Good Gravy: Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Thanksgiving is coming up faster than you can shake a drumstick, so it’s time to rustle up some menu ideas. Whether you are looking for traditional foods or unique takes on your favorites, you’ll find lots of Thanksgiving dinner inspiration here. Keep it simple, but flavorful, by adding these holiday recipes to your menu.


Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Best Thanksgiving Turkey – The secret to the best thanksgiving turkey ever? Loads of herbs and spices!

Dry-Rubbed Roast Turkey – Rubbed all over with a mix of sugar and salt, this turkey recipe pours on the flavor and is juicy to boot.

Roast Turkey Hash – What to do with Thanksgiving meal leftovers? This turkey hash is perfect for any meal of the day. For a vegetarian version, simply skip the turkey or substitute it with veggie leftovers.


Thanksgiving Side Recipes

Mashed Potatoes – Butter and chives add rich and delicious flavor to this simple, yet classic American favorite.

Homemade Gravy – Sage gives this gravy a distinct fall flavor which is perfect atop turkey, chicken, stuffing, potatoes or biscuits.

Wild Rice Stuffing with Apple & Sausage – This amazing wild-rice stuffing recipe is bursting with rustic fall flavors, including rye bread, sausage, apples, dried cherries, pecans and fresh herbs.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes – These easy sweet potatoes are sure to bring compliments as a holiday side dish. The coconut milk makes them extra flavorful – and dairy-free.

Maple-Glazed Carrots – Bathed in maple syrup and butter, sweet carrots become a special treat. If you find bunched carrots with tops, pick the bunch with the thinnest carrots and leave a bit of the stem attached for a pretty presentation.

Orange-Glazed Brussels Sprouts – Enjoy these Brussels as a side or double the glaze and toss with cooked linguini for a delicious main dish.

Cinnamon Apple Stuffed Squash – Tender acorn squash is filled with apple and dried cranberry stuffing for a delectable side or main dish.

Parmesan-Crusted Green Beans – These green bean “fries” are nearly addictive as a snack or served along with sandwiches.

Cranberry Relish – Cranberry relish is a holiday staple for many. Tangy and sweet, this is the perfect “make ahead dish,” as its flavor improves when allowed to sit (in the refrigerator) overnight.


Thanksgiving Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes

Mushroom Gravy – This gravy complements pan-seared chicken and vegetarian holiday favorites like garlic mashed potatoes or vegan turkey.

Cranberry Pecan Skillet Stuffing – This delightful stuffing is delicious for any Thanksgiving meal. Serve it with tofu steak and mushroom gravy for vegans.

Three Sisters Soup – The Three Sisters—corn, squash and beans—was a Native American growing technique that capitalized on the strengths of each individual ingredient. Cooked together they make a great soup that is popular with vegetarians and vegans. Try it on your Thanksgiving table.

Wild Rice Stuffed Squash – Chewy, nutty wild rice is seasoned with herbs and cheddar in these delightful stuffed squash halves.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chard & White Beans – Acorn squash is perfect for stuffing. This filling has Mediterranean flair: olives, white beans and Parmesan cheese.


Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Pumpkin Pie – This classic, easy pumpkin pie is one you’ll want to make over and over again.

Cranberry-Orange Galette – Ruby red cranberries tucked in to a rustic, open-faced pastry crust is a beautiful yet simple finale to any fall/winter meal.
Dairy-Free Tasty Apple Pie – No need to sacrifice flavor in this delicious dairy-free apple pie. A whole wheat crust and unpeeled apples gives this pie a nutritional boost (and makes preparation even easier!).
Apple Dumplings with Cider-Cinnamon Sauce – These cranberry-and-hazelnut-stuffed dumplings are like having your own personal apple pie. You can purchase the pastry or make your own.
Need more tips for planning Thanksgiving to go along with these recipes? Check out this article about Planning for Thanksgiving over at Stronger Together.