The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu / Prep Schedule

The big day is less than 2 weeks away and we’re all almost prepared with an arsenal of recipes that will get rave reviews from everyone! So, let’s pull everything together for the most epic Thanksgiving Menu and then talk prep and making things ahead of time!

Thanksgiving Menu and Prep Schedule from (@whatsgabycookin)


Thyme and Garlic Baked Camembert

Brie Stuffed Mushrooms

Main Course:

Herb Roasted Turkey

Homemade Gravy

Zesty Cranberry Sauce

Soups + Sides:

Fall Harvest Salad or

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Garlic Green Beans

Charred Carrots with Herbs

Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

Chipotle Mashed Sweetpotatoes

Peas and Pancetta


S’more Pudding Pie

Apple Crisp

Triple Layer Pumpkin Cake

I mean, is that not the most glorious Thanksgiving menus you’ve ever seen!! Gobble Gobble!

In terms of prepping ahead – here’s what my schedule looks like for the menu listed above! We’ll start eating around 4 so everything is timed out for me below…


  • Clean out the fridge
  • Stock up on beer and wine
  • Make a grocery list
  • Shop for all the ingredients
  • If you buy a frozen turkey – make sure to put it in the fridge to start thawing out
  • Reorganize fridge with all the ingredients


  • Make the cranberry sauce and refrigerate until Thursday




Early Morning

  • Prep the Herb Roasted Turkey and start roasting
  • Arrange all the ingredients on a large platter for the Fall Harvest Salad except the apples- cover with a damp paper towel and refrigerate. Remove from the fridge and add apples and drizzle the vinaigrette on before serving. Alternatively, make the Roasted Butternut Squash Salad  and keep refridgerated before serving.
  • Top the S’more Pudding Pie with the topping and torch. Set aside until dessert
  • Make the Apple Crisp but hold off on baking.

Before the Feast

Have any last minute questions?? Shout them out in the comments below and I’ll respond ASAP!

Printable menu coming you way in a few days!!

Photography by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Prop Styling Amy Paliwoda / Props by Casa de Perrin and The Surface Library / Recipes by What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Now I need to find my pants with the elastic waist! This looks like Thanksgiving dream! Next year I want to come to your house!!!!

  2. i will never understand why you and others continue to show this lovely feast serving those boring, store bought nasty dinner rolls.
    homemade rolls are not rocket science.

    1. Hi Linda – I’m so sorry if the rolls offended you! Homemade rolls are certainly not rocket science, you are right! But I take a helping hand from the store every now and then especially when I’m making the entire dinner by myself! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy a delicious homemade roll for me please 🙂 xx

  3. This looks perfectly marvelous! I get help from the store as well. I happen to really enjoy some of the things from our market!! My pumpkin pie is always store bought!!!

  4. Gaby! This is a fabulous Thanksgiving menu. Incorporating a few of these into our traditions – thank you!! Love all of your recipes and the Friday snapchats… Keep it up! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  5. You always do such a great job breaking things down to make them feel more manageable!! I love it when people provide the tools/plan so that readers feel confident taking on an undertaking like Thanksgiving! It makes me grateful that my family approaches the holiday potluck style, but I recall the years we spent making all the fixings for our friends-giving when my husband’s military buddies would come over – having a plan was the only way! Ha!

  6. Hey! What is the mac n cheese recipe you used! I have little kids to please 🙂 Thanks in advance love your blog!

  7. Give me all of it!!! What a lovely dinner. Appreciate the step by step approach, too!

  8. But wait I swear you made Mac and Cheese in your snapchat story!!! Do you have the link for that for me? That is my responsibility for my “Friendsgiving” this weekend.


  9. In the picture there looks to be an acorn and delicato squash dish, I’m not able to tell which recipe it is?


  10. Hi Gaby! I am just now getting a chance to look at this post. Do you think it would be okay if I made the stuffing filling on Monday and then combined with the bread on Thursday? Or could I even cook it ahead of time? It’s my thanksgiving contribution but with my 12 hr nurse shifts on Tuesday and Wednesday I won’t have time to make it either of those days. Thank you in advance 🙂 Also I would just like to say that I am a new follower and could not be more obsessed- you’re awesome and make me want to be a better cook!!

  11. Hi gaby, looking for the printable menu as I’m going to do this amazing menu for Christmas Eve dinner….but I can’t find where you posted the printable menu…? Can you please reshare or advise where I can find?? Thanks!!!

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