Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas and Recipes

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Thanksgiving menu ideas and recipes that are delicious and easy, and don’t break the bank.

We can definitely get carried away when it comes to the holidays and money, especially with the food budget. Make sure to shop with your list and only buy what you need. 

A bit of truth telling here – I don’t host Thanksgiving dinner. I think I have only hosted one time in my 22 years of marriage. I do love to eat Thanksgiving dinner though!

My mom is the queen of Thanksgiving dinner, she has the timing of everything down to a science. I should have paid better attention to dinner prep instead of watching football with my dad when I was growing up!


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Thanksgiving Dinner menu ideas and recipes

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I love appetizers! I think I could fill up on appetizers every Thanksgiving instead of dinner. You can go the cheese and crackers, olives and pickles route, or you can get a little fancy. As long as you stay in your budget, fancy it up all you want! 

Hot Crab Dip is one of my favorites! I make this every year to bring to my Mom and Dad’s house.


Caramel Apple Cheese Spread


Cheese Tray Turkey


Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Dip



Thanksgiving Dinner


Who doesn’t like turkey for Thanksgiving? My friend Ruthy over a Percolate Kitchen has a fantastic recipe for turkey.


Ham is a staple in many households for Thanksgiving dinner as well.





Harvest Rice Bake


Vegetable Side Dishes:

Green Bean Casserole


Glazed Carrots

Parmesan Ranch Corn


Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans


Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad




Mashed Potatoes


Mashed Sweet Potatoes


Sweet Potato Casserole


Other Thanksgiving Dinner Must Haves: 




Cranberry Sauce 


Dinner Rolls 



Caramel Apple Dump Cake 


Pumpkin Pie 


Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars


Pecan Pie Brownies


Pumpkin Roll



I am hungry now, how about you? I can’t wait to surprise my Mom this year and offer to bring some of these dishes with us, especially the Pecan Pie Brownies. Don’t anybody let her in on the secret! 




There is a lot of prep and planning that goes into this day. Be sure to check out my guide on hosting Thanksgiving Dinner on a budget

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