Six Delicious and Doable Thanksgiving Menus

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Late last week, when I was writing my tips for a budget-friendly Thanksgiving for Domaine Home, I realized that this year is my 10th anniversary of hosting Thanksgiving dinner! I’ve never followed that rule that many entertaining experts always quote – the one where you should not make something new at a dinner party – because one of the first major dinners I did all by myself was Thanksgiving in 2004. In Spain. I was 23 and had never made turkey or gravy or pumpkin pie, but I was determined to introduce my Spanish friends to my favorite American holiday. I also had to source a turkey in a country that doesn’t traditionally consume them – luckily, I had already developed a great relationship with Diego, the local butcher who thought my request for a turkey was hysterical. My apartment’s oven only heated on the bottom or on the top broiler, so I had to cook the bird in a friend’s oven. All of these things and more made this Thanksgiving, my first, one of the most memorable meals of my life. I can still remember what I wore!

I’ve gone on to host many more successful Thanksgivings and dealt with plenty of bumps (burnt cranberry, gravy that doesn’t thicken, just made homemade stock strained into the sink, to name a few) along the way. One thing that remains consistent is the inconsistency of my menu: I change it up every year! Before I start to plan the current year’s menu, I look back over what I have served in years past. Since I’m figuring out this year’s menu this week, I’m sharing my last six years of menus and the recipes I used with you. All of these are the actual dishes I made and served, so they are completely doable menus. Happy Thanksgiving planning!

-3Thanksgiving Menu 2013
Fall Classic Cocktail
Smoked trout spread, warm brie, and artisinal crackers
Pomegranate gremolata, spicy greens, and pear salad

Perfect roast turkey
Classic gravy

Barely risotto
My Dad’s old-fashioned Stove Top stuffing
Sweet potatoes with blue cheese
Brandied cranberries

Deep dish caramel apple pie
Vanilla ice cream from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

Thanksgiving Menu 2012
Kale Chips
Tuscan mashed chickpeas with homemade pita chips
Smoked salmon and prosciutto

Deep fried turkey with homemade vegetarian gravy

Mashed sweet potatoes
Spinach and artichoke stuffing
Haricots verts with white beans
Cranberry sauce with bourbon and vanilla bean

Pumpkin cream pie

-2Thanksgiving Menu 2011
Foie gras on toast points
Spicy and smoky almonds
Olives
Onion puffs

Brined rosemary crusted turkey with pan gravy

Mushroom and bacon dressing
Lemony kale salad
Sweet potatoes with blue cheese
Sherried cranberry sauce

Pumpkin butterscotch pie

Thanksgiving Menu 2010
Appetizers by Inger*

Grilled turkey with Italian sausage stuffing

Classic cranberry**
Creamy cognac gravy
Spicy bacon and sweet potato souffle
Goat cheese mashed potatoes
Green beans with kale and parmesan

Caramel cream pie

-4A Down-Home Thanksgiving Dinner Menu 2009
Sizzling garlic shrimp
Baked goat cheese and crostini
Euphoria cocktail

Deep fried turkey and bacon dijon crusted turkey

Chorizo cornbread stuffing
Chipotle sweet potatoes
Blue cheese mashed potatoes
Turkey wing gravy
Classic cranberry*
Champagne, Chardonnay, Beaujolais Nouveau

Pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust and marshmallow topping
Sherry-cask Canadian whiskey

Thanksgiving Menu 2008
An assortment of raw oysters with classic Champagne mignonette
Baked oysters with garlic and parmesan
Artichoke crab dip with crostini
Champagne

Bourbon-glazed turkey with classic gravy
Orange cranberry sauce with dried cherries
Bronwyn’s sweet potatoes
Whipped cream cheese mashed potatoes
Brussels sprouts with bacon and chestnuts
Pinot Noir

Dessert by Inger*

*Inger is my grandfather’s girlfriend, an integral member of my family’s annual Thanksgiving feast.

**I just realized my classic cranberry sauce recipe is not online anywhere. Looks like I will have to make it and share it here!

3 thoughts on “Six Delicious and Doable Thanksgiving Menus

  1. Hola guapa!

    These al look amazing! So which is the best sweet potato recipe? Chipotle or blue cheese? That’s what I’m making this year.

    Xoxoxo
    e dawg

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