Plan your perfect Midwestern Thanksgiving with some of the most popular holiday recipes on Culinary Hill. This ultimate guide contains a planner to get ahead, a printable shopping list, menu cards, and links to all 12 recipes on the menu.

A plate of roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, veggie casserole, cranberry sauce with apples, and roasted asparagus.
Table of Contents
  1. The Menu
  2. Shopping list
  3. Thanksgiving planner
  4. Perfect roast turkey with gravy
  5. Best mashed potatoes
  6. Classic bread stuffing
  7. Slow cooker green bean casserole
  8. Vegetable casserole
  9. Roasted asparagus
  10. Homemade crescent rolls
  11. Cranberry sauce with apples
  12. Best apple pie
  13. Best pecan pie
  14. Best pumpkin pie
  15. Homemade whipped cream
  16. How to Set a Table

The Menu

This menu feeds at least 12 adults (or fewer with ample leftovers).

Want a copy of the menu for your guests or to help you stay organized? This printable Thanksgiving menu has the complete list of recipes in a printer-friendly format.

A Thanksgiving menu graphic.

Shopping list

This printable Thanksgiving shopping list has EXACTLY what you need to make all 12 recipes in this collection.

Already have some ingredients on hand? Of course you do! Just go through your pantry and spice cabinet, identify what is already in there (ground cinnamon, sugar, etc.), and cross it off the list.

Thanksgiving planner

This printable Thanksgiving planner is a road-map to your Thanksgiving success. It tells you what to do and when, up to 5 days in advance, so you can get started as soon as possible.

Perfect roast turkey with gravy

This simple Roast Turkey recipe relies on dry-brining and butter-basting for the juiciest, most delicious turkey you’ve ever had. Save your pan drippings too for an easy classic gravy recipe, too!

Get the recipe: Perfect Roast Turkey with Gravy

A platter of roast turkey garnished with grapes.

Best mashed potatoes

The Best Mashed Potatoes in the world are just 3 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) and so simple they barely even need a recipe.

Get the recipe: Best Mashed Potatoes

A metal serving dish full of the absolute best mashed potatoes.

Classic bread stuffing

An easy Bread Stuffing made with all the classic flavors. Baked outside the bird but still buttery and moist, this recipe tastes just like Mom used to make!

Get the recipe: Classic Bread Stuffing

Classic bread stuffing in a white baking dish.

Slow cooker green bean casserole

This Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole is made from scratch, can easily be made ahead, and won’t taken up any space in your oven on Thanksgiving.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole on a platter.

Vegetable casserole

Vegetable Casserole, just like mom used to make! Made with frozen veggies, Velveeta, and buttery cracker crumbs, it’s always the first side dish to disappear.

Get the recipe: Vegetable Casserole

A pan of vegetable casserole with Velveeta and cracker crumbs.

Roasted asparagus

An easy recipe for Roasted Asparagus with olive oil, garlic, and lemon. The high oven temperature cooks it to tender-crisp perfection in 10 minutes or less.

Get the recipe: Roasted Asparagus

A baking sheet full of roasted asparagus with lemons.

Homemade crescent rolls

Pillowy soft with a sweet, buttery taste, these Homemade Crescent Rolls are perfect for all the holidays or a weekend baking project.

Get the recipe: Homemade Crescent Rolls

A basket of homemade crescent rolls.

Cranberry sauce with apples

Update your Cranberry Sauce with apples for a simple and sweet twist on the classic Thanksgiving side. Tasty without getting too crazy!

Get the recipe: Cranberry Sauce with Apples

A bowl of cranberry sauce with apples.

Best apple pie

Tried and true, this recipe for the best Apple Pie is ready in just one hour. All you need is your favorite apples and a few basic ingredients. Store-bought pie dough makes it even easier.

Get the recipe: Best Apple Pie

A sliced apple pie.

Best pecan pie

The Best Pecan Pie has a flavorful, balanced filling that isn’t too sweet and a flaky, buttery crust that never gets soggy. Learn the secrets to both!

Get the recipe: Best Pecan Pie

Slices of pecan pie on a board.

Best pumpkin pie

The Best Pumpkin Pie is the one that’s easiest to make! Start with a store-bought crust, whisk together a tasty filling, and bake to pumpkin pie perfection.

Get the recipe: Best Pumpkin Pie

Slices of pumpkin pie in a pie plate.

Homemade whipped cream

By mixer or by hand, I’ll teach you how to make whipped cream (so much better than canned!) with 3 ingredients and in 5 minutes! A necessary topping for all your pies.

Get the recipe: Homemade Whipped Cream

A bowl filled with piped whipped cream.

How to Set a Table

Whether you’re looking for a casual event or a formal affair, find your preferred way to set the table for Thanksgiving.

Get the guide: How to Set a Table

A place setting on an orange placemat.
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  1. You gotta be old to make this comment. When growing up, I remember my grandmother using that cast aluminum cookware on a wood and coal-fired cookstove. Talk about hot in the summertime! We also popped corn in a wire basket with a sliding lid that was constantly shaken over the firebox. The corn was dried hung outside on the porch on the cob. Good memories with incredible aromas when I see that cookware.

    BTW, Do you happen to have the clamp-on handle that turns that pot into a saucepan? That’s why the handles are cast in that interesting shape. “Form follows function.” :-)