Enjoy this year’s Thanksgiving Menu with plenty of traditional recipes, along with a few new ones just to keep thing lively! You can expect tips for planning, recipes for appetizers, side and main dishes, salads and desserts, plus special touches to let your friends and family know they are welcome!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s time to be getting our menus settled and our shopping lists together! For a little inspiration, I am sharing our 2021 Thanksgiving Menu. It’s one I am excited to make and serve, and my people are excited to eat! It’s full of family favorites, and I know you’ll find some of your favorites here too.
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Tip: Don’t make family and friends wait around on an empty stomach. Thanksgiving is so much more fun when you start the festivities early with a few nibbles and treats. Good conversation and laughter always follows closely!
Tip: Try roasting bone-in turkey breasts instead of serving an entire turkey. This is especially useful if no one eats the dark meat anyway, you are preparing a smaller dinner or, conversely, finding yourself needing a little extra for a larger crowd.
Tip: Everybody knows Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes! Make sure to include everyone’s favorites, but throw in a few new, surprising dishes too!
- Southern Chicken & Dressing
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping
- Southern Green Beans & New Potatoes with Bacon
- Creamy Broccoli Mac & Cheese
- Southern Corn Pudding
- Slow Cooker Black Eye Peas & Ham (Perfect for freeing up stove top space!)
Salads & Bread
Tip: Add a special touch to your Thanksgiving meal with semi-homemade rolls that even the kids can get in on making and to-die-for flavored butters that no one will be able to stop eating!
- Ambrosia Fruit Salad with Whipped Cream Dressing
- Broccoli Slaw with Apples & Brussel Sprouts
- Short Cut Pull Apart Rolls
- Whipped Pumpkin Honey Butter
Tip: Having brownies, cookies or bars in addition to the “official” dessert is always a good idea. Kids love them, and it gives everyone something to grab and snack on later in the evening!
Last but not least! Make your home warm & inviting. The easiest way to do this is to focus on the joys of preparing and spending time with those you love. Your joy will be contagious to those around you!
Additionally, don’t forget to set your table the day before so it is beautiful and inviting when your guests arrive. And welcome your guests with warm aromas of the season by using your crockpot to simmer homemade holiday potpourri.