The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu and Prep Schedule

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Thanksgiving is a big deal here on What's Gaby Cooking. Always has been, always will be. It's my favorite time of year to bring everyone together around a table and share a beautiful afternoon/evening of food and conversation. This year is no different. Below you will find an incredible spread of recipes that are award winning across the country! I know many of you come back year after year for these recipes and I will forever be so appreciative of that. Having WGC recipes on your holiday table is the best feeling in the world. So, without further ado, let's pull everything together for the most epic Thanksgiving Menu and then talk prep and schedule!

If you want to be extra extra this year, I partnered with Finish to bring you the Ultimate Thanksgiving Timer! You can sign up to recieve push notifications on when to start shopping, a reminder to clean your dishes and set the table and so much more! Ok here we go...

Thanksgiving Menu + Prep Schedule from (@Whatsgabycookin)

Thanksgiving Menu:

Thanksgiving Cheese Board

Herb Roasted Turkey

Homemade Gravy

Zesty Cranberry Sauce

Winter Green Salad with Pecorino Dressing

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Garlic Green Beans

Roasted Acorn Squash

Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

Creamed Kale or Spinach

Apple Crisp

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow Meringue or Bourbon Pecan Pie

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

Thanksgiving Menu + Prep Schedule from (@Whatsgabycookin)


Pre schedule for Thanksgiving Week:


  • 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



  • Prep the Pomegranates for the Winter Green Salad if you're buying whole pomegranates. Store in an air tight container in the fridge.
  • Cut the bread into cubes for the Wild Mushroom Stuffing - let sit on the counter overnight to harden.

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 / Recipes by What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. This is SO helpful! I have to mention though -- NO PIE?! My family would go crazy 😉 I love your list and breakdown of when to prep for each dish. LOVE how helpful that is!

    1. After torching the pumpkin cheesecake marshmallow top... do you leave on counter or refrigerate? You say torching can be done early in the day.

  2. Is it possible to make the stuffing in advance and freeze it, or would you not recommend that? Looking to have less to do the day of. Would you suggest making it two days in advance and just leave in fridge and re heat on Thursday?

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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!!

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


  6. 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.


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