11 of Our Best Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas
Our Classic Roast Turkey
A classic roast turkey is hard to beat when it comes to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu. This delicious bird is gorgeous and juicy, and so tender that the meat falls right off the bone.
Perfect Mashed Potatoes
For your creamiest batch of mashed potatoes ever, press boiled spuds through a ricer or beat with an electric mixer.
Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare the potatoes up to 48 hours in advance and chill. Four hours before dinner, transfer to a slow cooker to reheat and keep warm.
Best Gravy Ever
What's a traditional turkey dinner without gravy? You want it, so we've got the tips to help you master this tasty addition to your Thanksgiving dishes.
Sauteed Green Beans with Shallot Crisps
Skip the heavy cream-laden casserole for this light Thanksgiving side-dish recipe. Here, green beans are topped with crispy shallots in place of deep-fried onions.
If you want something sweet for sopping up all that gravy, you can't go wrong with an easy corn bread recipe. Crusty bread made with buttermilk, cornmeal, and cheese is just the right complement to any of your Thanksgiving dishes.
The best part about this old-fashioned cranberry relish (besides the cup of wine hiding inside)? You can make it up to a week in advance of your holiday dinner.
With a long day in the kitchen preparing traditional Thanksgiving food, you'll be pleased when it comes time to making these honey-kissed carrots. They're a quick and easy side dish that makes a perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving turkey.
After just one bite of this Thanksgiving stuffing recipe, you'll be tempted to skip the rest of the meal and fill your plate with this nutty, hearty dish. Fresh chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, and salami add delicious savory flavors to this Thanksgiving dinner classic.
Gingered Fruit Compote
Here's one for the Thanksgiving dinner ideas file: Though it may not be part of every typical Thanksgiving menu, a sweet assortment of fresh fruits with a touch of tongue-tingling crystallized ginger is a refreshing break from other rich and heavy traditional Thanksgiving appetizers. Make this fruit salad in advance, then refrigerate until the big dinner.
Silky Pumpkin Pie
Don't forget to save room for the ultimate traditional Thanksgiving dessert: pie! Sweetened condensed milk gives this pumpkin pie recipe a creamy, silken texture. Serve the lightly spiced fall dessert with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream to end your Thanksgiving meal on a sweet note.
Why have just one pie when you can have two? Pass around slices of these traditional Thanksgiving desserts, and your guests will be happily scooping up crunchy pecans and a delicious homemade piecrust. It'll be your best Thanksgiving meal yet.