Thanksgiving Menu Ideas 2013


The best Thanksgiving Menu Recipe Ideas for 2013: appetizers, desserts, main course, drinks.

Thanksgiving is upon us once again and Americans will be stuffing themselves on turkey, stuffing and their favorite side dishes in just one more day.  I have to say, the holiday really snuck up on me this year after being gone most of the month of November!  I was in D.C. with Mr. Wishes for a business trip for four days, turned right around and left for a two week vacation right after that.  Slow down there, time!

So, to honor the holiday, I thought I’d throw out some recipes for those looking to try something new and hopefully create some new traditions.

I know that most of you have already outlined what you’ll be making on the big day weeks (or even months) ago….but I wanted to make your lives easier in case you are a procrastinator like me 🙂

Take your pick: I’ve got boat loads of great recipes for you to choose from!  Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!


Crock Pot Spiced Hot Apple Cider Recipe.  Great for a party, Thanksgiving, Potluck or Christmas!

Crock Pot Hot Apple Cider

Apple Cider Floats Recipe made with ginger al and perfect for fall!

Apple Cider Floats


Pepperoni Pizza Bread made at Russo's Clubhouse Pizza in Greece, New York.

Pepperoni Pizza Bread

Toffee Apple Dip. Perfect anf quick dip to make for a snack at a fall party.

Toffee Apple Dip

Side Dishes:

Homemade Bread Stuffing for Thanksgiving with craisins, onions, celery and poultry seasoning. Perfect for a smaller turkey!

Homemade Bread Stuffing

Garlic Smashed Potatos from the New York Wine and Culinary Center

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Green Bean Casserole.  Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Green Bean Casserole

Crock Pot Cinnamon Applesauce. Made in the slow cooker. Easy!

Crock Pot Cinnamon Applesauce

Homemade garlic knots

Garlic Knots

Crispy Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe. Great for a Thanksgiving side dish!

Crispy Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Main Course:

Thanksgiving Turkey stuffed with rosemary, sage, apple, onion and cinnamon stick. Great for any holiday!

Thanksgiving Turkey

Slow Cooker Crock Pot Holiday Ham with Pineapple, Brown Sugar, and Sprite.

Crock Pot Holiday Ham


Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with Gingersnap Crust made with Perry's Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe. Great for fall, Halloween, of Thanksgiving/Christmas breakfast!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Blondies made with butterscotch and white chocolate chips

Pumpkin Blondies

Pecan Pie Bars with Brown Sugar, Honey, and Chopped Pecans.

Pecan Pie Bars

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip and Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Concord Grape Pie from Naples Grape Festival

Concord Grape Pie

Fresh Apple Pie Dip Recipe made with fresh apples.  Great for Thanksgiving dessert or side dish.

Fresh Apple Pie Dip

Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread Recipe.  Apple Pie in a loaf form.  Perfect for fall.

Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread

Apple Cider Bread for fall

Apple Cider Bread

Pecan Pie Bark (The Domestic Rebel

Pecan Pie Bark

Joy the Baker Best Apple Crisp

Best Apple Crisp

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

And last but not least (and one of my all-time favorites):

White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

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30 Responses to “Thanksgiving Menu Ideas 2013”

  1. November 27, 2013 at 5:46 AM #

    What a spread!! I agree about the white pumpkin bread, it looks amazing!! Xx

    • November 27, 2013 at 11:04 AM #

      Thanks – it’s my personal fave!

  2. November 27, 2013 at 8:05 AM #

    LOVE the apples used as cups to serve the cider in! All these are awesome – thanks for sharing

    • November 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM #

      Awww thanks 🙂

  3. November 27, 2013 at 9:22 AM #

    Great dish ideas and roundup!

  4. November 27, 2013 at 9:42 AM #

    Ashely there are so many good things on this list, it is so hard to chose which one is my favorite!! Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!!!

    • November 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM #

      Thanks, Nancy! You too!

  5. November 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM #

    These all look scrumptious, Ashley! 🙂

    • November 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM #

      Thanks, Claire!

  6. November 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM #

    You need to come cook with me tomorrow!!! I could use some of your desserts! 😉

    • November 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM #

      I’ll be there!! haha

  7. November 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM #

    Time is definitely flying by, but sometimes I think that’s okay if it means winter is over sooner! So many great ideas! That cinnamon apple bread is calling my name! Happy Thanksgiving, Ashley!

    • November 27, 2013 at 1:20 PM #

      Good point, Laura! Winter can fly by..I’m fine with that 😉

  8. November 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM #

    Such a great roundup of Thanksgiving dishes! Loads of them I want to try – thanks. And Happy Thanksgiving!

    • November 27, 2013 at 3:31 PM #

      Thanks, John!!

  9. November 27, 2013 at 10:28 PM #

    Everything looks amazing, Ashley. And that pepperoni pizza bread looks yummy!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • November 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM #

      Thanks girl! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  10. November 28, 2013 at 8:52 AM #

    Great idea! Gorgeous and looks really yummy!

    • November 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM #

      Thank you, friend!

  11. November 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM #

    I love that Crock Pot Hot Apple Cider – what a super cute idea. Hope you had a great day!

    • November 29, 2013 at 2:08 AM #

      You’re the best – thanks!!

  12. November 29, 2013 at 3:03 PM #

    And great ideas for the Christmas season too.

    • November 29, 2013 at 5:15 PM #

      You’re right!

  13. November 30, 2013 at 8:18 AM #

    What a great round up. Loving that apple pie dip. Fun idea and great for anytime. Have a super holiday weekend. BAM

    • November 30, 2013 at 2:34 PM #

      Thank you, Bam!

  14. December 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM #

    Happy thanksgiving! I hope you had a great day. Last year was our first ever thanksgiving as we were in the US – but this year we celebrated with friends in England 🙂

  15. December 1, 2013 at 9:51 PM #

    All of these look delicious and easy to prepare. Honestly though, I feel like a whale right now. On top of eating so much on Thanksgiving along with the rest of my family I baked cookies today to ship – of course I had to sample a few. Ugh I can’t eat another thing. Now it’s time to diet!

    • December 1, 2013 at 10:31 PM #

      I know how you feel!!

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