Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

I need some new inspiration. What does your Thanksgiving Day menu include? I am looking for ideas from main dish, to sides, to dessert etc. (Links to recipes online if you have them would be great as well.) Many thanks.



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November 7, 20090 found this helpful

I just found this recipe last year, it is great!
Oven Roasted Root Vegetables
1/2 cup mayo
2 LBS assorted root vegetables {I used winter squash, carrots, yams, red potatoes, and onions}
10 cloves garlic
1T chopped fresh rosemary, crushed
coarsly ground black pepper to taste
Combine all in large bowl; coat well. Spread evenly in a shallow roasting pan. Roast at 425*, stirring occasionally 30 minutes or until tender and golden.
I put a bit of olive oil in the roasting pan first.

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

I made this last year for Thanksgiving and was 'Required' to make it again for Christmas! I plan on making this again but have learned my lesson and will double the recipe... the hardest part is making the Cornucopias. A little patience but so worth the praise in the end.


Have a Great Thanksgiving, Laurie

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

One that we make is mashed sweet potatoes. We started making them because of my diabetic uncle who loves sweet potatoes, but couldn't have them candied as they had way too much sugar. It turned out that we all loved them, and make them every year now.


Boil chunked sweet potatoes until tender. Reserve 2 cups of the cooking water from the potatoes, then drain.
Mash potatoes with a Tbsp. or two of butter or margarine. Use the cooking water (adding a little at a time) to help you get a mashed consistency. Add some cinnamon if you like.
Once mashed to your desired consistency, add chopped pecans and halved red grapes.
Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

Thanksgiving Day Sweet Potato Pie
Recipe Courtesy of Nick Malgieri

Prep Time:
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Inactive Prep Time:
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Cook Time:
2 hr 0 min
Level: Easy

Ingredients * One batch Sweet Dough, for a 1-crust pie (recipe above)

* 2 large sweet potatoes
* 2 eggs
* 2 egg yolks
* 2/3 cup sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger


* 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
* 1 1/4 cups light cream or half-and-half

Directions: Prepare and chill the dough.
Bake sweet potatoes for 1 hour at 350 degrees, or until soft. Cool, peel and puree in the food processor.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set a rack in the lowest level. For the bottom crust, lightly flour the work surface and the dough and roll it to a 12-inch disk. Fold the dough in half and place it in the pan; unfold the dough and press it firmly into the pan. Trim away all but 1/2-inch excess dough at edge of pan. Fold dough under and flute edge.

For the filling, scrape pumpkin into a bowl and whisk in eggs and yolks. Whisk in remaining ingredients in order, whisking smooth between each addition. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust.


Bake the pie for about 1 hour, until the crust is baked through and the filling is set. Cool the pie on a rack. For Squash Pie, halve, seed and wrap in foil, one large acorn squash and substitute for sweet potatoes, above.

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

A list of things we have done in the past:

spatch cocked Turkey- split down the back and layed out to cook- very juicy
Turducken- duck wrapped in chicken wrapped in Turkey- all boneless

Roast beef- always nice and pairs well with stuffing believe it or not!

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

Here's one my family likes:

Broccoli and Potatoes

16 oz. jar Cheez Whiz
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) softened butter or margarine
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz. sour cream

2 lbs. frozen hash browns
1 - 10 oz. pkg. chopped broccoli, thawed and drained


1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped onions
2.8 oz. can Durkee Onions

Microwave together cheese, butter or margarine, soup, and sour cream for 2 min. (Stir after 1 min.) Then microwave 1 min. at 50% power, stir. Mix in baking pan (can be sprayed first with non-stick cooking spray) the hash browns, broccoli, and chopped onions. Pour cheese mixture over and mix well.

Sprinkle french fried onions (Durkee Onions) over top and bake at 350 for 45 min. for metal pan. If using a glass pan bake at 375 F. for approx. 1 hour. If it starts to brown, loosely cover with foil for last 10 min.

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November 11, 20090 found this helpful

A few years ago I started serving the small ears of corn you find in the freezer section. Can put them on to heat/cook at almost the last minute so they will be hot when served. I figured they had corn (maize) at the first Thanksgiving and it probably was 'on the cob' not cut off the cob. My family thought I was a bit weird but they came around to my thinking.

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