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Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Thanksgiving Menus

Planning your Thanksgiving meal? Don't sweat it. All of these menus feature juicy turkeys, flavorful stuffings, sumptuous sides, and perfect pies, which means they will please everybody at the table—including the cook. Check out our Guide to Thanksgiving for more menus or use the Thanksgiving Menu Maker to build your own.


An Intimate Thanksgiving

If you're having only a couple of people over, a stuffed boneless turkey breast feels special and keeps with the turkey tradition. The stuffing makes a harmonious combo with the turkey, while a few strips of bacon add some fat and flavor to the lean meat.

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The Make-Ahead

This menu features the classics, prepared simply: juicy Dry-Brined Turkey, Apple & Bacon Stuffing, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, and more. Spread out the work over a week or more, and you'll be cool and collected on Thanksgiving day.

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A Thanksgiving Menu with Southwestern Flare

The butter rub for this Southwestern turkey is spiced with cumin, oregano, and chile powder, while the gravy is finished with a touch of honey to balance the heat.

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The Lighter Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving menu for six is bursting with delicious fall flavors, but in portions that won't leave you feeling like a stuffed turkey. The centerpiece is an impressive rolled roast turkey breast with a spiral of stuffing and a cider gravy. Finish the meal with a decadent Pumpkin Pie Flan.

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A California Thanksgiving Dinner

Citrus adds regional appeal to this California Roast Turkey and Gravy, while a Custard Tart with Wine-Poached Grapes finishes the meal with a nod to northern California’s beautiful wine country.

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The Crowd-Pleaser

Here’s the perfect holiday meal to please everyone: it’s make-ahead for the host, mostly meatless for vegetarians (though there is still a turkey), and incredibly delicious.

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A Midwestern Thanksgiving

In an homage to the Upper Midwest, this flavor-packed menu includes Midwestern Roast Turkey and Gravy, which are enhanced with mustard and beer, and Fresh Pear Pie.

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The Potluck

Seven top chefs put their delicious spins on a traditional holiday menu. The result? Your best feast ever, complete with killer sides like Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Shallots, Cauliflower with Brown Butter, Pears & Hazelnuts, and Maple-Tangerine Cranberry Sauce.

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A New England Thanksgiving Dinner

Apple cider, fresh herbs, and a touch of cinnamon bring the local flavor of the Northeast to this juicy turkey and gravy. The theme carries over into the stuffing, where diced apples, roasted chestnuts, and dried cranberries lend a touch of sweetness to a menu inspired by the flavors of New England.

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The Fast & Easy

Whether it's your first Thanksgiving dinner or you're just pressed for time, this is the menu to choose when you want to keep things simple and delicious. The turkey is brushed with butter and roasted unstuffed, without any multi-day brining processes.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Inspired by the Pacific Northwest

Piny juniper berries in the savory butter rub that flavors the turkey lend some West Coast flavor to this holiday feast.

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The Vegetarian-Friendly Thanksgiving

In this menu, the meat-free centerpiece, a beautiful roasted pumpkin stuffed with bread, cheese, and cream, is also a tasty side for the carnivores. A roasted turkey breast topped with chunks of crisp pancetta gives everyone else their meat fix without the need to roast an entire bird.

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The Southern Belle

Cornbread stuffing, collard greens, pecans, sweet potatoes and grits add a touch of Southern flair to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

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The Italian-American

Give thanks with this Italian-inspired feast, enlivened with Parmigiano, pine nuts, and plenty of olive oil.

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A Southern Bayou Thanksgiving Dinner

Andouille sausage, bell peppers, and garlic lend a little bayou flavor to the bread stuffing in this Thanksgiving menu, which features a juicy roast turkey made flavorful by a butter rub of paprika, thyme, garlic, celery seed, and of course, cayenne.

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The DIY Menu

Use our interactive Menu Maker to design your own personalized Thanksgiving dinner menu: choose your turkey, side dishes, starters, and desserts (including this make-ahead Pumpkin Layer Cake), and you'll get your own customized shopping list and timeline.

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