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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving Prep: The Menu 2009

I finally have a Thanksgiving menu plan put together (with the help of my friends who we’ll be eating with). Can’t wait to see what you will all be eating this Thursday as well!

turkey in a bag web

This is a picture of our turkey from last year. We cooked the turkey in an oiled paper bag and it came out nicely. Click here to read more about this technique.

Here’s our menu for this year. We’re going to be eating with two families on Thursday and are dividing the cooking tasks, so I don’t have to do it all this year. Yea!
– Turkey & Gravy
– Mashed potatoes
– Stuffing
– Cranberry sauce
– Cranberry slush
– Broccoli casserole
– Sweet Potato souffle
– Green salad
– Rolls
– Desserts: pumpkin pie, apple cranberry pie and something chocolate

Please share your Thanksgiving menu!

If you’re looking for the usual weekly menus, please click here! (I put up two posts today…sorry if it’s confusing!)


  1. Here is our menu – lots of links if anyone is still looking for recipe ideas!

    Herb Brined Roasted Turkey
    Baked Sweet Potatoes with Orange Caramel Glaze
    Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    Sweet Italian Sausage Stuffing with Cranberries and Apples
    Salad or another vegetable – waiting to hear family requests
    Buttery Dinner Rolls
    Pumpkin Pie with Caramel Pecan Topping
    Flat Cranberry Apple Pie (posting recipe Monday)

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    gravy and mashed potatoes
    green beans (from our garden last summer)
    wild rice salad
    creamed corn
    acorn squash stuffed with sweet potatoes (mom is bringing these – a Rachel Ray recipe she said)
    apple pie and ice cream

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    For the first time, I’ll be doing Thanksgiving on Friday (thanks to my wife’s shifts at the hospital)… small affair so we are doing (gasp) chicken instead of turkey

    – roasted chicken
    – mashed potato
    – acorn squash
    – green beans
    – stuffing
    – cran sauce
    – pumpkin pie

  4. Wow! That is a feast. I’m debating whether to make a green salad. There are just four adults, so I’m not sure how much we’ll eat.

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    Forgot to list the cornbread stuffing (trying a recipe from pioneer woman)

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    Erika B.

    Menu for 25. I make the meal, others bring drinks and desserts.
    Roast Turkey
    Roast Tofurkey (Vegetatians!)
    Stuffing with Maple Chicken Sausage and Apples
    Make-Ahead Garlic and Chive Mashed Potatoes
    Brussel Sprouts with Leeks and Almonds
    Sweet Potato Gratin with Bourbon Onions, Parmesan and Pecans
    Gravy (Turkey and Vegetarian “Sausage” )
    Citrus Cranberry Sauce
    Canned, Jelled Cranberry Sauce (my favorite!)
    Lots of Desserts I’m not making!

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    I am interested in your sweet potato souffle… have you posted the recipe before?


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    We’re having a big Thanksgiving this year – 16 of us, I think. I’m just doing the salad and the apple crisp. Yay!!

    – turkey and gravy
    – wild rice stuffing
    – scalloped potatoes
    – mashed potatoes
    – green salad w/ dried cranberries, walnut, goat cheese and balsamic dijon vinaigrette
    – green beans with almonds
    – cranberry sauce
    – biscuits
    – stuffed mushrooms
    – pumpkin pie
    – pecan pie
    – apple crisp
    – chocolate pie

  9. By following the link below you can find our menu with links to recipes included in the menu. Yours sounds great, too! Becky G.

  10. I got my post up early for the new pie recipe. Here is the link: Flat Cranberry Apple Pie

    It is so good and easier than a traditional pie!

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    We’re hosting 18 but my mom does most of it–in my kitchen! We are also leaving town for the weekend for another family celebration. SO, we scaled it back a bit this year in order to have less food leftover.

    Turkey and gravy
    Savory Stuffing
    Mashed Gold Potatoes
    Roasted Brussel Sprouts
    Orange-Cranberry Sauce
    Field green Salad with Apple Vinagrette
    Dinner Rolls and/or biscuits
    Pumpkin Pie


  12. Okay, can’t even go there right now w/the Thanksgiving menu, but I know I’ll be linking this site on my blog, and referring to it myself for inspiration!

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    Smoked Turkey (courtesy of local restaurant)
    Mashed potatoes
    Green bean casserole
    Glazed carrots
    Cornbread stuffing
    Autumn greens and apple salad
    Cranberry sauce
    Brioche Rolls
    Pumpkin pie
    This year I am taking some help from a local restaurant for turkey and stuffing. Just responsible for the sides and dessert. Gotta make it easy and keep it focused on what matters most…family and giving thanks.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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    We’re eating today(it’s Japan’s Labor Day and the closest holiday to Thanksgiving)
    Mushroom stuffing
    crock pot sweet potatos from Not Your Mothers Slow cooker cookbook(we used regular and purple sweet potato)
    citrus-glazed carrots from epicurious
    green beans
    costco rolls
    Pioneer Woman’s creamy mashed potato

    and for desert
    apple pie
    pecan pumpkin pie
    strawberry rhubarb pie

    so far so good, just wish we had real cranberry sauce instead of canned.

