50+ Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Whether you like turkey or ham, pumpkin or apple, pie or cake, we’ve got you cover with these 50+ delicious Thanksgiving recipes to help you plan your Thanksgiving dinner menu. 

From appetizers to sides to drinks to desserts, we've got you cover with these 50+ delicious Thanksgiving recipes to help you plan your Thanksgiving dinner menu. #wildwildwhisk #thanksgivingrecipes #thanksgivingdinner #thanksgivingappetizers #thanksgivingsides #thanksgivingdesserts #thanksgivingdrinksHappy November! This month is my absolute favorite month of the year. One, it is my birthday month. And two, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As soon as October is on its way out, Ryan and I are compiling our list of things we need to prepare for our yearly Thanksgiving dinner that we host our family. This includes cleaning out the freezer and fridge of all the food we still have, which means no extra grocery for days until we finish our stock of things we didn’t know we have. Then we get new stock of food, things like stuffing bread, chicken stock, flour, spices, fun stuff!

In this post, I’ve compiled a list of Thanksgiving recipes with almost everything you need from appetizers all the way to desserts. I said almost, because I don’t have a whole list of turkey gravy. You can easily pick out your favorite from each category in this comprehensive list and make a complete Thanksgiving dinner menu for your holiday dinner.

Appetizers

We don’t actually serve appetizer on Thanksgiving but I’m guessing we aren’t quite the norm. These appetizer recipes will come in handy if you were a guest who’s contributing a dish to the dinner menu, or for a potluck Friendsgiving.

1. Crab Stuffed Mushrooms from Savory Tooth

I’ll eat mushroom any day. And I’ll be hanging out by the appetizer table if you’re serving these delicious Crab Stuffed Mushrooms.Thanksgiving-dinner-menu - crab stuffed mushrooms from Savory Tooth

2. Crockpot Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze from Savory Nothings

This Crockpot Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze will take you just 5 minutes of prep time and 5 ingredients to make.Thanksgiving dinner menu - crock pot turkey meatballs with cranberry glaze from Savory Nothings

3. Mushroom Wellington from Delicious Everyday

I have to admit I’ll eat anything wrapped in puff pastry. But really though, this beautiful Mushroom Wellington can even be a main dish option for your vegetarian and vegan guests this Thanksgiving.Thanksgiving dinner menu - mushroom Wellington from Delicious Everyday

4. Mini Chicken Pot Pies from Sugar Salt Magic

Chicken pot pie filling encased in a buttery shortcrust pastry. The perfect finger food for any dinner party.Thanksgiving dinner menu - mini chicken pot pies from Sugar Salt Magic

5. Piglets in Milk Bun Blankets

Mini pigs in a blanket are always great appetizer for any get together. You can use store bought bread dough, crescent roll dough, or puff pastry to save time.Piglets in Milk Bun Blankets are made with little beef smokies wrapped in homemade milk bread. These little Asian style pigs in a blanket will be the stars on your appetizer table at any party. | wildwildwhisk.com

Bread & Rolls

Bread & rolls are my jam. I absolutely have to make them homemade every year, because nothing beats freshly baked dinner rolls. I prepare the dough in the night before, let it rise overnight in the fridge. Then the next day, I shape the rolls for their second rise and bake them just before dinner is served.

6. Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

Dinner rolls made with sweet potato and spiced with cinnamon. I just love the color of these rolls!These Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls are light and fluffy with a hint of warm cinnamon. They will make a wonderful addition to your holiday menu this season. | wildwildwhisk.com

7. Hawaiian Dinner Rolls

We all love Hawaiian Dinner Rolls. This homemade version is sweet, soft, delicious and will not disappoint.

These homemade Hawaiian Dinner Rolls are soft and sweet, baked until golden brown. They are a wonderful addition to any meal! | wildwildwhisk.com

8. Orange Cranberry Sweet Buns

These dinner rolls are flavored with orange zest and filled with dried cranberries throughout. They’re perfect for your holiday dinner parties.

These little soft Orange Cranberry Sweet Buns are made with 50% whole wheat flour, packed with whole grain goodness and filled with chewy cranberries. | wildwildwhisk.com

9. Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls and Cinnamon Butter from Finding Zest

I can eat these Texas Roadhouse Rolls and cinnamon butter all dinner long.Thanksgiving dinner menu - copy cat Texas Roadhouse rolls from Finding Zest

10. Dinner Rolls

If you just want good ‘ole dinner rolls, without nothing extra and fancy, yet soft and delicious, these are for you. The recipe is a small batch but can be easily doubled or tripled to serve a large party.Dinner rolls on wildwildwhisk.com

Main Dishes

The star of the show is turkey or the ham if that’s what you prefer. From whole turkey, to instant pot turkey, to fancy turkey roulade, I’ve got you covered. And for you ham eater, I’ve got that too.

