What’s Your Menu Style? Find Your Perfect Menu
Menu coordination to fit all the special diets. Cleaning to make your space spotless. Designing seating charts to make sure everyone is seated next to people they like. We get it: Hosting Thanksgiving is stressful enough as it is.
No matter what kind of spread you want to serve up, from traditional to totally hands-off (but still full of homemade flavors), we have you covered with these delicious dinner combos and themes for inspiration. Check out these three sample menus — a classic menu, a menu with international flavors … and one that involves zero cooking (just reheating).
If you’re an apron-clad entertainer, try: Classic Thanksgiving Menu
You want to recreate those quintessential 1940s holiday dinner cartoons in real life. You dream of having your tablescape pictured on the cover of a magazine. You’re a match made in culinary heaven for this just-like-grandma-made Thanksgiving menu!
Including an elegant turkey centerpiece that is as juicy as it is Instagrammable, this traditional holiday meal features all your favorites but with tiny twists to help lean into flavor-packed, real food. From green bean casserole with a buttery panko bread crumb topping to mashed potatoes-made-better with a dose of parsnips (for a pleasant hint of sweetness), these recipes are sure to earn you five-star reviews.
- Brown Sugar-Brined Turkey
- Classic Butternut Squash Soup
- Panko-Crusted Green Bean Casserole
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips
- Mushroom Stuffing with Shallots and Fresh Herbs
- Classic Gravy
- Orange Cranberry Sauce
- Buttermilk Rolls
- Pumpkin Apple Pie
If you’re just dipping your toe into entertaining, try: I Don’t Want to Cook Thanksgiving Menu
While you wouldn’t win the trophy for “worst cook in the country,” semi-homemade meals are more in your wheelhouse than from-scratch dinners. Enter our menu. It’s the perfect option if you were originally amped to host Thanksgiving dinner … and still are amped, but would rather focus on the hosting and not the cooking. Even novice cooks can get the entire seven-course meal on the table pretty quickly. All you have to do is order online, pick up your food in our store and heat it up. It’s kind of like the food version of magic.
Our classic roast turkeys are raised with no antibiotics, ever. It tastes amazing unadorned ... but just gets better when drizzled with savory gravy. Alongside, serve steaming mashed potatoes, herbaceous stuffing, fight-over-the-last-bite cranberry sauce and fresh green beans. Enjoy a scoop of each, but make sure to save room for a glass of wine and a slice of warmly spiced, flaky-crusted pumpkin pie to finish the celebration off on a spirited and sweet note.
- Classic Roast Turkey
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Traditional Herb Stuffing
- Holiday Turkey Gravy
- Cranberry Orange Sauce
- Green Beans with Crispy Garlic and Parsley
- Pumpkin Pie
If you’re constantly searching for flavors from around the world try: Globally-Inspired Thanksgiving Menu
You’re constantly seeking out ingredients from across the globe. Some days, you feel more at home visiting a new land than you do in your own bed. Your adventurous palate is made for this Peruvian-style Thanksgiving Menu designed by Molly Siegler from the Whole Foods Market Culinary Development Team.
This bold menu is centered around one of the fastest-growing food trends of 2018: contrasting flavors. Sweet corn + spicy chile peppers, earthy sweet potatoes + tart lime, nutty quinoa + tangy pickled carrots; this adventurous meal will take your taste buds on a trip to Peru — all without leaving your cozy home.
- Citrus-Brined Turkey with Roasted Onions. Use this turkey recipe, but add 4 wedged yellow onions to the roasting pan halfway through roasting the turkey.
- Aji Amarillo Gravy. This gravy is inspired by the bright yellow chile sauce served with Peruvian meat dishes. Look for aji amarillo chile paste and whisk 1 teaspoon of it into the roux of this gravy recipe.
- Corn Pudding with Chiles. Experiment with the chiles in this recipe, and see if you can find a Peruvian variety to swap in for the green chiles.
- Quinoa Pilaf with Herbs, Pickled Carrots and Raisins. Make quinoa using this recipe. While the quinoa cooks, combine 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon sweetener (honey or yacon syrup if you can find it!), ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and ¼ teaspoon salt, and bring just to a boil. Pour the mixture over 1 cup shredded carrots and 1/3 cup raisins and allow to cool completely. Combine cooked quinoa with the pickled carrot and raisin mixture and add a handful of fresh cilantro and mint just before serving.
- Roasted Yuca and Sweet Potatoes with Lime. Skip the paiche in this recipe and add yuca to the recipe for an unexpected sweet potato side.
- Alfajores Apple Pie with Shortbread-Style Crust and Dulce de Leche. Make this apple pie and serve it with premade (or homemade!) dulce de leche. The dessert sauce is essentially cooked sweetened condensed milk, so it’s simple enough to make but also easy to find already finished.
There’s no right or wrong way to Thanksgiving — you can be a traditionalist, like a little twist on tradition or prefer to avoid the whole cooking thing altogether. All that really matters is that you have good food.