Thanksgiving Menu 2023 is here! This year, the focus was on keeping it easy and attainable. That means, no whole turkey required! Decadent Herbed Turkey Meatballs with Gravy deliver all the Thanksgiving flavor without the hassle. Pair it along with Sour Cream & Onion Mashed Potatoes, Easy Cornbread Stuffing, and a quick Apple Pecan Salad. And for dessert, a festive Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie to satisfy your festive sweet tooth.
Want the holiday flavors of a traditional turkey but not the hassle?
Enter: Herbed Turkey Meatballs With Gravy.
All of the festivity. None of the “I forgot to thaw the turkey” panic.
Turkey meatballs are seasoned with classic Thanksgiving herbs and spices, lightly seared, and then simmered in a homemade gravy. They’re savory and tender, with a perfectly smooth sauce you’ll want to smother over mashed potatoes.
Make these meatballs part of your Thanksgiving menu or for an easy weeknight meal.
It’s a super easy way to get turkey on the table in less time.
After all — you wouldn’t want to miss out on that traditional turkey-induced nap. 😴
Creamy, dreamy, with a hint of green, these Sour Cream & Onion Mashed Potatoes take your classic mashed potatoes to the next level.
Velvety gold potatoes are boiled until fork tender and whipped with butter, tangy sour cream, heavy cream, and green onions to create a cloud-like side dish.
I love that this is sort of a traditional Thanksgiving dish…and also sort of like an elevated potato chip.
And speaking of chips, these mashed potatoes double as an amazing dip. Serve with potato chips for a crunchy contrast.
This is a simple side dish that takes next to no time to whip up — so you can spend more time with the people you love this Thanksgiving!
Serve with other dishes from our easy Thanksgiving menu.
Easy Cornbread Stuffing
A Thanksgiving menu would not be complete without stuffing.
If you want the traditional dish without the hassle, this Easy Cornbread Stuffing recipe is for you.
Ditch the drama of stuffing a turkey and make a simple baked stuffing in a few easy steps.
Toasted sweet cornbread is layered with sautéed veggies and fresh herbs. A splash of chicken stock marries these flavors perfectly, and the stuffing is baked to tantalizing golden perfection.
All the flavor and holiday festivity. None of the “traditional” hassle.
Simple Apple Pecan Salad
Sometimes you just need a salad to balance out all the other Thanksgiving dishes.
But you don’t want the salad to be too much of a bore, you know? After all, it is a holiday.
Simple Apple Pecan Salad is the perfect option.
It’s easy to make, packed with flavor, and tastes great leftover (…for that post-Thanksgiving meal when you only want to eat salad).
It’s a crisp and vibrant salad that combines the earthiness of kale with the juicy sweetness of Honeycrisp apples. Add crunchy pecans, creamy hints of blue cheese, and sweet dried cranberries. All these flavors are brought together with a sweet and tangy salad dressing made with Dijon mustard and maple syrup.
It’s an autumn salad perfect for a holiday or any other day of the year.
Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
Not everyone is cool with this break from the norm. That’s why Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie is the perfect option.
You can have your pie. And your cookies too. No need to pick sides.
A rich buttery pie crust is filled with a slightly spiced chocolate chip cookie dough, baked until warm and gooey, and dusted with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. Serve the cookie pie warm with a scoop of melty vanilla ice cream.
This cozy, festive recipe smells heavenly while it’s baking in the oven.
Make this chocolate chip cookie pie recipe for a special treat, or serve it after your Thanksgiving meal.
Once people see (and smell) this treat, I guarantee they’ll “make room” for dessert fast.