11. Super Juicy Turkey from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

It’s definitely not Thanksgiving dinner without the beautiful turkey. This Super Juicy Turkey baked in a cheesecloth will have your mouth water as soon as you look at it. Goodbye dry turkey, hello to moist, juicy, flavorful and delicious!Thanksgiving dinner menu - super juicy turkey from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

12. Apple Herb Turkey Brine from Striped Spatula

Do you brine your bird? We always do, overnight. The brine infuses flavor into the meat and keep it juicy while roasting. Try this Apple Herb Turkey Brine.Thanksgiving dinner menu - Apple herb brined turkey from Striped Spatula

13. Instant Pot Turkey Breast & Gravy from The Pinning Mama

If you’re looking for smaller portion, quick and easy, two in one recipe, this instant pot turkey breast & gravy is the one. Instead of roasting a whole turkey, this makes just 3 lbs of turkey and you can knock out that gravy as well.Thanksgiving dinner menu - instant pot turkey breast and gravy from The Pinning Mama

14. Slow Roasted Turkey Roulade from The Flavor Bender

Another great alternative to a whole turkey is this beautiful Sage and Rosemary Slow Roasted Turkey Roulade. You can expect a juicy, succulent and flavorful dish to serve up at your Thanksgiving dinner this year!Thanksgiving dinner menu - turkey roulade from The Flavor Bender

15. Brown Sugar Ham Glaze from Noshtastic

If it’s not Thanksgiving dinner to you without ham on the table, you will love this easy Brown Sugar Ham Glaze on a ready cut spiral ham. Step aside Honeybaked Ham, this year yours will be the talk of the night.Thanksgiving dinner menu - brown sugar ham glaze from Noshtastic

Side Dishes

And here comes the supporting characters. Pick one of each or two of each, we’ve got vegetables, salad, soup, casseroles, all kind of potatoes, stuffing and don’t forget the cranberry sauce. One year, we actually forget the cranberry sauce, someone realized it after we had finished dinner…

Vegetables & Lighter Fare

16. Garlicky Green Beans from My Kitchen Love

Save time in the kitchen with this quick and easy Garlicky Green Beans recipe.Thanksgiving dinner menu - garlicky green beans from My Kitchen Love

17. Green Bean Almondine from Beyond the Chicken Coop

Fresh green beans with almond, sauteed in a light butter and lemon sauce, is perfect for a special holiday dinner.Thanksgiving dinner menu - green bean almandine from Beyond the Chicken Coop

18. Harvest Wild Rice Salad from Savory Nothings

This Harvest Wild Rice Salad is made with pumpkin, pomegranate and feta. It’s light and fresh and full of Fall flavors for a delicious Thanksgiving side dish.Thanksgiving dinner menu - harvest wild rice salad from Savory Nothings

19. Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Kristine’s Kitchen

This Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts is an easy side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. It can be prepared in just one pan!Thanksgiving dinner menu - maple balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts from Kristine's Kitchen

20. Sweet Potato Soup from Savory Simple

Onions, carrots, tart apples and seasonal spices round out the flavors of this delicious sweet potato soup. Add it to your Thanksgiving menu.Thanksgiving dinner menu - sweet potato soup from Savory Simple

Potatoes & Casserole

21. Creamed Corn au Gratin

This is one of my favorite side dishes that I make every single year for Thanksgiving without fail.Creamed Corn au Gratin is a comforting sweet savory side dish that pairs well with both red meat and white meat, a perfect addition to your holiday menu. | wildwildwhisk.com

22. Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow & Pecan Streusel from Celebrating Sweets

I absolutely love sweet potato. This casserole is made with mashed sweet potatoes topped with toasted marshmallows and a brown sugar cinnamon pecan streusel, a sweet little side dish for Thanksgiving.Thanksgiving dinner menu - sweet potato casserole from Celebrating Sweets

23. Cranberry Sweet Potato Casserole from Homemade Interest

This festive Sweet Potato Casserole is filled with cranberries, pecan and pomegranates. Perfect for the holidays!Thanksgiving dinner menu - cranberry sweet potato casserole from Homemade Interest

24. Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Squash & Apple from Happiness is Homemade

One dish, three beautiful Autumn’s ingredients.Thanksgiving dinner menu - roasted sweet potatoes, squash and apple from Happiness is Homemade

