My 2020 Thanksgiving menu

I am sure by this point you have your Thanksgiving menu sorted, whatever it might be. But even so, I thought I’d share some last-minute inspiration in what I decided to make for my first ever Thanksgiving — one like no other.

I pan to scale down most of the recipes below since we’re just going to be two diners, but I am going to make a full turkey (we love leftovers!) and a full pan of stuffing (it’s Matthew’s favorite) and two pies because why the hell not.

I sincerely hope I won’t be cooking Thanksgiving dinner next year, but maybe one or two of these dishes will make the cut and I’ll be able to share them with my family in 2021, something I’d be truly thankful for.

Without further ado, here’s my menu. Happy Thanksgiving.

Rodney Scott’s spatchcocked smoked turkey

Image courtesy Food & Wine

The Pioneer Woman’s best homemade cranberry sauce

Image courtesy The Pioneer Woman

Food 52 stovetop green bean “casserole”

Image courtesy Food 52

Claire Saffitz cheesy sausage and sage stuffing

Image courtesy Epicurious

Angela Garbacz vegan pesto babka

Taste of Home pecan-coconut pie

Perfectly Golden apple pie with oat streusel

Image courtesy Goldenrod Pastries Facebook page


I will try PW’s cranberry sauce as I love homemade—and have a lot of NH maple syrup on hand! Another fave is the NY TIMES cranberry-jalapeño sauce recipe, which is especially good with leftovers or turkey sandwiches. Since discovering Food52’s stress-free vodka pie dough recipe a few years back, it’s been a real game changer for me. Happy Thanksgiving!

Leave a Reply