From the main course to the desserts, Thanksgiving is the holiday for foodies! Here are 10 Thanksgiving menu ideas to ensure everyone has a full belly.
Thanksgiving is one of the most wonderful times of the year. It’s the chance to gather around the table with friends and family to celebrate all that you’ve received.
We all have plenty to be thankful for, and the benefits of life are nothing compared to those that you get to share them with!
Because of that, it’s important to show your loved ones how much you care and fill their bellies with some of the finest cooking they’ve ever had.
Here are several amazing ideas for your Thanksgiving menu to send everyone home happy and full this holiday season.
10 Thanksgiving Menu Ideas for Full and Happy Bellies
Bacon-Wrapped Brussel Sprouts
What better way to kick things off for the year’s biggest meal than by constructing some off-the-wall finger food while they wait for the entrees.
These bacon-wrapped Brussels will give your guests a crispy and flavorful snack.
If you want to make sure there are a few veggies tied into the day’s eats, then what better way than hiding Brussel sprouts between yummy bacon?
All you’ll need for these are Brussel sprouts, bacon slices, and toothpicks. Cut each slice of bacon into thirds and wrap them around an individual sprout. Take the toothpick and shove it through both sides to make sure the bacon stays in place.
Simply bake these bad boys on a baking sheet and voila!
Nacho Cheese Dip
Looking for another appetizer idea but trying to avoid the elaborate process of making it yourself? Look no further than this delicious Nacho cheese dip.
All you’ll need is a crock-pot, Velveeta cheese, 2 red peppers, tomatoes (if you’d like), and a pound of ground turkey.
Simply cook the ground turkey and cut the red peppers ahead of time, then pour all of the ingredients into the Crock-pot to have it take care of the rest.
A turkey is never complete without filling it with the proper stuffing to set your tastebuds over the top!
The simplicity has a nostalgia to it that can’t be replaced. Memories are part of what makes Thanksgiving so special, and homemade stuffing will remind you of the stuffing that Grandma used to make.
A tricky piece to the stuffing is how elaborate it needs to be. The more definition and flavors, the better it will taste when tied in with the turkey meat!
Check out this amazing stove top stuffing recipe to get things going in the right direction.
Seriously… is there anything better than filling half of your Thanksgiving plate with homemade mashed potatoes?
It’s funny how one of the simplest recipes can be such a big hit with the entire family.
Better yet, you can make it in such huge quantities and still not have enough to fill everyone’s plates with a second or third helping.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Now here’s a dip that can be used as an appetizer, warm-up meal (to kill time before dinner in a few hours) or for a side dish during the dinner itself.
This recipe combines all the family favorites: Chicken (however you prefer to cook it), shredded cheese, hot sauce, ranch, and cream cheese. Throw some onions in there too for a bit more flavor if you’d like.
Mix those all together and lay them in an oven pan to be baked to perfection!
Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Bites
Are you noticing a theme yet? You simply can’t go wrong integrating bacon into some of your traditional Thanksgiving entrees.
These bacon-wrapped turkey bites can be a great option for the Thanksgiving meal or a tasty way to capitalize on any leftovers you have the next day.
You’ll never want turkey without bacon again, perfect for the little ones who are hesitant to eat turkey in the first place.
Maybe the budget is a little tight this year and you’re looking for some cheaper options. If so, this parmesan broccoli recipe is a definite yes!
This simple recipe offers few ingredients while packing in a ton of flavor and crunch.
Choose your preference on steaming or baking the broccoli, and coat it with as much parmesan cheese as you think your family will like. Don’t forget the butter as well!
There’s never been a tastier way to eat your greens. Thankfully, broccoli mixes well with cheese on a consistent basis!
Italian Pasta Salad
Looking for a few more options to mix well as a side dish during the main entree?
You can never go wrong with Italian pasta salad; it gives you flexibility and offers a delicious taste that pairs well with almost any meal.
All you’ll need for the main portion of the recipe is tri-colored rotini noodles and Italian dressing. From there you can add things such as black olives, mushrooms, cheese, salami, peppers, etc.
Never heard of scalloped pineapple before just now? You’ve been missing out! This dessert will provide a light, yet satisfying option to top off all of the terrific eating.
All you’ll need for the recipe is 4 cups of bread crumbs, 20 ounces of pineapple (cut into pieces), 3 eggs, 2 cups of sugar, and a cup of butter.
Simply mix the eggs, sugar, and butter together and pour them over a dish of the pineapple and crumbs. Bake this at 350-degrees for 25-30 minutes and you’re ready to go!
Topping off this list with a traditional family-favorite dessert, the pecan pie.
Your family will have plenty of desserts to go around and the pie itself is very filling while bursting with flavor. It’s a perfect way to end the day before your friends and family unbutton the top of their jeans to lay down and fall into a food coma.
A Thanksgiving Menu Your Family Will Never Forget
Be warned, after integrating these delicious recipes into your Thanksgiving menu, you’ll set a high standard for yourself the following year!
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Good luck with the Thanksgiving cooking this year, remember that your friends and family will love anything you place on that table!