Vintage Thanksgiving Menu

Make your Thanksgiving meal one everyone will love with these time-tested vintage recipes. These classic Thanksgiving foods never go out of style.

Grab your best thrifted outfit and pearl necklace, because it's time for an old-school Thanksgiving! #ThrowbackThursday fans, this one's for you. This vintage Thanksgiving menu has all the delicious dishes you need to host a dinner that's a blast from the past.

Making things from scratch is key for achieving vintage perfection. So stock up on the ingredients for this classic Thanksgiving menu, turn on a timeless record, and prepare a meal just like Grandma used to make.

Vegetable Side Dish: Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is so reminiscent of days gone by, especially when it's made the old-fashioned way without the shortcuts (no canned condensed soups here). With mushrooms, cheese, white wine, shallots, pancetta, and fresh green beans, this recipe will convert haters of the traditional vegetable casserole to Team Green Bean.

After you taste this real green bean casserole, there won't be any going back to the new-fangled sped-up recipe you were using before.

Get the recipe: Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Bread: Overnight Refrigerator Rolls

There's nothing like homemade bread, so why not give your family and friends get the best possible rolls this Thanksgiving. Stick with the buttery yeast dough or try one of our favorite variations:

  • Cinnamon-Sugar Butterhorn Rolls: Sprinkle buttery dough with cinnamon-sugar before shaping into rounds.
  • Parmesan-Herb Rosettes: Knead in rosemary and thyme, then form into pretty knots.
  • Salt-and-Pepper Parker House Rolls: After brushing with butter, sprinkle generously with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • Whole Wheat Rolls: Use a mix of whole wheat and white flour.

Get the recipe: Overnight Refrigerator Rolls

Entree: Simple Roast Turkey

Sometimes simplicity is the key, which is the case with this roast turkey—the epitome of savory goodness. Yes, it's important to season and roast properly, but don't forget about the brine! Here's how to achieve the perfect Thanksgiving bird. 

Follow our 4-step method to easily brine your bird

For extra style and flavor, serve your turkey with roasted fruits and vegetables. The extra color is quite the pretty touch!

Get the recipe: Simple Roast Turkey

Stuffing: Corn Bread Dressing

This authentic stuffing recipe uses corn bread for a homemade recipe from start to finish. Celery, onion, sage, and other fall-flavored ingredients are mixed into this dressing.

Since it cooks in its own baking dish, be sure to reserve oven space for this side. You won't regret it!

Make-Ahead Tip: Bake the corn bread one day in advance, crumble it into pieces, and allow to air-dry overnight. This will ensure the bread will soak up the maximum amount of broth (and flavor).

Get the recipe: Corn Bread Dressing

Sweet Potato Side Dish: Maple-Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

There are so many good things going on in this Maple-Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe. For one, there's two kinds of potatoes: sweet potatoes and Yukon Gold potatoes. Stir in ingredients like bourbon, maple syrup, butter, and applesauce, and you've already got a winning recipe.

Top it all off with a no-fail trick: a sprinkling of bacon. Everything's better with it, of course!

These sweet potatoes are going to be the talk of this year's Thanksgiving menu—and for years to come.

Slow Cooker Savior: Since this recipe involves baking the potatoes until they're super-tender in the slow cooker, you can focus on cooking the turkey, dressing, and other time-sensitive dishes.

Get the recipe: Maple-Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Dessert: Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is a vintage treat that's never going out of style. This simple pie's sweet, nutty flavor makes it a Thanksgiving classic.

Even though we'd never say good-bye to this pie, we're more than willing to try delicious variations! Macadamia nuts can be substituted for pecans for a new twist. Also, chocolate makes everything better: including pecan pie. Add in chocolate chips to create a yummy Chocolate Pecan Pie.

Topping ideas (in case the pie itself isn't decadent enough):

Get the recipe: Pecan Pie

Drink: Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Cap off the meal with a cocktail that's fitting in name and style for this vintage Thanksgiving menu: an Old-Fashioned! A splash of bitters, an orange slice, and a maraschino cherry are all you need to dress up this bourbon drink.

Serve it with dessert or after, as guests share stories about Thanksgivings of years past.

Get the recipe: Old-Fashioned

Become a mixology pro with our basic cocktail tips and tricks.

More Vintage Treasures

Ready for more vintage fun? Whether you want to play some throwback Thursday trivia, decorate your kitchen in vintage style to match your meal, or reminisce about the items you had in your kitchen growing up, there's plenty of old-time finds right here.


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