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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving Prep: The Menu!

Thanksgiving is just over a week away, so I think it’s time we all share our menu plans for the big day! Of course, if you don’t have it pulled together yet, just come back later when you do!

I seriously have been in such a baby fog I didn’t even realize Thanksgiving was so close, so we haven’t thought much about what we’re going to do that day. But I do know we’re going to eat! I’m going for a simple menu this year with our all-time favorites.

Please share your menu plan for Thanksgiving! And if you have links to recipes and/or can type recipes into your comment, please do! I’m certain we can all be great inspiration for one another for the best eating day of the year!


  1. Is it terrible I don’t have a menu plan yet? But then I know that this is one day when we will pick from family favorites and I might make one new thing (like vodka orange cranberry sauce?)

    I’ve categorized all of my Thanksgiving recipes together; not just for readers but for my first readers…my friends and family!

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    We don’t celebrate thanksgiving here but I’m curious about all the menu’s and recipes…..

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    My menu isnt finalized but heres what ive brainstormed:

    -Turkey and gravy (still debating about roasting it whole or in pieces)
    -brioche stuffing
    -canned cranberry sauce
    -plain salad
    -string beans with garlic butter
    -roasted broccoli and cauliflower
    -mashed potatoes
    -sweet potato home fries
    -french baguette from local bakery
    -apple pie
    -fruit salad
    -vanilla ice cream and “turkey” cookies for the kids

  4. 4

    This year us newlyweds are gonna celebrate Thanksgivig with just the two of us since hubby will be working on Thanksgiving and we are so far from our families. Here is what we are doing:
    -Turkey breast with rosemary in the slow cooker
    -mashed potatoes and gravy
    – Hawaiian rolls
    – Caesar salad
    – Green beans
    – homemade apple pie ( I’m going to try my father-in-law’s recipe, wish me luck)

    Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🍴

  5. 5

    The whole family will be here. Looking forward to have everyone together.

    -Turkey and gravy
    -Mashed potatoes
    -Sweet potato casserole
    -Green bean casserole
    -Sweet corn
    -Cole slaw
    -Pumpkin pie
    -Pecan pie

    Everyone have a “Happy Thanksgiving”

  6. 6

    We Canadians have already celebrated thanksgiving in October, and this is what we had as a family..
    *BBQ Chicken breast in a Honey Soy Marinade
    *Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese and Sourcream
    *’That Good Salad’ – romaine with bacon,tomato,garlic-y croutons, plenty of Parmesan cheese and a tangy vinaigrette.
    *Roasted Carrots
    *Parker House Rolls
    *Cornbread stuffing with Cranberries, Pecans and spicy italian sausage.
    *Layered Cranberry jello salad and
    *Dessert was a pumpkin cheesecake
    Yum! Maybe we should also celebrate American Thanksgiving…a meal like this would be great twice a year!

  7. 7

    I’m trying to figure out the best way to make dairy free mashed potatoes. Eek!

    4 mushroom stuffing
    Crock pot sweet potatoes
    Green beans
    Orange glazed carrots
    Cranberry sauce(If a friend from on base gets us some)
    Vegan butter rolls
    Canned corn
    Mashed potatos
    Pumpkin pie made from almond milk

  8. My parents and in-laws are coming. Both grandmas decided they will take care of the cooking. Hooray! I am blessed! I am in charge of dessert and shopping for ingredients.

    – 20-lb turkey (we *love* leftovers!!!)
    – Whole cranberry sauce
    – Mashed spicy, sweet potatoes
    – Popovers
    РGreen bean casserole (from scratch with mushrooms, bread cubes and a yummy b̩chamel)
    – Pumpkin pie

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    I have a menu! I know I haven’t posted any menus for a long time. Sorry to be one of the “flakes”! I DO have a Thanksgiving Menu, though. Here you go:

    Turkey & gravy (Mom)
    Dressing (in dish, NOT turkey!) (Mom)
    Mashed potatoes (guest)
    Sweet potatoes (me–I am looking for a good recipe right now!)
    Green Beans (guest)
    Fresh Cranberry Orange sauce (me)
    Rolls (guest–I really wanted to try your squash rolls but people insist on bringing things and this one is easy)
    Apple pie (Mom)
    Pumpkin Pie Cake (me) (,176,129181-252197,00.html) Have any of you ever had this? It is seriously yummy and I think it is better than pie. It has the same pumpkin filling mixture at the bottom, but a wonderful top!

    AND…I think I am going to try the Cranberry Slush this year!
    Happy Thanksgiving Jane and all!

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    It’s pretty simple and standard around here!

