This year, we're giving thanks for these simple Thanksgiving dinner menus. Build the best feast ever this year with these 10 easy Thanksgiving menus:
1) Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Menu
Believe it or not, you can make almost every Thanksgiving course in your trusty slow cooker. Save yourself time and effort by letting a few of these dishes cook while you work on other recipes.
Herbed Chicken With Beets and Brussels
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Slow Cooker Stuffing
Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole
Slow Cooker Pecan Bread Pudding
2) Vegan Thanksgiving Menu
Guests who forgo all animal products can still enjoy a decadent Thanksgiving dinner. Our vegan menu makes going meat-, dairy-, and egg-free easy for everyone at the table.
Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
Thanksgiving Harvest Salad
Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes
Vegan Mac and Cheese
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
3) Friendsgiving Menu
Host a laid-back feast with your small town community, like Erin and Ben Napier of HGTV's Home Town. This BYOCACD ("Bring Your Own Chair and Covered Dish") party features lots of delicious sides that everyone can share.
Red Chile and Orange-Glazed Turkey
Erin Napier's Skillet Cornbread
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
4) Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu
Who said you need turkey to have a delicious Thanksgiving?! Ditch the meat and opt for these classic meatless dishes instead.
Ricotta and Strawberry Toast
Mushroom Herb Gravy
Asparagus, Peas, and Tomato with Herb Butter
Anchor Steam Mac and Cheese
Pepper Jack Corn Muffins
Ricotta Mashed Potatoes
Apple Blossom Tart
Fall Apple Cranberry Pie
5) Easy Thanksgiving Menu
This year, do yourself a favor with blessedly simple recipes that deliver on flavor while still allowing you time to, say, sneak a nip of bourbon with grandpa (don't forget the glassware and whiskey stones!). Woven placemats look elegant yet fuss-free. Roll out a runner, light some candlesticks, and add a bouquet to complete the quick and easy table setting.
Turkey Roulade Three Ways
Rosemary Monkey Bread Stuffing
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato-and-Cauliflower Salad
Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cookie Crust
Grape Slab Pie
6) Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu
Whether you have a gluten intolerance or have decided to give it up for other reasons, these recipes prove you don't need gluten to have a delicious Thanksgiving.
Creamy Feta Stuffed Peppers
Rosemary-Infused Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms
The Perfect Roast Turkey
Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes
Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls
Green Bean Casserole
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries
Maple Pumpkin Pie
7) Grandma's Thanksgiving Menu
Pull out the vintage china! We added a few fresh twists to time-tested staples, from green bean casserole to cranberry sauce, for a retro meal rooted in nostalgia. Oh, and don't forget to queue up an old-school playlist to match.
Herb and Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey
Maple Meringue Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots
Rosemary-Port Cranberry Sauce
Chocolate Brown Sugar Butter Cake with Spiced Pumpkin Frosting
Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge Pie
8) Rustic Thanksgiving Menu
This down-home gathering with a hint of Texas twang (deep-fried turkey! cranberry salsa!) is perfect for the casual, potluck kind of crowd. Opt for simple dishes (serve the chili spoonbread straight out of the cast iron skillet!) and use wood slices instead of chargers.
Pickled Peach-and-Cranberry Salsa
Jalapeño-Green Chili Spoonbread
Baked Kale Gratin
Sorghum-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Maple Granola Pecan Pie
9) Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving Menu
A pioneer in California's farm-to table movement, chef (and author of Cindy's Supper Club: Meals from Around the World to Share with Family and Friends) Cindy Pawlcyn's menu offers a touch of exotic to tried-and-true recipes.
Roast Turkey with a Pipian Sauce of Tomatoes, Chiles, and Sesame Seeds
Cornbread Stuffing with Sweet Peppers, Onions, and Celery
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Scallions
10) Traditional Thanksgiving Menu
When it comes to his Thanksgiving menu, Joe Randall—the coauthor of A Taste of Heritage: The New African-American Cuisine in Savannah—doesn't mess with tradition.
Butter-Roasted Turkey with Giblet Pan Gravy
Cornbread Dressing with Sage and Pork Sausage
Mom Pan's Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Sun-Dried Cranberry Salsa
Southern-Style Green Beans
Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc 2008