Our Best Thanksgiving Menus

Whether you want to stick to tradition or start a new one, we have a foolproof Thanksgiving menu for you. From just-like-mom-made Thanksgiving dishes to a completely meatless Thanksgiving dinner menu, everyone will leave the table satisfied when you follow these holiday meal plans.

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    Classic Thanksgiving Menu

    Classic roast turkey, candied sweet potatoes, DIY cranberry sauce -- when this Thanksgiving dinner menu hits the table, it will look just like a Norman Rockwell illustration. When you lick your plate clean of mile-high caramel apple pie, you'll be just as impressed by its flavors as by its beautiful appearance. Try our suggested wine pairings to complete the meal.

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    Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

    Do you prefer pumpkin or pecan pie? This line-up features both of those traditional Thanksgiving desserts, plus stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and terrifically tender turkey, of course. To cut down on stress the day of, prepare the potatoes up to 48 hours ahead and chill. Then a couple hours before guests arrive, transfer them to your slow cooker to bring the velvety potatoes back up to temp.

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    Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Menu

    Don’t spend all day (or several days) sweating in the kitchen to bring your Thanksgiving dishes to the table. Take note of our clever countdown clocks and you’ll see that some of these quick and easy Thanksgiving recipes, including pumpkin pie cupcakes, take just 10 minutes to prepare! The longest prep time? Just over two hours for the hazelnut-crusted turkey breast entree.

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    Soul Food Thanksgiving Menu

    Bacon-topped corn bread is only the beginning! This warm and comforting Thanksgiving menu features buttermilk biscuits, cream-topped Brussels sprouts, plus bourbon-spiked sweet tea. Wrap things up with a crowd-pleasing mash-up dessert: soul food sweet potato pie.

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    Southern Thanksgiving Menu

    Not much says "I'm in the south!" like a great mint julep and some pimento cheese. This unique Thanksgiving dinner menu highlights those items and balances them with more produce-packed recipes for collard greens, butternut squash casserole, green beans -- oh yes, and southern pumpkin praline pie.

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    Vintage Thanksgiving Menu

    Start with an old fashioned cocktail, finish with a slice of sweet and crunchy pecan pie. In between, you’ll savor our best vintage stuffing recipe (Corn bread, sage, and onion? Yes, please!), light and fluffy dinner rolls, and condensed soup-free green bean casserole. This is how your great grandma may have prepared her Thanksgiving feast.

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    Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Menu

    Speaking of great grandma, this old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner menu would no doubt make her proud. Use pan drippings to make a savory old-fashioned gravy, then bake up some bread and apple stuffing, and add an herb-rubbed turkey. Take note: Our Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes (make-ahead option included) might just steal the spotlight from the bird.

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    Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Menu

    Your stomach and your bank account will be overjoyed about these Thanksgiving dinner ideas that take advantage of cost-effective options like turkey thighs, canned pumpkin (in the yeast rolls and the feeds-an-army pie), butternut squash, and potatoes. Pssst...don't miss the spiced cider!

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    Rustic Thanksgiving Menu

    No need to be fussy. This rustic, down-home Thanksgiving menu lets the flavors, rather than the plating, do the talking via such tasty options like sausage and corn bread stuffing, sheet pan-roasted fingerling potatoes, and a free form apple tart. When we think of rustic cooking, we think of roasting, so this menu employs a lot of that simple, hands-off technique.

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    Elegant Thanksgiving Menu

    Pop the bubbly! Made with decadent ingredients like brie cheese and showcasing Instagram-worthy items like a shiny cider-brined turkey, these elegant Thanksgiving dinner ideas look like the came straight out of a gourmet restaurant kitchen. Be sure to light a few candles to set the mood!

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    Chinese Thanksgiving Menu

    Sesame seeds, shiitake mushrooms, hoisin sauce, and other Asian ingredients star in this global holiday meal. Don't think we forgot about dessert! Here, the pumpkin pie is dressed up with a gingery filling and a brown sugar-sweetened meringue.

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    Thanksgiving Brunch Menu

    When you dine out at brunch, you have to make a very difficult decision: go savory and opt for eggs or lean sweet and order pancakes? Since you're cooking this brunch menu at home, and since it's a holiday, you can have it all! Snack on pumpkin cinnamon rolls, sausage and corn muffin sliders, and turkey and egg strata, then wash everything down with a spiked coffee cocktail.

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    Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu

    Step away from the stove and actually enoy your company this Thanksgiving! Stick to easy make-ahead appetizers like cheese balls that can hang out in the refrigerator overnight, and set and forget our green bean casserole in your slow cooker. All of our make-ahead side dishes pair beautifully with our sanity-saving turkey recipe (complete with done-early gravy).

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    Napa Valley, California, Thanksgiving Menu

    Make Thanksgiving even more spirited by serving a spread of wine-infused recipes! Every single one of these Napa Valley Thanskgiving menu ideas, from wine-poached beets to pumpkin pie topped with a port-pear sauce, calls for a different variety of wine. You know what that means? Plenty of open bottles to pass around and pair with the food!

