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Wondering how to put together a traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu? Here are classic Thanksgiving recipes that you’ll come back to year after year.
If you’ve ever been in charge of making a full Thanksgiving dinner, you realize what an intimidating task it can be. There are so many different traditions that people hold to when it comes to their Thanksgiving feast. Some guests like turkey, others want ham.
“Cranberry sauce?…Ew, mom”.
Here’s what you do.
Make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu.
Whether you have been hosting Thanksgiving for years or this is your first time, you just can’t go wrong with Grandma’s Thanksgiving recipes.
We’re making it easy for you. Just choose one or two Thanksgiving dinner ideas from each category and you’ll end up with a traditional Thanksgiving menu that your family will enjoy.
We’re helping you think through and organize a Thanksgiving dinner with this printable Thanksgiving checklist.
I’ll be honest.
Our family generally doesn’t have appetizers at Thanksgiving, because really, we never stop eating.
So really, breakfast and snacks on the hour are our Thanksgiving appetizers, but here are a few easy ideas if you need to take an appetizer along to a Thanksgiving party!
I don’t know how many times I’ve planned a nice gathering and completely forgotten about drinks. When you are trying to make an impression, it’s not fun to have to say, “Umm….how about water?”.
Choose a cranberry-inspired drink so perfect for the holidays or choose a traditional punch.
What is Thanksgiving dinner without Jello salads? Ok, so maybe these aren’t traditional salads, but we can call them fruit salads and serve them similar to a dessert. They’re a classic and these are a few of our favorites.
The main event. And this one is golden brown and juicy!
You may want to have fresh herbs on hand for garnishing. Try fresh thyme, parsley. Have salt, pepper and garlic powder on hand for those who’d like to add it.
My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the easy side dishes.
Pile your plate high with savory side dishes such as mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole and stuffing. This is a great way to add in recipes for any vegetarians in your life.
Here are several dinner roll recipes that both get excellent reviews and are perfect for the beginning baker.
My second favorite part of dinner, which I usually eat about 4 hours after dinner because I’ve stuffed myself so full of potatoes. I stuck with classic pumpkin desserts here, but cakes and candies are a great option, too!
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner consists of roast turkey, turkey stuffing with onions and celery, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
Turkey is the most well known Thanksgiving food, but it isn’t always the most liked. Favorite Thanksgiving dishes vary by region, but pie tends to be the most loved across the United States.
Apple comes in first place for the most popular Thanksgiving pies and pumpkin is in second place. (source)
Turkey was most likely not what the pilgrims were eating back in the 1600s. However, as immigrants came to America, they were foods such as turkey, which was indigenous to North America and fed a lot of people. (source)
According to a survey in 2018, the early afternoon is the most common time to serve Thanksgiving dinner. (source) This allows for time for food to digest and to spend time with family and friends.
i am only 11 love to cook and we are going camping for thanksgiving so i was finding things for the shopping list
I am not an expert cook, I don’t do fancy dishes. I cook my thanksgiving dinner just the way my mom did it. My turkey is awesome. My side dishes are standard just like mom made them. You don’t have to be a expert cook to make a great meal. My family loves it made just like grandmas.
About Scallop Corn. I grew up eating this as my dad loved it.
We only add milk and crackers to it then bake in the oven. Chiffon
I love your ideas my family is big and these ideas help anytime because my grandma is wondering ideas for thanksgiving, my mom, too, This helps people a lot when they are in a rush now all they have to do is come and look here.
Give me thumbs up if you think this person has great ideas and should make more because this person just may have saved my life for thanksgiving ideas
Oh how excited I ma about Thanksgiving! I go to my boyfriends family every year and we do kind of a pot luck dinner, so no on person is responsible for cooking the entire dinner. These are all great ideas for a traditional Thanksgiving! I especially love the homemade rolls and pumpkin cake…mmm pumpkin cake…
You forgot about Mac and cheese, spaghetti, greens, and corn bread. Thanksgiving food is really basically all the soul foods.
Can I use already made store bought stuffing cornbread cubes for the stuffing?How far in advance can I make the stuffing.
I think that you need websites to show were you get the food so people can go to the websites and learn to make it or buy it
Do you have any candy or treat recipes for the holidays?