Thanksgiving Dinner Menus
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APPETIZERS


Here are just a few hors d'oeuvres to choose from to start a festive meal.....
if you are hosting and inviting a large group why not ask your guests to share in the fun and bring one of these courses for everyone to enjoy,
it will be fun to include them in making something special and maybe they will receive some 'oohs' and 'aahs' too ....
it also takes the pressure off you to have one less dish to prepare.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes
Blue Cheese Baguette Spread

a super easy, make in advance dip, with delicious flavors enhanced with toasted crunchy walnuts and fresh herbs of chives and parsley.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes
Cucumber Goat Cheese Boats

refreshingly simple and tasty creamy topping with a hint of garlic powder... a great hors d'oeuvre for the vegetarian or anyone.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes
Brie Cheese Tomato Crostini

fresh herbs of basil and parsley topped with Parmesan and toasted pine nuts, perfect with turkey..   
delicious and easy to make!

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes Wonton Baskets Supreme
for seafood lovers, smoked salmon, mushrooms, garlic, Brie and capers
for a crunchy treat before the turkey is served.

Many more Appetizers ...recipes with Photographs:    

Crostini - Cheese and Olive - Mushrooms - Party Trays - Pate Spread and Dip - Chicken and Beef - Seafood - Sweet - Tartlet - Vegan

SALADS


Every good menu needs one or more of these refreshing entrees
here are some great choices for your 
 dinner feast, include one of these salad recipes in your menus
here again, why not let your guests participate and bring one they have prepared in their kitchen, you can all celebrate together
as one big group of family and friends knowing everyone has helped make it grand.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes Mesclun Greens with Asparagus
Toss greens with my best Lemon Vinaigrette and arrange in a 'Lincoln Log' square for a unique presentation

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Fresh Fruit Salad

with grapes, apples, parsley and yes.. diced cucumber. Trust me, this is an outstanding combination. Finish with the dressing...  nice!

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Perfect Waldorf Salad

what would this special meal be without including this fresh
fruit beauty!
Everyone loves this one.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes Arugula, Pear and Asiago What a special treat to serve.
isn't this beautiful? Toss with extra virgin olive oil then add toasted nuts for an interesting crunch.

 


Many more  Salads and Dressings with Photos for dinner

SOUP RECIPES


Many great choices to choose from for delicious menus, I love them all.. for any menu any time ....
I would suggest the serving portions be no more than a 1/2 cup for each person.
Though these are excellent, they tend to be very filling,
it is best to give everyone a small taste leaving them with the concept of wanting more rather than giving too much.

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Butternut Squash Soup
Roasted to heighten and bring out the flavors, very simple and easy to make.  Present by drawing initials of guests for a delightful touch!

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Sweet Potato with Sage

Peppery! uniquely smooth and creamy perfect for any meal with just the right amount of cracked black pepper and nutmeg.


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Vichyssoise Potato Leek Soup

onion, chicken broth, milk and cream.  Everyone loves this soup, it is so tasty with a creamy texture.


Many more  Soups with Photos

SIDE DISHES


Many great dinner choices to choose from,
these recipes are just a few suggestions for your menu...
traditional dishes of sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and a light accompanying vegetable to go well with the 'big bird'.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes Streusel Sweet Potatoes
low fat  delicious side dish casserole of egg whites, fresh ginger, orange juice, apples, laced with Brandy to go perfectly with turkey.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

A must have item for that coveted giblet gravy... these are creamy, not over beaten to retain a desirable texture.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes
Carrot Spaghetti

Refreshing vegetable, fresh, uncooked carrots with oil and seasonings. A snap to make and no fuss to prepare.


Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Enhanced with sour cream, crisply prepared bacon enriched with cheese, perfect!  

 


Lots more Gourmet Sidedishes with Photos for dinner

GARNISHES


It is fun to make this feast even more special by adding some simple and easy to make garnishes to go with your turkey..
here are some you may like and want to make to serve with your special meal

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes Cranberry Turkey
A snap to make... slice cranberry jelly then use a cookie cutter the shape you like, and make one for each guest at Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes
Green Onion Garnish

Simply make several cuts in a slice of green onion then put in ice water. It will fan out to look like a brush to serve with turkey.

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Tomato Rose

Always impressive and a show stopper, just cut a thin continuous strip of tomato skin, roll it up and adjust to look like a rose.   

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes Beet Star
How simple is this....  slice beets then use a cookie cutter the shape you like, and make one for each guest for Thanksgiving or anytime.


Lots more Gourmet Garnishes ... recipes with Photos

DESSERTS


End this beautiful Thanksgiving menu with an elegant dessert ... 

it is rewarding to make this feast even more special by adding some simple and easy to make desserts..

here are some recipes you may like to go with your menus

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes Mini Apple Pies
Individual 4-inch pies baked in advance then topped with a tiny ball of ice cream and dusted with freshly grated nutmeg. 

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes
Blackberry Pie

Served in a tea cup...  how gourmet!  A snap to prepare and an elegant way to serve a delicious tasting pie for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes
Chocolate Mousse

Such an elegant dessert, serve in martini glasses with a dollop of whipped cream, this is a stunning finish to any dinner.   

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus and Recipes, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes Strawberry Soup
Serve in champagne glasses decorated with chocolate syrup dripping down the side for a spectacular presentation.


Lots more Gourmet Desserts with Photographs 

for Thanksgiving turkey dinner menus

SORBET


This is a great time saving trick ....  
open a tube can of frozen cranberry juice concentrate, spoon small amounts into cordial glasses and serve with your Thanksgiving turkey,
it is so refreshing to sip....     try it and see! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Cranberry Sorbet

Many more Gourmet Sorbets with Photographs
for Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner ... recipes and menus

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