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. 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!

  2. 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 ❤️❤️❤️

  3. 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!

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

  5. If you make the compound butter ahead a couple days ahead, do you just store in fridge and then take out Thursday morning and let it come to room temp to soften?

  6. I need to cook and carve my turkey the day before. What is the best way to keep it moist and reheat on thanksgiving??

    1. once you carve and place it on a serving platter, drizzle some extra stock on top and then wrap tight and refridgerate. Day of... reheat in a low heat oven until warm (Add extra stock to keep it moist) and douse with gravy to serve.

  7. love everything - can’t wait to get started - so here is my question
    My 21 lb turkey is frozen, do i take out on Saturday and brine on Tuesday for roasting on Thursday???? Please advise. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Gaby…
    Your Prep/Schedule is brilliant!!! A hostess’ lifeline. Every year I struggle with the task of planning and how much time to allow for each task. The struggle is very real! And you include relax time. I’m so impressed!!!
    Thank you.

  9. does the cornbread/sausage stuffing hold up well to be prepped in advance? Even early morning prep would be great. thanks!

  10. Can you make the stuffing and Mac and cheese the day before? If yes, do You cook it all the way through and then reheat on Thursday or assemble it refrigerate and cook on Thursday?

    1. stuffing - you could do the day before and par bake. finish baking day of. Mac and cheese - technically yes but it wont be as creamy and gooey

  11. Wow wow wow!!! Awesome job with the recipes, timeline and suggestions! You have made everything very easy follow. Thanks for all your hard work!

  12. I cook and carve my Turkey the day before and cover it with a bit of stock and the skin then foil. Carving the Turkey is time consuming and messy. Also I cook a large Turkey so there’s room in my oven to cook anything else while roasting Turkey. I also make my gravy the day before.

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