3 Foodies Reveal Their Exact Thanksgiving Meal Plan

Updated 10/05/18
Thanksgiving Meal Plan
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Even if Thanksgiving is your favorite holiday, there's no doubt hosting friends and family brings a level of stress and responsibility. After all, it's not just any meal. It's one of the biggest gatherings of the year steeped in tradition. There's no skimping on the turkey, mash, beans, or trimmings. 

In a bid to plan ahead, we called on three of our favorite foodies to find out their go-to meal plans. From Chipotle Pumpkin Tamales and Prime Rib to Honey Butter Roasted Acorn with Burrata and Pomegranate, these are tried-and-true recipe combinations they've made in years past and a few they plan to make this November. Choose a menu and follow their recipes step-by-step for a simple, stress-free, and memorable Thanksgiving feast. 

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Holly Erickson and Natalie Mortimer are the creative duo behind The Modern Proper, one of our go-to resources for delicious recipes made from wholesome, seasonal ingredients. Both mothers, they have five children between them and are masters in hosting family feasts—which is exactly why we asked them to share three recipes they're making for Thanksgiving this year. 

Thanksgiving Meal Plan
The Modern Proper

Pumpkin, avocado, and chipotle might seem like three unconventional flavors to combine, but it absolutely works. The best part? They can be made in advance, minimizing the amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen when guests arrive. "We are considering that we might just have a new Thanksgiving tradition: getting together with good friends and making these beauties the weekend before the big day," they say. That sounds like a great tradition to us. 

Thanksgiving Meal Plan
The Modern Proper

Searching for a hearty dish besides turkey? This prime rib dish is the answer. Mortimer says she's "never tasted anything so good" as this succulent rib recipe, finished with creamy horseradish sauce. 

Thanksgiving Meal Plan
The Modern Proper

Mashed potatoes is a classic Thanksgiving dish for good reason: it's relatively easy, carb-heavy, and perfectly pairs with meat and greens. This roasted garlic rendition is a lip-smacking twist on your usual go-to recipe. 

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At just 21 years old, Tiegan Gerard is one of the most talented young foodies in the business. Her website Half Baked Harvest is a great resource for accomplished and novice cooks alike, with a huge library of unique, flavorful dishes made from simple ingredients and whole foods. 

Thanksgiving Meal Plan
Half Baked Harvest

Gerard made this incredible appetizer for Thanksgiving last year and we've been dreaming about the fall dish ever since. A heady combination of acorn, burrata, and pomegranate seeds, this is one recipe you'll want to make year after year. 

Thanksgiving Meal Plan
Half Baked Harvest

If you're expecting a big group, consider making a few main dishes to supplement the turkey. This creamy white lasagna is a sure crowd-pleaser. 

Thanksgiving Meal Plan
Half Baked Harvest

Homemade bread is absolutely worth the effort. These soft and buttery pull-apart dinner rolls are surprisingly easy to make. Simply combine the ingredients to form the dough, let it rest for an hour, fold, and bake.

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Gaby Dalkin's recipes are a celebration of her California lifestyle. "That means it’s always sunny, green goddess salads for lunch are a great idea, slutty brownies for dinner are equally as acceptable and I’ll never say no to a burrito with extra guacamole —it’s all about balance!" she says. Her ultimate Thanksgiving menu covers all the details, from the best main and side pairings to a day-by-day prep schedule. 

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What's Gaby Cooking

Welcome guests with the cheese boards to end all cheese boards. This hearty spread features candied walnuts, marinated artichokes, persimmons, and of course lots of cheese. 

Thanksgiving Meal Plan
What's Gaby Cooking

Dalkin's Herb Roasted Turkey recipe is sure to become a family favorite. It's stuffed with herbs and citrus and coated with decadent herb butter. You'll definitely need seconds (or thirds—no judgment). 

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What's Gaby Cooking

Change up your usual green bean recipe and try this garlic alternative, instead. Made with shallots and pepper flakes, it's a healthy dish bursting with flavor. 

What are you making for Thanksgiving? Share your recipes or meal plan with us by tagging Instagram posts with our hashtag, #MyDomaineEats. 

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