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Thanksgiving Food List Ideas: Mains, Sides, Dessert, Dinner Menu

Here is a Thanksgiving Food List to help you prepare or get inspired for your Thanksgiving celebration. You’ll find ideas for Mains, Stuffing, Vegetables, Salads, Desserts and more.

Thanksgiving Food List Ideas: Mains, Sides, Dessert, Dinner Menu

Traditional Thanksgiving Food List

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner consists of a roast turkey, turkey stuffing, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, root vegetable, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie.


  • Turkey
    • Sage-roasted
    • Herb-crusted
    • Maple-roasted
    • Dry-brined
    • Ranch-seasoned
  • Ham
    • Glazed
    • Baked ham with brown sugar


  • Cranberry sage stuffing
  • Dried fruit stuffing
  • Dried apricot chestnut + brioche bread stuffing
  • Sage and onion stuffing
  • Butternut squash + leek stuffing
  • Stuffing made with sage, apricots, rosemary, sauteed onion, turkey stock
  • Brioche, apples, chestnut and thyme stuffing
  • Apple + thyme stuffing
  • Herb-focaccia stuffing
  • Bacon + sage stuffing
  • Cauliflower stuffing
  • Cornbread stuffing
  • Oyster mushroom & wild rice stuffing


  • Potatoes
    • Garlic mashed potatoes
    • Yukon mashed potatoes + roasted garlic
    • Garlic + olive oil mashed potatoes
    • Buttermilk + chive mashed potatoes
    • Brown butter mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes  
    • Maple-glazed sweet potatoes
    • Mashed
    • Sweet potato casserole
    • Sweet potato puree
  • Carrots
    • Buttered carrot
    • Baby carrots
    • Maple-glazed roasted carrots
  • Brussels Sprouts
    • Roasted
    • with toasted almonds  
    • Roasted garlic + parmesan brussels sprouts
  • Green beans
    • Green beans casserole
    • Skillet green beans
  • Beets
    • Roasted baby beets with fresh herbs
  • Squash
    • Sage and butter roasted squash
  • Cauliflower
    • Cauliflower casserole
  • Corn

Other Sides

  • Macaroni and Cheese
    • Three cheese macaroni and cheese topped with buttered panko
  • Broccoli + cheddar gratin


  • Greens, dried cranberries, candied walnut, shaved fennel, roasted pear vinaigrette
  • Greens, candied walnuts, citrus, sherry vinaigrette
  • Spinach salad with dried apricots, red onion and toasted almonds
  • Shredded brussels sprout slaw with apple cider vinaigrette
  • Kale salad with pickled red onion, Parmesan petals, crushed pistachios, lemon garlic vinaigrette
  • Caesar salad


  • Cheese Board
  • Charcuterie


  • Butternut squash soup
  • Mushroom soup
  • Tomato soup
  • Pumpkin soup
  • Vegetable

Sauces + Gravy

  • Turkey gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
    • Cranberry + apple sauce
    • Honey + ginger Infused cranberry sauce


  • Dinner rolls
  • Focaccia bread
  • Corn bread
  • French Baguette
Thanksgiving Food List Ideas: Mains, Sides, Dessert, Dinner Menu


  • Pumpkin pie
    • with crème fraiche
  • Apple pie
    • with vanilla ice cream
  • Pecan pie
Thanksgiving Food List Ideas: Mains, Sides, Dessert, Dinner Menu


  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Cocktails
  • Hot apple cider
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Sparkling Water

About Thanksgiving in Canada

Did you know that Thanksgiving in Canada Thanksgiving is a relatively new holiday?

Check out my post on Thanksgiving in Canada which discusses the history of the holiday, the meaning, how Canadians typically celebrate and more.

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Saturday 8th of October 2022

Thanks for this from this very last minute person! In my defence- I wasn’t supposed to be around this Thanksgiving. Plans changed. And now I’m hosting- as usual. I don’t feel like it. But that’s life, eh?! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Wishing you fulfillment in all you do.