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Thanksgiving Menu

Ready to start planning your Thanksgiving menu? We have all of our favorite recipes as well as a FREE printable Thanksgiving menu template and cooking schedule to help you stay organized! 

Need more help planning your Thanksgiving recipes? Round out the meal with these Thanksgiving appetizers and best Thanksgiving side dishes.

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Free Printable Thanksgiving Menu Template

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To help plan out your meal, download this free printable Thanksgiving menu template, cooking schedule and shopping list to help make your turkey day a success. The document is editable so that you can create your own menu and type in your favorite dishes.


I like to serve a few small appetizers to start off the meal. I usually always set out a big fruit and veggie platter or fall charcuterie board for guests to snack on. Both are lighter options and include a little something for everyone!

cheese ball recipe with bacon
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
A creamy cheese ball coated in bacon pieces, Chex cereal and pecans. Full of flavor and has the perfect crunch.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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cranberry salsa with cilantro and crackers
Cranberry Salsa
Sweet and spicy cranberry salsa with cream cheese is the ultimate holiday dip! This delicious combination of flavors is sure to satisfy your taste buds. 
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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thanksgiving blessing mix in a glass bowl
Thanksgiving blessing mix
Thanksgiving blessing mix- a sweet and salty snack mix that is perfect for gift giving or holiday snacking. printable available.
Total Time: 5 minutes
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Cranberry Meatballs
These 3 ingredient cranberry meatballs with a cranberry chili sauce are so easy to make in the crockpot. They make the perfect appetizer for any holiday party.
Total Time: 3 hours
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turkey vegetable tray
Turkey Veggie Tray
This clever turkey veggie tray is a festive and colorful appetizer display that brings a healthy balance to your holiday dessert indulgence. Best of all, kids love it!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Chocolate strawberry turkey on counter.
Strawberry Turkeys
With only 4 ingredients, these no-bake chocolate covered strawberry turkeys are a great way to have the kids help in the kitchen! Cutest Thanksgiving treat.
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Pitcher full of Thanksgiving punch.
Thanksgiving Punch
This easy, fall beverage favorite will be a delicious option this Thanksgiving when entertaining your family and friends! Enjoy all the best flavors of fall with this amazing Thanksgiving punch for a crowd!
Total Time: 5 minutes
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Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Now for the main event! Roasted turkey or turkey breast is traditionally served at Thanksgiving dinner, although I have to admit that I actually prefer a baked ham or even a smoked turkey.

Next come the sides There are so many delicious options to choose from, some are cheesy, creamy or even bacon wrapped green bundles to name a few!

