The Best Thanksgiving Menu Ideas
Make your Thanksgiving feast one to remember.
Planning the perfect holiday menu just got a little easier. We scoured our collection of reader-submitted recipes to find the best Thanksgiving dishes. From classic crowd-pleasers to twists on old favorites, we guarantee you’ll find everything you need for the big day. You’ll find appetizers, drinks and starters near the front, main dishes and sides in the middle, and desserts near the end.
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Many Thanksgiving gatherings go on all day. Keep your guests well-fed with an appetizer spread. In this collection, you’ll find snacks such as cranberry meatballs, apple-pecan baked brie and a hummus turkey that are easy to make and even easier to eat.
Make room on your dinner table for a Thanksgiving salad. This light, veggie-packed course is a refreshing addition to creamy sides and decadent desserts. In this collection, you’ll find fresh greens as well as grain-based salads.
Breads, rolls and biscuits are an essential addition to your Thanksgiving feast. They’re perfect for creating a turkey sandwich or sopping up excess gravy. In this collection, you’ll find an assortment of baked breads—many of which feature fall flavors, like sweet potato and pumpkin.
For many, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a golden-brown, roasted turkey. In this collection, you’ll find our best-loved turkey recipes. From herb-roasted breasts to brined birds, you’re sure to find a show-stealing recipe.
Turkey is usually the Thanksgiving Day all-star, but there’s no reason you can’t break from tradition. In this collection, you’ll find alternatives to turkey, such as chicken, lamb, beef and pasta.
Creamy, chunky, whipped or smashed—there’s no denying mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving mainstay. Whip up the perfect batch with one of our best recipes. In this collection, you’ll find old family recipes, slow cooker favorites and fun, new twists.
On a typical day, it would be rare to find both potatoes and sweet potatoes on the dinner table. But at Thanksgiving, all bets are off. In this collection, you’ll find our favorite sweet potato recipes—mashed, glazed, baked in a casserole and more.
Cranberry sauce is one of those dishes that easily unites an entire meal. Whether smothered atop a turkey breast, mixed with mashed potatoes or eaten all by itself, it’s a welcome addition to the Thanksgiving table. In this collection, you’ll find sauces, chutneys and relishes.
Whether you prefer it smothered in thick gravy or dressed in something a little lighter, green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving Day necessity. In this collection, you’ll find both traditional recipes as well as unique takes on the classic dish.
When dressed up for Thanksgiving dinner, Brussels sprouts get a whole new status. In this collection, you’ll find crazy-good recipes for sauced, roasted, baked (and more!) Brussels sprouts.
Macaroni and cheese is delicious any day, but it’s a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving table. Try it dressed up with seasonal flavors, like butternut squash, or enjoy it as is. In this collection, you’ll find a mac and cheese recipe to fit any menu.
The most iconic Thanksgiving side dish, stuffing (or dressing if you’re in the South) is a quintessential addition to your dinner table. In this collection, you’ll find our favorite stuffing recipes made with cornbread, wild rice, day-old bread cubes and more.
Your Thanksgiving feast isn’t complete without at least one cozy casserole gracing the dinner table. In this collection you’ll find hearty favorites—like sweet potato casserole or scalloped corn—as well as new, unexpected recipes.
There’s a reason Perry Como mentions homemade pumpkin pie in “Home for the Holidays”—it’s a classic! In this collection, you’ll find our favorite pumpkin pie recipes—plus a few recipes inspired by the colorful dessert.