thanksgiving menu

Butcherbox Thanksgiving Menu 2021

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.

a delicious 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.

thanksgiving table turkey 2021

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.

Big Green Fall Salad

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Fried Shallots

brussels sprouts

Roasted Carrots with Pesto and Breadcrumbs

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples, Hazelnuts, and Pecorino

Dessert

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.

Classic Pumpkin Pie

Apricot-Cardamom Bread Pudding

Chef Yankel shooting in the ButcherBox Test Kitchen
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