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Thanksgiving Menu Including Grocery List & Recipes

This Thanksgiving Menu includes two entree selections, six side dishes, and two desserts.  I have included a grocery list of ingredients along with links to recipes for each dish.

Free printables are included for both the menu and a matching blank shopping list so you can fill in the items you need.

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Is this your first time hosting Thanksgiving? You will want to see my Thanksgiving Dinner Clean-Up Tips.

Citrus and Herb Brined Baked Turkey for Thanksgiving

This is a traditional Southern Thanksgiving menu which is what my family loves. Even if we can convince folks to try something new for Thanksgiving, they insist upon keeping the old favorites as well. My philosophy is, If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

Also see our November Meal Plan for a whole month’s meals with recipes.

Table of Contents

Printable Thanksgiving Menu complete with Recipes and Grocery list for Ingredients. #Thanksgivingmenu

All recipes are linked for your convenience. Bookmark this page to easily return. We are beginning this Thanksgiving Menu with a delicious recipe for a roasted turkey!

Click the title of each recipe to get the printable recipe and instructions.

Citrus and Herb Brined Roasted Turkey

Grocery List of Ingredients:

  • 3 Oranges
  • 3 Lemons
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 Garlic
  • 1 bunch of fresh rosemary
  • Fresh Thyme
  • 3-4 stalks of fresh Celery

Crockpot Brown Sugar and Pineapple Glazed Ham

Crockpot Brown Sugar and Pineapple ham recipe. Turn a classic ham into a delicious and beautiful holiday dish

Grocery List of Ingredients:

  • 1 Butt portion ham (about 7 lbs.)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) sliced Pineapple in heavy syrup
  • ¾ Cup brown sugar
  • 9-12 whole cherries in syrup

Southern Cornbread Dressing

How to make Cornbread Dressing from scratch southern style. Southern Cornbread Dressing recipes. #Thanksgivingfood #CornbreadDressingrecipe

My printable Cornbread Recipe follows. GO HERE to see the video of this dish being prepared.

Grocery List of Ingredients

  • About 6 Cups of Crumbled Cornbread
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Can Cream of Celery Soup
  • 1 Large Sweet onion
  • 1 Cup Chopped Celery
  • 2 Tbsp Sage
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper
  • 3-5 Cups of Chicken Broth

Also see, How To Preserve Chicken Broth, freezer and water bath canning methods are included.

Cornbread Recipe

Ingredients Needed to make Cornbread for the Dressing

  • 2 Cups Self Rising Corn Meal Mix
  • 1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar (Optional)
  • 3 Tbsp. Oil
Broccoli Bacon Salad recipe. How to make Broccoli Salad. Broccoli Bacon and Raisin Salad. Summer Salad with Broccoli. #broccolisalad #summersalad #BroccoliBaconSalad

Broccoli Bacon Salad

Grocery List of Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch of fresh Broccoli
  • 1 Small sweet onion
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • 1 Cup Pecans

Dressing for Broccoli Salad Ingredients

  • ¾ Cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar
Made from scratch Mashed Potatoes recipe

Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Grocery List of Ingredients

  • About 4 medium Russet potatoes
  • About 1/2 Cup of milk
  • 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion Powder (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Keep your mashed potatoes warm in a Slow Cooker on the Low or Warm Temperature. Line the Slow cooker first with one of these disposable liners for easy cleanup.

Pecan glazed green beans

Pecan Glazed Green Beans

Grocery List of Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. Fresh Whole Green Beans
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
How to cook Roasted Butternut Squash. Easy Roasted Butternut Squash recipe. Delicious Fall side dish. #butternutsquash #sidedish #easyrecipe #recipe #fallfood #squashrecipe

Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

Grocery List of Ingredients

  • (1) 3-4 lb fresh Butternut Squash
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. Robust Olive Oil
Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese easy recipe. How to make creamy and cheesy Macaroni and Cheese in the Crockpot. #Crockpotrecipe

Crockpot Macaroni & Cheese

Grocery List of Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Dry Elbow Macaroni
  • 4 Cups Shredded Cheese
  • (1) 13 oz. Can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups 2% Milk
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Dry Mustard
  • 1 tsp. White Pepper
Easy Recipe for Chocolate Pecan Pie. No mixer needed because you stir this by hand and there are only six ingredients. #chocolatepie #pecanpie #Choctoberfest #dessert #easyrecipe

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Grocery List of Ingredients

  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 Jar (12oz) Hot Fudge Topping
  • 2 Cups Pecan, halves
  • (2) 9 in. Unbaked Pie Shells
Strawberry Cake recipe

Stacy’s Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Grocery List of Ingredients

  • 1 Box White Cake Mix
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cups sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Self-Rising Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh or Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Oil 
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
Printable Thanksgiving Menu complete with Recipes and Grocery list for Ingredients. #Thanksgivingmenu

Now that you have a good Southern Thanksgiving menu plus the recipes, you are all set to fill out your Thanksgiving grocery shopping list and get cooking.

Add these aluminum foil disposable pans to your list because they make life so much easier on Thanksgiving day. You have to love a baking dish you can throw away.

These tin foil containers with lids are good for guests to take home some leftovers for later.

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Print the above Menu HERE

Print the matching blank Shopping List HERE

Printable Thanksgiving Menu complete with Recipes and Grocery list for Ingredients. #Thanksgivingmenu

Original publication Nov. 18, 2018, Updated Nov. 7, 2022

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  2. Sorry to hear about your mom, Shirley. Mine has been gone now for coming up on 14 years, and I still miss her. I’m excited about your Stress Less for the Holidays series. This will be fun to follow. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Lorelai. I’m sorry that you have lost your mother also. I’m excited about the Stress Less Series myself. I’m trying to create less stress in my own life with these great ideas, hints, tips and do ahead dishes. We host Thanksgiving dinner at our house. I’m excited about it just talking about it. LoL

    1. I agree Kristen, it is only a few weeks out of the year to post Thankfulness. I consider it to be a way of ministering to others. Love your Tastiest Thanksgiving Ever series and looking forward to all the great recipes you will be sharing with us.

    1. Anna, we live in the USA. Thanksgiving is celebrated the last Thursday of November. This tradition began with a proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln back in 1863. It is good to know that other countries also have a day to celebrate their own Thanksgiving traditions.

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