Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many of us are planning our menus and writing down shopping lists.

This year, I’m keeping it simple, since I’ll be working the night before. I’ll share a few menu ideas with you.

My family is going to be in Florida this Thanksgiving! That’s the best gift I could ask for:). I know you get gifts on Christmas, not Thanksgiving, but I’m counting my blessings. My brother is getting married the weekend after Thanksgiving, so that means we’ll all be gathered at my place on Thursday to carve the turkey.

I’d love to hear what will be on your tables this year. Share some thoughts.

Brined Roast Turkey

Side Dishes:

Challah Herb Dressing

Mashed Potatoes

Rice or Barley Stuffing (Rice or barley, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, cheese)

Other Meat/Seafood Dishes Besides Turkey:

Beef Goulash

Turkey Gravy

Honey Garlic Glazed Meatballs

Mini Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff or regular Beef Stroganoff

Baked Sole With Herbs and Breadcrumbs


Garlicky Green Beans

Marinated Shrimp



Chicken and Cheese Roulade

Crunchy Cabbage Cucumber Salad

Smoked Salmon Cake

Turkey Pinwheels With Roasted Veggie Spread

Tomato, Roasted Corn and Avocado Salad

Marinated Mini Peppers


Deluxe Pumpkin Cheesecake

Cannoli Cake

Raspberry “Piece of Cake” Cake

Peach Pastries

Chocolate Shortcake  Bars With Creamy Ricotta Filling

Tropical Fruit Salad

How many of you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house?

Do you have any special family traditions?

What is one dish that you ALWAYS serve?



I am NOT making all these dishes!

This post is about giving you some Thanksgiving Menu Ideas, NOT Olga’s Thanksgiving menu:).

I chose a few different options for each category – side dishes, meat dishes, veggies, salads, appetizers and desserts that I thought would go well together and for would be good choices for a Thanksgiving dinner. For example, keeping in mind that the turkey would be taking up room in the oven, most of the other dishes were chosen because they didn’t need to be prepared in the oven. I chose desserts that could be made ahead of time.

I hope this helps.

My menu will be very simple this year. Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, another meat dish, a few appetizers, veggies and dessert.




  • elena

    On the menu:
    Turkey breast in a crock pot (roast beef recipe) I hope it works out 😉
    Mashed potatoes
    Sunshine broccoli salad
    shuba (if we get a chance to stop at a Russian store for fish) or salad olivye
    Dessert (leftovers from what we will bake for schools 1st graders thanksgiving feast)
    Vegetables and fruits that we plan on “playing” with and eating (ideas from pintrest)
    Our Thanksgiving will be very simple because we have lots going on before and after Thanksgiving Day this week.
    Happy Thanksgiving to your family from ours!

  • sasha

    Olga i love your blog, very unique and you cover recipes that not everyone thinks of and thats what makes it so interesting to read . the peaches pastries are such a throwback , me and my grandma used to make these and i will SOOOOOO be making these ,we also used the beet and carrot juice and it was wonderful to see that natural way again as opposed to the dyes that we have in abundance in america which is nothing wrong using some dyes of course. My husband is American and his parents do a fantastic Thanksgiving spread and this year i will be contributing some by bringing a Medovik cake which im sure you know of.
    The menu :
    20lb turkey
    brown sugar glazed ham
    mash and gravy
    dressing (we are in the South so its not a stuffing LOL)
    green bean casserole w fried onions on top
    sweet potato casserole w mini marshmallows
    various olives and pickles on side
    deviled eggs
    Apple pie and Medovik cake by muah

    Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your wonderful blog !

  • Heather

    Hi Olga, just came across your site and I’m very impressed. Thank you for the menu plan. I love to cook and have a hard time putting a menu together for 26 people. I usually go over board by making too many dishes because I want to give people a variety of dishes but unfortunately I often have a lot left over.
    Looking forward to making your Fluffy Honey Cake for my next gathering.
    Thank you

  • Mila

    i like ur tea mug! 🙂
    thats a lot of good ideas for different parties!
    i just made oreshki with zgushonlka but i really want to try ur Raspberry “Piece of Cake” Cake for next sunday it will be my husband 27th bday! and he really likes varyonaya zgushonka and he wants me to make some kind of cake with zgushonka kakoi bi ti mne posavetivala zdelat?
    thanks! 🙂

    • olgak7

      Thank you, Mila. I like having special mugs for my tea or coffee; it seems to make it more awesome:).
      Happy Birthday to your husband! Have fun planning and celebrating.
      Unfortunately, I haven’t posted a cake recipe with cooked condensed milk on my blog yet, although I do have several great recipes. I’ll have to share those soon:).
      Here are a few you might want to check out, although I haven’t made them myself.
      Mom’s Dish Golden Key Cake
      Natasha’s Kitchen Korolevsky Cake (I make a very similar cake to this one myself, and it’s delicious.)

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