Let’s have some Thanksgiving fun! This is a menu post to see if we serve traditional or maybe not so traditional foods compared to others.
Our menu is the same every year and our family and friends look forward to their favorite recipes. This is a feast to feed a large amount of people but we only host this huge meal twice a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Leftovers are enjoyed for a couple days or so and everyone takes a plate or more home with them. So, to start off, we live in Alabama and eat around 2-4 pm, kind of like a late lunch/early supper. Yes, we say supper, not dinner!!
• grilled shrimp skewers
• charcuterie skewers
• veggie tray with dip
• hummus with crackers
• cheeseball with crackers
• deviled eggs
• pickled eggs
• cake pops
MEATS AND SIDES
• deep fried turkey
• baked ham
• roasted duck
• cornbread dressing
• giblet gravy
• candied yams
• green bean casserole
• potato salad
• baked macaroni and cheese
• collard greens
• cranberry sauce
• yeast rolls
• banana pudding
• fruit salad
• apple pie
• pumpkin pie
• pecan pie
• chocolate pie
Ok, now it’s your turn!
– where are you located?
– what time do you eat?
– do you call it supper or dinner?
– what’s on your menu?
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Fun to compare menus!
I thought so too, Michele.
We are in Georgia and all I had on your list was cornbread dressing and pecan pie. Because we want to be frugal and use what we have on hand, we are having pork butt in the crock pot, green beans that we canned, creamed corn that we put up in the freezer, a fresh loaf of bread (made in the bread machine), cranberry pineapple gelatin salad, and a blueberry pie that someone shared on one of the linky parties not long ago since I have blueberries in my freezer.
It will be fun to see what everyone is having!
Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead
Melissa, thanks for playing along! Yes, it will be fun to see what everyone serves. Our menu is quite a bit of food but it feeds a large crowd and we do eat leftovers.
Stuffing with sausage. It’s not Thanksgiving without it.
Michele, I’ve never had sausage stuffing not even when we used to stuff the turkey. Ever since hubby discovered deep fried turkey, he has to have it that way so no more stuffed and roasted in the oven.
We live in CT and almost always have oven roasted turkey, bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy (though I don’t personally eat this), butternut squash, broccoli, and this year Alec is making some jam tarts for dessert.
Joanne, thanks for playing along! Sounds good!!
Oh so fun! Love this. Wow your menu is amazing! Must be fun. This is our usual:
Brined & roasted turkey
Creamy mashed potatoes
Dry chestnut stuffing
In the bird dressing
Sweet potato puree
Creamed pearl onions
String beans or Brussel sprouts
Caramel sea salt chocolate apples
Some type of pumpkin dessert
Obviously I haven’t totally finalized our menu for this year.
Happy Turkey Day!
Thanks for playing along, MaryJo. The caramel sea salt chocolate apples sound yummy!!
I saw your link on the Inspire Me Monday linkup today. Fun idea to compare menus! We always have sweet potatoes AND mashed potatoes. We live in Oregon but have Idaho blood. 🙂 And leftovers for days is my favorite! Have a happy Thanksgiving Dee!
Marielle, thanks for playing along!
Hi, Dee – When we lived internationally, my husband and I celebrated both Canadian Thanksgiving in October and American Thanksgiving in November. Your posts have reminded me that I should do that again this year! 😀 Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!
Two days of feasts sounds good to me, Donna. We repeat this menu for Christmas.
Since our family will not be together this year for Thanksgiving, the three chief cooks (me, my daughter and daughter-in-law–plus any interested others) will cook together anyway. We’ll use zoom to meet in our kitchens (in Maryland, New York and Massachusetts) and slice, roll and talk our way through baking apple pies. Apple pie has always vied with pumpkin for top billing as our family’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert.
A Zoom Thanksgiving sounds like a wonderful idea!!
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You’re welcome Marilyn, thanks for sharing.
Dee, this was fun! Your menu looks amazing! I am not a fan of most foods that we associate with Thanksgiving so we usually do a very non traditional menu that changes every year! We have made homemade pizza in previous years, but we generally opt for some variety of surf and turf. Unless we visit family for the holiday…most of our family members go for traditional Thanksgiving cuisine. But there is always pumpkin pie no matter what’s on the menu! Thanks for sharing and linking up with me!
Shelbee, hey pizza works!! This big meal we have does go overboard but the kids and grandkids are used to it and expect it. And you’re so welcome.
I would love to have roasted duck for Thanksgiving! At any rate this year I am making a small heritage turkey (oven roasted), with Mom’s old stuffing recipe (as much as I can piece together – and even though the family hailed from Kentucky, there was never any cornbread in it. But Giblet Gravy, of course. Homemade cranberry sauce. Homemade green been casserole. Usually there’d be pumpkin pie (so I chose it), but I fear not this year. I have some leftover yogurt cake flavored with orange and lemon zest in the freezer and so this year that’s what I’ll haul out. I mean, there will be TWO of us celebrating rather than ten or more. Haven’t decided if there’d be yams or delicata squash – but certainly neither of those ideas will be (shudder) candied. I am not sure what my friend will be bringing.
Diann, sounds good! The duck is for my son, he loves it. It’s too greasy for me. I always make two, one for our meal and the other one for him to take home with him. The giblet gravy is for my husband, he’s the only one who eats it! Thanks for playing along!
