Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas for Your Restaurant

thanksgiving dinner menu ideas

While many families carry on the tradition of a homemade Thanksgiving dinner, not everyone has the time to cook, and not everyone has the skills to cook such a decadent meal. That’s where your restaurant comes in with a Thanksgiving dinner menu!

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner for your customers is not only a great way to bring in business, but your restaurant also becomes a part of each group’s memories together. And while that seems like a lot to own up to, we have broken down a delicious Thanksgiving dinner menu to serve up to your customers.

With Thanksgiving comes the very obvious main course choice, but don’t just offer up your regular side dishes and drinks. Keep the theme of the holiday consistent with these Thanksgiving dinner menu items:


1. Green Bean Casserole

You can’t go wrong with this Thanksgiving classic! While we’d love to say go the healthy route with your green beans, there’s just something so satisfying about this savory, creamy combination.


2. Glazed Carrots

This dish isn’t just perfect with it’s wonderful combination of fall colors. It is also a delicious bite alongside your other sides, with saltiness and fats emanating from the broth and butter.


3. Cast Iron Skillet Corn Bread

Although their plates will already be overflowing with food, there’s something about a family meal and always having some sort of bread to grab at and snack on. This skillet-cooked corn bread is perfect to serve at the table for families to grab as much bread as they please!


4. Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

It doesn’t matter how creamy your other dishes are if you don’t offer at least one gooey, cheesy side! This mouthwatering mac ‘n cheese will likely take your customers’ taste buds right back home.


5. Rice Stuffing with Butternut Squash

Wild rice, stuffing and butternut squash don’t have to be separate sides for you to stress over. Combine the three into this one satisfying, sweet and salty dish.


6. Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries

Brussels sprouts don’t need to be masked amongst a long list of ingredients if you cook them right. Get them to just the right texture with this recipe and add an extra pop of flavor with balsamic vinegar and dried cranberries.


7. Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy

Potatoes are a must-have dish on Thanksgiving! But when you overpack your mashed potatoes with milk and then smother them with turkey gravy, you end up just masking the deliciousness and healthful benefits the potatoes contain! This dish is just as delicious as your standard mashed potatoes (if not more!) but includes “healthier” alternatives (mixing the potatoes with mashed cauliflower, substituting milk for broth and creating a gravy using umami-filled mushrooms) to bring out each of the ingredients. Sure, our other side dish recommendations might not be the healthiest but this one is just so good!


8. Cranberry Sauce

Anyone can get cranberry sauce from the can! Impress your customers and show them that your restaurant is going the extra mile for their meal by making the cranberry sauce yourself.


9. Pecan, Bourbon, and Butterscotch Bread Pudding

This decadent and delicious bread pudding is sure to satisfy your customers’ taste buds with its notes of bourbon, satisfying starchiness, and mouthwater proteins and fats from the pecans.


10. Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

You can’t host anything fall-related without serving something with pumpkins! While you can serve the standard pumpkin pie, your customers will probably be incredibly full by this point in the meal, so go for a lighter cookie option!


11. Cranberry, Lemon/Lime and Rosemary White Wine Spritzer

While it may technically still be fall, once Thanksgiving rolls around most people are already shifting into winter holiday mode. This drink is excellent to serve with your Thanksgiving dinner because it is suitable for both the fall and winter seasons!


12. Maple-Bourbon Smash

And if your guests are looking for something with a smokier taste, offer up this maple-bourbon smash which Williams Sonoma claims as the “quintessential autumn cocktail.”


While you’re getting your Thanksgiving dinner menu prepared to make beautiful memories for your customers, don’t forget about the way your business looks.

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