thanksgiving menu dishes in a collage

Choosing a Thanksgiving menu is tough. Gourmet or Traditional? Stuff we will really want to eat? Dishes people “expect” on Thanksgiving? Fret no more. I’ve put together the ultimate traditional AND gourmet Thanksgiving menu just for y’all. You can even mix and match. So pick your faves and hustle into the kitchen, ’cause Thanksgiving is around the corner!

The Turkey (a.k.a Big Bird)

Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

This classic bird by The Suburban Soapbox is called “the lazy person’s roast turkey” and gets a smear of herb butter and a nice roast in a hot oven. Done. Turkey perfection. Sign me up.

roasted thanksgiving turkey

Gourmet Thanksgiving Menu

If you’re feeling fancy, why not try The Flavor Bender’s Sous Vide Turkey Roulade? A roulade is a pounded, stuffed, and rolled meat, and it makes a stunning and unexpected main dish.

turkey roulade

https://www.theflavorbender.com/sous-vide-turkey-roulade-roast

Dressing/Stuffing

Traditional

If you’re a stuffing-in-the-bird kinda gal or guy, this is Simply Stacie’s classic simple, white bread, moist (I use that word a lot because I know everyone loves it) stuffing.

simple stuffing for turkey
https://www.simplystacie.net/2015/11/moms-simple-stuffing-for-turkey/

Gourmet

If you’re gaga for mushrooms like me, why not try Spoonabilites’ Mushroom Dressing? Honestly, I can’t get enough mushrooms. Gimme all the ‘shrooms. (That sounds bad).

mushroom stuffing
https://www.spoonabilities.com/mushroom-stuffing/

Vegetable Sides

Green Beans

Traditional

Yes, I see you throwing shade at this French’s Green Bean Casserole (reprinted here by Epicurious). Deal with it. It’s a classic for a reason.

green bean casserole
PHOTO BY CHELSEA KYLE, FOOD STYLING BY KAT BOYTSOVA

Gourmet

Apparently. GBC is the most hated of all the Thanksgiving sides. I think that’s a bunch of hogswallop. This green bean casserole by Lemons + Zest has bacon and parmesan. What’s not to love about this classic?

Corn

Traditional

I love a good old corn spoon bread. That stuff is dreamy. This Corn Casserole from Neighbor Food is so similar to the one I make year after year.

corn casserole

https://neighborfoodblog.com/2019/10/corn-souffle.html

Gourmet

If you’re looking for a little something different to do with your corn, what about I Just Make Sandwiches (how awesome is that blog name?)’s Edamame and Corn Succotash?

succotash
https://www.ijustmakesandwiches.com/edamame-succotash-2/?fbclid=IwAR3A-TFs8_6BjAw9qT2Re0W56RuLMbZvfVnSbWe0dF2z0W2NocFPnymC7i4

Potatoes

It’s funny–I am an equal opportunity potato person on Thanksgiving. Gimme the dessert-like sweet potato casseroles and the savory, buttery mashed.

Sweet Potatoes

Traditional

Dancing Through the Rain’s “Best Sweet Potato Casserole” looks identical to the one I make, so I am actually going to declare it to be true.

sweet potato casserole

Gourmet

Kale and sweet potatoes get a bad rap, so make them feel special in this gratin by Delicious Meets Healthy.

https://www.deliciousmeetshealthy.com/sweet-potato-kale-gratin/

White Potatoes

Traditional

These Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Create Kids Club are so thick and fluffy they make my mouth water just looking at them. Got picky peeps? Leave out the garlic and cheese–they’d still be delicious.

cheesy mashed potatoes

Gourmet

I love a potato gratin, and if you’re looking for a gourmet potato dish, why not mix them with one of my other favorite veggies in a cheesy gratin like this Rustic Potato and Brussels Sprout Gratin from Nourish Nutrition? Yes please.

potato and brussels sprout gratin

Cranberry Sauce

Traditional

I might skip cracking open a can of the good stuff and actually make a homemade one like this one from Bon Appetit that tastes JUST LIKE THE GOOD STUFF.

Gourmet

If you insist on getting all fancified with your cranberry sauce, check this one out from the Rhubarbarians. It’s gussied up with cinnamon and bourbon and everything nice.

Dessert

I could wax poetic about Thanksgiving desserts for days, but I fully believe that chocolate, pumpkin, caramel, and pecan, all belong on the Turkey Day table (just not in the same dessert, I imagine).

Traditional

We’d be remiss in omitting a pumpkin dessert. To me, pumpkin pie can be a little overbearing by itself, so I love the idea of combing it with pecan praline, like in this Praline Pumpkin Pie from Spend with Pennies.

pumpkin pie with fork

Gourmet

This is the dessert that has graced our Gourmet Thanksgiving Menu ever since I discovered it four years ago. It doesn’t involve pumpkin, pecans, or anything fall-ish, really. And that’s kind of its beauty. It’s an accessible, simple, and a ridiculously delicious end to a sumptuous meal. It is my Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart, and it’s incredible. 

Dark Chocolate tart on holiday table

Well, there you have it. A mix of traditional and gourmet Thanksgiving menu recipes for your eating pleasure. Round out the meal with rolls, some sparkling wine, and perhaps some deviled eggs to start (because I do love a deviled egg). Which recipe stood out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!