20, 2020
Well, I for one, will be making some of these now, who says you have to wait for TG?
Why take it so literally, life is short, lighten up.
Thank you Sarah.
A.S. August 14, 2020
I honestly clicked on this article just to see who else was a bit shocked? Put off? Disgruntled? by the fact that this was published on August 7th and had the word “Thanksgiving” in the title. Dafuq?
Karl August 11, 2020
Food52 always jumps the seasonal gun too far in advance, but August 10th for a holiday falling on November 26th must be a new record - it's like publishing Easter recipes on Christmas Day (Easter can fall as early as March 22nd). And in a year when most people will be socially isolated for the holidays given that we'll be smack in the middle of indoor virus season.

Basically, Food52 should publish holiday recipes no sooner than a month in advance of the holiday. And this year consider that the holidays will be for very small groups of people and many single-person households.
Ali August 10, 2020
I’ve always loved this site, but I’m really baffled on how this got posted on August 7th of a year when many of us may not end up being able to have Thanksgiving gatherings...
ChefJune November 17, 2014
Oh these looks so good. But I'm sad because you missed the rolls without which no Jacobs, Rush or Spindel holiday dinner was ever complete -- these beauties!