25. Broccoli Casserole from Kristine’s Kitchen

This Broccoli Casserole is made with fresh broccoli, mushrooms, cheese, homemade cream sauce and a cheesy breadcrumb topping. This lighter side dish is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner menu.Thanksgiving dinner menu - broccoli casserole from Kristine's Kitchen

26. Roast Pumpkin Mac and Cheese from Sugar Salt Magic

We are debating whether to add Mac and Cheese to our Thanksgiving dinner menu this year. I think there is really no debate here because this Roast Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, ’nuff said!Thanksgiving dinner menu - roast pumpkin Mac and cheese from Sugar Salt Magic

27. Scalloped Potatoes from Recipes from a Pantry

These creamy, cheesy and most decadent Scalloped Potatoes can be made in the oven or your instant pot. Set, go!Thanksgiving dinner menu - scallop potatoes from Recipes from a Pantry

28. Mashed Red Potatoes from Pinch and Swirl

We can’t serve Thanksgiving dinner without mashed potato. This one is so easy, you’ll want to make it everyday.Thanksgiving dinner menu - mashed red potatoes from Pinch and Swirl

29. Hedgehog Roasted Rosemary Potatoes from Sprinkles and Sprouts

These Hedgehog Roasted Rosemary Potatoes are crispy on the outside, buttery and soft on the inside and packed with rich rosemary flavors. You won’t be able to resist.Thanksgiving dinner menu - hedgehog roasted rosemary potatoes from Sprinkles and Sprouts

30. Buttery Garlic Potatoes with Crispy Prosciutto from Sugar Salt Magic

These potatoes are delicious yet quick and easy, something we all need during the busy preparation of Thanksgiving dinner.Thanksgiving dinner menu - garlic butter potato with prosciutto from Sugar Salt Magic

Stuffings

31. DIY Stuffing Cubes from OMG Yummy

If your family is anything like ours, then you love stuffing. But have you ever trying making stuffing cubes instead of buying the box? Try it with this easy recipe.Thanksgiving dinner menu - DIY stuffing cubes from OMG Yummy

32. Easy Thanksgiving Stuffing Cups from Play Party Plan

How clever are these Stuffing Cups? I’m a sucker for individual size food so these are perfect for me!Thanksgiving dinner menu - stuffing cups from Play Party Plan

33. Cranberry Pecan Stuffing from Striped Spatula

This Cranberry Pecan Stuffing screams holidays with whole wheat and country croutons, sweet-tart cranberries, toasted pecans and herbs. You’ve gotta try it this Thanksgiving!Thanksgiving dinner menu - cranberry pecan stuffing from Striped Spatula

34. Pear, Sage and Sausage Stuffing from The Flavor Bender

I think pear is such an underrated Fall ingredient. It blend beautifully in this Pear, Sage and Sausage Stuffing recipe.Thanksgiving dinner menu - pear sage sausage stuffing from The Flavor Bender

35. Savoury Kale Bread Pudding from My Kitchen Love

This Savoury Kale Bread Pudding has got Gruyere cheese in it. Say no more!Thanksgiving dinner menu- Kale Bread Pudding from My Kitchen Love

Cranberry Sauce

36. Orange Cranberry Sauce or Jelly

Skip the can version this Thanksgiving and make whole cranberry sauce or cranberry jelly for those picky eaters who don’t like whole berries.Cranberry Orange Sauce or Jelly | wildwildwhisk.com

37. Homemade Cranberry Sauce from Sugar Spun Run

Thanksgiving dinner won’t be complete without this Homemade Cranberry Sauce, made with fresh cranberries and just a handful of other ingredients.Thanksgiving dinner menu- homemade cranberry sauce from Sugar Spun Run

38. Bourbon Orange Cranberry Sauce from Sugar and Soul

Bourbon in my cranberry sauce? How can I say no?Thanksgiving dinner menu- bourbon orange cranberry sauce from Sugar and Soul

39. Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce from Striped Spatula

The perfect adult cranberry sauce this holiday season.Thanksgiving dinner menu- mulled wine cranberry sauce from Striped Spatula

40. Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce from Savory Tooth

A simple Cranberry Sauce recipe that’s sugar free and low carb.Thanksgiving dinner menu - sugar free cranberry sauce from Savory Tooth

Drinks

My family is not too picky about drinks, I love hot spiced apple cider, my uncle just wants coffee, grandma just wants hot water, so no one is bringing out the cocktail shaker. But here are some awesome cocktails for your Thanksgiving dinner menu.