What a fun idea! So many yummy foods on there. We normally have a ham on Thanksgiving, and I very much look forward to that! Then I think, why don’t we have a ham more often? Hehe.
Alexandra, thanks for playing along!
Our menus Kok quite a bit different, since our family eats vegan. I didn’t realize HOW different until I started looking at everyone else’s menus. I guess ours is more plain, but that’s ok.
The main difference is our entree. I usually make one from tofu, sometimes as a wanna-be turkey, but usually just for what it is!
We have as many pies as we can manage to squeeze in!
Always pumpkin, apple, pecan, and this year I’m thinking about doing a pumpkin layered dessert.
Sides are all similar to yours. Always mashed potatoes and vegan creamy gravy.
We do fresh cranberry sauce, which is delicious!
We’ve never done Mac and cheese. I didn’t know that was a thing til I heard the Albuquerque Turkey song!
I did link up at your party and some of our vegan recipes are there, for curious people.
Thanks for your inspiration! Have a great Thanksgiving!
Ridge Haven Homestead
Thank for commenting, Laurie. I’d love to learn how to eat vegan or should I say plant based? I’ve read there is a difference between vegetarian vs vegan vs plant based.
My goodness Dee, you have quite the spread. My husband is requesting ham this year, so no turkey here. He likes to create the menu, and we cook together. Mashed potatoes, gluten free noodles, and I am thinking we will try a Derby Pie this year. It is just the two of us, and our pup so it will not be as much as many folks have. We still have left overs for a few days which I love, no more cooking for several days, yeah for me!
Cara, thanks for playing along. I too love the idea of not cooking for several days. Do you know people who don’t eat leftovers? I know a few, how strange, huh?
Wow! That’s a lot! I live in So California and we are having 6 widows join us for turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, pumpkin bread, rolls, and pumpkin and pecan pie. Simple 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you, Dee, and that you for hosting! I enjoy your questions!
Janine, it is a lot but it’s only twice a year (Thanksgiving and Christmas) that we have this large of a meal…and it feeds a big crowd of people. Thanks for sharing your menu.
Turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, cranberry bread, jello, ambrosia/pineapple salad, cranberry sauce, pumpkin chiffon pie, mincemeat pie. The dressing and pumpkin chiffon pie recipes were my grandmothers. And the cranberry bread recipe came from a children’s book that we read many years ago. We cook a couple of the small boneless turkeys and slice with an electric knife – it saves us tons of time to not have to deal with the bones. May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration, Dee!
Lisa, thanks for sharing your menu with us. Our turkey may be different this year as hubby got a new toy – a turkey fryer that doesn’t use oil, that should be interesting!
We have a large menu too, Dee. We live in Florida but grew up in the Midwest. Our Family have different wants and we try to please everyone for the Holidays.
We start with the usual olives, stuffed celery, Wickles pickles, Pastry stuffed Brie with cranberries and walnuts/crackers. Spiced red cinnamon apple slices and Pickled peaches on charcuterie board…Mulled Cider and Sparkling White Grape Juice Cocktail
Home made cranberry/orange sauce AND the canned jelly cranberry
Giblet gravy, but strained of the giblets before serving in gravy boat
Baked Ham with Apricot Glaze,
Bread Stuffing (inside turkey and in dish) AND crockpot cornbread dressing
Mashed potatoes AND Sweet potato casserole
Green Bean casserole
Mac & Cheese (on top of stove)
Hot yeast rolls with honey butter
Chocolate Meringue Pie
We eat at 1-ish ….(you didn’t ask if anyone eats their Thanksgiving meal at noon or evening) and this is also everyone’s evening meal as we make a day of watching football and eating. People grab what they want and re-heat in microwave, air fryer or on top of the stove. LOL
We make a care package for each guest of the left-overs… with keeping some back for us.
I know our serving bar looks like a restaurant buffet line-up, but it is what it is. 🙂
Oh, Kari, yours sounds a lot like ours! I forgot all about the appetizers and what time do we eat so I just updated the post.
Hey Dee. I live in Western Pennsylvania. We eat between 3-5. We say supper to. The menu is Turkey (ham for Christmas supper), mashed potatoes and homemade turkey gravy, candied yams, asparagus, green bean casserole, homemade rolls, pumpkin pie, cherry pie and apple pie.
I really enjoyed hearing about your family holidays supper. This is a fun post.
Thanks bunches for sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month my friend.
Paula, thanks for playing along and sharing your supper menu!
Lol! I forgot to list deviled eggs, relish tray and homemade bread stuffing too.
Your menu sounds so yummy!
Paula, thanks for that adition.
Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators! We have a mostly traditional dinner. I’m on the MS Gulf Coast. We have just been home with our little kids for the past two years. We have a very special ham recipe created by my grandfather which is so good, stuffing, dressing (yes both most years lol), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, sometimes potato salad, yeast rolls, sometimes cranberry sauce, and sometimes a dessert. We aren’t big sweet eaters. This year I did make what we call striped delight (a different twist added by my grandmother). If we go to my granmother’s we also have a few more items like sweet potato pie, pecan pie, collard greens, cornbread, etc.
You’re welcome, Niki. Thanks for sharing your menu, it’s always fun to see what others are having.