Are you ready to start planning your Thanksgiving menu? Then you are in the right place! These recipes are sure to make this year’s spread one to remember. There is everything from appetizers to side dishes and plenty of tasty desserts.
There are traditional recipes that are always on our holiday table and a few fun twists as well. So you can have your favorites and try a few new things as well.
Whether you are having a small family gathering or a larger event, some planning is necessary to get a tasty Thanksgiving meal together. Don’t worry, we can do it together!
Tips for a Successful Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving day tends to have a lot going on. There may be extra people in the house, the parades are on and maybe you are Turkey trotting to make room for the meal.
Even if your only plans for the day are meal prep, timing the turkey and side dishes is a lot for even an experienced cook. So work out a plan in advance so it doesn’t feel like too much.
One key to getting the meal done is to pick some items you can make ahead of time. Even if you can’t make the whole thing ahead of time, do any prep work you can a day or two in advance.
Bake the pies before the big day. Most pies need time to cool or even chill before they can be served anyway, so go ahead and get them done and check that off your list.
If you can, do a trial run on new recipes before the big day. That way you know you like it and you already have an idea of what it takes to get it done.
You don’t want to be surprised by a long wait time or an unexpected amount of prep reading a recipe for the first time on the holiday itself. So make it once ahead of time so you know exactly what to expect.
If someone offers to bring something, let them. And if you are going somewhere, offer to bring a side or a pie.
There is no need to be a hero and do everything yourself. Accept a little bit of help and enjoy the day with your family.
If all else fails, just make an extra pie or two and enjoy. Nobody can be disappointed when there is a tasty piece of pie in front of them!
Does your family have a favorite Thanksgiving recipe? I’d love to hear about your holiday traditions in the comments below.