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Complete Thanksgiving Recipe Plan

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Here is a complete recipe plan for a traditional Thanksgiving feast, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, yams, carrots, rolls, honey butter, and apple pie. I’m also including a schedule for your Thanksgiving Meal Prep! When everything is ready, set the table with your best dishes and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal with your family and friends!

A Thanksgiving menu on a white plate.

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Thanksgiving Menu Planner

Making a full Thanksgiving menu for a large group of people or extended family can be a little overwhelming, but with a little pre-planning, it can be done!

I have compiled all of the recipes that I use for Turkey Day, including turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, carrots, sweet potatoes, rolls, and apple pie in one place, to make it easy to see exactly what ingredients you will need to make an awesome holiday meal for your family and friends. 

It’s all here in my Complete Thanksgiving Recipe Plan, which I think are the best Thanksgiving recipes. Print it out and you will be set!

Traditional Dishes You Need For The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu

Here is a list of the recipes and side dishes for a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal that are included here as well as a short description of each.

Herb Roasted Turkey

This is the recipe I have been using to roast my family’s turkey for years. I love the ease of adding herbs and spices to the butter. It turns out great every time I’ve made it!

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Right behind the turkey, mashed potatoes are definitely an essential side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

Not only are these mashed potatoes super creamy and flavorful, but they are also perfect for Thanksgiving because they can be made the day before and heated up for the big meal.

Savory Sausage Stuffing

Another Thanksgiving staple is stuffing or dressing. I was introduced to the addition of sausage to stuffing by my husband’s fire captain many years ago and I was hooked.

You will love the elevated taste of this stuffing and the fact that it is made using Stove Top Stuffing mix!

Candied Yams (Sweet Potatoes)

This is my kids’ all-time favorite Thanksgiving dish. I only make it once a year, but they always request it and talk about it long after the holiday has passed.

These sweet potatoes are mashed and topped with a brown sugar streusel and pecans.

Dinner Rolls and Honey Butter

Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without rolls, and my favorite type of rolls are Lion House Rolls.

They are light, fluffy, and buttery and that is why I am including them with this Thanksgiving plan.

Turkey Gravy

Gravy is one of those things that some people think is optional, but I am here to tell you that it most certainly is not! Gravy ties all of the flavors of the Thanksgiving feast together and makes everything taste even better.

This gravy recipe uses pan drippings from the turkey and is super easy to make.

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

I am not a huge fan of boiled carrots, so I came up with this recipe for glazed carrots many years ago and they have become a holiday tradition in my house.

They are simple to make and go great with the other dishes on the Thanksgiving table.

Apple Pie

No Thanksgiving is complete without pie, and my personal favorite is apple. This recipe is for a Dutch apple pie with a flaky crust, lots of juicy apples, and a crumbly streusel topping.

Thanksgiving Week Daily Meal Prep Schedule

To make sure you are not overwhelmed and have a stress-free Thanksgiving, here is the Thanksgiving prep work schedule.

I suggest you follow this detailed timeline to prepare the included recipes and free up oven space on the big day!


  • Finalize all grocery shopping. The stores get a little crazy the closer you get to Thursday, so get it done early!
  • Begin thawing your turkey, if you purchased a frozen turkey, depending on its size. Click here to find out how long your turkey will need to thaw.


  • Make and freeze the Lion House Dinner Rolls. After shaping the rolls, place them on a greased baking sheet until they begin to puff, not rise. Place them in the freezer for 8 hours, then transfer to a ziplock freezer bag until Thursday. 
  • Prepare the herb butter for your turkey.


  • Boil and mash your sweet potatoes and prepare the base of the Sweet Potato Casserole. 
  • Prepare the Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes. Cover both potato dishes with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate until Thursday. 
  • Make your Dutch Apple Pie.


  • Prepare and butter the turkey. Cook according to your preference. I make mine in an electric roaster. Put your potatoes in the slow cooker.
  • Begin thawing the rolls. Place them on a greased baking sheet and cover lightly. Let them rise until double in size at room temperature. It can take 5-7 hours because they are frozen, so plan accordingly. If you need to speed it up, place them in your oven at 150 degrees to cut the time in half. Bake according to instructions.
  • Whip the Honey Butter.
  • Make the topping for the Sweet Potato Casserole and bake. 
  • Bake the Mashed Potatoes.
  • Make the stuffing. 
  • When the turkey is finished, make the gravy. 
  • Enjoy your meal and all your hard work!

Thanksgiving Grocery Store Shopping List

  • Apples 6
  • Baby Carrots 2 lbs
  • Brown Sugar 2 cups
  • Butter 3 lbs
  • Celery
  • Chicken Broth 3 (14oz) cans (or Chicken Stock)
  • Chives
  • Cream cheese 8 oz
  • Eggs 3
  • Flour 5 lbs
  • Garlic 4 cloves
  • Ground Sausage 1 lb
  • Honey 1/2 cup
  • Milk 1 cup
  • Nonfat Dry Milk 2 cups
  • Onion
  • Pecans 1 cup
  • Potatoes 4 lbs
  • Pie Crust
  • Sour Cream 8 oz
  • Spices: garlic powder, basil, sage, black pepper, salt seasoning salt, poultry seasoning, cinnamon, nutmeg, white pepper, paprika
  • Stove Top Stuffing 14oz
  • Sugar 3 cups
  • Sweet Potatoes 3 large or 1 (40 oz) Can of Yams
  • Turkey 13-15lb
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • Yeast 2 tbsp

Kitchen Equipment You’ll Need

Complete Thanksgiving Recipe Plan

I hope that this complete Thanksgiving recipe plan is helpful to you for your upcoming big feast!

I print these recipes and grocery list out and use them each year, and I hope that you do to!

If you have any questions about the following recipes, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will answer them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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