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12 Scrumptious Menus for a Festive Thanksgiving Celebration

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Looking for the best Thanksgiving meals to serve your guests? Look no further, for this list will give you ideas on what to prepare for the upcoming holiday. With this list, feel fully equipped to put together the best feast ever this year with our easy Thanksgiving menu ideas. From vegan ideas to make-ahead menus and traditional Thanksgiving dinners, there's something for everyone, no matter what flavors you crave.

    1. Classic Thanksgiving Menu

This classic Thanksgiving menu has all the entrées, starters, and sides you've been looking forward to since, well, the dawn of time. This menu is full of true favorites, all of which have been upgraded to ensure maximum flavor and deliciousness.

    Main Course:

Seasoned Roasted Turkey with White Wine and Rosemary Gravy


Fresh Herb Stuffing

Composed Waldorf Salad

Scalloped Oysters

Corn Salad With Bacon and Honey

Sweet Potato Casserole with Homemade Marshmallow

Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

Parker House Rolls


Pecan Slab Pie

Double-Crust Apple-Cheddar Pie

       2. Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

Perfect for guests who are vegetarians, but still want a delectable taste of Thanksgiving.


Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

Thanksgiving Harvest Salad

    Main Course:

Whole Roasted Cauliflower


Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes

Vegan Mac and Cheese


Vegan Pumpkin Pie

       3. Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

You don’t need to cook some delicious turkey for Thanksgiving! You can ditch the meat and opt for these meat-free dishes instead.


Corn Fritters

Ricotta and Strawberry Toast

    Main Course:

Tofurkey Roast

Mushroom Herb Gravy


Asparagus, Peas, and Tomato with Herb Butter

Anchor Steam Mac and Cheese

Pepper Jack Corn Muffins

Ricotta Mashed Potatoes


Apple Blossom Tart

Fall Apple Cranberry Pie

      4. Rustic Thanksgiving Menu

This menu is perfect for the casual, potluck kind of crowd. Tip: use wooden plates and/or utensils to finish the rustic vibe!

    Main Course:

Fried Turkey


Pickled Peach-and-Cranberry Salsa

Jalapeño-Green Chili Spoonbread

Baked Kale Gratin

Sorghum-Glazed Sweet Potatoes


Apple Crostata

Maple Granola Pecan Pie

       5. Chinese-Inspired Thanksgiving Menu

This year, you can try some Asian flavors for a change! Try these delectable and flavorful dishes to serve to your guests.

    Main Course:

Roast Turkey with Hoisin Gravy

    Side Dishes:

Sticky Rice Dressing with Chinese Sausage, Edamame, and Chestnuts

Pureed Yams with Ginger, Star Anise, and Cinnamon

Cranberry Sauce with Dried Orange Peel


Pecan Pie with Salted Egg Yolks

      6. Spicy Thanksgiving Menu

Spicy food lovers, all rise! This year, gather all your spicy food lovers as you munch in an all-spicy meal throughout the night!

    Main Course:

Spice-Rubbed Turkey Wrapped in Prosciutto

    Side Dishes:

French-Bread Stuffing with Oysters, Bacon, and Chipotle

Fried Sugar-Poached New Potatoes

Chile-Spiked Cranberry Relish

Roasted Wild Mushrooms with Garlic and Shallots

       7. Creative Thanksgiving Menu

The classic Thanksgiving meal shouldn’t be boring. Get creative on your dishes while putting a fresh spin on these classic dishes.


Buttermilk Fresh Cheese with Spiced Figs, Pickled Fennel, and Pistachio Crust

    Main Course:

Smoked-Paprika-Rubbed Turkey with Madeira and Shallot Gravy

    Side Dishes:

Lemon-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

Pimento-Cheese Potato Gratin

Cold Brussels Sprout Slaw with Toasted Benne Seeds

Cranberry-Ginger Sauce


Sweet-Potato Pie with Buttermilk Ice Cream


Low Country Pousse-Rapière

      8. Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu

Busy preparing other stuff for Thanksgiving? Well, you’re in luck! You can now make dishes in advance with this recipe!


Artisanal cheese plate, olive bread, French baguette

Roasted Parsnip Soup

    Main Course:

Roast Capon

    Side Dishes:

Chestnut and Sausage Stuffing

Spiced Apricot, Cranberry, and Golden Raisin Compote

Tom's Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Sauteed Kale with Garlic and Red Onions


Roasted Pear and Maple Cream Trifle

Pumpkin-Goat Cheese Cheesecake

      9. No-Stress Southern Thanksgiving Menu

Serving a Thanksgiving feast can be exciting, especially with a menu that includes country-inspired dishes.


Cheese Grits and Corn Pudding

Shrimp Bisque with Bourbon

    Main Course:

Roast Turkey with White Wine and Rosemary

    Side Dishes:

Wild-Rice, Corn Bread, and Pecan Stuffing

Southern Vegetable Saute

Candied Yams with Apples


Pumpkin Cream Tarts with Candied Raspberries

     10. A Family Thanksgiving Menu

This menu puts emphasis on family culture and tradition. Nothing beats eating Thanksgiving with your loved ones.


Cheese plate with nuts and dried fruits

    Main Course:

Rosemary-Sage Roast Turkey

    Side Dishes:

Cornbread and Apple Dressing

Cranberry Sauce

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Glazed Pearl Onions and Shallots

Oven-Roasted Beets


Pumpkin Mousse

Cinnamon and Vanilla Fruit Compote

Assorted Pies

     11. Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Menu

Save yourself some time and effort by letting a few of these dishes cook while you work on other recipes.

    Main Course:

Herbed Chicken With Beets and Brussels


Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Stuffing

Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole


Slow-Cooker Pecan Bread Pudding

     12. Friendsgiving Menu

Celebrating Thanksgiving with your besties? This menu might help! Tip: let your friends bring their own side dish so that everyone can share.

    Main Course:

Red Chile and Orange-Glazed Turkey


Erin Napier's Skillet Cornbread

Grape Salad

Cheesy Rice

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Squash Casserole

Braised Greens


Bourbon-Pecan Pie