Three Menus (and the Recipes) for a Fabulous Thanksgiving

stirring_the_potThanksgiving means a lot of things. Perhaps the most import … it’s time to get cooking!

I’ve put together three menus to help you make it through the feast of feasts in one piece. Feel free to use one in its entirety, pick and choose or mix and match. Whatever you cook this Thanksgiving, have a wonderful holiday!



Traditional New England Fare with a Contemporary Twist

To Start
Butternut Squash Soup

The Main Event
Roast Turkey with Mom’s (or your Mom’s) Stuffing and Giblet Gravy  & Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Green Beans & Tomatoes
(It’s not green bean casserole – it’s much, much better)
Mashed Potatoes
(Of course!)

A traditional Thanksgiving seems to cry out for a multitude of desserts! 
Apple Crisp with Cranberry Coulis
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Aunt Anna’s Pecan Pie


Five Course French Bistro Dinner

Entrée – To Start
Wild Mushroom Soup

Plat Principal – The Main Event
Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy with
Savory Butternut Squash & Swiss Chard Bread Pudding & Cranberry Sauce
A delightful casserole of White Beans Provençal with Bacon & Baby Kale

La Salade – Salad
Arugula with Roasted Beets & Goat Cheese

Fromage – Cheese
A Beautiful Platter of Artisanal Cheeses with Bread & Crackers Platter
Dessert – A Duo of Mousse
Pumpkin-Ginger Mousse
Maple Mousse with Apple Compote


A Rustic Harvest Feast Italian Style

Aperitivo – To Nibble with Cocktails
Roasted Almonds

Antipasto – To Start
Butternut Squash Crostini with Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction

Primo – The First Course
Ravioli with Roasted Butternut Squash

Secondo – The Second Course
Roast Turkey with Giblet Sauce, Wild Rice & Mushroom Stuffing  &
Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Carrots & Pearl Onions
Lemon Roasted Potatoes
Insalata – Salad
Lemony Kale & Radicchio Salad

Formaggi e frutta – Cheese & Fruit
A beautiful platter of artisanal cheeses, preferably Italian, and fresh fruit

Dolce – Sweets
Rustic Apple Tart


Bon appétit! * Buon Appetito! * Happy Thanksgiving!

For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click Here!!

What are you cooking for Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. 

Want more? For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click here or Click here for more seasonal menus! © Susan W. Nye, 2015


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