50 Modern Thanksgiving Menu Recipes 2023

I’m sharing some of my favorite modern Thanksgiving menu recipes, from appetizers and side dishes to desserts. Plus, a bunch of new ways to cook turkey to inspire the centerpiece of your holiday dinner. There are a few non traditional Thanksgiving dishes, too. My recipes are easy enough for a home cook without a lot of time on their hands.

Modern Thanksgiving menu recipe dishes

Roasted Turkey

Roasted turkey breast thanksgiving dish

When it comes to a tasty modern turkey dish, you still want to make flavorful, juicy meat. But this year, get creative and put some of the most popular new kitchen appliances to use.

bAnd if you’re having a smaller gathering, instead of cooking the whole bird, cook turkey tenderloin or turkey breast. Here are some ideas…

Turkey legs

Turkey breast

Tips for letting turkey rest before serving

Letting the turkey rest is important, so the juices have time to settle before carving it. I suggest covering cooked turkey with tin foil when it comes out of the oven, smoker, etc.

Let smaller pieces of turkey like the tenderloin and turkey breast rest for 20-25 minutes and a whole turkey to rest 30-45 minutes (or as long as food is safe), but cool enough for the juices to rest.

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes Thanksgiving dish

When it comes to making something different for your Thanksgiving meal, potatoes are a good place to start.

Fancy’d up baby potatoes, little potatoes, and diced potatoes are just as great for Thanksgiving as mashed potatoes.

Au Gratin

Potatoes ​​au gratin thanksgiving casserole dish

Potatoes ​​au gratin is a great side dish because you can assemble it a day ahead of time and bake it an hour before eating. Beyond potatoes, there are more modern ways to make au gratin including seafood and vegetables as a base…

Mashed Potatoes

Garlic mashed potatoes are the ultimate, but you can make your own restaurant style spin on mashed potatoes by using compound butter and fresh herbs like dill and sage throughout.

  • Crock pot sweet potatoes
  • Cauliflower mashed potatoes
  • Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes cream cheese
  • Potato chip mashed potatoes

How to reheat mashed potatoes

The best way to reheat mashed potatoes in my opinion is to add 1 tbsp butter to a skillet on the stove, add the potatoes, and smoosh them around while they cook on medium, until they are soft again.

Another great idea is to fry up potato pancakes with leftover mashed potatoes.

Simple Gravy

Save the drippings from the turkey – or just buy the package mix and whip it up on the stove before serving the turkey.

Sweet potatoes

Frozen Sweet Potatoes dish with sauce
Making a side dish like these sweet potatoes in the air fryer frees up space in the oven for other Thanksgiving recipes.

Slow cooked, roasted, mashed, baked with marshmallows on top… sweet potatoes are always a beautiful dish on the table. Serve them with a sprinkle of green on top.


Appetizer dip for Thanksgiving
This is my labneh yogurt dip.

This is the part of the meal where you want to start with some fun Thanksgiving food items. Think of things that are a bit unexpected, and look fancy but are easy to make…

Butternut squash soup

Thanksgiving Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

See how to make butternut squash soup

Green Beans

Green bean casserole is definitely the most popular dish when it comes to this category, but you can modernize your Thanksgiving menu with Italian style green beans (loaded up with garlic) or sous vide green beans. 

Easy side dishes

Thanksgiving side dish with roasted carrots

When it comes to side dishes for Thanksgiving, I like to think of recipes for vegetables and condiments that will be tasty to eat with a bite of turkey.

Onion side dishes

Vegetable side dishes


Chorizo stuffing dish
This is my husband’s favorite Chorizo sausage stuffing. Long before it was added to Sip Bite Go, he was writing it down for friends who came over for friendsgiving.

Dressings, cornbread stuffing, and traditional bread stuffings are must have foods for Thanksgiving dinner. But if you’re still using a recipe from 10 years ago, it’s time to try a more sophisticated version. There is so much creativity to be had with this dish.


Garlic Herb Compound Butter
Make something like this garlic herb butter a few days in advance, and add it to the table for guests to spread on dinner rolls and warm vegetables.


Fruit Salad Thanksgiving Platter
My peach salad also makes a delicious pear salad that is beautiful on a modern Thanksgiving table – just use pears as a substitute.

There are so many seasonal fall themed foods that go well on salads, from candied pecans and walnuts, to dried cranberries and slices of apples and pears.

Here are some of my favorite new ideas for salad recipes you can use as inspiration for your own…

Cranberry Sauce

There are so many options beyond using canned cranberry sauce. Most grocery stores carry premade fresh cranberry sauce in the deli department around Thanksgiving.

My favorite is an orange cranberry sauce that uses zest and juice from fresh orange as the liquid to simmer fresh cranberries on the stove. I’ll have some exciting new recipes coming soon.


Sauce for Turkey
This is my jalapeno ranch dressing – it’s a delicious sauce for turkey.

Beyond gravy, there are a lot of other tasty sauce recipes for turkey and vegetable dishes. Some of these are delicious dips for bread and crackers, too. Here are some of my favorites…


Nothing says “Happy Thanksgiving” like having cocktails, nice wine, and fruit juices lined up for your guests when they arrive. You don’t have to greet them at the door with a cocktail like they’re going on a cruise, but setting up a drink bar on a buffet table or kitchen island is a good idea. See my list of tropical drinks

Tip: add fruit to Thanksgiving drinks

One way I like to make drinks special is by adding fruit to float on the top of them. You can prepare a beautiful pitcher of a cocktail or non alcoholic  beverages like cranberry juice, and toss in some diced carrots and pomegranate seeds to float on top.


Thanksgiving casserole with pasta
This is my pesto lasagna – you can make it with regular or gluten free pasta sheets.

Modern cooking techniques aside, sometimes you just want a comfort food casserole to put on the table. These will do…

Non traditional thanksgiving main dishes

non traditional Thanksgiving wings main dish
Serve some lemon pepper wings for an appetizer, or as a main dish if you’re looking for non turkey options.

Here are some different Thanksgiving dinner ideas…

Leftover turkey ideas

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches

You can’t go wrong with a classic turkey avocado sandwich. See these leftover turkey recipes for more inspiration.

Pumpkin Pie

A modern Thanksgiving dessert instead of traditional pumpkin pie would be something like a sous vide pumpkin cheesecake made in tiny mason jars (like sous vide egg bites).

Apple Pie

Side shot of mini apple pies and apple slices.

My favorite way to make a modern day apple pie is to serve them individually in mini handheld bites.

More desserts

Mini apple pies

I suggest picking two or three desserts, and making most of them really easy to prepare in advance. Turnovers are great for that purpose, so are cookies and brownies.

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Hey home chefs, hope that answers all your questions about hosting a modern Thanksgiving with delicious food ideas. To get my latest and greatest recipes before they’re shared on the site, connect with me on Instagram @sipbitego. And for more deliciousness, subscribe to the Sip Bite Go channel and see the Sip Bite Go recipe collection.

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