  15. Turkey & Ham (yes, we have to have both)
    Mom’s famous Chicken~n~Dressing
    Sweet Potato Souffle
    Hashbrown Casserole
    Corn, peas, cranberry sauce
    Pistachio pudding (the kids LOVE this)
    Cake & sweet potato pie for dessert
    Banana bread for snacking

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    Fried Turkey
    Mashed Potatoes
    Sweet Potato Casserole
    Baked Pineapple
    Baked Corn
    Green Beans
    Broccoli Salad
    Cranberry Sauce
    Dessert – Pumpkin Pie, Crockpot Cake, Fudge Puddles and Sopapilla Cheescake

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    Bacon wrapped roasted turkey with sage and oranges
    Gravy made from pan drippings
    Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes
    Peppridge Farm Herbed Stuffing with onions and celery
    Butternut Squash with nutmeg and honey
    Steamed green beans with roasted almonds
    Rolls (either Betty crocker’s or no-knead challah made into rolls)
    Cranberry sauce (made with honey for the husband) and cranberry relish
    Relish tray with pickles from our pantry
    Apple Pie with cheddar cheese (says my Gramps “Apple pie with out cheese is like a hug without a squeeze”)
    Dairy Free Pumpkin Custard with Rice Dream Ice Cream

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    My mom is cooking this year and I’m pretty sure it’s the whole traditional meal. I am cooking a sausage and lentil soup for the day after with fresh bread. I’m actually hauling my breadmaker on the 2 hour trip so I can use it to make the dough! Looking forward to turkey and all the trimmings!

  19. Turkey
    Cornbread Dressing
    Mac and Cheese
    Deviled Eggs
    Green Beans
    Pinto Beans
    Sweet Potato Casserole
    Chocolate Pie
    Italian Creme Cake

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    We scaled back this year because we’re getting tired of having SOO many leftovers and eating them for so long after.

    Oysters on 1/2 shell
    Relish plate

    Brined & deep fried turkey
    Roasted garlic & blue cheese mashed potatoes
    Giblets gravy
    Roasted asparagus w/ lemon brown butter glaze
    Cesar salad
    Cranberry orange relish
    Family recipe jello salad
    Roasted chestnut & sausage dressing
    Classic yeast rolls

    Pumpkin pie
    Pecan pie
    Rum whipped cream for pies

    Okay, looking at this menu, for 4 adults, a 5 year old (who doesn’t eat) and a 9 month old (who eats more than her brother), it seems like an awful lot. LOL. Yes, we are scaling back, the only portion size that will stay the same is the Turkey (that’s one leftover no one gets tired of) and the jello salad (don’t really know how to make a smaller recipe). But, the pies are much smaller, we’ll make 1/2 as much as we usually do of the mashed potatoes, gravy, and dressing, rolls. Basically, rather than cooking for a party of 10, we’re cooking for a party of 5 (except the 20# turkey).

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    I forgot to add copious amounts of wine to the menu. LOL. That’s one of the traditions is to have a glass of wine in hand throughout the entire cooking process. That and vodka with the oysters.

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    Jenn E.

    I think I have enough to feed an army, but we’re only having 10 people…

    Cheese and Crackers
    Veggies and Dip
    Stuffed Mushrooms
    Dill Havarti Pastry Bake (the simplest, best app ever!)

    Rolls w/ Rosemary and Butter
    Mashed Potatoes
    Sausage and Mushroom Stuffing
    Green Bean Casserole
    Corn Pudding
    Creamed Onions
    Cranberry Sauce

    Pumpkin, Apple and Butterscotch Pecan Pies
    Vanilla Ice Cream
    Whipped Cream (Homemade)

  23. What is this cranberry slush you mention!? Sounds interesting!! Every year my family makes a cranberry sauce w/ crushed pineapple that is delicious. The menu will be a surprise for me this year as I venture to my boyfriend’s family – first time away from my fam in 29 years 🙁 My bf and I hosted a Friendsgiving get together 2 weeks ago….

    Roasted Veggies
    Garlic Mashed Potatoes w/ Chives
    Roasted Brussel Sprouts
    Roasted Green Beans
    Pineapple Cranberry Sauce
    Regular Cranberry Sauce
    Parmasan Crisps
    Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread –Barefoot Contessa (to die for)

    Pumpkin Pie (Gourmet)
    Pecan Pie (Gourmet)
    Apple Crisp –Barefoot Contessa (a la mode of course!)
    Magnolia Bakery cupcakes

    For pics –

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    Mashed potatoes and gravy
    Orange rolls
    Cranberry relish
    Cranberry salad
    Corn (to appease the husband–Trader Joe’s sweet white)
    Veggie platters
    Cheese platters
    Cranberry Slush

    Pumpkin Pies
    Cranberry Pecan Pie
    Maple Cream Apple Pie

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    I guess I’m the only non-traditional. Both my husband and I have had weight-loss surgery this year. We’ve each lost over 100 lbs. Sooo make evey bite count…Heres the menu
    Sea Scallops in a Saffron Cream Sauce
    Spinach salad with Gorgonzola
    Pepper jelly dressing
    French Bread
    Pumpkin Pie (OK, so a little piece of tradition)

    We will enjoy evey bite! Oh, and it should take about 30 minutes to get it on the table. Yea!

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    can you post the broccoli casserole recipe? i’m already planning my Christmas Day menu and that sounds good. Yeah, I like to plan ahead! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Jane Maynard

    yes, I will! I’ll take a picture of it today and then do a post 🙂

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