41. Autumn Pimm’s Cup

Need a last minute quick party drink put together? This one is for you. It’s light enough that your guests can sip on it all night without getting too tipsy either.This Autumn Pimm’s Cup is the Fall version of the popular Summer Pimm’s cup cocktail. This easy light cocktail recipe is perfect for your holiday menu. | wildwildwhisk.com

42. Apple Rosemary Whiskey Cocktail from Sidewalk Shoes

Make this easy Fall cocktail in a pitcher and let your guests serve themselves.Thanksgiving dinner menu - apple rosemary whiskey cocktail from Sidewalk Shoes

43. Pumpkin Kentucky Mule from Beyond Mere Sustenance

This Pumpkin Kentucky Mule is made with real pumpkin butter!Thanksgiving dinner menu - pumpkin Kentucky Mule from Beyond Mere Sustenance

44. Baileys Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Cocktail from A Tipsy Giraffe

Get fancy with this Baileys Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Cocktail at your holiday dinner party!Thanksgiving dinner menu - Baileys Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini from A Tipsy Giraffe

45. Spiced Apple Cider

Here’s a non-alcoholic drink option that will please all of your guests.Spiced Apple Cider | wildwildwhisk.com

Desserts

This is my favorite section, desserts. If it was up to me, pie would be the star of the show. But I know everyone saves a little room for dessert, especially when they know it’s gonna be out of this world.

46. Pumpkin Pie with Decorative Crust

I make this Pumpkin Pie every Thanksgiving. It’s a cross between a pie and a cheesecake. The filling is creamy and so good. Spruce it up with decorative crust or skip the fancy crust to save time.

This Pumpkin Pie with beautiful decorative crust and a cheesecake like filling will be the center piece of your Thanksgiving dinner table this year. | wildwildwhisk.com

47. Apple Tart with Almond Paste Filling

This Apple Tart is my husband’s favorite. He’ll make a beeline for this one before anything else on the dessert table. It’s got a layer of almond paste at the bottom with slices of apple on top, and generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.Apple Tart with Almond Paste Filling | wildwildwhisk.com

48. Pear Pistachio Frangipane Tart

This Pear Tart is a new favorite. I think pear is so underrated but can be wonderful in dessert. It paired beautifully with pistachio in this Pear Pistachio Frangipane Tart.

49. Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie from Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Here’s another beautiful pumpkin pie that you might not want to cut into.Thanksgiving dinner menu - Turkey crust pumpkin pie from Kudos Kitchen by Renee

50. Apple Butter Empanadas (Hand Pies)

If you want to skip over the big pies, I’ve got an easy hand pie recipe for you. These Apple Butter Empanadas have apple butter for the filling, homemade or store bought, encased in my favorite pie crust.Apple Butter Empanadas | wildwildwhisk.com

51. Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake from Sweet and Savory Meals

This Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake has so many layers of decadent goodness: graham cracker crust, pecan pie filling, pumpkin cheesecake, then topped with a pecan caramel sauce.Thanksgiving dinner menu - pecan pie pumpkin cheesecake from Sweet and Savory Meals

52. Bourbon Butter Pecan Cake with Maple Frosting from The Flavor Bender

How about some Bourbon Butter Pecan Cake for dessert? Are you all for pie or would you like cake for Thanksgiving instead? Thanksgiving dinner menu - pecan cake from The Flavor Bender

53. Pumpkin Pie Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Speaking of cakes, would you like to opt for some Pumpkin Pie Spice Cupcakes instead? These cupcakes are made with real pumpkin and warm spices, topped with a tangy, creamy, not too sweet cream cheese frosting.Pumpkin Pie Spice Cupcakes | wildwildwhisk.com

54. Pumpkin Pie Cookies from Savory Nothings

These Pumpkin Pie Cookies are basically mini pumpkin hand pies, perfect for a small bite of sweet after a big dinner.Thanksgiving dinner menu - pumpkin pie cookies from Savory Nothings

55. Pumpkin Salted Caramel from Recipes from a Pantry

Chewy, decadent, yet so easy to make. These Pumpkin Salted Caramel will make wonderful treats after dinner and in your guests’ to-go boxes.Thanksgiving dinner menu - pumpkin salted caramel from Recipes from a Pantry

Phew, what a list! I’m seriously salivating all over these dishes as I’m compiling this list for you. I hope you’ll find something you like, need or want to make here. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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3 Comments

  1. November 2, 2018 /

    Wow! What a comprehensive and delicious round up. Thanks for sharing. All of these recipes make we want to celebrate

  2. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    November 1, 2018 /

    So many delicious recipes here for me to try! Thanks for including one of mine!

  3. Suzy
    November 1, 2018 /

    What a wonderful roundup of recipes! Thanks for sharing.

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