Hey guys! I put together this Thanksgiving menu a couple years ago to give you some ideas for what recipes to make on the big day. It has many of my old standbys, but I decided to add some of my new favorite recipes as well! I have a couple more recipes that will be published this week that would be great for Thanksgiving (Cranberry Cherry Pie with Almond Glaze! My aunt Shirley’s Christmas Slush!), so be sure to check back! Enjoy! -Karen From the Present (November 2017) 

(Karen from The Past (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:

“turkey
gravy
mashed potatoes
cranberry sauce FROM A CAN, any other sauce must only be in addition to this.
stuffing
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. (!!!) (Update: my turkey was raw when it was time to eat and we had to put it back in the oven for like an hour. GAH!)

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.

APPETIZERS:

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

 

Smokey Almond Cream Cheese Endive Bites <<these are nice because they feel fancy, are super duper easy, and they are light so no one feels full before dinner has even happened.

Smokey Almond Cream Cheese Endive Bites 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 TheFoodCharlatan.com

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

Easy Appetizer Ideas for New Years Eve from The Food Charlatan

TURKEY:

Sage-Butter Roasted Turkey: This is the one I make pretty much every year!

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

 

If you’re not into turkey, make this Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham! It’s so good and makes amazing leftovers.

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

 

GRAVY: 

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy:  (I just made mine yesterday!)

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving from The Food Charlatan

POTATOES:

This year (2017) I’m making my Aunt Shirley’s Famous Creamy Mashed Potatoes. They are SO flavorful!

Aunt Shirley's Famous Creamy Mashed Potatoes 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 TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with Bacon:

Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with Bacon from TheFoodCharlatan.com

CRANBERRY SAUCE is Boss.

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

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce from TheFoodCharlatan.com

STUFFING:

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.

UPDATE 2017: I finally found a stuffing I like. Here it is: Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Lentil Stuffing.

Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Lentil Stuffing from The Food Charlatan

 

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.

Aunt Shirley’s Famous Buttery Dinner Rolls: These are the fluffiest, most delicious rolls you will EVER try.

Aunt Shirley's Famous Dinner Rolls from The Food Charlatan

 

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 TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

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

Cinnamon Honey Butter from The Food Charlatan

 

EAT YO VEGGIES:

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts << this is a top recipe on my blog!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts from The Food Charlatan

 

Apple Cider Roasted Carrots with Plums :

Apple Cider Roasted Carrots with Plums from The Food Charlatan

 

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

Broccoli with Feta and Fried Almonds from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Balsamic Browned Butter Asparagus: (still one of my favorite recipes)

Balsamic-Browned Butter Asparagus

 

Slow Cooker Brown Butter Carrots: save oven space!

Slow Cooker Brown Butter Carrots from The Food Charlatan

 

Pineapple Spinach Salad:

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

 

Make Ahead Green Beans:

Make Ahead Green Beans with Garlic Bread Crumbs and Almonds from The Food Charlatan

 

Roasted Carrots with Dill:

Roasted Carrots with Dill from The Food Charlatan

 

Don’t forget the jello!! 

Sea Foam Salad (Creamy Pear Jello) << this is my great grandma Doris’ recipe. We have it every year without fail!

 

Coca Cola Jello Salad with Cherries:

Coca-Cola Jello Salad with Cherries from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello:

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

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

Creme Brulee Pumpkin Pie: I used to think I didn’t like pumpkin pie. Then I TORCHED it. Now I like it!

The Best Pumpkin Pie

 

Cheesecake Pecan Pie << this is my friend Jocelyn‘s recipe and it’s SO GOOD!

Cheesecake Pecan Pie (Make Ahead!) from The Food Charlatan

 

Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake:

Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake from The Food Charlatan

 

Cranberry Custard Pie:

Cranberry Custard Pie from The Food Charlatan

 

Pumpkin Butterscotch Lava Cakes << way easier than you think.

Pumpkin Butterscotch Molten Lava Cakes from The Food Charlatan

 

Brown Butter Cranberry Tart:

Brown Butter Cranberry Tart from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears:

Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Apple Custard Pie with Cinnamon Streusel << this is a huge favorite of mine!

 

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake:

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake | TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Reach out if you have any questions about any of my recipes!