Sliced honey baked ham.
Honey Baked Ham
Tender, moist, and smothered in a sweet and tangy glaze, this honey baked ham with a candy-like caramelized outer crust is a must-try for your next special gathering. 
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
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turkey with lemon and herbs
Oven Roasted Turkey
Juicy and tender oven roasted turkey stuffed with fresh herbs and coated in a flavorful garlic butter. This delicious dish will become the star of your holiday dinner table! 
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
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turkey gravy in bowl
Homemade Turkey Gravy
Make a delicious, silky smooth, and flavorful homemade turkey gravy in a few simple steps. Avoiding store-bought gravy packages has never been easier!
Total Time: 15 minutes
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homemade cranberry sauce
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
A fresh and delicious homemade cranberry sauce recipe made with only 3 simple ingredients! Just as easy as the canned sauce, but with so much more flavor!
Total Time: 15 minutes
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sausage stuffing in casserole dish
Sausage Stuffing
This sausage stuffing recipe will convert anyone who tries it into a stuffing lover! The bread is soft with lightly toasted edges and the flavor is incredible! 
Total Time:
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mashed potatoes in white bowl with butter
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Smooth, fluffy and creamy mashed potatoes that take just 30 minutes to make! My all time favorite side dish recipe and a must-make for Thanksgiving.
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Spoonful of cheesy potatoes in a white baking dish.
Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
This easy cheesy potatoes is going to be your new go-to side dish for the holidays. Flavorful potatoes in a cheesy sauce and topping make this the ultimate casserole!
Total Time: 40 minutes
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Sweet potato casserole with pecans.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Mashed sweet potatoes topped with toasted pecans and a delicious brown sugar crumble. Add in marshmallows to make this sweet potato casserole the ultimate holiday side dish. 
Total Time: 40 minutes
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green bean casserole served with wooden spoon
Green Bean Casserole Recipe
This green bean casserole is a classic Thanksgiving side dish that everyone loves! Tender green beans covered in a creamy mushroom sauce, then topped with cheese and crispy fried onions.
Total Time: 30 minutes
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maple roasted vegetables in a white bowl
Maple Roasted Vegetables Recipe
Tender roasted vegetables with caramelized maple and bacon. This delicious side dish will turn anyone into a veggie lover! 
Total Time: 45 minutes
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pear and pomegranate salad
Pear Salad
Fresh pear salad filled with mixed greens, juicy sliced pears, pomegranate seeds, candied pecans, feta cheese and topped with a balsamic dressing. This is the perfect salad to serve at your holiday dinner this year! 
Total Time: 5 minutes
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creamed corn
Creamed Corn
Rich and creamy with a hint of sweetness crockpot creamed corn is easy to make hands off in the slow cooker! 
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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lion house rolls on pan
Lion House Roll Recipe
These lion house rolls are hands-down my very favorite homemade roll recipe! Soft, fluffy and have a nice buttery taste. Perfect for the holidays or anytime you want an amazingly, delicious roll with dinner!
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Make sure to save room for dessert! Every Thanksgiving I look forward to a big slice of pie with homemade whipped cream. There’s truly no better way to finish off the meal. Mmmmm!

pumpkin pie with whipped cream on white plate with
Homemade Pumpkin Pie
This homemade pumpkin pie is super smooth and velvety with the perfect blend of spices. An easy and delicious holiday dessert that will be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner! 
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Slice of raspberry pretzel salad on a white plate.
Raspberry Jello Pretzel Salad
Raspberry jello pretzel salad is a little sweet, a little salty and a crowd-pleasing favorite! A cream cheese and Cool Whip mixture sits atop a salted pretzel crust layered with raspberry jello, it's irresistible.
Total Time: 4 hours
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apple crumble pie
Brown Bag Apple Pie
Easy brown bag apple pie with a delicious crumb topping and flaky pie crust. The brown bag helps seal in all of the delicious flavors and leaves you with the best apple pie you've ever tried. 
Total Time: 2 hours
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spoonful of pumpkin crisp in white dish
Pumpkin Crisp
Pumpkin crisp is made with the classic flavors of a pumpkin pie and the simplicity of a crisp. Topped with a sweet cinnamon streusel topping, this easy dessert is sure to please any crowd at your next holiday party!
Total Time: 45 minutes
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homemade whipped cream in a glass bowl
Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe
Made with only 3 ingredients in less than 5 minutes! So light, fluffy and absolutely delicious. You'll never go back to the store-bought version once you try this easy recipe!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Slice of apple cranberry pie on a plate.
Apple Cranberry Pie
Celebrate the holidays with this delicious homemade apple cranberry pie. Filled with caramelized cinnamon apples and cranberries and a flaky, golden pie crust. There is fresh fruit flavor in every bite! 
Total Time: 5 hours 35 minutes
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sliced berry pie on white plate
Mixed Berry Crumble Pie
It's part crisp, part crumple, and all pie! This amazing berry crumble pie is a sweet, tart, and crispy crowd-pleaser filled with juicy berries and a buttery crispy streusel topping!  
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
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Banana cream pie in white pie dish.
Easy Banana Cream Pie
Quick and easy banana cream pie is an old-fashioned favorite done in minutes! Sliced bananas and instant banana pudding make this no bake dessert amazing.
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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