Traditional Thanksgiving Menu
So you’re hosting Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) this year, and you need help planning your menu. To be honest, you’re not even sure where to start. Don’t worry — I’ve totally got you covered. From appetizer to dessert, I’ve rounded up some of the best Thanksgiving recipes on the web, and I’ve made a basic Thanksgiving menu easy and fun — choose-your-own-adventure style! I’ve even included a Thanksgiving meal planner printable to help get you organized for the big day.
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Appetizer — Charcuterie Board!
Charcuterie boards are popular for a reason: they’re easy and fun. You hardly have to do any cooking, and yet everyone loves them because they can pick and choose what they want on their plate. Why cook one more thing for Thanksgiving day?
Turkey — Pick 1
Your turkey is the star of the show, and you need an easy recipe to make it shine. Pick one of these:
Stuffing/Dressing — Pick 1
What is turkey without some yummy dressing or stuffing on the side? Here are three great options for your turkey sidekick.
Wild Rice Dressing with Cranberries, Cherries, and Pecans | Urban Bliss Life kicks things up a notch!
Potatoes — Pick 1
Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food, and here are three delicious ways you can serve them.
Sweet Potatoes — Pick 1
Do you like your potatoes with marshmallows or without? Take your pick!
Green Beans — Pick 1
Green Bean Casserole has become a Thanksgiving staple, but sometimes you want something different than the cream of mushroom soup version. Here are three dishes to choose from:
Veggie Sides — Pick 1-2
With all the carbs that go into a Thanksgiving menu, it’s nice to add another vegetable or two.
Sure, you can just open up a can of cranberry sauce (and there’s nothing wrong with that!), but homemade is simple to make.
Gravy — Pick 1
Again, you can open up a can of gravy or you can make your own — your choice!
Rolls — Pick 1
Personally, this is where I’d take a shortcut (hello, Sister Shubert’s!), but if you prefer homemade rolls, here are three great picks:
Pies — Pick 2-3
Pies are a classic Thanksgiving dessert, and there are so many different kinds. Pick 2-3 of your favorites here!
A Basic Thanksgiving Menu Made Easy
There you have it! A DIY Thanksgiving Menu simplified for you and yet giving you room to make your own choices. Make sure to download your Thanksgiving Menu Planner below — I’ll also send you a cooking schedule printable so you can plan out your time!
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If you’re starting to think about Christmas, you may want like The Ultimate List of Christmas Party Themes for Adults and this post all about making Christmas parties easy!