Traditional Thanksgiving Menus

Thanksgiving is one of the holidays where tradition and ritual take precedence over innovation. When you gather with family and friends this year, offer the dishes they love from our collection of crowd-pleasing menus.

  • Pecan and Date Pie
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    A Traditional Thanksgiving

    The star of this meal is the Brined Maple Turkey with Cream Gravy. And, in addition to sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, and Brussels sprouts, there are two decadent desserts: Pecan and Date Pie and Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze. Don't worry about making up your mind which is better–just make them both!
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Holiday Traditions

    This mix-and-match menu offers two choices for the entrée: Orange-Sage Roasted Turkey or Rosemary-and-Garlic-Studded Leg of Lamb. All of the side dishes pair perfectly with both main dishes, and the Pumpkin Cheesecake is a glorious finale to the Thanksgiving meal.
  • Mini Mocha-Toffee Crunch Cheesecakes
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    An Elegant Thanksgiving Feast

    This elegantly simple dinner features Cooking Light's Ultimate Roasted Turkey, a luxurious appetizer soup, and mushroom strudel as the side dish. In keeping with a trend of bite-size desserts, the sweet touch for the meal is Mini-Mocha-Toffee Crunch Cheesecakes.
  • Baked Sweet-and-Savory Mashed Potatoes

    A Traditional Harvest Feast

    Autumn is harvest time, so make the most of the season's fresh produce with this garden-inspired menu featuring spinach, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, apples, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.
  • Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    A Classic Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving may not be the time to leave tradition behind, but you can at least make your family's holiday favorites a little bit lighter. No one will be disappointed when they're dining on turkey with gravy and fruited stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green beans, cranberry relish and a spiced pumpkin pie.
  • Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Pecans
    Photo: Susie Cushner

    Thanksgiving with Friends

    A traditional holiday meal of turkey and stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberries and a pumpkin dessert is easy when everyone pitches in to help. Spending time together in kitchen is part of the fun of the day.
  • Roast Turkey with Classic Pan Gravy
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Turkey with Traditional Trimmings

    If you're a traditionalist, you'll love this menu that serves 8 to 10 folks. It's what you want for Thanksgiving: roast turkey, cranberry relish, oyster dressing, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
  • Spirited Cranberry-Apricot Sauce
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    The Perfect Holiday Turkey Dinner

    If you're having a large crowd for Thanksgiving, you can't go wrong with dressed-up holiday classics such as Lemon-Sage Turkey with Wild Mushroom Gravy, Sausage-and-Herb Dressing, Maple-Glazed Sweet Potatoes, and Spirited Cranberry-Apricot Sauce. Since the menu serves 12, there are other options for side dishes including mashed potatoes, green beans, and homemade rolls.
  • Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

    Turkey and all the usual trimmings make up this filling Thanksgiving feast.
  • Thyme-Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Gravy
    Photo: Miki Duisterhof; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu

    Make-ahead dishes make celebrating Thanksgiving even easier. Get our menu of make-ahead recipes, plus a week-long gameplan to make this the most stress-free Thanksgiving ever.
  • Thanksgiving Menu
    Photo: Charles Schiller; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Thanksgiving Menu

    This delicious menu features healthier versions of classic Thanksgiving recipes
  • Our Best Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

    Our Best Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

    Delicious, classic recipes are always in style for a Thanksgiving feast. Keep the preparation stress-free with our tips for effective Thanksgiving time management.
  • Farmhouse Roast Turkey with Rosemary Gravy
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Thanksgiving for the Novice

    This classic menu for 12 is perfect for the first-time Thanksgiving hostess.
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