To make Thanksgiving easier for our readers, we wanted to share this sample menu, filled with a bunch of old standards and new recipes. With your recipes all in one place, you’ll have a head start before you even start cooking.
The main event
If you’re looking to try something new when it comes to turkey, try this method for spatchcocked grilled turkey.
If you’re looking for a tried and true version of the bird, here’s a recipe for classic roast turkey.
The perennial Thanksgiving side dishes
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without:
A simple gravy made with pan drippings from the roast bird and turkey stock.
Mashed potatoes, of course – pillowy, light, and rich at the same time, mashies are the ultimate comfort food. No Thanksgiving plate is complete without a dollop.
Every family has their favorite stuffing dish – our recipe for simple turkey stuffing keeps it simple with just the basic carrot, celery, onion, and sage – it’s amazing how much flavor you can coax out of just those basic ingredients
When it comes to cranberries, you might be team ‘from a can’ or you might like to whip up your own batch of sauce or chutney. Our recipe for cranberry chutney is dead-simple and delicious.
The interesting sides (pick a couple, delegate a couple)
Even though Thanksgiving menus tend to stay pretty standard from year to year, it never hurts to throw in a new addition to the lineup. The sides listed below are all relatively simple to make, don’t require too many ingredients but will bring some fresh flavors, colors, and textures to the table.
Pies are the traditional dessert on Thanksgiving, for good reason – every holiday table needs a pumpkin pie, if not an apple, and a pecan pie, too. For something just a little different, but no less festive, try the spiced apricot bread pudding.