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7 Inspiring Thanksgiving Menu Plans for this November

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Plan an awesome Thanksgiving dinner with these inspirational Thanksgiving menu plans.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it can be crazy figuring out what to make. With the internet and cook books you have thousands of recipes to filter through.

Especially if you are in the mood to try something new. Get ready with recipe overwhelm.

Well, hopefully I can help you with these 7 Thanksgiving menus! I hope helps simplify the process of nailing down a menu you will love.

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How to Use These Thanksgiving Menus

There are no set rules to how you can use menu plans for Thanksgiving. You can follow them exactly how a menu plan is, pick out just a couple of the recipes, or even swap a recipe out for another.

You can even add some of your favorite thanksgiving recipes to the menu plan.

Remember make Thanksgiving enjoyable. Make it to your liking and what your guest will like. Use these thanksgiving menu plans in anyway you like!

Now some of these recipes are missing some key thanksgiving staples. So, I have provided them below. You can add them to any meny plan you like. Or skip them all together.

Key Recipes that can go with any Thanksgiving Menu

The Best Cranberry Sauce

Foolproof Turkey Gravy


Menu 1 – Classic Thanksgiving

Keep with the tradition with these classic Thanksgiving recipes.

APPETIZERS

Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

MAIN DISH

Classic Turkey with Stuffing

SIDE DISHES

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Honey Roasted Carrots

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Rosemary Garlic Dinner Rolls

DESSERT

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Cranberry Pie

Menu 2 – Thanksgiving with A Southern Flare

Let’s take a Southern twist with this menu plan. It’s sure to bring a homey feel to your table.

APPETIZERS

Mini Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites

Corn Fritters

MAIN DISH

Southern Roast Turkey and Gravy

SIDE DISHES

Seven Layer Salad Recipe

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Buttermilk Cornbread

DESSERT

Pecan Pie

Sawdust Pie

Menu 3- Turkeyless Thanksgiving

Not a fan of turkey? No problem! This thanksgiving menu will be right up your alley. You will be surprised how many people are not a fan of turkey!

APPETIZERS

Pretzel Ring Beer Cheese Dip

Stuffed Mushroom

MAIN DISH

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze or Roast Prime Rib with Thyme Au Jus

SIDE DISHES

Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprout

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

Steakhouse Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes

DESSERT

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Chocolate Cream Pie

Menu 4 – Make-Ahead Thanksgiving 

Want a stress free Thanksgiving? Well, it’s possible! That’s right you can make everything ahead of time…even the turkey! woot woot!

APPETIZERS

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Onion Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball 

MAIN DISH

Make Ahead Turkey & Gravy

SIDE DISHES

Twiced Baked Potato Casserole

Make Ahead Stuffing

Creamed Spinach with Bacon

12 Hour Salad

Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad Recipe

DESSERTS

Carrot Cake Trifle

Pumpkin Butter Croissant Bread Pudding with Ice Cream

Menu 5 – Thanksgiving with A Hint of Spice

Like it hot? Well try this modern twist with this spicy menu.

APPETIZERS

Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas Dip

MAIN DISH

Caribbean Turkey with Spicy Cornbread & Chorizo Stuffing

SIDE DISHES

Dirty Rice

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Spicy Southern Hot Corn

Apple Pecan Salad

DESSERT

Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream

Menu 6 – Italian Inspired Thanksgiving

This one is dear to my heart. As an Italian-American all of my thanksgiving has been a mash up of traditional and italian style thanksgiving. No one ever said you can’t have mashed potatoes and lasagna on the same plate!

APPETIZERS

Cheese Crostini with Rosemary Cranberry Fig Jam

Spicy Italian Sausage Dip 

MAIN DISH

Turkey with Herbes de Provence and Citrus

SIDE DISHES

Sicilian Rice Ball (arancini) Casserole or Lasagna

Antipasto Salad

Baked Italian Zucchini, Tomatoes and Onions

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

DESSERT

Tiramisu Cake 

Zeppole (Italian donuts…YUM)

Menu 7 – Asian Inspired Thanksgiving

Step out of the box! Try this awesome Asian inspired menu! Your guest will love it and will be talking about it for years to come. Unless you are Asian …then try step out of the box with that Italian or Southern menu 😉

APPETIZERS

Baked Cream Cheese Wontons

Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Eggrolls

MAIN DISH

Roast Turkey with Hoisin Gravy

SIDE DISHES

Ginger Soy Roasted Mushroom

Spicy Green Beans

Asian Style Mashed Potatoes with Wasabi and Roasted Garlic

Crunchy Beef & Broccoli Casserole

DESSERT

Matcha Green Tea Swiss Roll Cake

Apple Pie Spring Rolls


I hope these menu plans for thanksgiving inspire you to create a dinner spread that you are proud. And that will create lasting memories with your family and friends.

Please, leave me a comment below sharing your Thanksgiving menu plans! I would love to hear how you are going make this Thanksgiving memorable.

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