Creating a Thanksgiving Menu and game plan is a great way to tackle your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving meal. After years of experience hosting and planning, this post includes my best recipes, tips and tricks to help you create your own traditions for your annual gathering.
Our Original Thanksgiving Menu…
It all started with my now tattered copy of The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. My brother and sister-in-law and my now husband and I would trade off Thanksgiving hosting and we always made The Silver Palate turkey and stuffing. Over the years, Thanksgiving became an annual affair in our home and my brother and SIL now host Hanukkah. The recipes have evolved but are still rooted in the originals. Sage sausage in the stuffing, orange flavor with the turkey and a day when calories don’t count and seconds are a must.
A Mostly Make-Ahead Stress-Free Thanksgiving Menu with a Vegetarian Option!
Hosting Thanksgiving can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. Even if you are an experienced host, having a menu plan will take all the stress out of the preparation. My recipes, tips, tools and tricks will give you confidence so you’re all set to enjoy family and friends on Thanksgiving day.
We even run/walk a 5K race the morning of Turkey Day and still have everything ready to go by mid afternoon. And you can too!
Here’s my general planning calendar that gets me through the process with ease every single year. Sub in your specific recipes and planning details and you’ll reach the Thanksgiving finish line with ease! (double click on the calendar for a printable pdf)
Turkey, Trimmings and a Vegetarian Menu Idea!
Everything you need to know about stock, stuffing, turkey plus a main course for the non-turkey eaters!
So many ideas of seasonal side dishes to accent your turkey and stuffing.
The Finishing Touch
Even though we are all usually too full, dessert is a must and it always includes pie.