Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Thanksgiving is almost here! Since we know you’ll probably be crafting your holiday menus in the next few days, we thought we’d share with you some of our favorite recipes for the Thanksgiving meal.
{ Appetizers }
Fruit and veggie trays, chips and dip, and cheese and crackers are awesome, but if you want to kick it up a notch, try serving something like Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly:
Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly
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This Garlic-Artichoke Dip is a great way to keep people busy before dinner!

Garlic Artichoke dip with bread and chips

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If artichoke dip isn’t your thing, maybe Jalapeno Popper dip will do it for you!

jalapeño dip

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Try keeping some Sweet and Sour Meatballs warm in the crockpot.

sweet and sour meatballs

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Bruschetta is a gorgeous addition to any appetizer table! Now if only we could find a recipe to look like Giada…

Bruschetta

{ Breads and Things}

rollsYou can’t go wrong with Kate’s classic dinner rolls.
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breadsOr if you’re in the mood for something a little different, try (clockwise from top L) Easy Herb-Topped Dinner Rolls, Naughty Cornbread Muffins, Cheesy Garlic Pinwheels, or French Bread Rolls.

 

{ Potatoes }

mashed potatoesCheck out this tutorial on making basic Mashed Potatoes, and loads of ideas for dressing them up to perfection.

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creamy herb scalloped potatoesCreamy Garlic-Herb Scalloped Potatoes make an elegant and satisfying addition to any meal.

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stuffed bleu cheese potatoesThis is the standard potato dish on my Thanksgiving table every year. The beauty of these Stuffed Bleu Cheese Potatoes is that they can be made ahead of time!

 

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garlic rosemary roasted potatoesThe flavors of these Garlic-Rosemary Roasted Potatoes would go really well with other dishes on a Thanksgiving menu. Simple and elegant.
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{ Sides }

 

caramelized green beansAnother one of our family favorites: Caramelized Green Beans
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bacon wrapped green bean bundlesOr a stylish presentation of Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles.
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Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Slices are a perfect easy, light side dish for a big Thanksgiving meal!

sweet and spicy cucumbers

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candied coconut sweet potatoesAdults and kids alike will gobble up Candied Coconut Sweet Potatoes.
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italian sausage stuffingTry Kate’s Italian Sausage Thanksgiving Dressing recipe. It’s sweet, savory, spicy, and tart, all at the same time!

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Or make the Parmesan-Artichoke Stuffing that Sara just posted!

parmesan artichoke stuffing
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{ Salads }

candied walnut saladThis Candied Walnut Salad has wonderful fall flavors like sweet apples, tart cranberries, and sweet candied pecans.
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garden salad with buttermilk ranch dressingYou can never go wrong with a classic Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. Toss in all of your favorite salad ingredients and it’s sure to be a pleaser. Make sure to make an extra large batch though, because it’s likely people will be pouring it on potatoes, turkey, rolls, and everything else!
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sour dough garlic herb croutonsAny salad is better with homemade croutons. Follow this method for Sourdough Garlic-Herb Croutons and customize your own flavor.
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This Spinach-Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad is easy and a huge crowd-pleaser!

spinach poppy seed salad

{ Condiments }

cranberry sauce

Cranberry Sauce. Need I say more? Skip the can and go for homemade!
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honey butterNo matter what type of roll you go with, whip up a batch of sweet, fluffy Honey Butter to make them extra special.
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{ Desserts }

white chocolate pumpkin cheese cake

 

 

Want to impress the socks off of everyone at your table? Make this White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust. Trust me, you’ll be set for instant popularity.
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easy pumpkin crumbleThis Easy Pumpkin Crumble will feed a crowd and it takes only minutes to throw together.
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thanksgiving crumbleapple pie

Another instant hit- Classic Apple Pie. Some people aren’t pumpkin pie fans so it’s always a good idea to have an alternative.
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fruit pie with perfect crustIf you’re going to make any kind of fruit pie, check out this tutorial on making the perfect crust.
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crumble toped apple pieDon’t want to bother with a crust at all? Go for this Crumb-Topped Apple Pie!
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almond toffee tartNot everyone loves apple pie, so we often make this Almond Toffee Tart for Holiday gatherings.
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pumpkin pie ice creamWant to go for something totally different? Make a batch of my Easy Pumpkin Ice Cream.
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If you want something cute and kid-friendly, you can’t beat these Oreo Turkeys and Pilgrim Hats

Oreo Turkeys

or these adorable Turkey Cupcakes:

turkey cupcakes

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If you want something easy and unique, you can’t beat these Cranberry Cinnamon Chip Bars.cranberry cinnamon chip bars
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Neither one of us can turn down pumpkin and cream cheese and these Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Whoopie Pies are the perfect way to get your fix!

pumpkin and cream cheese whoopie pies

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pies in a jar

Don’t send your guests home empty handed! If you want to really impress, give out some mini pies in a jar for a great little favor. You can even download and print these adorable TURKEY TAGS (made by the fabulous Lolly) for them!
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We really hope you all have a wonderful holiday. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to gather the people you love (and those you just tolerate 😉 ) around the table and enjoy delicious food together. We are so grateful for all of YOU who read our blog and make us feel loved and appreciated. Thank you for all of the kind comments and emails, you all make this so worth doing. We consider you all friends, so happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

-Sara and Kate

58 comments

  1. FUN! I was actually planning to do some blue-cheese twice-baked-potatoes for the first time this year. So love that this recipe just popped up!! 🙂 Will have to give them a try….

  2. This is the best roundup of Thanksgiving ideas I've seen so far! I'm definitely going to try out one of those rolls.

    What is your suggestion for freezing them after shaping?

  3. I think I just drooled while reading your Thanksgiving ideas 🙂 Looks great!

    Speaking of giveaways, today is the last day for mine! Hope you'll leave a comment for a chance at a Junior League Cookbook! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Wow, so many yummy treats sweet & savory! I'm definitely making the white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake this week. I'm not making the meal for thanksgiving day so I'm making a pumpkin cheesecake to have with my hubby & kids after thanksgiving!

    P.S. Its almost time for me to make more cookies and I will be using your glaze again! I cannot believe it has been almost a year already!

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