Our 2022 Thanksgiving Menu – Brown Eyed Baker

Kandace Wysock

This extensive checklist of every little thing we’re organizing to serve for Thanksgiving dinner handles the gamut, from cocktails and appetizers to how we’re making ready and cooking the turkey, veggies, side dishes and, of class, dessert! If you’re nevertheless struggling with your Thanksgiving menu, I hope you are going to uncover some inspiration down below.

Thanksgiving is Following Week!

I have always unquestionably adored the Thanksgiving getaway and am elated when it rolls around just about every 12 months.

While preparing a big food can be overwhelming, I maintain a spreadsheet with tabs for distinctive years to keep track of how several people today we host, what we try to eat, how a lot, if individuals preferred it, how a lot was leftover, and notes for what to transform for the next calendar year. Of course, I am thoroughly THAT Particular person, but it is a LIFESAVER when it will come to planning the food!

And now, devoid of additional ado, is our menu for this year…

This year we are getting 13 grownups, in addition to our 3 children and my cousin’s a person-12 months-aged, and this is what we’ll be feasting on…


  • We normally have an assortment of drinking water, smooth drinks, beer, and wine on hand.
  • A quantity of many years ago, I designed this cranberry cider punch and all people Loved it. It is a non-alcoholic drink, but some visitors selected to spike it with their liquor of choice 😉


I like to preserve pre-food apps and treats rather gentle given that Thanksgiving is these kinds of a big and major meal. This year I am carrying out an assortment of three diverse appetizers:

The Turkey!

I have brined a turkey for the previous 10 yrs, and program to do so yet again this calendar year. Up until finally 5 decades ago, I had completed common saltwater brines with sugar and aromatics, but 3 many years ago, after viewing a recipe in the Wall Avenue Journal, I experimented with dry brining. It was a lot easier and generated an incredibly juicy turkey, so it’s turn out to be my go-to method ever considering that. [Please note that the recipe link above appears to be behind a paywall, but if you Google “dry brine turkey recipe” you’ll find tons of similar recipes!]

We first deep-fried a turkey at least 10 a long time back, and I really do not feel we’ll ever appear again. Everybody agreed that it was the greatest turkey, at any time. We have the Butterball XL Indoor Turkey Fryer, which retains up to a 20-pound turkey (whilst we fried a 22-pound turkey a pair of a long time with out any problems). The indoor fryer is protected, easy to use, and the turkey cooks really promptly. We appreciate it!

(You can go through how we do it in this article –> How to Deep-Fry a Turkey)

Together with the turkey come its duo of accompaniments:

  • Contemporary Cranberry Sauce – I appreciate this chutney/relish-design cranberry sauce and have been generating it for a long time. I also incorporate in a can of jellied cranberry sauce for those people that desire the nostalgia -)
  • Make-Forward Gravy – This is my go-to gravy given that we deep fry the turkey, there are no pan drippings to make standard gravy.

Aspect Dishes

I like to have a range of aspect dishes, encompassing all of the required categories that persons expect to see – stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, greens, corn, and so forth. The quantity you choose to serve fully relies upon on the selection of people you are owning!

  • Stuffing: This year I am going to do my husband’s favourite sausage and apple stuffing, and my aunt will also provide a standard stuffing, much too!
  • Perfect Mashed Potatoes – I generally triple or quadruple batch this so there is enough for supper additionally additional to send property with the leftover turkey.
  • My cousin is bringing a sweet potato dish this 12 months in the earlier, I’ve served up sweet potato gratin and pineapple-bourbon sweet potato casserole for a thing unforeseen and distinctive!
  • Salad! I very first built shaved Brussels sprouts salad with bacon and pecans a number of years ago and am bringing it again this calendar year.
  • Another vegetable dish. My sister is managing this a single, so it is TBD, but in the past, we’ve savored corn and combined vegetable casserole, broccoli casserole, Brussels sprouts and bacon gratin, Brussels sprouts with pancetta, cranberries & pine nuts, and eco-friendly bean casserole from scratch.
  • Corn Casserole – Quite possibly everyone’s preferred Thanksgiving aspect dish!
  • Evening meal Rolls – Some decades I do them selfmade, and some yrs we get them from the bakery. I haven’t resolved which route I’m having nonetheless this 12 months 🙂

(For additional side dish ideas, test out 27 Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Are Better Than the Turkey)


(For a lot more dessert tips, test out 29 Thanksgiving Desserts Worthy of Saving Room For)

I’d like to listen to what you’re organizing to make for Thanksgiving this year!

Are you hosting? Are you bringing a dish someplace? Give me all of the yummy details!

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