Our 2022 Thanksgiving Menu – Brown Eyed Baker

Georgann Dolfay

This in depth listing of everything we’re preparing to serve for Thanksgiving dinner covers the gamut, from cocktails and appetizers to how we’re planning and cooking the turkey, veggies, side dishes and, of course, dessert! If you’re continue to battling with your Thanksgiving menu, I hope you’ll uncover some inspiration underneath.

Thanksgiving is Future 7 days!

I have normally absolutely adored the Thanksgiving holiday getaway and am elated when it rolls all over each individual 12 months.

Though setting up a large meal can be daunting, I keep a spreadsheet with tabs for distinct years to keep monitor of how many people today we host, what we take in, how a lot, if people today favored it, how a lot was leftover, and notes for what to transform for the subsequent year. Yes, I am absolutely THAT Person, but it is a LIFESAVER when it comes to preparing the meal!

And now, without further ado, is our menu for this year…

This year we are acquiring 13 adults, in addition to our 3 kids and my cousin’s one-year-outdated, and this is what we’ll be feasting on…


  • We usually have an assortment of water, comfortable drinks, beer, and wine on hand.
  • A range of a long time back, I built this cranberry cider punch and every person Beloved it. It’s a non-alcoholic consume, but some friends chose to spike it with their liquor of alternative 😉


I like to hold pre-food applications and snacks really mild considering the fact that Thanksgiving is these kinds of a huge and large food. This 12 months I am accomplishing an assortment of a few distinctive appetizers:

The Turkey!

I have brined a turkey for the past 10 several years, and prepare to do so yet again this year. Up right until five yrs ago, I experienced accomplished conventional saltwater brines with sugar and aromatics, but a few decades back, after observing a recipe in the Wall Street Journal, I attempted dry brining. It was less difficult and manufactured an very juicy turkey, so it’s develop into my go-to process ever given 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 very first deep-fried a turkey at minimum 10 a long time back, and I really don’t assume we’ll ever seem back again. Everyone agreed that it was the ideal turkey, at any time. We have the Butterball XL Indoor Turkey Fryer, which retains up to a 20-pound turkey (though we fried a 22-pound turkey a couple of decades devoid of any concerns). The indoor fryer is risk-free, quick to use, and the turkey cooks really immediately. We adore it!

(You can study how we do it listed here –> How to Deep-Fry a Turkey)

Along with the turkey appear its duo of accompaniments:

  • Refreshing Cranberry Sauce – I like this chutney/relish-type cranberry sauce and have been earning it for several years. I also add in a can of jellied cranberry sauce for people that choose the nostalgia -)
  • Make-Forward Gravy – This is my go-to gravy due to the fact we deep fry the turkey, there are no pan drippings to make regular gravy.

Side Dishes

I like to have a range of side dishes, encompassing all of the vital groups that people expect to see – stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, greens, corn, and so on. The total you pick out to provide totally is dependent on the range of men and women you are obtaining!

  • Stuffing: This 12 months I am going to do my husband’s preferred sausage and apple stuffing, and my aunt will also provide a standard stuffing, much too!
  • Best Mashed Potatoes – I usually triple or quadruple batch this so there is enough for supper in addition more to send household with the leftover turkey.
  • My cousin is bringing a sweet potato dish this year in the previous, I’ve served up sweet potato gratin and pineapple-bourbon sweet potato casserole for a thing unpredicted and distinct!
  • Salad! I to start with created shaved Brussels sprouts salad with bacon and pecans a few several years back and am bringing it back this calendar year.
  • One more vegetable dish. My sister is managing this one, so it’s TBD, but in the earlier, we’ve relished corn and blended 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 – Rather probably everyone’s preferred Thanksgiving side dish!
  • Meal Rolls – Some a long time I do them homemade, and some years we get them from the bakery. I have not determined which route I’m taking nevertheless this yr 🙂

(For much more facet dish concepts, check out 27 Thanksgiving Facet Dishes That Are Greater Than the Turkey)


(For much more dessert ideas, check out 29 Thanksgiving Desserts Value Preserving Space For)

I’d love to hear what you are arranging to make for Thanksgiving this yr!

Are you hosting? Are you bringing a dish somewhere? Give me all of the yummy information!

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