20 Delicious Thanksgiving Menu Ideas to Make Your Party a Big Hit

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Everyone is trying hard to come up with a delicious and impressive Thanksgiving menu. No matter if it is the first time you are planning a Thanksgiving gathering, or hosting it for years, you definitely want to come up with some creative ideas for your Thanksgiving menu that your guests will love and remember it for years to come.

So, are you ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with delicious and healthy recipes? I’ve come up with some interesting and mouthwatering ideas for holiday feast, including appetizers, main course, desserts that are perfect for your Thanksgiving menu. From turkey to green beans, to pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes, you will find many creative and delightful Thanksgiving menu ideas that your guests will surely love.

  • Seasoned Roast Turkey
Seasoned Roast Turkey

Let’s start with the basics. The juicy, crispy roasted turkey is packed with seasonal flavors and healthy ingredients that make it an excellent dish for Thanksgiving dinner. You can include the fresh herb stuffing to enhance the taste and its nutritional value.

  • Herb Cheese Ball
Herb Cheese Ball

You should try these declivous and healthy herb-filled cheese balls that would encourage your guests to delve into these holiday appetizers. To make these nutrient-rich balls, you need cream cheese, goat cheese, parsley chives, lemon zest, and toasted pine nuts. Combine all the ingredients to make balls, now roll the balls in pine nuts to fully coat. Serve with bread.  

  • Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole

Believe it or not, green bean casserole is the epitome of Thanksgiving. This green bean casserole is extremely easy and highly nutritious. You need condensed cream of mushroom soup, milk, soy sauce, green beans, and French-fried onions to make this healthy casserole. Make sure the green beans you chose are salty and crunchy. Instead of using canned cream of mushroom soup, you can use milk, flour and fresh mushrooms to make it super creamy.

  • Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin
Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

Besides a delicious Thanksgiving menu idea, it is a perfect and tempting idea to get your kids to eat vegetables. Veggies taste great when combine with the goodness of cheese. Your guests will love this side dish. You need unsalted butter, cauliflower, broccoli, all-purpose flour, cheese, grated nutmeg, grated gruyere and black pepper for making this nutrient rich, cheesy gratin.

  • Waldorf Salad
Waldorf Salad

You should add this colorful salad to your Thanksgiving menu that will provide loads of minerals and vitamins. To make this nutrient-rich salad, you need thinly sliced celery, apples, lettuce leaves, pomegranate seeds, grapes, toasted walnuts, honey, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and sour cream. You can add your favorite veggies to enhance its taste and nutritional value.

  • Turkey Cake
Turkey Cake

Why not try something very creative this Thanksgiving to impressive your guests? This cute Thanksgiving dessert is super easy made with white cake mix, cocoa powder, unsalted butter, sugar, orange, red, and yellow chocolate candy melts. M&Ms and Oreos for decoration.

  • Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie

It is another delicious Thanksgiving dessert idea that you should include in the menu. For making a delicious pumpkin pie, you need all-purpose flour, butter, sugar, apple cider vinegar, pumpkin puree, cream, brown sugar, vanilla extract, 3 eggs, and kosher salt.

  • Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

These flavorful appetizers vegan stuffed mushrooms are filled with spinach, creamy mashed potatoes, topped with buttery breadcrumbs. It would be a perfect and healthy appetizer for your Thanksgiving party. Good news for celiac patients, it is gluten free 😊 as gluten free breadcrumbs are used for topping. You can add cheese to enhance the flavor and nutritional value.

  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup is extremely delicious and highly nutritious, perfect starter for your Thanksgiving dinner. The only downside is that it takes hours to cook but once its ready you will realize why it is so worth it. Roasting is the key to getting the best butternut squash flavor. Adding potatoes will give the soup an extra creamy texture and more volume. Rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano will make your soup more flavorful. You can use any other herb of your choice. Other ingredients for butternut squash soup include, chopped potatoes, olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, chopped onion, thinly sliced celery, and chicken broth.

  • Cranberry Bites
Cranberry Bites

These little, flavorful bites are the perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving get-together. To make these yummy bites, you need cranberry sauce, chopped pecans, sprigs of rosemary, crescent dough and flour.

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasting can take the flavor of brussels sprouts to a whole new level. It is one of the healthiest snack ideas that you can try to curb junk food cravings. Simply toss brussels sprouts with olive oil and bake them in the oven until crisp. To make Brussels as crispy as possible, make sure to spread them on a metal baking sheet. Don’t overcrowd them as it will turn them into mushy sprouts. 

  • Pecan Slab Pie
Pecan Slab Pie

It is a perfect Thanksgiving dessert option your family and friends will love. For making the crust you need all purpose flour, unsalted butter, sugar, kosher salt, apple cider vinegar, and ice water. For the filling, you need unsalted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, 3 eggs, and pecan halves.

  • Corn Salad with Bacon and Honey
Corn Salad with Bacon and Honey

The sweet and savory dish is packed with a lot of healthy nutrients. All you need to make this healthy salad are Bacon, shallot, thyme, and vinegar.  

  • Parker House Rolls
Parker House Rolls

These fluffy rolls are so delicious and easy to make. You need all-purpose flour, whole milk, kosher salt, unsalted butter, sugar, and oil.

  • Garlicky Green Beans with Crispy Onions
Garlicky Green Beans with Crispy Onions

Another healthy and delicious Thanksgiving recipe idea is garlicky green beans with crispy onions. These crispy onions are a healthy snack option that you can eat to curb your junk food cravings. Take a large bowl and toss onion rings with flour, salt, and fry them until golden brown. In a pan, melt butter with garlic, add green beans and chicken broth. Sprinkle cheese, salt and pepper. Top with crispy onions and enjoy.

  1. Butternut Squash and Andouille Stuffing
Butternut Squash and Andouille Stuffing

The cheesy butternut squash, andouille is composed of andouille sausage and butternut squash. Add onion, garlic cloves, baby spinach, minced thyme, rosemary, shredded gruyere and chicken stock to enhance the taste.  

  • Sausage Balls
Sausage Balls

You should try these addictive, delicious bites of pork sausage, cheddar and Bisquick. In fact, it is a perfect holiday appetizer that would be perfect for any gathering. You can add chopped parsley, cheddar cheese, paprika to enhance the taste of these healthy sausage balls.

  • Mini Carrot Pot Pies
Mini Carrot Pot Pies

Your vegetarian guests will surely love this recipe. Making this classic comfort food is very easy. Just stir fry onions, carrots, garlic, and thyme, season them with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour add milk and simmer until slightly thickened. Cut puff pastries in round form and place them over each ramekin. Now bake until golden brown.

  • Jalapeno Green Chile Spoonbread
Jalapeno Green Chile Spoonbread

It is a sweet and savory option for your Thanksgiving dinner that is filled with loads of nutrition and flavors. It is super scrumptious and hard to resist.  You need fresh corn, jalapenos, buttermilk, cream, baking powder, sugar, all-purpose flower, cornmeal, vegetable oil, eggs and green chilies.

  • Savory Pumpkin Soup
Savory Pumpkin Soup

This vegetarian soup is a perfect winter soup idea that you can try this Thanksgiving. You need chopped sweet onion, red bell pepper, olive oil, garlic cloves, chili powder, dried oregano, pumpkin puree, vegetable broth, and lime juice. To make the spice shake, you need cumin seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, crushed red peppers, roasted pepitas and kosher salt. Hopefully, these Thanksgiving menu ideas will help you throw the best Thanksgiving party.

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