Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Over the course of the fall, I’ve been publishing recipes that are very appropriate to include in a Thanksgiving meal. Today I’m publishing Thanksgiving menu ideas for you with links to the original posts for the recipes. Frankly, I’m still not sure yet what I’m making for Thanksgiving. I’m going over to my in-laws, and I’ll probably figure it out last-minute. So if you’re like me and still wondering what to make, I hope this post is helpful to you.

Thanksgiving Menu Composite

Essentially what we have here is a full Thanksgiving meal. The only “short-cut” I took here is using my roasted chicken recipe instead of doing a turkey recipe. Jeremy and I aren’t very big on turkey anyway and to get an ethically raised turkey would be quite expensive, so we decided to just showcase our roasted chicken recipe. I think you’ll like it! Plus it’s much cheaper than turkey and is great for small crowds.

Remember, all you have to do is click on the image below and you’ll be taken to the corresponding post with the recipe.

So we’ll start off the meal right with our Planter’s Punch Cocktail. This is a light and refreshing cocktail with dark rum and citrus juices. You can also make a quick mimosa with either clementine or satsuma juice and champagne.  The portions are up to you based on how strong you want the drink to be.

Planter's Punch Cocktail

Personally, I like to have a salad with my Thanksgiving meal.  I think it’s often overlooked in light of so many other dishes being traditionally served, but a salad will provide a healthy fresh green dimension to your turkey day meal.

Candied Walnut, Frisee and Apple Salad

I’ve got three sides for you – roasted brussels sprouts, twice-baked sweet potatoes and butternut squash and brown rice dressing.   All are familiar favorites and are recipes I’ve recently developed.  I think you’ll like them too!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Butternut Squash and brown rice dressing

This cranberry relish dressing is my only “old” recipe in this meal.  I published this sometime last year so the photo quality isn’t as good as some of my other recipes, but this is my favorite cranberry relish recipe in the world!  And that’s not overstating it.  The fresh pineapple, red onion and cilantro in this dish make it the perfect accompaniment to poultry.  It’s definitely not the standard ho-hum cranberry sauce you might find elsewhere.

Cranberry relish with pineapple and cilantro

For the main bird, as I stated earlier, is our oven-roasted chicken recipe.  This recipe produces a succulent and juicy bird, great for impressing guests.  It’s an especially useful recipe for smaller crowds or for crowds that aren’t meat-centric.

Roasted Chicken

Finally, the dessert!  Because there’s ALWAYS room for dessert, even after that large meal. This is my pumpkin cheesecake recipe, and it can be made a couple of days ahead of time, thus freeing up room in the oven on Thanksgiving day.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

I hope you all enjoy our Thanksgiving menu!  I think there’s something here for everyone. Please let us know in the comments section if you end up making anything from our menu and how you liked it.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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