I know that it’s been a wild year, but many of us are still trying to hold on to as much of normal as possible, that’s why I am here planning my Thanksgiving dinner just like any other year. I have hosted many, many Thanksgiving dinners, but I still feel like a beginner sometimes. This year I feel like that is especially true considering that it’s been a long time since I have prepared a small Thanksgiving meal.
So, while I am trying to make a fuss about the holiday in order to make wonderful memories for the family, I am also trying to bring that traditional Thanksgiving feeling into my home. I’ve decided that I will be trying to make only the best traditional dishes for Thanksgiving. I think that due to the lack of travel and the other crowd-related type of activities being off of the table this year, I think that food is the way to go on our quest for the most wonderful, traditional Thanksgiving.
The Best Traditional Dishes for Thanksgiving
Main Course Recipes
Whatever main course you choose, whether it's ham, turkey, or even prime rib, I recommend figuring out in advance what recipe you will be using so that you have all of the necessary ingredients available. Here are some always-popular recipes for main course traditional dishes for Thanksgiving.
Roasted Turkey - Many people cannot even imagine having Thanksgiving without a turkey. If you want to have a delicious, traditional turkey dinner this Thanksgiving, this delicious roast turkey recipe will help you do just that.
Turkey Brine - However you decided to cook your turkey, brining it is an important step! Here’s a great recipe to get that traditional turkey flavor.
Prime Rib - If you are more of a Prime Rib for Thanksgiving kind of family, this melt in your mouth Prime Rib recipe will be a hit.
Ham - Ham definitely tops the traditional dishes for the Thanksgiving list, and for good reason. It’s delicious!
Side Dish Recipes
Here are some of our favorite traditional Thanksgiving side dish recipes:
Corn Casserole - If you have not yet tried corn casserole, you are in for a wonderful surprise! I have found that the Handi-Foil stuffing pan is the perfect size for this recipe!
Green Bean Casserole - Green bean casserole is a must-have for many traditional family dinners!
Butternut Squash Casserole - Let’s add one more casserole to the list of casseroles for this year’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner. You can never have too many casserole recipes, right?
Cranberry Orange Sauce - Cranberry sauce is a must-have on the Thanksgiving table, and this is cranberry sauce with a spin!
Butternut Squash Stuffing - If you want a more authentic, traditional style of stuff at your Thanksgiving table this year, check out this Butternut Squash Stuffing recipe. It’s delicious and much healthier than store-bought stuffing.
No traditional Thanksgiving is complete without a delicious dessert (or two). Here are two of our favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipes:
Apple Pie - Is it really Thanksgiving without an apple pie? There is just something about the smell of apple pie in the air that really brings on that comforting holiday feeling.
Pecan Pie - Many of the older generations that I know absolutely require a pecan pie on their Thanksgiving table. This is an easy recipe that will definitely bring a traditional holiday vibe to your celebration.