This collection Of Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes and Tips will help you have a stress-free holiday. From planning, organizing, shopping, and making, to a whole list of recipe ideas—this post has everything you need to know about turkey day!
I’m helping you get prepped for Thanksgiving – from dinner ideas to appetizers and side dishes, we’ve got you covered! Check out these recipes to help you prep and make the main dish for Turkey Day.
When it comes to Thanksgiving Dinner, it can be a little bit overwhelming even knowing where to start, especially if you’re the HOST. But, don’t your fret, we are sharing all the best recipes and tips to help you plan your Thanksgiving menu.
One of the things we like to do when we gather as a family for thanksgiving is to divide the work and assign each person to bring dish (or two)
Whether you are dividing the responsibility, or it’s all on you, here are a handful of tips to make sure you pull off an amazing Thanksgiving dinner without having to stress!
Tips for Making Thanksgiving Dinner easy
STAY ORGANIZED: Seasoned Thanksgiving Cooks know the secret to a successful meal: ORGANIZATION. Whether you’re a first timer or a pro you need to have a plan to execute a successful Thanksgiving Feast. I’ve gathered a few tips to help you out:
How much to make: Figure out about how many people will be attending. Then, decide how much to make of each item. Add a new dish for every 5-8 people attending.
Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring a dish. Most are happy to help!
SHOPPING: Don’t wait until the last minute. You should have your menu planned out so use that as a guide on what you need to have then, purchase as much of it as you can as far ahead as you can. You don’t want to make a last minute trip to a crowded store only to find they are all out of the ingredient you need.
STORAGE: clean out the fridge the week before. Take note of any items that do not HAVE to be refrigerated. Some fruits and veggies can be kept on the counter for a day or two to make room for other dishes.
PLAN A COOKING SCHEDULE: Here are a few questions and bit of information that will help you when planning your schedule:
What are all the items that need to be cooked in the oven and in what order?
Can any items go into the oven at the same time?
What are all the items that need to be cooked on the stove top and what order?
Can anything be made in a crock pot?
How can I keep items warm?
Can Anything be made ahead of time? Do they need to be reheated and how?
AHEAD OF TIME: There are several dishes such as pies, casseroles, and salads that can be made the day before. This saves a lot of stress the day of. You can also prep ingredients before hand like making sure the turkey is defrosted, chopping veggies, and pre measuring ingredients so they’re ready to be mixed.
ON THE DAY OF: Figure out what time you want to eat. Then figure out how long each item takes to cook, or to be reheated, and subtract that amount from the time dinner is supposed to be served.
For example: Dinner is at 2pm – 20 minutes to reheat the casserole – 3 hours to cook the turkey – 40 minutes for sweet potatoes – a 30 minute buffer. That means you need to start putting food in the oven by 9:30 am
Favorite Thanksgiving Dinner ideas
If you’re stumped on what to serve for all the courses, here are a few suggestions. Of course, most of them are the typical items you would find on any table in America on thanksgiving day (turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, etc.) but there are a few that are a little more uncommon that we tend to enjoy in our family.
We typically end up picking out 2 main dishes, 1 potato dish, one veggie dish, rolls and then LOADS of desserts!
thanksgiving Main DISHes:
Turkey is usually the Main dish served at Thanksgiving. Typically you can plan to serve 1.25 lbs of turkey per person. If you do not like turkey, or you are planning to serve a crowd, then, you can most definitely choose a different protein to serve. Here are some of our favorites:
Roast Turkey Recipe
How to Roast the Perfect Turkey - so full of flavor and a hit any holiday or day of the year, but especially Thanksgiving!!
This Crock Pot Roast Recipe is one of our favorite Sunday dinners. It takes only 3 minutes of prep time and then the slow cooker does the rest! The chuck roast ends up being SO tender and full of flavor from the brown gravy, Italian, and ranch dressing mix!
This is Our All-Time Favorite Steak marinade! It requires only four ingredients, and makes our steak taste SO amazing! Everyone always asks for this Easy Steak Marinade recipe because it's just that good!!
This favorite appetizer is filled with spinach, artichokes, and three different cheeses, all baked into a crescent dough cup. Spinach Dip Bites are a hit every time they're served at a party or get together!
This is the BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe, and the ultimate dip for any get together! Filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo - this easy spinach artichoke dip is sooo cheesy and flavorful, served perfectly with chips, bread pieces or veggies.
Green Bean Casserole is a classic side dish, especially at holiday meals! This savory casserole is simple, delicious and requires only 4 ingredients, which makes it the perfect addition to your holiday menu!
The cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac n cheese you'll ever make! Macaroni pasta covered in sharp cheddar cheese, melted into a warm cream sauce, and topped with a perfect panko crust. The whole family will definitely approve!
Cheesy and delicious Funeral potatoes (aka Cheesy potatoes, Party Potatoes). This simple casserole is a potato lovers dream. With cheesy, sour cream, butter, cream of chicken and born, these potatoes are perfect for any meal or holiday.
A 9 inch pie can serve 6-8 people. Plan to have enough desserts for people to have 2 servings. Although pie is the most common dessert for Thanksgiving, there’s nothing wrong with serving other desserts—especially ones with seasonal flavors like pumpkin!
Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Not only is this pumpkin pie incredibly easy - it's the most moist, flavorful, all around perfect pumpkin pie! Made from canned pumpkin, seasonal spices, and evaporated milk, this pie is a must have dessert during the holidays.
The recipe for THE BEST Pecan Pie! It only takes a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes of prep work to create this ooey gooey, buttery delicacy! Not only is this pie a MUST at Thanksgiving dinner - it's a perfect pie year round!
These Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars have so many delicious layers, including a graham cracker crust, cheesecake layer and pumpkin layer. They're full of fall spices and are sure to impress at any holiday gathering.
With a buttery pecan crust, a whipped cream cheese layer, light and fluffy pumpkin spice pudding, and more whipped cream topped off with chopped pecans, this pumpkin delight dessert is absolutely irresistible!
There's nothing like a slice of warm apple pie served with vanilla ice cream! This recipe for Homemade Apple Pie has proven to be the BEST apple pie recipe around. With a flaky, buttery crust made from scratch, and a gooey, sweet apple filling, this pie will not disappoint!