Thanksgiving Checklist and Recipes

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This Thanksgiving Checklist will help you stay sane and organized when planning your Thanksgiving dinner. Here you can find all you need to prepare for your family’s feast with recipe ideas for every dish!

Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving Checklist


A Thanksgiving checklist is incredibly useful because it helps you stay organized and prepared for the holiday, which can be a hectic and busy time. By listing all the tasks, ingredients, and preparations needed in advance, a checklist ensures that nothing is forgotten or overlooked. It provides a sense of structure and peace of mind, allowing you to manage your time efficiently, delegate tasks, and ultimately enjoy a smoother and less stressful Thanksgiving celebration.

Thanksgiving Checklist


Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

To get you started filling out your shopping list, here are some great Thanksgiving recipe ideas for you.  Holidays are always full of traditional meals, but it is a great time to try something new.  So this year, add a new recipe to your holiday menu! Turkey is the centerpiece of every Thanksgiving dinner.  And the turkey is a great place to start when trying a new recipe.

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This Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey from She Wears Many Hats promises a moist turkey and a delicious crispy skin.

The Noshery has a delicious recipe for apple cider glazed turkey breast that sounds perfect for Thanksgiving.

Rosemary Citrus Brined Turkey Recipe

If you want a delicious and moist turkey, try my Rosemary Citrus Turkey Brine.  It is my go-to Turkey recipe every year.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

What is Thanksgiving without the plethora of side dishes? Here are some delicious recipes of classic side dishes for you to try this Thanksgiving.

These Loaded Mashed Potatoes are a delicious spin on the classic side.

Try these Crockpot mashed potatoes from The Pinning Mama.

Try these make-ahead Parkerhouse Rolls from Your Homebased Mom.

These Heavenly Rolls by Lil Luna will make your mouth water.

Add Mom’s Sweet Potato Casserole from Six Sisters’ Stuff to your checklist!

Cranberry Orange Sauce from Damn Delicious is the perfect spin on a traditional dish.

This Apple Cranberry Stuffing from Oh Sweet Basil combines the best flavors of the Holiday.

A Family Feast shares a great recipe for traditional Turkey Gravy.

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Bacon always kicks things up a notch, try Buns in my Oven Green Beans and Bacon Casserole.

Family Friendly Holiday Drinks

Festive drinks can really add to the experience of a Thanksgiving dinner. Especially if your kids can have them as well. Try these fun Holiday drinks your whole family can enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Pies and desserts are mandatory at Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few great dessert recipes I think you will love to add to your Thanksgiving checklist.

Banana Toffee Pie (this may sound strange, but it is SO good!)

Easy Banana Cream Pie Trifle from I Save A2Z.

Cherry Pie Bars from The Recipe Critic.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some tips for time management on Thanksgiving day?

Create a cooking schedule, prioritize tasks, and prepare side dishes and ingredients in advance to make the day more manageable.

What are some traditional dishes to include in a Thanksgiving dinner menu?

Traditional dishes often include roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie, among others.

How far in advance should I start planning for Thanksgiving dinner?

It’s advisable to start planning at least a few weeks ahead to ensure you have enough time to prepare and make necessary arrangements.

How do I determine the right amount of food to prepare for my guests?

Calculate food quantities based on the number of guests and their appetites. Online portion calculators and recipe scaling tools can be helpful.

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