- Simple Roast Turkey
- Classic Turkey Gravy
- Easy Roasted Carrots
- Pancetta and Herb Stuffed Turkey Breast
- Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie
- Green Beans with Browned Butter and Almonds
- Three-Cheese Vegetarian Lasagna
- Herbed Bread and Celery Stuffing
- Maple Roasted Parsnips
- Potatoes Dauphinoise
- Cheryl Day’s Icebox Rolls
- Chocolate Pecan Pie
- Caramelized Honey Pumpkin Pie
- Cranberry Upside Down Cake
Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve said it for years, and I’ll say it again: It’s the highest of high holy days for cooks and bakers.
If you’re at all like The One and me, we look forward to Thanksgiving dinner for months. We start planning at the beginning of November, shop mid-month, and begin cooking five days before.
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Yup, that’s right. We pull our pots and pans the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Dishes like turkey gravy, pie crusts, pumpkin cake layers, cream cheese frosting, cranberry sauce, and so much more can be made ahead of time.
And that gives you plenty of time on Turkey Day to tuck into a relaxing breakfast and veg out on the couch to watch Macy’s parade. (That’s our 30-year tradition!) All that’s left is the turkey. And if you spatchcock the bird, like we did last year, you can roast that sucker in no time.
Whether you’re a host or a guest this year, I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving.
Simple Roast Turkey
Classic Turkey Gravy
Easy Roasted Carrots
Yummy! The carrots get caramelized nicely and they are tender and sweet. I like them with a drizzle of honey and an extra sprinkle of salt!vicky f.
Pancetta and Herb Stuffed Turkey Breast
Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie
Green Beans with Browned Butter and Almonds
Three-Cheese Vegetarian Lasagna
I made this for Friendsgiving this past November (I’m vegetarian so this lasagna was the centerpiece). Followed the recipe exactly, and it was soo smooth and flavorful! It is a fun recipe to make if you truly want to make everything “from scratch” and have your guests ooh-ing and aah-ing in the same way they might if you were bringing out your roast turkey masterpiece…vera
Herbed Bread and Celery Stuffing
Maple Roasted Parsnips
This was excellent! Better than any scalloped potato recipe we’ve ever tried. Used Gruyere.dennis
Cheryl Day’s Icebox Rolls
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Caramelized Honey Pumpkin Pie
We made this for Thanksgiving and it was delicious. The flavor is deeper and richer than a typical pumpkin pie and will now be on our holiday rotation.kai
Cranberry Upside Down Cake
If you’ve got a big main, such as smoked turkey, then plan on 4 to 5 side dishes (ideally a mix of starch and vegetables), and 2 desserts.
As a general rule, plan for 1/2 a bottle of wine per drinking adult.
We’ve got so many great tips that we’ve written a whole guide to hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner. The most important things to remember are to get organized early, make sure you have all the tools you need for the big day, don’t be afraid to ask for help (especially with clean-up!), and most importantly, relax and enjoy it.
We hope you’ve found the perfect combination of dishes to create a delicious Thanksgiving menu. Need more inspiration? We can help you find the right recipes for appetizers to tide everyone over to the main event, dishes for your vegan guests, or even more Thanksgiving desserts to choose from. It is the most important meal of the year, after all.