My Thanksgiving Menu

Hosting Thanksgiving this year and don’t know where to start? Today I’m sharing the perfect Thanksgiving menu to feed a crowd!

Living the expat life means two things when it comes to Thanksgiving.

First, thanksgiving feels more important to me than in previous years. It’s already one of my favorite holidays and I look forward to the meal almost as much as Christmas. But living outside of the US adds even more nostalgia, if that’s even possible.

Second, living here but having a spouse on an American schedule means that these are precious days off to travel. We’re planning a getaway for the long weekend, as are most of our friends. Ergo, we’re not celebrating Thanksgiving on actual Thanksgiving day.

All of that to say: I’m essentially treating the entire month of November as Thanksgiving to maximize eating all our favorite goodies!

So to inspire your own table this year, I’m sharing my dream Thanksgiving menu!

Thanksgiving Menu

Main Dish

The main event: turkey, of course. While I haven’t shared my recipe online, I brine the bird for 24 hours in a mixture of seasonings before roasting it. This seems cumbersome, but I’ve found the best way to brine it is by chucking it all in a cooler so you’re not filling the entire fridge with the mixture. Ina Garten’s looks pretty similar to how I’ve done it in the past.

Side Dishes


Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Sauteed Green Beans with Scallions

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Glazed Carrots with Walnuts

Thanksgiving Veggie Casserole

Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese

Corn Pudding

Creamed Kale

Sweet Potato Gratin

Honey Rolls

Skillet Cornbread

Parmesan Roasted Butternut Squash

Peas with Pancetta

Cranberry Sauce


Nothing says the holidays like classic apple pie! | Teaspoon of Nose

Pumpkin Brownie Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie

Streusel Caramel Apple Pie

Custard Pie

Pumpkin Cupcakes

These maple cider roasted carrots will break you out of that "what's for dinner" rut, but are tasty enough to make it onto your holiday table! | Teaspoon of Nose

Whew! It’s a ton of food, I know. But I love side dishes, and Thanksgiving only comes once a year!

Also, don’t forget that Thanksgiving is a team sport. Don’t love pies? Ask someone else to bring them! Turkey not your thing? See who else might brave the bird.

Need more Thanksgiving inspiration? Check out Pinterest for a never-ending stream of ideas!

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