Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas


Do you need Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas?  I’ve got you covered with these amazing Thanksgiving side dishes, drinks, desserts and the turkey {of course}!  Join me for a Virtual Thanksgiving Feast!

Unique Recipes for your Traditional Thanksgiving Menu - Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Desserts and Pies!

One week until the big feast.  If you are a last minute planner {like me} then this post filled with Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas is just in time.  Truthfully I haven’t even started planning my Thanksgiving menu.  No worries, my family holiday celebrations are super low-key and casual.  And, I may just use some of these fantastic recipes for menu inspiration!

These dishes are perfect for a Traditional Thanksgiving Menu with a twist.  Each dish has a little something special to liven up your Holiday Feast!

Click on the photos and links to view the recipes.  These are some really wonderful holiday recipes from a few of my favorite food blogs.   You will definitely find some new sites with drool-worthy food and photos!

Sangria Glazed Turkey - Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

The turkey is probably the first thing you start preparing and one of the most important additions to your Thanksgiving table.  Food Done Light has gone above and beyond with this Sangria Glazed Turkey!

For more Tasty Turkey, take a look at these recipes :::  Roasted Turkey with Herb Butter by Cookin’ Canuck ::: Citrus and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey by The Suburban Soapbox ::: Perfect Roast Turkey by The New York Melrose Family

Turkey Alternatives ::: Steamed Lobster by Tide and Thyme ::: Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Bake by A Family Feast ::: Gluten Free – Vegetarian Pumpkin Quinoa Bowl by WonkyWonderful ::: Herb Crusted Prime Rib by The Cozy Apron

Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe - Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

What would Thanksgiving Turkey be without it’s soul mate, Cranberry Sauce!?!   I don’t know and I don’t plan on finding out.  Skip the tin can and make this Easy Cranberry & Cherry Sauce.

More Cranberry Creations ::: Apple Cranberry Sauce by WonkyWonderful ::: Slow Cooker Cranberry Chutney by Pineapple & Coconut

Ciabatta Thanksgiving Stuffing - Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Do you call it Stuffing or Dressing?  Whatever you want to call it, Food Done Light  is helping us out again with this Ciabatta Stuffing Recipe!

More Sensational Stuffing ::: Slow Cooker Sausage Apple Stuffing by No. 2 Pencil ::: Easy Homemade Stuffing by Lemons For Lulu

Thanksgiving Cranberry  - Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Give your holiday feast a little sparkle with this Crock Pot Cranberry Cider by Kleinworth & Co.

More Delightful Drinks ::: Pumpkin Pie in a Glass by Kitchen Meets Girl ::: Pumpkin Spice White Russian by the Kitchen is my Playground ::: Pumpkin Pie Cookie Butter Smoothie by Frugal Foodie Mama

Sweet Potato Casserole - Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas 

It doesn’t get much better than this Boston Market Sweet Potato Casserole Copycat Recipe by The Slow Roasted Italian.

Or, try these Sweet Potato Casserole Bites for a fun Thanksgiving appetizer.

Sweet Potato Casserole Bites - This Thanksgiving appetizer has all the flavor of sweet potato casserole in one bite! Only 3 Ingredients!


If you prefer regular potatoes, how about Sliced Potatoes with Bacon and Roasted Garlic?

Roasted Potato Side Dish Recipe made with Roasted Garlic, Thyme and Red Potatoes. Perfect for your holiday menu!

Potato Gratin - Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Can’t go wrong with cheesy potatoes: Cheesy Scalloped Potato Gratin by The Comfort of Cooking will make your tummy happy!

Green Bean Casserole - Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

You can’t have a Thanksgiving feast without Green Bean Casserole!  Cook Like A Champion made this Green Bean Casserole From Scratch!

Kitchen Meets Grill shared her version of the Ultimate Green Bean Casserole.  Psst!  If {like me} you aren’t a fan of green bean casserole, check out these Green Beans with Brown Butter Pecans by Susie Freaking Homemaker.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes - Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas -

Did you happen to see my alternative to sweet potato casserole?  These Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow Gravy are to die for!

Or, give these Candied Sweet Potatoes by Call Me PMc a try.

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes - Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

I could eat a bucket full of these Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta & Blue Cheese by Lemons For Lulu!

Don’t Forget The Carbs!  Take a bite out of these breads and rolls ::: Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread by Lemons For Lulu ::: Sweet Potato & Honey Dinner Rolls by How Sweet It Is ::: Potato Dinner Rolls by Will Cook For Smiles ::: Rosemary Focaccia Bread by Spoonful of Flavor

Pumpkin Coffee - Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

After all of that food you will need a little pick me up.  How about this Pumpkin Spiced Coffee by Dieters Downfall?  Serve it with this unbelievable Pumpkin Crème Brûlée.

Or nibble on these sweet and tart Cranberry Brownies by A Family Feast!

Cranberry Brownies - Thanksgiving Menu

Did you save room for dessert?  Thanksgiving is all about the pies!  Try this Creamy Cranberry Pie!

Creamy Cranberry Pie Recipe - made with Greek Yogurt -

Slice into this Maple Ginger Pumpkin Pie by The Haas Machine!

Pumpkin Pie - Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Or a steal a slice of this delicious Frozen Pumpkin Meringue Pie by Crazy for Crust!

Frozen Pumpkin Meringue Pie

More For Your Pie Hole :::  Apple Biscoff Crumb Pie by Frugal foodie Mama ::: Ice Cream Milky Way Brownie Pie by WonkyWonderful

Or maybe a Thanksgiving Cake.  Chocolate Layer Cake with Pumpkin Buttercream. . .

Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting is the perfect fall dessert! Layer Cake Recipe : Naked Cake

Don’t forget about Thanksgiving Breakfast!  This Apple Fritter Casserole or these Easy 30 Minute Cinnamon Rolls will start your day off right!

Glazed Apple Fritter Bake made with Musselman's Apple Butter, Croissants and Apples. Great Brunch Recipe! wonkywonderful.comQuick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Thanks for attending my Virtual Thanksgiving Feast! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


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  1. Thanks for including my recipes. You have a wonderful round up of recipes.

  2. Nicole, I see this round up and it just makes me with that my own Thanksgiving table would look this good!! We need a real life pot luck! Thanks for sharing my potatoes!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      You and me both! I do not have anything close to this feast! No perfectly set table, no place setting, no rules. Just good food and my crazy family … perfect 🙂

  3. Nom, nom, nom…. I can smell it all now! Thanks for sharing Nicole!

  4. wonderful post-thans

  5. Great recipe roundup! Pinned 🙂

  6. Wow, there are so many great recipes here! Thanks so much for including mine!

  7. Nicole – You’ve collected so many great recipe here – I’m ready for Thanksgiving! Thanks for including our Pumpkin Pasta Bake! Have a great holiday!

  8. Thank you so much for including me!!! 🙂

    • Nicole Harris says:

      My Pleasure! Your Frozen Pumpkin Meringue Pie looks Awesome! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving 😀

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