Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

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Most people serve turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner. Or ham, or maybe even a roasted chicken or meatloaf. No matter what main dish you’ve selected, here are a few of our favorite Thanksgiving Menu Ideas to serve on your table this year. 


Thanksgiving Menu Ideas – Appetizers

Every Thanksgiving Dinner needs some sort of appetizer for your guests when they arrive, whether it’s a tray of fresh veggies and ranch dip or a cheese ball and crackers. Here are three suggestions to get you started!


Holiday Cheese Ball
Holiday Cheese Ball is a favorite family recipe that is so delicious and easy to put together. It uses two kinds of cheese (cream cheese, and cheddar) and is flavored with Worcestershire sauce and onion, and then coated in chopped pecans.
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Spinach Dip
I enjoy making Spinach Dip during the holidays or for family gatherings. Frozen spinach mixed with vegetable soup mix and sour cream. Who knew that spinach could be so delicious! Serve with your favorite fresh vegetables or crackers.
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Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack
Every winter, my grandma made Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack. The name is accurate as this is very addicting. At our house, we may go through 2-3 batches between Thanksgiving and New Years, to be enjoyed by all!
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Lets Move on to Our Bread Basket

When it comes to holiday meals that include a roasted turkey or ham, there is nothing quite like soft and delicious dinner rolls for your guests. Serve them up with softened butter (the real stuff, please), and some honey or homemade jelly, jam, or apple butter. So delightful! And don’t forget to serve them in a basket!


Onion Crescent Rolls
Onion Crescent Rolls is a fantastic recipe I like to make for my family that is amazingly easy to prepare. So light and soft--like little fluffy pillows! I hope you'll take the time to try these and that you'll love them as much as we do!
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Onion Crescent Rolls


Oat Rolls
Oat Rolls are one of our family favorites! They are easy to make and so delicious. Soft, tender, with oatmeal goodness that turns it into a slightly sweet, hearty bread.
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Sourdough Dinner Rolls
Sourdough Dinner Rolls are so light and delicious. They are so good, they will melt in your mouth. I know you are going to love them and will want to make them every week!
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Thanksgiving Menu Ideas – Favorite Side Dishes

So many of my favorite dishes at Thanksgiving are the side dishes. Sure, I like a little turkey and gravy and of course, the dinner rolls. But for me, bring on the side dishes, please!

Can you have Thanksgiving dinner without candied sweet potatoes?

No, ma’am.

What about Green Bean Casserole or a corn casserole?


And it just wouldn’t be a holiday dinner without turkey’s sidekick, Mr. Dressing!

Bring on the Dressing!


Candied Sweet Potatoes
Candied Sweet Potatoes is an old family favorite for the holidays. Tender sweet potatoes covered in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon and topped with pecans and marshmallows. Yum! 
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Potluck Green Bean Casserole
Serve Fresh Green Bean Casserole at your next potluck dinner or family gathering. Perfect for holiday dinners. Fresh Green Beans and mushrooms with or without a homemade gravy.
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Cheesy Corn and Macaroni Casserole
Cheesy Corn and Macaroni Casserole is a favorite recipe on my husband's side of our family. It’s quite nice for church dinners or family gatherings and is a perfect choice for your next picnic, barbecue, or even holiday dinner.
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recipe for cheesy corn and macaroni, fourth of july menu ideas


Cheesy Zucchini Casserole
Wondering what to do with your excess garden zucchini? This Cheesy Zucchini Casserole is a perfect answer. I like this dish so well I sometimes eat it as a meal by itself. The cheesy stuffing goes well with roasted dinners and also barbecues or picnics. It’s loaded with flavor, and even people who normally wouldn’t eat zucchini have been known to enjoy it.
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Now, Let’s Talk About Potatoes

If we’re going to have turkey and gravy, we’ll need to have some mashed potatoes. However, cheesy potatoes are really yummy, too, plus they feed a large crowd, so we might as well throw in some of those as well.


Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes
I enjoy making Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes for family gatherings or church potlucks. They are so easy to make and can be prepared a day ahead. I’ve been making this recipe for years and it’s still one of my family’s most requested potato recipe.
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Easy Company Potatoes
I love to make Easy Company Potatoes for family gatherings or church socials. It makes a lot and goes well with Country-Style Ribs or Holiday Ham. And it’s one of those “dump” recipes, so it’s easy to put together. 
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How About a Salad or Two or Three?

Most of us fill our plates to overflowing when it comes to holiday meals. At my mom’s house, we even have little bowls put there especially for salads–so that your gravy doesn’t mix with your fluffy salad!

We all have our favorites, whether they include Jello, marshmallows, whipped topping and fruits, or Miracle Whip and vegetables! How about the following ideas:


Ambrosia - Five Cup Salad
Ambrosia - Five Cup Salad is an easy dish to make for a family gathering or church dinner. Full of fruit and mixed together with simple sour cream that melds together in a delicious fruity and refreshing salad.
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Grandma's Pistachio Salad
Grandma's Pistachio Salad is especially nice for family gatherings or church dinners. This salad is also kid-friendly. Not only to make with little hands, but also to eat. Kids love to dip their spoons into this salad. In fact, it's one of our grandchildren's favorite dishes. 
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Broccoli Raisin Salad
Here's a delicious salad to serve at your next family gathering. One of our favorites!
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Broccoli Raisin Salad


Thanksgiving Menu Ideas – Desserts – Pies – Cakes

Okay, so we’ve stuffed ourselves so much that we cannot move. Seriously! Time to do a lap or two around the house and clean those tables. Do some dishes, clear the counter, and that’s right, you’re catching on now…set out more food.

This time, some of our favorite autumn desserts that fill our homes with warm spices and sweet scents. Apples, Nuts, Pumpkins, Cranberries. Oh my!


Bourbon Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream
Bourbon Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream is perfect for the holidays or for family gatherings. Our family loves this recipe. Rich, buttery filling loaded with pecans and just a hint of bourbon flavor, topped with a light whipped cream. Simply delicious!
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Recipe for Bourbon Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream


Traditional Pumpkin Pie
This Traditional Pumpkin Pie recipe is one we make every year around Thanksgiving. It has been adapted from my mom's recipe in that I add more salt to our crust and cloves and fresh ginger to the pumpkin filling.
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Homemade Apple Pie
Here is a favorite recipe for homemade apple pie:
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Carrot Cake with Pecans
Carrot Cake with Pecans is so moist and delicious. A reminder of my childhood and my favorite season, Autumn. It's full carrots, pineapple, nuts, and spices.
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Recipe for Carrot Cake with Pecans


Cranberry Pound Cake with Almonds
Here's a delicious recipe to make during the holidays. Cranberry Pound Cake with Almonds is amazingly flavorful and moist, and I love the added sweet bites of cranberries.
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Recipe for Cranberry Pound Cake


We finally made it through my Thanksgiving Menu Ideas. I hope this little post brings a smile to your face and perhaps gives you a few ideas for your upcoming holiday dinner. Thanks for hanging in there with me! And may your Thanksgiving bring you much happiness and joy this year. Don’t forget to enjoy the moments . . .

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