33 Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas

33 Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas Recipe

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. I’ve gone through the recipes I’ve published this year and put together a list for you in case you’re looking for inspiration. The recipes are separated by type, from hot soups to savory sides and meat dishes along with sweet desserts and drinks.

Some of the recipes are traditional (yams, stuffing and cornbread), some harken back to the food eaten at the original Thanksgiving (pheasant), and a couple celebrate the spirit of the holiday by fusing  traditional Thanksgiving ingredients with ethnic preparations.

*My very talented 12-year-old sister-in-law Lya created the drawing and I wanted to share it with you.

Thanksgiving Soups and Salads:

Pumpkin Soup Recipe with Picture
Pumpkin Soup

Corn Chowder Recipe with Picture
Corn Chowder

Sweet Potato Soup Recipe with Picture
Sweet Potato and Red Bell Pepper Soup

Butternut Squash Salad Recipe with Picture
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe with Picture
Brussels Sprout Salad with Marinated Feta Cheese


Thanksgiving Meat:

Roasted Pheasant with Apples
Roasted Pheasant Stuffed with Sage and Granny Smith Apples

Pheasant and Duck Recipe with Picture
A Brace of American Birds

Roasted Citrus Chicken Recipe with Picture
Roast Chicken with a Citrus Butter Marinade


Thanksgiving Side Dishes:

Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe with PictureJalapeño Cornbread

Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Picture
Cranberry sauce with Kumquats and Jalapeños

Sour Cream Biscuit Recipe with Picture
Homemade Biscuits

Vegetarian Gravy Recipe with Picture
Vegetarian Gravy

Sweet Potato and Shrimp Tempura Recipe with Picture
Sweet Potato Shrimp

Butternut Squash Risotto
Cumin and Saffron-Flavored Butternut Squash Risotto

Thanksgiving Yams and Sweet Potatoes:

Candied Yam Recipe with Picture
Candied Yams with Marshmallows

Molasses Sweet Potatoes with Picture
Molasses Roasted Yams and Sweet Potatoes Medley

Thanksgiving Stuffing:

Super Moist Cornbread Recipe with PictureCornbread Stuffing

Pecan Stuffing Recipe with Picture
Pecan Stuffing with Rosemary, Fennel and Fresh Water Chestnuts

Cranberry Apple Stuffing Recipe with PictureCranberry Apple Stuffing

Thanksgiving Potatoes:

Fluffy Mashed Potatoes with Picture
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Potatoes
Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes

Duchess Potatoes with PictureDuchess Potatoes (Pommes Duchesse)

Fingerling Potatoes with Picture
Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potatoes in Thyme and Butter

Shepherd's Pie Recipe with Picture
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Scalloped Potatoes with Picture
Scalloped Potatoes (Gratin Dauphinois)


Thanksgiving Desserts:

Cranberry Bar Recipe with PictureCranberry Bars

Pecan Pie Recipe with Picture
Pecan Pie with Nutella

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe with Picture
Pumpkin Ricotta Cookies

Blondie Recipe with Picture
Blondie with Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Cake Recipe with Picture
Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake

Thanksgiving Drinks:

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe with Picture
Pumpkin Spice Latte

Cranberry Apple Cider Recipe with PictureCranberry Apple Cider

Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe with Picture
Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie


[-] recipes - Guest-customwrittenpapers
Thanks for the recipe ideas...I just might cook a couple of those.

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[ Posted at 5:23 AM on 11/24/09 | Reply ]
[-] 33 Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas - Guest-CinnamonQuill
Molasses yams! And that vegetarian gravy is gorgeous! Have a good holiday...looks like you'll be eating well at your house. Oh, and I am finallllly trying macarons today! Ah!

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[ Posted at 7:34 AM on 11/24/09 | Reply ]
[-] 33 Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas - Guest-CinnamonQuill
PS My compliments to the artist; love that turkey drawing :)

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[ Posted at 7:34 AM on 11/24/09 | Reply ]
Wow! THis is great. Thank you!! :)

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[ Posted at 8:15 AM on 11/24/09 | Reply ]

Good luck, Jenn! I still haven't worked up the nerve to make macaron.

[ Posted at 11:36 AM on 11/24/09 | Reply ]
[-] Cool recipe - Guest-Daniel
Will try this one using some different

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[ Posted at 3:33 PM on 11/26/09 | Reply ]
[-] Likes this as well! - Guest-Shane
different recipes that you're looking for

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[ Posted at 3:35 PM on 11/26/09 | Reply ]
[-] delicious! - Guest-Freestylemedela
mouth watering stuff! I was full but it made me hungry once again.

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[ Posted at 4:28 AM on 5/9/10 | Reply ]
[-] tasty-tasty! - Guest-CheapCollegeTextbookrentals
i like the close up photos. Every dish looked tasty by just the sight of it. this is perfect for special occasions!

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[-] Sweetly marinated - Guest-CheapCollegeTextbookrent
i was wondering what marinade you are using for the chicken meat. All of you recipes look so tasty.

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[ Posted at 12:47 AM on 8/3/10 | Reply ]
[-] 33 Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas - Guest-OrganicBabyGifts
i already feel full just by the looks of these foods...! yummy! I see why people love to it..
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[ Posted at 1:53 AM on 9/21/10 | Reply ]
[-] 33 Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas - Guest-OrganicBabyGifts
the dinner menus looks very tasty! i think they're perfect for the holidays..

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[ Posted at 1:40 AM on 9/22/10 | Reply ]
[-] delicous recipes - Guest-OrganicBabyGifts
i like the way you presented the pictures..you made it a little bigger for as to really see and imagine how tasteful they can be..

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yummy dinner menus.. ah.. perfect for special occasions...

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