My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes 2015

So as I sat down to write up this list of Thanksgiving Menu ideas for you guys, I asked my brother Nathan what goes on the table. Here’s his answer, verbatim:

mashed potatoes
cranberry sauce FROM A CAN, any other sauce must only be in addition to this.
sweet potato
8 pies
“Those are all the requisites. Everything else is in addition.”

I like the 8 pies part especially.

(And about the cranberry sauce from a can, as kids Nate and I loved this neatly sliced gelatinous delicacy so much that one time we saw it at the salad bar at Home Town Buffet and PILED it on our plates only to find out that they were actually beets.)

Thanksgiving Menu ideas from The Food Charlatan

Some of you have been asking what I’m making for Thanksgiving this year so I thought I would share. Of course I’m not making all of these, but I will be making many of them! We are hosting for the first time this year. (!!!)

Come back on Saturday for an awesome MAKE AHEAD roasted veggie side dish (UPDATE: Here’s the recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts), and on Monday for the perfect last minute cranberry sauce/leftover turkey sandwich sauce. (UPDATE: Here’s the recipe for 2 Ingredient Creamy Cranberry Sauce.) It’s a game changer. (But only in addition to the canned variety, apparently.) Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

You can click on the link or click on the picture to get to the recipe.


Easy Strawberries and Cream Appetizers: You could replace strawberries with something more seasonal: pears come to mind.

Easy Strawberries and Cream Appetizer from The Food Charlatan

Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes: wrap and bake. Easy.

Bacon Wrapped Potatoes from The Food Charlatan

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites: These are so pretty!

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites

Goat Cheese, Pesto, and Sun-Dried Tomato Terrine: (I LOVE this one)

Goat Cheese, Pesto, and Sun-Dried Tomato Terrine from

And here’s this Easy Appetizer Round Up if you need more ideas:

Easy Appetizer Ideas for New Years Eve from The Food Charlatan


Sage-Butter Roasted Turkey: This is the one I’m making on Thursday!

Sage Butter Roasted Turkey from The Food Charlatan

Apple Cider Brined Turkey: Soooo gooood!

Thanksgiving Recipes and an Apple-Cider Brined Turkey with Savory Herb Gravy from The Food Charlatan


Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy:

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving from The Food Charlatan


Slow Cooker Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes:

Slow Cooker Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes from The Food Charlatan

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes:

Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes from The Food Charlatan

Gruyere-Crisped Potatoes Au Gratin:

Gruyère-Crisped Potatoes Au Gratin

Classic, straight from my own dear mother Mashed Potatoes from Heaven:

Mashed Potatoes (From Heaven) from

Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with Bacon:

Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with Bacon from


Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce: (I will probably never make any other sauce. I mean, besides buying the can.)

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce from


I think stuffing is a total waste of Thanksgiving plate space. I have zero stuffing recipes posted. Send me your recipe if you have one you swear by and maybe I will try it out. But for all you soggy-bread lovers, here are some mean lookin’ recipes from friends:

Cranberry and Walnut Stuffing from FoodieCrush
Hawaiian Sweet Bread Stuffing from The Cookie Rookie
Rustic Herb Skillet Stuffing from What Gaby’s Cooking
Cornbread Stuffing with Andouille Sausage from Crazy for Crust
Pizza Stuffing from Taste and Tell <<< now we’re talkin.

ROLLS (Nate forgot to put rolls on his list up there. When I called him on it he said, “meh, only necessary for leftovers.” WHAT. NO THEY’RE NOT.

Buttery Sweet Potato Rolls:

Buttery Sweet Potato Rolls from The Food Charlatan

Samoan Coconut Rolls: (this sounds not very Thanksgiving-y, but I swear, it works.)

Samoan Coconut Rolls

Big Fat Crescent Rolls, Yeah. << of course there’s a story behind this title.

Big Fat Crescent Rolls from

Here’s what you should put on your rolls: Cinnamon Honey Butter

Cinnamon Honey Butter from The Food Charlatan


Broccoli with Feta and Fried Almonds: (I make this every year!)

Broccoli with Feta and Fried Almonds from

Balsamic Browned Butter Asparagus:

Balsamic-Browned Butter Asparagus

Slow Cooker Brown Butter Carrots:

Slow Cooker Brown Butter Carrots from The Food Charlatan

Pineapple Spinach Salad:

Pineapple Spinach Salad | This twist on the Strawberry Spinach Salad is easy and bright-tasting!

Orange Olive Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette: (I don’t like most of the ingredients in this salad, yet somehow I love it.)

Orange Olive Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Carrots with Dill:

Roasted Carrots with Dill from The Food Charlatan

Coca Cola Jello Salad with Cherries:

Coca-Cola Jello Salad with Cherries from

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello:

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello from


DESSERTS: (Forgive me, I can’t stop myself.)

Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake:

Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake from The Food Charlatan

Cranberry Custard Pie:

Cranberry Custard Pie from The Food Charlatan

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs:

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs from The Food Charlatan

Brown Butter Cranberry Tart:

Brown Butter Cranberry Tart from

Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears:

Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears from

No-Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas:

No Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Caramelized Bananas from The Food Charlatan

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake:

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake |






  1. says

    I hope you’re planning to make minimum 8 pies. Is that one for every adult in the room? Maybe you might need more.

    Your meal plan is EPIC. My mom already sent me your make-ahead gravy and requested we make that!

    PS. Stuffing – good stuffing – is my FAVORITE part of the Thanksgiving plate. With cornbread, sausage, and apples. Dude. You’re missing out. I have my recipe from the past 8 years on my blog and it’s always a hit. Make it (but you can make it not gluten-free;).
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