The star of the Thanksgiving meal, of course, is the turkey stuffed with my favorite stuffing. This stuffing is made from currants, onions, butter, eggs, and bread - that's it! Its simplicity complements the other flavors in the meal. I did change it this year by adding some toasted walnuts.
The gelatin salads, Parker House Rolls, desserts, and most of the side dishes can be made ahead of time. At the last minute, we're mashing potatoes, making the gravy, and carving the turkey, but everything else is on the table.
And for your grocery list, don't forget to get English muffins, along with Gruyere cheese and celery for my favorite after Thanksgiving recipe: Turkey Mornay.
When you come upon recipes you like, make sure to save them and create your own favorite family Thanksgiving menu.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
My Family's Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
- Crudites platter with pickles, olives, and thin celery sticks
- My Favorite Thanksgiving Turkey
Remember, if you forget to thaw the turkey or you don't have time to thaw it, you can roast it according to Cooking Turkey From the Frozen State.
- My Stuffing Recipe
Once you've tried this stuffing, you will be converted for life.
- Traditional Mashed Potatoes
These perfectly creamy potatoes can be held for an hour over simmering water: that's one task out of the way!
- Antique Broccoli
This rich dish will make even broccoli haters fall in love! Cheese sauce, you see, will fix any vegetable.
- Pear and Greens Salad
This fresh salad with sweet pears is a nice crisp and cool contrast to the other rich hot dishes. And it adds a nice burst of color to the table. Buy the pears ahead of time so they will be perfectly ripe on the big day.
- Parker House Rolls
These infamous rolls are simply the best. And they're fun to make!
- Easy Pumpkin Pie
This simple pumpkin pie recipe is best topped with lots of sweetened whipped cream.
- My Sister's Lemon Meringue Pie
Tart lemon and a light sweet meringue makes this pie a fabulous ending to a rich, heavy meal. We always have this pie along with pumpkin or pecan pie at Thanksgiving.
- Pumpkin Pie
And, of course, what Thanksgiving meal would be complete without pumpkin pie? Whip some heavy whipping cream with a spoonful of powdered sugar and a pinch of cinnamon to top this creamy, heavenly pie. Then sit back and savor the memory of this great meal.