What better way to spend the Thanksgiving holiday than with an elegant evening surrounded by family and friends? Does the thought of preparing the perfect dinner for your guests stressing you out. Don't worry! We have your menu here, so you have one less item on your to-do list. From the salad to the drinks, this menu accounts for everything you'll need to make a sophisticated (and scrumptious) statement.
Salad: Spinach Salad with Brie Toast
Start the meal as if you're at a classy bistro! Create a delicious and festive cranberry dressing to pair with your spinach and pumpkin seed salad. Served with warm bread covered in Brie, this is the perfect appetizer. Not only does it look beautiful, it subtly incorporates the fall flavors everyone loves.
Get the recipe: Spinach Salad with Brie Toast
Grab an extra wheel of brie and welcome guests with an ooey-gooey Brie en Croute!
Fruit and Vegetable Side Dish: Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts and Apple
This side continues to serve up fall flavors. With walnuts, apples, and Brussels sprouts, this dish is full of healthy ingredients that also taste amazing. The secret? Cooking your apples, thyme, and Brussels sprouts in browned butter.
This combination of fruit and veggies adds color to your table and tempts your guests, taking your dinner party from ordinary to elegant.
Apple Know-How: We prefer a crisp cooking apple, such as Braeburn, in this recipe rather than fruit with a softer consistency.
Get the recipe: Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts and Apple
Bread: Cran-Sage Rolls
Aren't these among the prettiest, most delicious looking rolls you've ever seen? With cranberries, ginger, and sage, you're getting an incredible blend of autumn flavors. Rolling the dough into a spiral adds visual appeal.
Bonus: This recipe basically guarantees you won't spill any stain-making cranberries on your stylish Thanksgiving outfit.
Get the recipe: Cran-Sage Rolls
Entrée: Apple Cider-Ginger Brined Turkey
Dressing up the turkey is important if you are getting it ready for an elegant evening. This roasted turkey would be delicious as is, but for a fancy holiday dinner, start it out in a flavorful brine.
Yes, it's worth the time! Here's everything you need to know about how and why to brine your bird.
Made with apple cider, ginger, brown sugar, bay leaves, orange zest, cloves and more, this brine brims with deliciousness.
Get the recipe: Apple Cider-Ginger Brined Turkey
Dessert: Apple-Pear Tart
You can't go wrong with apples and pears, but when these two are combined with caramel and a shortbread cookie crust, the results are delightful. This fruit-filled tart will make you wonder why you were so convinced pie was the only option for Thanksgiving.
This recipe calls for jarred caramel sauce, but it's easy to make your own.
Homemade Caramel Sauce
- Combine 3/4 cup brown sugar with 1/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 1 minute, stirring the whole time.
- Add 1/3 cup whipping cream and 1 tablespoon butter, and stir until butter is fully melted.
- Take pan off heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
Get the recipe: Apple Pear Tart
Drink: Cranberry-Sage Sparkler
If there's one thing that says elegance, it's a sparkling beverage. With cranberries, lemon, cinnamon, cloves, sage, honey, and sparkling wine, this cocktail has a LOT going for it.
A signature cocktail like this leaves the impression that you are an expert mixologist. Plus, the bright color from the cranberries carries on the coordinated color palette of this sophisticated meal. Cheers to that!
Get the recipe: Cranberry-Sage Sparkler
More Elegant Thanksgiving Ideas
Whether you're wondering about other elegant home decor or looking for sophisticated centerpieces to complement your meal, here are more ways to channel that classy and refined vibe: