Best of the Best Thanksgiving Menu Planner – A roundup of Never Enough Thyme’s best recipes for your Thanksgiving menu planning.
Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday! And it’s just a week away. Are you ready? Just in case you need some ideas, I’ve put together my Best of the Best Thanksgiving Menu Planner.
I started with a few of my favorite pre-dinner nibbles and then went on to the main event – the turkey and cornbread dressing! Or if you prefer stuffing, I’ve also included a recipe for you.
And if turkey isn’t your “thing,” there are a few recipes for alternatives. You’ll also find a selection of great side dishes from salads to vegetables.
And no Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without a few fabulous desserts. I even included some of my favorite recipes for using up the leftovers.
At the end of the post there are links to several other bloggers’ recipe suggestions for Thanksgiving. Hopefully, together, we can help you fill out your menu.
I’d love to know what you’re planning to cook for the big day and if you have any questions at all, feel free to ask away!Best of the Best Thanksgiving Menu Planner – A roundup of Never Enough Thyme's best recipes for your Thanksgiving menu planning. Click To Tweet
Phyllo Cups with Pepper Jelly and Brie
Some of my favorite southern ingredients in one simple little bite!
Bacon Wrapped Sausage Balls
Spicy, herby, cheesy sausage balls wrapped in bacon and served with a peach-Dijon dipping sauce.
Puff Pastry Cheese Straws
Recipe for the famous Rich's Department Store (Atlanta) Puff Pastry Cheese Straws. Sharp cheddar and Parmesan encased in light, flaky puff pastry.
Spicy White Bean Dip
A spicy white bean dip great for enjoying along with your favorite college football game!
Turkey and Southern Cornbread Dressing
An authentic recipe for traditional southern cornbread dressing and an easy turkey cooking method.
Stuffed Turkey Breast
A stuffed, rolled turkey breast filled with Italian bread, dried cranberries, shallots, celery, pine nuts, and Italian sausage. Perfect for a smaller Thanksgiving gathering.
Marinated Pork Loin
Marinated Pork Loin - lean pork loin marinated in a flavorful blend of ingredients then roasted until succulent and juicy.
Pork Loin with Creamy Celery Sauce
Pork Loin with Creamy Celery Sauce - A lovely pork loin served with a luscious creamy celery sauce is perfect for a special occasion dinner.
Pork Loin Stuffed with Prunes and Apricots
Make use of succulent dried fruit in this stuffed pork loin. A great choice for a dinner party.
Side Dishes - Vegetables
Sweet Potato and Pecan Stuffing
Unseasoned bread cubes combine with sweet potatoes, pecans, raisins, celery, and onions in this perfect Thanksgiving side.
Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese
Roasted butternut squash tossed with pecans and blue cheese.
Marinated carrots, onions, and peppers that may be used as either a side dish or salad.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Southern heritage recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with pecan streusel topping. Always on our Thanksgiving table but great for any festive occasion.
Green Beans with Bacon and Onions
Nutritious, convenient frozen green beans are combined with caramelized onions and bacon in this delicious side dish.
Old Fashioned Southern Green Beans
My low and slow method for cooking Old Fashioned Southern Green Beans with a beautiful, smoky ham hock broth for flavoring.
Baked Acorn Squash
Tender, sweet, and buttery baked acorn squash is the perfect side dish for a Fall dinner.
Peas with Lettuce
Tender fresh English peas cook with green onions and soft lettuce leaves.
Side Dishes - Vegetable and Fruit Salads
Apple Cranberry Salad
This Apple Cranberry Salad is light and refreshing with autumnal flavors of apple, cranberry, and walnuts. A lighter side dish for your Thanksgiving table.
Carrot and Dried Cranberry Salad
This Carrot and Dried Cranberry Salad updates the standard recipe with dried cranberries, vanilla yogurt, and toasted pecans.
A fantastic summer salad with a sweet-tangy dressing, bacon, broccoli, and dried cranberries.
Pear Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
Fresh, sliced pears topped with tangy blue cheese dressing and toasted slivered almonds.
Warm Vegetable Salad
Warm new potatoes and green beans tossed with a lemon-garlic dressing.
Not Quite Classic Waldorf Salad
Not Quite Classic Waldorf Salad - my version of the classic waldorf salad using apples, pecans, celery, and dried cranberries.