    Turkey and gravy (need to get it out of the freezer soon!)
    Mashed Potato
    Stuffing (in the bird)
    Sweet Potato casserole
    Broccoli or beans… not sure which yet
    Canned cranberry sauce

    Apple and Pumpkin pie with ice cream

    Jane your apple pie recipe sure looks good!! I just might have to try that one!

    Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

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    it’s just us, but that’s the way i like it. we love leftovers too, and if there’s more people, it just never seems like there’s enough for leftovers! our family is big enough.
    big roasted turkey,
    mashed potatoes and gravy (it’s the once/year i get to make gravy because no one likes it but me.),
    sweet potatoes,
    cranberry sauce (straight from the can. -jellied),
    green bean casserole (optional),
    parker house rolls.

    i usually don’t plan for dessert. but i think i wanna try that sweedish apple pie recipe of yours this year. i also wanna make some pumpkin roll bread. —what can i say. i’m pregnant!

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    This is the first year (in like 5) that I am not hosting Thanksgiving for our family, so I am not in charge of the menu. Here’s the menu I cooked last year:

    Veggie Tray, Pickle/Olive/Cheese Tray, Veggie Pizzas

    HoneyBaked Ham, Turkey, Crescent Rolls

    Cornbread Dressing, Stuffing (for the in laws), Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Sweet Potato Suffule, Deviled Eggs

    Corn, Greenbeans, Brussel Sprouts, Marinated Veggies, Cranberry Relish, Apple Sauce

    Apple pie, Cherry pie, Pumpkin pie, Fruit Cock-tail Cake, Cool Whip, Ice cream

    Soda, Hawaiian Punch, Sweet Tea, Unsweet tea

  13. 13

    We are having a brisket smoked by my amazing father-in-law and a roasted turkey (either my mom or I will handle this) along with Green Bean Casserole , Cornbread Dressing , PW’s Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie and lot fo different kinds of Chex mix. I sure hope it all turns out.

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    Turkey Breast
    Mashed Potatoes
    Sweet Potatoes
    Scalloped Corn
    Brussel Sprouts
    Cranberry Salad (my favorite)
    Lemon Dessert
    Mississippi Mud Bars
    Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

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    Erika B.

    We are having 25 guests for Thanksgiving this year. What I’m making;

    2 Turkeys (15lbs each) plus a Tofurkey (icky, but necessary)
    Stuffing (sausage and vegetarian)
    Gravy (boxed from Trader Joe’s, with drippings added)
    Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Chives
    Praline Yams with Bourbon and Orange
    Corn Pudding
    Brussels Spouts with Leeks and Almonds
    Green Beans with Fried Onions
    Cranberry Sauce and the Jellied Stuff I Love
    Rolls and Butter
    Pies, Cheesecake and Ice Cream (guests are bringing these)

  16. Smoked Turkey
    Fried Turkey
    Turkey Gravy
    Smoked Brisket
    Smoked Ribs
    PW Mashed Potatoes
    Bread and Cornbread Dressing
    Pecan Sweet Potato Bake
    Spiced Cranberry Sauce
    Broccoli Rice Casserole
    Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter
    Yeast Rolls

    and various pies.

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    Here’s what we know so far, but we allow our guests to bring whatever they like so there are always surprises…
    finger food–surprise provided by the in-laws
    soup–maybe celery root bisque–provided by a sister
    mashed parsely root and potatoes
    red wine cranberry sauce
    green beans
    green salad
    homemade rolls
    crown roast of pork with fennel apple stuffing (no turkey this year)
    apple-cranberry pie
    chocolate pecan pie
    pumpkin pie

  18. It’s just the two of us, and since I really enjoy cooking I might have overdid it a little…but that is what Thanksgiving is all about, right?

    Turkey and Gravy
    Stuffing (1/2 cooked in the turkey, 1/2 cooked separately with sausage)
    Creamy Mashed Potatoes
    Mac & Cheese
    Sauteed Collard Greens
    Homemade Cranberry Sauce
    Cherry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
    Butterscotch Pudding with Cool Whip

  19. It’s just the two of us, and since I really enjoy cooking I might have overdid it a little”¦but that is what Thanksgiving is all about, right?

    Turkey and Gravy
    Stuffing (1/2 cooked in the turkey, 1/2 cooked separately with sausage)
    Creamy Mashed Potatoes
    Mac & Cheese
    Sauteed Collard Greens
    Homemade Cranberry Sauce
    Cherry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
    Butterscotch Pudding with Cool Whip

  20. 20

    Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
    Green Bean Casserole
    Sweet Potatoes w/Marsh mellow topping
    Cranberry Sauce
    Homemade rolls
    Pumpkin Pie
    Pecan Pie
    Pumpkin Bread

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    I’m not hosting but I do have to bring some things to the 2 thanksgivings:
    Rolls, cranberry sauce, sweet potato dish
    Rolls, cranberry sauce, appetizers, vegie tray, chocolate pie for the girls (mom-in-law used to bake 1 pumpkin pie for each of the 5 boys in my hubbys family… unfortunately, pumpkin is NOT the preferred pie for the females – about 10 years ago when I hosted, I ordered pies due to being busy at work (retail manager). His sister’s loved the french silk so every year after, I made or bought a chocolate pie for them to enjoy!)

