With Thanksgiving Dinner in the U.S. less than a month away, you are likely thinking about the menu for the celebration! Today I have rounded up a collection of our best recipe ideas for your turkey dinner! Choose one or make them all; hopefully, this will give you new ideas for your traditional Thanksgiving day!
Thanksgiving Dinner appetizers & Starters
You are going to need some snacks and munchies for everyone to eat before you bring out your turkey and serve up the main event. These easy to prepare appetizers and starters will help to wake up everyone’s tastebud.
Some of these you can prepare in advance and some need to be served right away. Either way, I’m sure you will find something here that your family and friends are going to love!
GRILLED PINEAPPLE MARGARITA
This Grilled Pineapple Margarita is the perfect way to start your dinner. This sweet yet tart libation will help get everyone in the spirit of the day!
HICKORY SMOKED MIXED NUTS
Adding a great smoky flavor to Hickory Smoked Mixed Nuts is super simple. You can pull this recipe together very quickly. Toss it in the smoker for a couple of hours and, voila, you have a tray of tasty sweet and savory smoked nuts for a snack or party. Perfect for snacking on while everyone is mingling about.
GRILLED CANTALOUPE WITH PROSCIUTTO AND MOZZARELLA
This Grilled Cantaloupe with prosciutto and mozzarella is the easiest recipe and you will want to repeat it over and over again. And it’s perfect for serving as an appetizer or starter for your Thanksgiving Feast! It’s quick to prepare and tastes fantastic; your family is going to love it!
Amazing Thanksgiving dinner Side dishes
Everyone knows that sides can make a Thanksgiving dinner! You need to have a good variety of dishes so that there is something to satisfy everyone’s tastes. We have a great selection of side dishes for you to try.
These are all fantastic tasting and will compliment your Thanksgiving table whether you are serving a plated dinner or serving it up buffet style. You need to include a couple of these recipes on your dinner menu!
GRILLED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
There nothing better tasting than Grilled Brussels Sprouts! They are part of a classic Thanksgiving for sure, but the grill adds so much flavor to this dish! After all, there is nothing like the taste of food hot off the grill!
MILLION DOLLAR SMOKED MAC AND CHEESE
This is a fantastic Million Dollar Smoked Mac and Cheese recipe. You, your family, and guests are going to love it. It is super cheesy, incredibly creamy with a great smoky taste. That adds a kick again of flavor to the dish and amps it up to another level.
It’s the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table! Oh, did I mention you can make this in advance and reheat it for dinner, isn’t that great!
STUFFED POBLANO PEPPERS
Grilled Stuffed Poblano Peppers are super easy! Oh, and did I mention really, really tasty! The recipe is simple and very straight forward. They can even be prepared in advance and refrigerated until you are ready to put it on the grill. Easy Peasy!
CAST IRON SOUTHERN CORNBREAD
Here is another awesome side dish to whip up for your Thanksgiving feast. I know you want a piece right now! I think when they invented the cast iron skillet they knew it was for baking Cast Iron Southern Cornbread! This is really the only way to cook cornbread, and this recipe is perfect for cooking outdoors on the BBQ.
Thanksgiving dinner – the main event
Turkey is synonymous with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s what everyone has come to expect, right. But you don’t have to cook the usual roasted turkey; why not try something a little different?
It takes a good amount of planning to put together Thanksgiving dinner so why not take a step out of the ordinary and serve up something really special. We have a couple of ideas for your Thanksgiving table. I know you are going to love them as much as our family does!
This Smoked Turkey is fabulous anytime!! It is tender, juicy with a wonderful smoke flavor. And the buttery smooth gravy, oh the gravy is something else!
This smoked turkey recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anytime you have a special dinner planned. The brining of the turkey is the first step and really makes not only the turkey special but the gravy. I will guarantee that everyone will be back for seconds when you serve this deliciousness for Thanksgiving dinner!
So I have to mention the gravy again, it is smooth, creamy, and has a smoky flavor that is simply incredible! It is like nothing else you have ever tasted, once you make it I guarantee that you will want to make it again and again!
SOUTHWEST GRILLED TURKEY BREAST
If you are having a smaller group of people for Thanksgiving this year why not just cook up this wonderful Southwest Grilled Turkey Breast. It’s the perfect size for a small group and will easily serve 6 – 8 people. It’s quick, easy and everyone still gets their turkey fix; what could be better than that?
The finishing touch
I know the traditional desserts for Thanksgiving are pumpkin pie, maybe apple pie, but this year why not serve up something different, something special! This BBQ Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Cake is like nothing you have ever tasted before!! Cooked in individual cast iron pans on the barbecue, it is a dessert everyone will be clamoring for at this year’s Thanksgiving table!!
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