A round up of my favorite Thanksgiving menu items, including recipes for appetizers, turkey, potatoes, rolls, sweet potatoes, veggies, and dessert.

Thanksgiving Menu Recipe Round Up

Eric is running a freaking marathon in a couple weeks. I can’t even talk about it without the freak part. Partly to emphasize how utterly impressed I am, and partly to remind him that he’s a total freak.

He just waltzes around dropping pounds all over the place, while eating all my hand pies like it’s no big deal. He’s down to the same weight he was when we got married, all on a steady diet of peppermint oreo milkshakes. (I’m at the same weight too, technically. But babies do CRAZY THINGS to your body so numbers don’t apply here. All you moms know what I’m talking about. IT’S NOT THE SAME.)

Which reminds me of yesterday, when I was in a stall in the bathroom at church and heard a friend of mine (who is in her 60s) step into the next stall over. It was silent for a moment until she said, “Enjoy your youth Karen. Things just get weird when you’re old.”

Comments like this are exactly why I love old people.

Well, I’m certainly going to be enjoying Thanksgiving next week. (That’s right people: NEXT WEEK.) Bring on the carbs. I put together a round up of some recipes you might want to add to your menu next week, including the stuff I’ve been posting the last few weeks. Shall we start with appetizers? (Click on the link before the photo, or the photo itself. It will open in a new tab.)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Bacon Ricotta Crostini: Easiest make-ahead appetizer ever!

Bacon Ricotta Crostini from The Food Charlatan

Butternut Squash, Cranberry, & Goat Cheese Crostini:

Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese Crostini from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Sage-Butter Roasted Turkey –>> (a great turkey for beginners/poultry wusses (like me):

Sage Butter Roasted Turkey from The Food Charlatan

Another great recipe I have made is this Apple Cider Brined Turkey. It calls for flipping the turkey partway through cooking, which is a pain, but results in a deliciously moist breast.

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes:

Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes from The Food Charlatan

Gruyere-Crisped Potatoes Au-Gratin –>> make ahead! Win:

Gruyère-Crisped Potatoes Au Gratin

Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with Bacon:

Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with Bacon from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Samoan Coconut Rolls (Pani Popo) –>> I refuse to recommend any other rolls for Thanksgiving. These are the best thing ever:

Samoan Coconut Rolls from The Food Charlatan

Balsamic-Browned Butter Asparagus. SO SO GOOD you guys:

Balsamic-Browned Butter AsparagusLemon Green Beans with Feta and Fried Pecans:

Green Beans with Feta and Fried Pecans

Sauteed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes: (one of the top-visited recipes on The Food Charlatan)

Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

Broccoli with Feta and Fried Almonds:

Broccoli with Feta and Fried Almonds from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Pistachio Pear Cucumber Salad –>> Would be a fun way to change up your sides. I love this salad:

Pistachio-Pear Cucumber Salad | TheFoodCharlatan.com

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello. Don’t turn up your nose. You know you love jello.

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Coca Cola Jello Salad:

Coca-Cola Jello Salad with Cherries from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Brown Butter Cranberry Tart:

Brown Butter Cranberry Tart from TheFoodCharlatan.com

No-Bake Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears:

Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake:

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake | TheFoodCharlatan.com

Cranberry Dulce de Leche Hand Pies:

Cranberry Dulce de Leche Hand Pies from The Food Charlatan

Cinnamon-Cardamom Cake with Maple Pecan Frosting:

Cinnamon Cardamom Cake with Maple Pecan Frosting from The Food Charlatan

Cranberry Cake with Warm Vanilla Butter Sauce:

Cranberry Cake with Warm Vanilla Butter Sauce from TheFoodCharlatan.com

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  1. Hahaha omg what did you say after your friend said that? Did you have a response or was it just awkward stall silence?
    These are all so amazing I don’t know how I’d pick one. I’ve got a great idea, I’ll just come to your place for Thanksgiving! What time are we eating? ;-)

    1. I busted up laughing of course!! And she laughed with me. We were those awkward people cracking up in the bathroom, lol. Oh and PS you are TOTALLY invited for Thanksgiving! :)

  2. haha omg your friend – that comment totally cracked me up!

    And I’m with you – I will totally be enjoying thanksgiving! What a great round-up!

    1. Haha! I’m glad other people think it’s funny and not just me. Sometimes you just have to be there, you know? I’m happy this translated well. I was DYING.

  3. THOSE MASHED POTATOES. I’m still not recovered from the last time you posted them! I wish I was doing Thanksgiving this year but we’re doing a backpacking trip instead. Send me your leftovers? :)

  4. I am so impressed he is doing a FULL marathon! I’m doing a 5K on Thanksgiving, and I was thinking I was a superstar. But a full marathon? That is crazy! Good for Eric! And that ladies comment in the bathroom is so funny! And so true. Great recipe roundup! Bring on the carbs!

    1. That’s awesome you are doing a 5K Natalie! Fat lot more than I’m doing!! I’m so impressed with Eric. He has been training like crazy. He ran 19 miles on Saturday. Like who DOES that??

  5. What a great round up. And your husband needs to run so he can eat more of your food. Also, pretty funny bathroom story.

  6. HOW could I have forgotten about that broccoli salad? That was gone SO fast the last time I made it. And it’s a way better choice for a green Thanksgiving side than the brussels sprouts hash we made last year. Yes, I said hash…and brussels sprouts…in the same sentence. Nope. Never again.

  7. Thank you for this round-up! Loving these recipes! I missed the crostini posts…they look awesome!

  8. Oh my gawd, Karen! What a line-up!!! love everything here . . this is too much deliciousness on one page! :P I’ve got to try the brown butter cranberry tart! Love that line from your 60 year old friend. . amen to that. . you’re right. I love old people. Telling it like it is. Gotta love that.

    1. Thanks Alice! I definitely hope I’m still tellin it like it is when I’m in my 60s lol…Happy Thanksgiving friend!

  9. Karen! Old people?! 60’s!? Oh that hurts! LOL…….but the truth usually does. I am enjoying your blog and the recipes. Keep doing what you are doing, we are all out here young and “old” alike benefitting from your work! Thanks for all your hard worK.

    1. HA! I knew I would get flack for that, Chris, but I was expecting it from my mom and mother-in-law. If you are getting discounts at Denney’s, then the law says… :) I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog, Chris, thanks for commenting today. You made me smile!

  10. Wait. Is Eric running the Sacramento marathon?!?! SO is Lucas!!! Want to run around and cheer with me?!?!

    Also – I want to sit and eat a whole pan of those gruyere-crisped potatoes au-gratin while we watch them run. K?

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