Thanksgiving is an annual
national holiday commemorating a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim
Fathers in 1621. This day, which is used
to express gratitude, is observed in the United States on the fourth Thursday
in November. One of the greatest traditions
of Thanksgiving is that of a family dinner, which means menu planning is a
must. Here are some Thanksgiving menu
ideas that will fill your table and the appetite of your guests:
The traditional main
entrée for Thanksgiving is, of course, turkey.
If this isn't quite your taste, you may want to consider serving ham
instead. This is a popular alternative
and is a pleasing main course for your dinner guests.
When it comes to serving a
meal, the side dishes are almost as important as the entree. Popular Thanksgiving side dishes include
mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes,
macaroni and cheese, rolls and cranberries served with cranberry sauce. If you have a large family, it may be a good
idea to prepare several side dishes so that everyone will be able to find
something that they like.
What meal would be
complete without the perfect dessert?
Whether it's a pumpkin pie, chocolate pie or other favorite flavor, this
traditional treat is common at the conclusion of a Thanksgiving dinner. If you are planning for a large gathering,
consider serving several different pies in an effort to accommodate a variety
of taste buds.
The Benefits Of A Homemade
Believe it or not, some
may choose to dine at a restaurant on Thanksgiving instead of preparing a
homemade meal. Although dining out may
be easier, it cannot replace the taste and camaraderie of a family dinner at
home. Many may shy away from preparing a
large Thanksgiving meal because it seems intimidating to cook for so many
people. However, with the right recipe,
cookware and a little knowhow, your next holiday meal can be a breeze.
Rounding Up The Perfect
If you know what to
cook, but still need a little help with the details, consider looking for the
perfect recipes to turn your meal into a masterpiece. While many recipes are available online, many
turn to cookbooks and/or women's specialty magazines for popular recipe and
preparation ideas. As the Thanksgiving