Great Ideas For Your Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

by Emma W.R. on October 27, 2014

When thinking of Thanksgiving dinner, I’m sure we all have our favorite foods that we look forward to the most. Whether it’s that oven roasted turkey drumstick, mashed potatoes and hearty gravy, or that yummy stuffing! Those foods are staples for your main meal. Throw in some green bean casserole and you got your basic food groups covered! A few years ago I had my first Thanksgiving dinner party. I was responsible for 14 hungry friends and family members and I couldn’t be more nervous! I decided to add a new twist to some of the basic “classic” staples, just to be different. Thank goodness everything was a hit! It might be hard to think of great ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner menu so here are a few interesting spins on what to make (or what to take) to make that Thanksgiving  dinner soar to new heights.

Maple Glazed Turkey
Serves 8
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Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
1594 calories
10 g
662 g
53 g
250 g
17 g
912 g
928 g
9 g
0 g
29 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
912g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1594
Calories from Fat 478
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g
82%
Saturated Fat 17g
84%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 662mg
221%
Sodium 928mg
39%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 9g
Protein 250g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
24%
Iron
88%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  2. • 1/4 cup orange juice
  3. • 1 12- to 15-pound turkey, rinsed and dried well
  4. • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  5. • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  7. • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  8. • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  9. • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  10. • 1/2 cup dry vermouth
  11. • 1/2 cup chicken broth
Instructions
  1. • Heat oven to 450° F. In bowl combine maple syrup and orange juice to make a glaze; set aside.
  2. • Place turkey in a large metal roasting pan, breast-side down. Rub turkey with half the oil and sprinkle with half the salt and pepper. Turn the turkey over and carefully separate the skin from the breast.
  3. • Combine the thyme, sage, and butter and spread it under the skin. Tie the legs together with cooking twine. Rub the surface of the turkey with the remaining oil and sprinkle with the remaining salt and pepper.
  4. • Place turkey in the oven. After 30 minutes pour the orange-maple glaze over the turkey and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Continue roasting, basting with the pan drippings every 30 minutes. Roast the turkey for 1.5 to 2 hours or until a thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165° F.
  5. • Remove turkey from roasting pan and let rest, covered, for 15 minutes. Pour off excess fat from the pan, add vermouth, and cook over medium heat on the stovetop until the liquid is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth and simmer until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes.
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calories
1594
fat
53g
protein
250g
carbs
10g
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Sausage Stuffing
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
560 calories
52 g
92 g
25 g
32 g
11 g
291 g
1053 g
9 g
1 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
291g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 560
Calories from Fat 223
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g
38%
Saturated Fat 11g
57%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 92mg
31%
Sodium 1053mg
44%
Total Carbohydrates 52g
17%
Dietary Fiber 6g
22%
Sugars 9g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
18%
Iron
27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 stick butter
  2. • 3 cups diced onions
  3. • 3 cups diced celery
  4. • 3 cups sliced breakfast sausage
  5. • 25 slices white and wheat bread
  6. • 1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  7. • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  8. • 1 teaspoon salt
  9. • 3 1/2 cups turkey stock
Instructions
  1. • In a large frying pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. • Saute the onions and celery for 5 minutes.
  3. • Add the sausage and cook until browned, about 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. • Break up the bread slices by hand into medium-small pieces into a large bowl.
  5. • Add the seasonings and mix well.
  6. • Add the cooked vegetables and sausage and mix again.
  7. • Add the turkey stock and mix well.
Notes
  1. There will be enough stuffing for a 10 to 15 pound bird and an 8 by 8-inch pan.
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560
fat
25g
protein
32g
carbs
52g
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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
Serves 8
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
295 calories
31 g
78 g
17 g
5 g
8 g
97 g
189 g
19 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
97g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295
Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
27%
Saturated Fat 8g
38%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 78mg
26%
Sodium 189mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 31g
10%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 19g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
57%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
5%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  2. • 1/2 cup white sugar
  3. • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. • 2 eggs
  5. • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  6. • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  7. • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. • 1 pinch ground cloves
  9. • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  10. • 1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
Instructions
  1. • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C)
  2. • In large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  3. • Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.
  4. • Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.
  5. • Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
Notes
  1. Cover with whipped topping before serving.
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calories
295
fat
17g
protein
5g
carbs
31g
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Abby November 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I absolutely love sausage stuffing, in fact I may like it better than the turkey. I will give this recipe a try.

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Claudia F. October 28, 2014 at 8:38 am

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake. Yummo!

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Dana K October 28, 2014 at 7:37 am

For the first time in 20 years I don’t have to cook the turkey – yay! Going to my sister in laws. I have to bring the dessert. Gonna try that pumpkin cheesecake recipe. Sounds yummy. Thankss.

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Sarah M. October 27, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Thank you for such great ideas. I’m hosting my first Thanskgiving dinner for my husband’s family. This makes me even more nervous. Between getting the house in order, work and taking care of my family everyday, I have been a bit slow planning the menu. I love traditional ideas that have a twist to them.

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Jennifer October 27, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Cooking for a family of 4 is one thing, but having to cook for more than a dozen people is very intimidating. This Turkey recipe sounds great and I’m looking forward to trying it. I hope my guests will like it as well.

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Donna October 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm

These are great recipes. I’m always looking for something new to wow my family. I can’t wait to give these a try.

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April October 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

The pumpkin cheesecake recipe has definitely caught my eye. I love cheesecake!

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Brook A October 27, 2014 at 10:24 am

The Turkey recipe looks amazing! Seems like a nice twist on the traditional. I’m going to give it a try. Thank you!

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