Side Dishes - Gelatin Salads
Sunshine Salad is a traditional gelatin salad made with lemon jello, crushed pineapple, shredded carrots, and chopped nuts.
Lime Congealed Salad
A very southern, lime congealed salad with crushed pineapple, celery, nuts, and marshmallows
Blueberry Jello Salad
An old-fashioned southern jello salad with blueberries and pineapple topped with a sweetened cream cheese and sour cream mixture.
Strawberry Banana Jello Mold
A refreshing summer jello mold with strawberries, bananas, pineapple, sour cream, and nuts.
Polly’s Pink Stuff (Raspberry Jello Mold)
Polly's Pink Stuff - A retro recipe for a festive raspberry jello mold. My grandmother's holiday specialty served for every Christmas and Easter dinner.
Side Dishes - Other
Kumquat Dried Cherry Chutney and Cranberry Orange Relish
A deliciously unusual chutney featuring a less used member of the citrus family along with the more traditional cranberry relish.
Spiced Applesauce in the Slow Cooker
[i]Homemade applesauce couldn't be easier. Pop all the ingredients in the slow cooker and six hours later...applesauce![/i]
Desserts - Cakes
Caramel Layer Cake
Southern caramel layer cake - moist yellow cake layers topped with a caramel frosting. A favorite of everyone in our family.
Chocolate Little Layer Cake
Heritage recipe for Chocolate Little Layer Cake, a regional specialty from southwest Georgia. Tiny yellow cake layers filled with boiled chocolate frosting.
Light chocolately cake layers with a luscious, rich cocoa frosting.
Berry-Glazed Chocolate Cake
A decadently rich chocolate cake topped with a raspberry glaze and chocolate icing.
Never Fail Pound Cake
A classic, old South pound cake recipe with the tang of buttermilk.
Glazed Pumpkin Pound Cake
A rich, buttery pound cake with pumpkin and warm Fall spices.
Raspberry Filled Jelly Roll
An old-fashioned jelly roll! A thin, yellow cake layer filled with raspberry jam, rolled and dusted with powdered sugar.
Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Roll
A spiced pumpkin jelly roll with sweet cream cheese filling.
Desserts - Pies and Cobblers
Pecan Cheesecake Pie
Pecan Cheesecake Pie - This luscious dessert is essentially a cheesecake on bottom with a pecan pie on top. So much deliciousness in one bite!
Apple Patchwork Cobbler
Apples, cinnamon, cardamom and orange liqueur topped with a patchwork arrangement crust.
This gingerbread apple cobbler has layers of apple pie filling, soft gingerbread and crunchy pecan streusel for an easy to prepare, family friendly dessert.
Desserts - Other
A light, creamy, combination of eggs, whipping cream and whiskey. A traditional Southern dessert typically served for Christmas holidays
Hot Curried Georgia Peaches
Peaches spiced with curry, cinnamon, and cloves, served with butter pecan ice cream.
A very old recipe for a traditional Christmas bar cookie featuring dates and nuts.
Baked Alaska - Cold ice cream on top of pound cake, covered with warm meringue. Best of both worlds!
Old-Fashioned Southern Teacakes
An old-fashioned southern cookie - not too sweet and utterly delicious.
Old Fashioned Gingerbread with Lemon Glaze
A spicy, old-fashioned cakelike gingerbread with a tart-sweet lemon glaze.
Asian Inspired Turkey Noodle Bowl
A brothy bowl of noodles using leftover Thanksgiving turkey, pasta, lime, hot chili sauce, cilantro, green onions, and soy sauce.
Turkey, Mushroom, and Potato Soup
Use your Thanksgiving leftovers to make this satisfying turkey soup.
Apple Cranberry Quesadillas
A fantastic use for your Thanksgiving leftovers! Apple pie filling, cranberry sauce, pecans, and jack cheese combine for a delicious treat.
Thanksgiving Menu Recipe ideas from Other Bloggers:
- What the Heck to Make for Thanksgiving from How Sweet It Is
- Thanksgiving Round-Up from Good Life Eats
- Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Menu from Stacey Homemaker
- Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up from Two Peas and Their Pod
- Thanksgiving Roundup from Budget Bytes
- Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes from 101 Cookbooks
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