Thanksgiving Dinner Menu When Hosting Family


More is more doesn’t always apply when it comes to your Thanksgiving dinner menu. I’m a firm believer that a highly curated menu can bring satisfaction among guests if done the right way. Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year for friends and family and have no idea where to start? Well, you’re in luck! In this post I will share with you a curated menu that is perfect for any first time host.

I don’t know about your household, but Thanksgiving is a huge deal at my house. Typically Jamaican’s aren’t crazy about Thanksgiving because turkey isn’t our favorite protein but some Jamaicans take it as the opportunity to make any and everything under the sun on that day. My Thanksgiving menu at mom’s usually consists of anything from roast chicken, brown stew chicken, curry goat, oxtail, rice and peas, mac and cheese, roasted turkey, jerk pork, snapper fish, potato salad, collard greens, sweet potato souffle, stuffing, dressing and rum cake. As you can see this is a mish-mosh of items, be it all delicious, it’s basically just a bunch of food that we love year round on one table for Thanksgiving.

My mom is  a saint and usually makes the majority of the aforementioned items all her herself. I usually contribute my famous baked mac and cheese. If you aren’t a pro like my mom then you might need a little help when it comes to the menu for the big day. I’ve curated the below menu of some of my all time favorite food bloggers and food sites to help you navigate creating a menu for your loved ones on Thanksgiving.

It’s important to remember that the menu doesn’t need to be complex and layered, it really should just be straight forward and have the best of the best quintessential items that everyone loves on Thanksgiving.


Cheese Tray

Main Dish:

Spatchcocked Turkey with Anise and Orange

Simply Roasted Chicken

Pineapple Glazed Ham


Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Slow Cooker Garlic Sweet Potato Mash

Skinny Scalloped Potato Gratin 

Parker House Rolls

Classic Turkey Gravy with Thyme

Simple is Best Dressing

Salads/Vegetable Side:

Mixed Baby Greens with Pomegranate Seeds Gorgonzola & Pecans

Green Bean Casserole


Red Velvet Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet Potato Pie



Jamaican Sorrel 

And there you have it folks! Nothing too fancy, but curated enough to where your guests will be wildly impressed.

I love these recipes and though I haven’t made every single one, my mouth was watering as I reviewed each of them for selection.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving for your family this year? If so, I want to hear from you below. What are you making? Which recipe above would you try?


P.S. As a bonus, here’s a good mac and cheese recipe I love.

Talk to you soon!




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