The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu / Prep Schedule

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The big day is in a little over 1 week 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 + Prep Schedule from (@Whatsgabycookin)

Here’s the full Thanksgiving Menu:

Thanksgiving Cheese Board

Herb Roasted Turkey

Homemade Gravy

Zesty Cranberry Sauce

Fall Farmers Market Salad

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Garlic Green Beans

Charred Carrots with Herbs

Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

Creamed Kale

Apple Crisp

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow Meringue

I mean, is that not the most glorious Thanksgiving menus you’ve ever seen!! Gobble Gobble! Thomas and I are going to have leftovers for DAYS.

Thanksgiving Menu + Prep Schedule from (@Whatsgabycookin)


Here’s my basic schedule / prep plan for my Thanksgiving Menu:


  • 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



Thanksgiving Menu + Prep Schedule from (@Whatsgabycookin)Wednesday:


Early Morning / 8am-ish

Before the Feast

Thanksgiving Menu + Prep Schedule from (@Whatsgabycookin)

Have any last minute questions about Thanksgiving, the prep schedule, my Thanksgiving Menu or prep timing…?? Shout them out in the comments below and I’ll respond ASAP!

PS – are you thinking of putting this on your Thanksgiving menu? Check out the full What’s Gaby Cooking menu here along with the master prep schedule to keep things organized and on track!
And if you need more Thanksgiving Ideas check out this roundup of 80+ Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas

Photography by Matt Armendariz / Styling by Adam Pearson / Prop styling by Stephanie Hanes / Light Fixture by Serena and Lily/  Recipes by What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. This menu looks amazing and well thought out! The timeline is especially appreciated. How many people is the full menu estimated to serve?

  2. This guide was such a life saver last year, we are using again this year. I wasn’t sure if you have wine pairing recommendations for serving the meal? Thank you!

  3. Thank you SO much for putting this together it is pure gold and I use it to a T! What is the best way to reheat the creamed kale on Thursday? Does it have to be in the oven? Thanks for all the help you give us ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Gaby,
    This guide is soooooo awesome! Thank you!
    I’m a mom of 4 and have been pretty much cooking Thanksgiving for 30+ years!
    Now one of my twins is hosting in Austin Tx and I am contributing 3 of your recipes-Fall Farmers market salad, chipotle mashed sweet potatoes and roasted butternut squash! I have made Ina’s mashed squash recipe in the past but your recipe is front and center this holiday!
    Have a wonderful holiday with your family!

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