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    Cajun Thanksgiving Menu

    No holiday vacation this year? No problem. This Cajun menu will transport you to New Orleans from the comfort of your own table. Spicy sausage stuffed peppers, Cajun corn bread, and a turkey topped with a bacon lattice (you read that right!) are all here. The sweetest way to wrap up your meal is with a classic Cajun dessert: beignets!

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    Italian Thanksgiving Menu

    You may not think of Italian food as the first choice to serve at an American Thanksgiving dinner, but a snacky antipasto platter and creamy butternut risotto fit right in next to arugula-rubbed turkey. While you could choose an Italian Thanksgiving pie like pumpkin-mascarpone, you can also end the meal with a simple panna cotta. Or both. 

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    Healthy Thanksgiving Menu

    Thanksgiving dinner isn't always brown on brown on brown. Try our healthy holiday dishes like sweet potato and pomegranate salad, roasted beets and green beans, and spinach-stuffed turkey. No recipe in this round-up, including dessert, has more than 260 calories per serving.

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    Bistro Thanksgiving Menu

    Pick a few French touches to add to your menu and voila -- you'll be serving a bistro Thanksgiving dinner that will be talked about for years to come. We crave this squash and carrot soup all year after serving it at the holidays, and fight over the last bite of walnut and sage potatoes au gratin. Nothing will fly off your table faster than the Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake, however.

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    New Thanksgiving Menu

    Cranberries and cauliflower. Squash and pistachios. Apples and cheesy mac. You probably haven't combined these flavors together before, and these recipes will make you wonder why you waited so long to do just that! Start some new traditions with these trendy and tasty Thanksgiving apps, sides, and desserts. (The turkey stays, naturally, but gets a Greek twist.)

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    BBQ Thanksgiving Menu

    The weather is getting a bit cooler, but don't put away the grill quite yet! Each of these ideas, including a creamy BBQ soup with asparagus, toasty baby carrots, and foil-pack apple crisp, are prepped right on your barbecue. You should probably get that lighter ready...

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    Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

    A Thanksgiving menu without turkey can be satisfying. Let a few hearty sides (like hasselback potatoes, protein-rich green bean salad, and roasted sprouts and apples) do the talking, and round things out with a vegetarian Thanksgiving entree of Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese. Save room for a slice of PSL pie, too!

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    Mexican Thanksgiving Menu

    Pumpkin Guacamole, you have officially become our new favorite appetizer. Give the rest of your Thanksgiving some south-of-the-border flair and top baked sweet potatoes with jalapenos, stuffed squash with chorizo and Cotija cheese, and add a layer of chipotle-cream cheese to your pumpkin pie.

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    Seafood Thanksgiving Menu

    Light yet satisfying, these seafood holiday recipes will be stars even if you live hundreds of miles from the coast. Just be sure to catch the freshest seafood you can for the dishes that range from Pumpkin-Shrimp Bruschetta to Bouillabaisse (a French stew that calls for scallops, mussels, whitefish, and more). For a refreshing dessert to match the wait of the rest of the seafood Thanksgiving, try a fruit- and rose-topped pavlova.

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    Hawaiian Thanksgiving Menu

    Mango, pineapple, coconut, and other island ingredients will make you feel like you have your feet in the sand as you enjoy this Thanksgiving dinner. The unique spins on stuffing, baked ham, and soup will have your guests begging you for the recipes.

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    International Thanksgiving Menu

    Attention wanderlust-ers: This Thanksgiving menu will allow you to hop from India to Korea to China to Mexico -- all without waiting in any airport lines! The Sesame Green Bean Tart will make everyone forget green bean casserole ever existed, and the ginger, garlic, and chili sauce notes in the turkey rub give each bite a bit of a kick.

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    Creole Thanksgiving Menu

    How can you tell the difference between creole and cajun food? Creole recipes often include tomatoes, while Cajun recipes tend to skip them. Try tossing a few diced cherry tomatoes into the paella stuffing to give a nod to tradition, then complete your dinner with a big batch of collard greens, spicy cranberry barbecue turkey, and bourbon pumpkin pie with salted pecans.

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    Light Thanksgiving Menu

    Fill up on a variety of seasonal recipes that have less than 400 calories. The essentials are all here -- cranberries, sweet potatoes, stuffing, turkey, pie -- just with a few smart and skinny ingredient swaps. Since there are always leftovers, you can go to sleep feeling good about these light Thanksgiving recipes. You'll experience zero guilt about enjoying round two the next day, too!

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    Spicy Thanksgiving Menu

    Crank up the heat this holiday and roast mole-basted turkey, cumin-rubbed sweet potatoes, and chipotle pepper green bean casserole. Even the dessert has a kick: Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin Pie! We don't offer any wine pairing ideas here...you might just want a glass of milk.

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    Friendsgiving Menu

    Celebrate the year with your best pals -- and a table full of cheesy cauliflower gratin, quick-cooking turkey breast, and pumpkin ice cream. Assign everyone a dish and make it a potluck Friendsgiving!

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    Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

    This Thanksgiving meal will stun your guests when they gather around the table. Here's your traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu list starring all of the classics: turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and more.
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