Our 2022 Thanksgiving Menu – Brown Eyed Baker

Our 2022 Thanksgiving Menu - Brown Eyed Baker

This in depth checklist of all the things we’re scheduling to provide for Thanksgiving dinner covers the gamut, from cocktails and appetizers to how we’re making ready and cooking the turkey, vegetables, side dishes and, of program, dessert! If you are still having difficulties with your Thanksgiving menu, I hope you will find some inspiration down below.

Thanksgiving is Following 7 days!

I have generally unquestionably adored the Thanksgiving holiday and am elated when it rolls all over each year.

Although setting up a huge food can be daunting, I maintain a spreadsheet with tabs for various years to maintain observe of how a lot of men and women we host, what we eat, how considerably, if people today preferred it, how significantly was leftover, and notes for what to transform for the pursuing year. Indeed, I am absolutely THAT Human being, but it is a LIFESAVER when it arrives to arranging the food!

And now, without the need of additional ado, is our menu for this year…

This year we are owning 13 grown ups, in addition to our 3 young ones and my cousin’s 1-yr-previous, and this is what we’ll be feasting on…


  • We often have an assortment of drinking water, smooth beverages, beer, and wine on hand.
  • A quantity of many years back, I built this cranberry cider punch and everyone Liked it. It’s a non-alcoholic drink, but some company chose to spike it with their liquor of selection 😉


I like to maintain pre-meal apps and snacks pretty gentle since Thanksgiving is such a large and heavy meal. This yr I am doing an assortment of a few different appetizers:

The Turkey!

I have brined a turkey for the final 10 years, and system to do so again this calendar year. Up till 5 years ago, I had carried out classic saltwater brines with sugar and aromatics, but a few several years ago, following viewing a recipe in the Wall Road Journal, I tried out dry brining. It was less complicated and produced an exceptionally juicy turkey, so it is develop into my go-to strategy ever due to the fact. [Please note that the recipe link above appears to be behind a paywall, but if you Google “dry brine turkey recipe” you’ll find tons of similar recipes!]

We very first deep-fried a turkey at least 10 a long time ago, and I do not imagine we’ll ever search back again. Absolutely everyone agreed that it was the best turkey, at any time. We have the Butterball XL Indoor Turkey Fryer, which holds up to a 20-pound turkey (even though we fried a 22-pound turkey a few of yrs without any challenges). The indoor fryer is safe, easy to use, and the turkey cooks really swiftly. We really like it!

(You can examine how we do it right here –> How to Deep-Fry a Turkey)

Alongside the turkey come its duo of accompaniments:

  • Fresh new Cranberry Sauce – I enjoy this chutney/relish-model cranberry sauce and have been earning it for many years. I also increase in a can of jellied cranberry sauce for those that favor the nostalgia -)
  • Make-Forward Gravy – This is my go-to gravy because we deep fry the turkey, there are no pan drippings to make common gravy.

Aspect Dishes

I like to have a selection of aspect dishes, encompassing all of the required classes that persons hope to see – stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, veggies, corn, etc. The amount you decide on to provide fully depends on the amount of folks you are getting!

  • Stuffing: This 12 months I am heading to do my husband’s favored sausage and apple stuffing, and my aunt will also deliver a conventional stuffing, much too!
  • Excellent Mashed Potatoes – I typically triple or quadruple batch this so there is ample for supper in addition added to mail property with the leftover turkey.
  • My cousin is bringing a sweet potato dish this yr in the previous, I have served up sweet potato gratin and pineapple-bourbon sweet potato casserole for anything surprising and diverse!
  • Salad! I very first produced shaved Brussels sprouts salad with bacon and pecans a couple several years in the past and am bringing it back again this calendar year.
  • Yet another vegetable dish. My sister is managing this one particular, so it’s TBD, but in the previous, we have appreciated corn and mixed vegetable casserole, broccoli casserole, Brussels sprouts and bacon gratin, Brussels sprouts with pancetta, cranberries & pine nuts, and inexperienced bean casserole from scratch.
  • Corn Casserole – Fairly potentially everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish!
  • Meal Rolls – Some many years I do them do-it-yourself, and some years we get them from the bakery. I have not decided which route I’m getting however this year 🙂

(For extra facet dish tips, examine out 27 Thanksgiving Aspect Dishes That Are Superior Than the Turkey)


(For much more dessert strategies, check out out 29 Thanksgiving Desserts Truly worth Saving Place For)

I’d love to listen to what you’re scheduling to make for Thanksgiving this 12 months!

Are you internet hosting? Are you bringing a dish somewhere? Give me all of the yummy information!