15 Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

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Thanksgiving is gently approaching and you may be looking for the best menu ideas. The food is one of the important segments of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was a religious ritual performed to give thanks for harvest and blessings received. Today it is celebrated by everyone and families would gather together under one roof and have a huge thanksgiving dinner and celebration. Everybody enjoys Thanksgiving meals because it is usually very delicious. Today, I will share some great thanksgiving food ideas that you can prepare. You still have time to choose a Thanksgiving meal.

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Best Thanksgiving menu ideas



Butter Squash Soup

This is a simple soup that is thick and creamy. All you need to do is melt butter in a large pan and  add onion, celery, salt, and pepper. After everything is cooked you add squash cubes along with brown sugar and cinnamon. Let it cook for ten minutes until soften. Next, add chicken broth and boiled until squash is tender. You add milk and then transfer the mixture to a blender and served. You can garnish the soup with cream or celery.



Fruit Salsa

Fruit salsa is a great snack for your Thanksgiving dinner. You can use any fruit of your choice. Just wash and dice all chosen fruits and place in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of sugar and Apple jelly. Stir the mixture and then refrigerate before serving.


Stuff Mushroom

If you love mushroom then this will be a good idea for your Thanksgiving dinner. Clean your mushroom and removed the stem. Cook Italian sausage or any meat of your choice for your filling. Mix the cooked sausage in a bowl along with parmesan cheese, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, salt, and pepper. Fill the mushroom with your filling and drizzle with olive oil. You bake the mushroom for 15 minutes until it is brown.



Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprout

Bacon wrapped Brussel sprout is a finger food that can serve as an appetizer. It is very easy to make. All you need to do is wash and cut your Brussel sprouts and roll your bacon on each. Season to your taste and place in the oven to bake for thirty minutes. Serve with toothpicks.



Main dishes

Roasted Turkey

Every traditional Thanksgiving uses turkey as the main course. Turkey can be roasted with seasonings of your choice on a grill or a rack roasting pan. Chop your seasoning such as thyme, rosemary leaves, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add butter to the mixture. Rub the mixture into the skin of the turkey and on the outside. The next step is stuff herbs and onion inside the turkey. Place in preheated oven to 350 degrees for two hours or until cooked.



Roasted chicken

Roasted chicken is done similarly to roasted to turkey. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees and season the chicken with your favorite seasonings. You place the chicken in a roasting pan and bake until it is golden brown.



Honey Glazed Ham

Honey Glazed Ham is scrumptious and mouth-watering. You preheat the oven and place your ham inside until it is cooked completely. To a pan and add sugar, honey to make your sauce. When your sauce is cooked glaze it over your ham at 15 minutes intervals and baked in the oven.


Side dishes

Mashed Potatoes


Mashed Potatoes is a very popular side dish in America. Clean and peel your potatoes. You dice them and then boil until it is soft. Next, mash your potatoes in a bowl. Melt butter and then add milk. You can pour this over your mash potatoes and season with salt and pepper.



Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Crust

This is another option you can try for your side dish. Mash your boiled sweet potatoes until it is soft in a bowl. Add eggs, orange juice, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, butter, sugar and grated orange peel. Mix the mixture and pour it into a casserole dish. For the topping mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, melted butter and pecan. When the mixture is combined spread over the sweet potato evenly and then bake for 30 minutes.



Cranberry Sauce

What is Thanksgiving without any sauce? Place washed cranberries in a saucepan and add orange juice and sugar. You will cook this on high heat to boil and stir often. When boiled turn heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. After it is cooked, let it cool and then serve or refrigerate.


Southern Cornbread Stuffing

Another side dish you can try is Southern Cornbread Stuffing. Break up cornbread into small pieces and add seasoning such as thyme. In a pot on medium heat add melt butter and add celery and onion. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes and pour over the cornbread. Add salt, pepper, sage, and poultry seasoning. You will the add eggs to the mixture and pour into a greased pan when combined. Placed in your preheated oven and bake until cook for about 45 minutes.



Apple pie

Apple pie is a yummy dessert that is very famous. To make this dessert you need a filling and crust. For the crust, you mix 2 cups of flour, two tablespoons of sugar and half teaspoon of salt. Then add half cup of milk and oil and stir with a fork until a dough is formed. Cut the dough in two and shape in a ball. Put one dough aside and then roll the other dough out and put it in a pie pan. Place both dough in the refrigerator and work on the filling.

For the filling add 3/4 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of tapioca, half teaspoon of cinnamon, and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg and combine. Then you peel and cut 8 cups of apple fill in the bottom crust. Roll out the other dough and place over the apples. Cut off the extra dough around and secure the edges. You can brush the pie with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Make slits on the top with a knife and bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes.




Cheesecake is a favorite dessert. In a bowl mix crackers, butter and sugar and transfer to a baking pan. You will bake the crust for 10 minutes. Next, beat 1pint of cream cheese, 1 1/4sugar, 2 tablespoons of vanilla, lemon juice, flour and 5 eggs until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into the crust and bake for about 55 minutes. After this is done let the cheesecake cool and make the cream. In a bowl mix sour cream, vanilla, lemon, and sugar. Spread mixture over cheesecake and bake for 10 minutes. When it is done allow the cake to cool and refrigerate.



Pumpkin Pie

Every Thanksgiving must have Pumpkin Pie. In a bowl add pumpkin puree, eggs, sweet condensed milk, ground nutmeg, salt, cinnamon and ground ginger. Wisk until combined and then pour into a pie crust. The pie crust can be bought in your nearest store. Bake at 350 degrees until the pie is set.



Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie is another delectable dessert you can try. Wisk four eggs and then add one cup of corn syrup. Next add four tablespoons of melted butter, one cup of brown sugar and one tablespoon of all purpose flour. Mix to combine and then add 2 ounces of chop pecan. Pour the mixture into a pie crust and decorate with pecans to suit you. Place in a 350 preheated oven and bake until set. Bake for about 55 minutes.


Wrapping up

Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving because the meals are usually delicious. Thanksgiving also reunites families and friends every year. Make this Thanksgiving memorable with mouth-watering food.

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