If your dream Thanksgiving dinner includes refined fare, we've custom-made this elegant Thanksgiving menu for you. Exude sophistication at your next gathering by serving this elegant menu. And even though these elegant recipes look fancy, they won't require any more work than your usual Thanksgiving favorites.

By Kayla Parker

What better way to spend the Thanksgiving holiday than with an elegant dinner party surrounded by family and friends. But if the thought of preparing an elegant dinner for your guests stresses you out, don't worry! We have your menu here, so you have one less thing on your to-do list. From salad to dessert, this menu accounts for everything you'll need to make a sophisticated (and scrumptious) statement. You can say hello to a fancy Thanksgiving meal with this elegant dinner party menu!

Elegant Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Make Thanksgiving dinner a fancy occasion this year with these six elegant recipes:

See photos and learn more about each of these elegant Thanksgiving recipes, below.

Don't start your elegant Thanksgiving meal with limp iceberg lettuce and plain croutons! Instead, opt for this bright and fresh spinach salad with toasted baguette slices topped with Brie.

Salad: Spinach Salad with Brie Toast

Start the meal as if you're at a classy bistro! After all, most elegant meals start with a show-stopping salad. 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 a tasty and elegant appetizer. Not only does it look beautiful, but it subtly incorporates the fall flavors everyone loves.

Fruit and Vegetable Side Dish: Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts and Apple

A step up from traditional green bean casserole, this elegant Thanksgiving side dish combines everything we love about fall into one delicious recipe.

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. Not to mention, this elegant Thanksgiving side dish will look great in any day-of food pictures thanks to pretty apple slices and a sprinkle of walnuts.

Apple Know-How: We prefer a crisp cooking apple, such as Braeburn, in this recipe rather than fruit with a softer consistency.

Instead of plain dinner rolls, turn this year's Thanksgiving bread into an elegant side dish by rolling dried cranberries, crystallized ginger, and fresh sage inside each roll.

Bread: Cran-Sage Rolls

Aren't these among the prettiest, most delicious looking rolls you've ever seen? Even Thanksgiving dinner rolls have gone elegant! You're getting an incredible blend of autumn flavors with cranberries, ginger, and sage. Rolling the dough into a spiral adds even more visual appeal, as will an extra sage leaf on top.

Bonus: This recipe basically guarantees you won't spill any stain-making cranberries on your stylish Thanksgiving outfit!

Get the recipe: Cran-Sage Rolls

Turkey is the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving dinner, so make sure your bird fits in with your other elegant Thanksgiving recipes by serving this glistening brined turkey.

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. Made with apple cider, ginger, brown sugar, bay leaves, orange zest, cloves and more, this brine brims with deliciousness. And instead of gravy, you can make your Thanksgiving turkey even more elegant by serving it with homemade cider sauce.

This elegant Thanksgiving dessert recipe certainly looks fancy, but it's actually much easier than you think. Ready to serve in just over an hour, it might even be easier than apple pie!

Dessert: Apple-Pear Tart

You can't go wrong with apples and pears, but when these two combine 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. Be prepared for this recipe to be the star of the show, because it will definitely outshine any other Thanksgiving desserts you serve.

This recipe calls for caramel sauce from a jar, but it's easy to make your own.

Homemade Caramel Sauce

  1. In a saucepan combine 3/4 cup brown sugar with 1/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer 1 minute, stirring the entire time.
  2. Add 1/3 cup whipping cream and 1 tablespoon butter; stir until butter is fully melted.
  3. Take pan off heat; stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Get the recipe: Apple-Pear Tart

This elegant cocktail recipe combines a few favorite Thanksgiving flavors into one delicious, refreshing drink. To make your glass look even fancier, garnish with a few extra cranberries or even a spare sage leaf.

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 elegant Thanksgiving cocktail has a lot going for it. A signature cocktail like this will leave the impression that you're an expert mixologist—even if you're not (don't worry, we won't tell!). 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


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