18 Thanksgiving Recipes for Huge Stinkin’ Garlic Lovers

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I cook with so much garlic that I’m pretty sure my hands perpetually carry its scent, which I should probably apologize to my girlfriend for. But I will never stop doubling and tripling the amount of garlic a recipe calls for, because I like to live my truth. And every savory dish tastes better with garlic—it’s just a fact. And now that I’m a mortar and pestle proselyte, my garlic game is better than ever.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it comes many garlicky possibilities. Turkey, mashed potatoes, greens, bread—all of the traditional staples of an American Thanksgiving dinner just happen to also be foods that are better with garlic. And as an added bonus, maybe everyone’s breath will be too rank by the end of the meal for things to devolve into a riotous political debate, as Thanksgiving dinners with my mom’s family tend to go. Garlic breath has never stopped any of us, but maybe one day.

Spoiler alert: One of the following recipes calls for “40 cloves of garlic,” which is the most scintillating phrase I’ve ever read. Let’s get our garlic on this Thanksgiving, pals! And if you comment on this post just to say that you dislike garlic, listen, I respect your right to have an opinion. The holidays are a time for acceptance and unconditional love. But also you’re wrong and not invited to my house for dinner, sorry!


1. Slow-Roast Turkey with 40 Cloves of Garlic

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2. Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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3. Garlic Potato Gratin

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4. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Chile

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5. Garlic Soup

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6. Cheese Garlic Biscuits

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7. Garlic Bread

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8. Sautéed Collard Greens with Garlic

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9. Quick Sautéed Spinach with Garlic

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10. Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

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11. Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini

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12. Roasted Garlic Macaroni and Cheese

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13. Parmesan Cheese and Garlic Potato Pieparmesan-cheese


14. Caramelized Garlic, Spinach, and Cheddar Tart

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15. Creamy Parmesan Garlic Broccoli Casserole

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16. Rosemary Lemon and Garlic Seitan with Brown Rice

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17. Spicy Garlic Tofu

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18. Roasted Garlic Gravy

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Miami. She is currently a fiction editor at TriQuarterly. Her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Catapult, and The Offing. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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18 Comments

  1. This whole post needs a tic-tac. As a vampire prospect, this is not a safe area for me to in. ?

    Also, 40 cloves of garlic??!!!! Are you kidding me? You might as well find a giant clove of garlic and serve that instead.

  2. I would put all of these in my mouth. I love garlic! It’s also super heart healthy. A few years ago, I made roasted garlic hummus from scratch, and I highly recommend it. Just roast garlic (cut the whole head in half, wrap it in aluminum foil, and bake it), and your kitchen will smell amazing. GARLIC 4EVA.

  3. I love garlic so much!!! Any meal that calls for it, has at minimum 4-5 cloves. Also my first kiss happened after eating garlic bread with someone and that fact just makes me so happy, its basically exactly how I wanted it to happen.

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