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Whether you’re hosting a ‘Friendsgiving’ or cooking for the whole family, these recipes are guaranteed to have your loved ones begging for seconds. With everything from showstopping main dishes to fresh salads and comforting sides, you can create your entire Thanksgiving Menu with these fabulous family-favorite dishes!
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I get very excited to share my Thanksgiving Menu with you all every year, but I’m especially thrilled this year! Over the past couple of months, I’ve been cooking up a storm, testing tons of recipes and sharing them with you. We’re bringing all these beautiful dishes together and the beloved classics to create the ULTIMATE Thanksgiving Menu!
This collection is a ‘one-stop shop,’ so to speak; you can find everything from appetizers and drinks to desserts and sweet treats. I’ve also included a list of commonly used ingredients to keep your kitchen well-stocked around the holidays. No matter the size of the crowd or the amount of food you make, you’ll be sending folks home with full bellies and big smiles!
Commonly Used Ingredients For Thanksgiving
This list of ingredients does not include all the things you’ll need to make these dishes, but they are ones you’ll want to have on hand for holiday cooking…
- Chicken Stock
- Seasoning Blends
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Whipping Cream
- Fresh Herbs
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Appetizers and Finger Foods
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Classic Thanksgiving Side Dishes
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How Much Do You Serve On Thanksgiving?
Personally, I’m a huge fan of Thanksgiving leftovers so I generally make more food than I think we’ll need. For my family of 6, plus a few friends, I prepare 2 appetizers, 4 side dishes, 1 main dish and a couple desserts. That being said, there’s no perfect answer for how much food to make on holidays.
The amount of side dishes that you prepare depends entirely on the preferences of your guests and the number on people you’re hosting. Here are the general portion sizes I use…
- Dips: 3 ounces of dip per person
- Small Bites: 3-5 bite sized portions per person
- Stuffing or Dressing: ½ – ¾ cup per person
- Turkey: 5 – 7 ounces per person, about half a pound
- Dessert: 1 slice of pie per person, a nine inch pie will serve about 8 people
- Salads: 1-2 cups of salad per person
- Mashed Potatoes or Yams: ¾ – 1 cup of potatoes per person
- Cranberry Sauce: ¼ – ⅓ cup per person
- Ham: 4 – 6 ounces per person, about 1.5 pounds per person of bone-in ham
- Drinks: 2 servings per person, about 10-12 ounces per person