There’s a reason certain traditional Thanksgiving dinner dishes show up year after year – they’re delicious! After all, what would your holiday feast be without cranberry sauce, green beans or turkey?
This year, let us help you plan your Thanksgiving dinner menu with some classic flavors the whole family knows and loves. From the best Thanksgiving sides to the most iconic desserts, we’ve got tips, tricks and recipes to help you organize your traditional holiday spread.
Liven the party with fall-inspired libations. Stick with drinks that complement the meal, like Warm Cranberry Orange Cider or apple cider bourbon cocktails for the adults, and cranberry citrus punch for the kids. Whether served before, during or after the big feast, toast the holiday with a drink (or two!) that flaunt the season’s best flavors.
Before the turkey is served, you might want to offer guests some tasty Thanksgiving appetizers to nibble on. A turkey tail cheese board or cheesy onion bread are great ways to tide guests over till the main course, and everyone will love snacking on some of their favorite traditional flavors before the meal begins.
Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Even though the turkey is the star of the show, we all know the side dishes have their own very special place at the table. We recommend you offer guests two plates this year, one for the bird and the other solely for delicious Thanksgiving dinner sides such as Fluffy Mashed Potatoes or Baked Baby Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Butter and Toasted Marshmallow.
Though you can get creative with your side dishes, you’ll want to make sure you remember the most iconic side of them all: stuffing! Whether you’re whipping up your family’s classic recipe, using a boxed mix or trying this classic cornbread sausage, it’s a must-have for any Thanksgiving spread.
Let’s talk turkey. Figure that you’ll want about 1 pound to 1½ pounds of turkey per guest. If you’re only cooking for 2 or 3 people, consider a turkey breast rather than a whole bird. Next, decide whether a fresh or frozen turkey makes more sense for your prep.
Once you know how much meat you need, it’s time to get cooking. For your convenience, we have lots of delicious yet easy turkey recipes to choose from, such as Smoked Turkey Breast with Cranberry Pan Sauce, Roasted Turkey Thighs with Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing, Turkey Breast with Blueberry balsamic Glaze, and more. If prepping Thanksgiving’s most iconic dish feels daunting, check out these helpful turkey tips.
Remember to save room for something sweet, because no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a tasty treat to end the night. If tradition is what you’re after, you can’t go wrong with a Four ingredient pumpkin Pie, classic apple pie or Bourbon Ginger Maple Pecan Pie, but if you need Thanksgiving dessert ideas for guests who don’t have their eye on the pie, try an Easy Apple Crisp or Salted Caramel Apple Galette.
Ready to put together your holiday spread? In addition to the recipes features above, we’ve handpicked a few more dishes and drinks to add to your traditional Thanksgiving menu.
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