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Thanksgiving Recipes and Menus

Thanksgiving is one of the best excuses we have to get into the kitchen and prepare a special holiday meal for family and friends. The menu I posted is a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Feast featuring turkey, a selection of 'sweets and sours' served at all large meals, typical PA Dutch side dishes and two of my family's favorite holiday pies, pumpkin and mincemeat. In addition to the menu, there is a section called Create Your Own Menu, providing starters, side dishes, breads and desserts that use ingredients commonly associated with fall or Thanksgiving. If desired, you can select a recipe as a substitute for a dish in my menu or design a menu from scratch to suit your tastes and needs.

Finally, there are links to turkey stock, a guide and tips for roasting turkey, suggestions for using leftovers and a general guide to planning and preparing a meal for any special occasion. Every recipe listed has links to alternate choices and, if you still do not find what you are looking for, you can use the search box above or browse through the Recipe Files for hundreds more possibilities, including many other meat and poultry dishes appropriate for a celebration. You might also find something of interest on the Shared Family Recipes page, which contains more than 300 recipes contributed by visitors to the site.


Pennsylvania Dutch Thanksgiving Feast

Create Your Own Menu

Turkey Recipes
Starters and Salads
Side Dishes
Breads and Desserts


Guide and Tips for Roasting Turkey

Turkey Stock for Gravy

Recipes for Leftover Turkey

Guide to Planning and Preparation

Herb Roasted Turkey Recipe Photo
Herb Roasted Turkey

Pennsylvania Dutch Traditional Thanksgiving Feast

Pennsylvania Dutch cooking is hearty cooking, to say the least. This is a typical Thanksgiving meal as I remember my grandmother and mother making. There was always a wide variety of food, including the 'sweets and sours' served at every special meal. Some of the items, such as the chow-chow, apple butter, pickles, sauerkraut and mincemeat pie filling were preserved earlier in the year. Many of the recipes continue to be a part of our celebration.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Recipes


Turkey Recipes

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Poultry, Pork, Beef, Lamb and Veal, Seafood
Herb Roasted Turkey with Gravy

Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Alex's Deep-Fried Turkey

Roasted Turkey Thighs

Whole Roasted Turkey Breast

Rolled Turkey Breast with Fresh Herbs
Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast with Red Wine and Dijon Sauce

Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy

Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast with Root Vegetables

Boneless Turkey Breast with Oyster and Spinach Stuffing
Boneless Turkey Breast With Mushroom Stuffing

Grilled Turkey Breast with Herbed Balsamic Marinade

Grilled Boneless Turkey Breast Marinated With Sun-Dried Tomato Purée

Alex's Maple Flavored Smoked Turkey

Turkey-Barley Casserole

Starters and Salads

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Appetizers and Salads
Baked Oysters with Breadcrumbs and Garlic

Oyster Cocktails with Cider Vinegar

Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Stuffed Mushrooms with Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Baked Mushrooms with Goat Cheese Stuffing
Quiche Lorraine

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Winter Squash Cream Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Kale and Wheat Berries

Soup with Greens and Pasta
Greens, Beets and Goat Cheese Salad with Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

Seven-Layer Salad

Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Mixed Baby Greens with Tarragon-Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

Side Dishes

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Potato and Bread Filling (PA Dutch Stuffing or Dressing)

Cornbread Stuffing With Sausage, Apples and Pecans

Cornbread, Sausage and Pecan Dressing

Wild Rice and Apple Stuffing

Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Pecans

Smashed Potatoes with Celery and Onions

Smashed Potatoes and Onions

Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Caramelized Onions

Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Herb-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Pecans

Brussels Sprouts with Lemon-Mustard Butter

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Cheese

Baked Acorn Squash with Butter, Brown Sugar and Sage

Roasted Butternut Squash
Baked Winter Squash

Green Bean Casserole

Sautéed Green Beans with Olive Oil and Garlic

Green Beans with Bacon, Shallots and Red Wine Vinegar

Buttered Green Beans with Onions

Cooked Collard Greens

Cooked Greens with Sweet Potatoes

Sauerkraut Braised with Apples and Onions

Caramelized Pearl Onions

Buttered Peas and Carrots
Creamed Peas and Onions

Stewed Dried Corn

Creamed Corn

Baked Dried Corn Casserole

Bernice's Corn Pudding Casserole

Corn and Lima Bean Succotash

Buttered Lima Beans

Buttered Edamame (Soybeans)

Edamame and Corn Succotash

Sautéed Mushrooms

Pickled Beets

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Relish

Breads and Desserts

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Breads and Desserts
Buttermilk Cornbread

Corny Buttermilk Cornbread

100% Whole Grain Buttermilk Cornbread

Dinner Rolls

Pumpkin Nut Bread

Cranberry-Orange Nut Bread

Sour Cream Pecan Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

Miniature Pecan Tarts
Glazed Fresh Apple Cookies

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Pie

Mincemeat Pie

Pecan Pie

Lattice-Top Apple Pie

Walnut and Chocolate Chip Brownie Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Apple-Cinnamon Cake
Apple Cobbler

Mom's Apple Crisp

Molasses Rice Pudding

Baked Apples with Brown Sugar Topping

Chunky Baked Apples (with Optional Granola Topping)

Apple Dumplings

Apple and Pecan Turnovers

Cooked Apples and Pears

Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Roast Turkey Recipe Photo

Pennsylvania Dutch Potato and Bread Filling (or Dressing)

Potato and Bread Filling Recipe Photo

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Kale and Wheat Berries

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe Photo

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Pecans

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe Photo

Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes

Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes Recipe Photo

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce Recipe Photo

100% Whole Grain Buttermilk Cornbread

Whole Grain Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe Photo