  22. thanksgiving is at my parents house, as usual, and i’m in charge of pies. but i am helping my mom make pretty much everything else:

    roasted turkey
    crock pot mashed potatoes (THE BEST) and gravy
    mom’s homemade rolls
    green bean casserole
    roasted broccoli with lemon
    fresh cranberry sauce with orange

    im making two pumpkin pies using homemade pumpkin puree and a from scratch banana cream. i tested out ina garten’s perfect pie crust last week and it really is that- perfect!

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    Lynn BB

    It’s our family plus two neighbors this year. Traditional menu is:

    Stuffing (Williams Sonoma)
    Gravy (Williams Sonoma gravy starter)
    Some sort of make ahead mashed potatoes
    Sweet potato casserole (neighbors)
    Green bean casserole
    Orange jello w/sherbert and mandarin oranges
    Plain cherry jello (kids will only eat plain even though they are teenagers!)
    Cranberry sauce
    Pumpkin pie
    Cherry pie (neighbors)
    Chocolate cake

  24. Turkey
    Mashed Potatoes
    Sweet Potato Casserole
    Cornbread Stuffing with Bacon and Dates
    Cranberry Orange Relish
    Brussels Sprouts with Browned Butter and Orange Zest
    Green Beans
    Grammie Luba’s Pumpkin Pie
    Bourbon Whipped Cream

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    Angie .

    Going to my best friend’s parent’s house for Thanksgiving:
    Cranberry Salsa w/ Cream Cheese
    Fried Turkey
    Sweet Potato Casserole
    Mashed Potatoes
    1/2 Cornbread – 1/2 cubed bread stuffing
    Green Bean Casserole
    Cranberry Sauce (in the can – have to have the ridges!)
    Macaroni & Cheese
    Pumpkin Pie
    Pecan Pie
    Lemon Chess Pie
    Cranberry Bliss Bars

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    Perfect Roast Turkey & Gravy (Martha Stewart)
    Simple Stuffing (Martha Stewart)
    Creamy Mashed Potatoes (Pioneer Woman)
    Bourbon Glazed Sweet Potatoes (Everyday Food)
    Orange Cranberry Sauce (Everyday Food)
    Glazed Carrots
    Roasted Broccoli with Pancetta
    Deconstructed Green Bean casserole: Haricots verts, sauteed shiitake mushrooms, portabella mushrooms and fried shallots on top

    Mom’s bringing the rolls & pies!

    • Lexa

      i know this is a late response, but the deconstructed green bean casserole sounds amazing. changing my plans to make that for tonight. thanks for the great idea

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    homemade dressing
    sweet potato casserole (with brown sugar, butter and pecans on top)
    broccoli cheese casserole?
    apple plum applesauce
    apple pie
    pumpkin or pecan pie
    homemade bread

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    toni geisler

    We used yukon gold potatoes, cube, left skin on, added to pan of water, added 11/2tsp boullion. I cooked until spuds were tender and most of water absorbed. I think I used quart of water. I used 3 TBS of country crock, and 1/2 cup soy milk. Even those who don’t like soy milk loved spuds. Kidlet like them cold–strange child.

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    Janna M

    Herb-Roasted Turkey (brined) and gravy
    Mashed potatoes (we use Yukon gold potatoes and a potato ricer)
    Green bean casserole (recipe on the can of mushroom soup)
    Herb stuffing (baked separately from the turkey)
    Cranberry relish
    Homemade bread
    Apple pie
    Pumpkin cheesecake

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    Mashed Potatoes
    Gravy (Ina Garten)
    Cornbread Stuffing
    Canned cranberries
    Sweet Potatoes (a family recipe)
    Green Bean Casserole (Pioneer Woman)
    Veggie & Cracker tray
    Spinach dip
    Pumpkin pie
    Cheesecake w/ warm raspberry sauce

  31. 31

    so i know im a little delayed and ive also been so busy that i havent posted any menus and rarely even visit the site! so far i am only aware of a few of our dishes, but im sure there will be more

    turkey (of course!)
    mashed potatoes
    sweet potatoes
    apple dumplings
    green bean casserole
    pumpkin pie
    pecan pie
    banana nut bread
    pumpkin bread!

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