Over the past week, we’ve shared some of our favorite healthy side dishes, non-traditional thanksgiving desserts, ways to use extra ingredients after your Thanksgiving feast, and a special post just for your turkey prep – but of all the recipes we’ve tested ourselves over the last month, there are a select few that we think you should serve to your favorite people. We’ve put together the best of the best (in our humble opinions) for you! (see the full gatheredtable thanksgiving guide)
Our official Thanksgiving menu is full of recipes that we’ve hand-tested and know you’ll love, so you can skip the trial-and-error on Thanksgiving – These recipes will be a success, we promise! Our menu includes a perfect roasted turkey as a main course with a vegetarian option, a soup and a salad for starters, eight delicious side dishes, and three wonderful pies for dessert. Enjoy!
What you should do now: As you peruse the menu below, click on the recipes you want to cook then add them to your gatheredtable recipe library. Then, next week when you edit your menu for Thanksgiving day, just add the recipes to your menu – your grocery list will be automatically created based on the recipes on your menu. And if you’d like to save a trip to the grocery store, you can go ahead & place an order for delivery from Peapod.
A perfect turkey recipe (with flavor options included) & a vegetarian recipe for the center of your Thanksgiving table.
2. Vegetarian Alternative: Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash – adapted from Joy of Cooking
“One of my absolute favorite fall dishes, and perfect for pleasing crowds!” – Aileen
These starters can be prepared in advance and placed on the table before the main event!
1. Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad – adapted from Bon Appetit
“The is absolutely the BEST salad ever. Seriously, it’s fantastic.” – Jaren
*Yearning for a less bitter green salad? We drool over this butter lettuce herb salad .
2. Apple and Parsnip Soup with Coriander – adapted from Bon Appetit
“Maybe one of the best parts of this soup…can be made 1 day ahead! Cover and chill” – Aileen
3. Macrina Bakery Pumpkin Bread – adapted from Macrina Bakery
“Take this recipe up a notch and use your favorite roasted squash instead of canned pumpkin.” – Aileen
Fill your table with an assortment of savory and sweet dishes. We’ve listed eight wonderful recipes below, pick and choose to create a complete meal for your guests.
1. Sausage & Fig Stuffing – adapted from Williams & Sonoma
“A seriously wonderful stuffing. Control how dry you like your stuffing by adding 1/4 cup more or less of stock!” – Victoria
2. Creamy Mashed Potatoes – adapted from The Pioneer Woman
“Another great dish that can be made up to 2 days in advance!” – Katin
*Looking to mix up your mashed potato dish this year? Try our smashed potatoes with sage and gorgonzola!
3. Sweet Potatoes w/ Meringue – adapted from The Sunset Cookbook
“Can be made a day ahead! Save step 9 until you are just about ready to serve.” – Aileen
4.Greens Beans w/ Brown Butter – adapted from Real Simple
“An ultra-delicious way to eat your green veggies.” – Aileen
*If a casserole is your preferred form of green beans on Thanksgiving, give our great Green Bean (can-less) Casserole a whirl!
5.Sweet Winter Squash Souffle – adapted from Elana’s Pantry
“I got this recipe from a Thanksgiving at my friend Elana’s house. She calls it “squash pie.” Kabocha is also called “japanese pumpkin” and it is divine. This dish is soft and sweet, tastes almost like a dessert — although we use it as a side dish.” – Mary
*Looking for a little less work on the squash this year? Try our simply Roasted Delicata Squash recipe!
6. Brussels Leaf & Baby Spinach Saute – adapted from Epicurious: America’s Best Recipes
“Don’t have time to peel brussel leaves? No problem! Halve or chop up brussels sprouts instead and sauté for a little longer, to desired tenderness.” – Erin
7. No Knead Bread – adapted from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jefff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
“The gatheredtable team made this bread at a cooking class led by Kathleen Flinn and we were all amazed by how easy and delicious homemade bread is!”
8. Cranberry Marmalade Sauce – adapted from Mary
“Perfect side for Thanksgiving and a fun twist on the regular sauce!” – Mary
Ending the meal is just important as beginning it. We’ve got some perfect pies for you! And if you’d like to modify the pie crust to be vegan or gluten-free, see our guide to pie crust recipes.
1. Paleo Chocolate Pecan Pie – adapted from Elana’s Pantry
“So delicious, and so high protein that I let my kids eat it for breakfast.” – Mary
2. Whiskey Makes It Better Pumpkin Pie – adapted from Emily
“After many years of experimenting it turns out that the secret to pumpkin pie is whiskey! Not enough that it becomes boozy, just enough to give it a tiny almost unidentifiable something extra.” -Emily
3. Rustic Apple Galette – adapted from Tartine Bakery & Cafe
“Tartine is hands down my favorite bread place in the universe, so of course this galette is superb!” – Aileen
For more help with Thanksgiving, check out these posts:
- Turkey: Don’t forget to check out our in-depth post on the art of cooking your bird!
- Pie Crust: We break down our favorite pie crusts to give you some options this holiday season!
- The Plan: How to plan for your Thanksgiving, without stressing!
- Extra Ingredients: Recipes to use extra ingredients after your Thanksgiving feast.
- Kitchen Tools: the 6 kitchen tools you need this holiday season!
- Blogger round-ups: non-traditional desserts, healthy sides
- (coming soon) The Leftovers: Don’t throw away that half-eaten dish! Repurpose your goodies for weeknight meals.