Complete Plan for Thanksgiving Dinner (Including the Recipes!)…

Complete Plan for Thanksgiving Dinner (Including the Recipes!)


Whether you’re a first-timer making the Thanksgiving meal, or have some holidays under your belt, you’ll appreciate having it all laid out for you with this complete Thanksgiving dinner plan, compliments of Relish!, the weekly dinner menu and freezer meal service.

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(Dinner recipes are also featured in the Cozi Dinner Decider app for iPhone – it’s the app that learns what you like and don’t like, and sends you a personalized dinner plan each week.)

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

[A] Brined Turkey with Sage-Thyme Butter

[B] Cranberry Sauce with Apple

[C] Apple Sausage, Cranberry and Corn Bread Stuffing

[D] Bacon Green Beans with Goat Cheese

[E] Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

[F] Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

[G] Dinner Rolls

[H] Pecan Praline Cheesecake

[I] Freshly Brewed Coffee

Thanksgiving Dinner Shopping List

Each recipe and side dish above is coded with an A, B, C, D, E, F, G or H that corresponds to items on the shopping list. If you’re unable to make a particular dish, simply cross off everything on the grocery list with that code.

All set? Now get the complete shopping list

Thanksgiving Dinner Countdown and To Do List


  • 2-3 DAYS AHEAD
  • Clean out the refrigerator and make room for all of the food
  • Select and purchase wines
  • Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator if using a frozen turkey
  • Wash china and stemware
  • Polish silver and press linens
  • Make the Pecan Praline Cheesecake
  • Assemble the stuffing, cover and refrigerate
  • Make cranberry sauce
  • Set the table
  • Purchase flowers for centerpieces
  • Sharpen knives
  • Chill wine
  • Gather serving dishes (preferably microwave-safe): bowl for cranberry sauce, bowl for stuffing, bowl for green beans, bowl for sweet potatoes, platter for turkey, gravy boat, bowl or basket lined with cloth napkin for dinner rolls
  • Brine the turkey and let sit overnight
  • Prep the turkey, make sage butter
  • Wrap rolls in foil
  • Put butter in dish
  • Fill pitcher with water and lemon slices
  • Uncork wine, keep white chilled
  • Cook bacon for beans, prepare beans
  • Peel potatoes and place in pot of water
  • Make the mashed potatoes, place in microwave-safe bowl for quick heat-up
  • Prepare and start the green beans 30 minutes before dinner
  • Let turkey rest 30 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and put stuffing and sweet potatoes in
  • During the last 15 minutes, toss rolls in the oven
  • Make the gravy

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