10 Thanksgiving Dishes We All Expect To See

ten best thanksgiving dinner dishes







The essential Thanksgiving dishes

Now that Halloween is over, the holiday season has officially begun. While it might be enticing to go into full Christmas mode, you don’t want to miss out on the great things that come in November. With the leaves falling and the temperatures dropping, autumn is a great time to spend with family and friends. And there is one way that is sure to get the whole family together: FOOD!

Of all of the holidays, Thanksgiving is the undisputed king of food. Every year we get together with loved ones to give thanks for the blessings we have received…and to indulge in some of the tastiest foods in our recipe books. Anyone who has hosted a Thanksgiving dinner knows that cooking a multi course meal for a large number of people is never easy. It can also be helpful to have guests bring a dish to add to the menu. While some people may use Thanksgiving dinner as a time to test out a new recipe they came across, there are a selection of foods that are Turkey Day mainstays.

Here are the 10 Thanksgiving dishes that everyone looks forward to (and expects) when they get together for Thanksgiving dinner:


Thanksgiving day Turkey meal

Can’t have Turkey Day without a turkey








The centerpiece, the main dish, the pièce de résistance. When it comes to Thanksgiving, turkey is front and center. You can prepare it in any number of ways, whether it is roasted, smoked, deep-fried, or grilled. Your guests will look forward to eating turkey more than any other dish. Gathering around the table with your family and carving into the turkey is a tradition that will live on in American households forever. Serve the turkey in style this year on a personalized Thanksgiving platter that will make all of your guests jealous!


thanksgiving day stuffing

Garnish with onions and celery for a classic taste








Nothing goes better with turkey than stuffing. Although not everyone may look forward to the stuffing as much as the turkey, no Thanksgiving menu is complete without it. To spice up this classic side this year, consider adding bits of bacon or sausage to the mix. Preparing the stuffing is not a glorious job, brighten it up a bit with a personalized Thanksgiving apron to make it a little better.


gravy thanksgiving day side dish

Don’t rock the gravy boat!








The best way to protect against the dreaded dry turkey or overcooked meal is a flavorful gravy. No matter what kind you prefer, gravy is the essential Thanksgiving Day topping. And why stop at just covering the turkey? The great thing about gravy is that it makes every dish a little more delicious! Transport all of your gravy boats from table to table really easily with a Thanksgiving-themed serving tray!

Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce thanksgiving dinner side dish

Tastes best when it’s shaped like the can!








Cranberry sauce may possibly the most divisive side dish in all of Thanksgiving. It seems that when it comes to this side; you either love it or hate it. Whether you make it yourself, or just get a can of it from the grocery store, just make sure you have some on the table for that one uncle that can’t get enough.


thanksgiving day dinner rolls

The ultimate scrap picker-uper








How else are you going to soak up all of the leftover gravy on your dinner plate? Dinner rolls are a quick and easy way to bring a neutral dish to the table. This staple of Thanksgiving dinner brings a buttery and flakey taste that everyone will have at least one of. Serve you rolls in a unique way with a personalized serving tray that can honor your family name.

Sweet Potatoes

thanksgiving dinner mashed sweet potato

Make with brown sugar for extra sweetness








Maybe not the first potato dish that you think of, sweet potatoes offer a unique taste that can explain why they’re found so often at Thanksgiving dinner. Sweet potatoes even have an orange color that matches the style of Fall. This dish can be topped off with roasted marshmallow to make for a sweet and savory side.

Green Bean Casserole

thanksgiving day green bean casserole

The tastiest way to eat your veggies










Although it may be difficult to get little kids (or sometimes even adults) to eat their vegetables, this is not the case when it comes to a delicious green bean casserole. This is the closest to a “healthy option” that you will find among our classic dishes but that doesn’t mean it can’t taste great! This dish is going to be hot so make sure you pick up a custom potholder to protect your hands.

Mashed Potatoes

mashed potatoes thanksgiving dinner

Plain, cheesy, soaked in gravy. It’s all good








The final side dish found at every Thanksgiving dinner is a pile of warm and delicious mashed potatoes. You might be someone who likes their mashed potatoes with chunks of potato inside, or you may prefer a more creamy texture, you may even pack ‘em full of cheese! However it is you decide to prepare this dish, mashed potatoes just seem to taste better on Turkey Day.

Pecan Pie

pecan pie thanksgiving dinner dessert

No matter how you pronounce it, it’ll taste good








Now that you’ve stuffed yourself with delectable entrees, it is time for the desserts! Pecan pie is the perfect fall treat to offer to all of your family and friends. Nothing says old fashioned comfort food like a delicious pecan pie. A good pecan pie recipe is something that needs to be cherished! You can keep in stored safely until next Thanksgiving with a custom recipe card box.

Pumpkin Pie

thanksgiving dinner pumpkin pie dessert

The coup de grâce








While pecan pie may be popular in a few crowds, there is no debating that pumpkin pie is the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert. The mix of pumpkin and cinnamon, topped off with a dollop of whipped cream, can send your taste buds to the moon. What makes pumpkin pie so special is that it is not very common outside of this one day. It was given one day to shine, and it shines bright. When it comes to pumpkins, why stop at just pie? From doormats to house flags, there are many ways to welcome your guests over with a pumpkin theme!


If you’re looking to avoid some stress this November, make sure to have these Thanksgiving dishes on your menu so that everyone will be satisfied. Prepare your house for a whole lot of guests and commotion with some personalized kitchen decor that is sure to impress.

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