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So excited to be sharing our 2018 Thanksgiving Menu. This year I’ve created a traditional Thanksgiving menu with a few twists and updates on the holiday classics. I’ll be sharing fun cocktails, colorful side dishes, updated sauces, my favorite popovers, sweet pumpkin and chocolate desserts, and so much more. It’s going to be DELICIOUS!

overhead photo of Thanksgiving table with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and flowers

It’s finally November and that means Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Today I’m sharing the HBH 2018 menu with you all and I am so very excited about it. This is now the third year I’ve shared our full menu (see year one and two…lots of good tips in this post). Hands down, this year’s menu is my favorite. It’s traditional, but with twists, and I’ve really made an effort to make each recipe incredibly flavorful, but at the same time simple.

If you’ve already read over my make ahead gravy post, then you know that last year’s Thanksgiving after my Nonnie’s passing was a bit of a struggle for me (in many ways). I totally messed up the gravy…ok and I maybe slightly burnt a couple of side dishes too. I took on more than I could handle for sure. But in my defense, I was cooking in my grandma’s kitchen. Which wasn’t really equipped to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for thirty plus people. It honestly makes me cringe when I think about it. Of course everyone said everything was delicious, but I don’t plan to repeat it.

mashed potatoes

thanksgiving table setting

Anyway, the point is that this year I knew I needed to be realistic with what I could handle. I wanted to create delicious recipes, many of which could be created ahead. Including a make ahead gravy recipe that would save me from mass amounts of last-minute stress. Happy to say that I perfected the gravy and developed a menu that I love!

The recipes below are a mix of both old and new. The older recipes are some of my favorites…the ones I just have to remake every single year. The new recipes are ones that I’ll be sharing over the next couple weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. So many delicious recipes to come!

Hope you all find some inspiration from our HBH menu! Happy Turkey Day planning!

thanks salad and plate

Half Baked Harvest 2018 Thanksgiving Menu


Every good holiday meal starts with breakfast…so don’t skip it. 

Extra Sticky Maple Pecan Sticky Buns


These are some of my favorites. Each can be made ahead for super easy entertaining…because no one wants to play bartender all night.

Cranberry Thyme Spritz

Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned 

Harvest Apple Ginger Spritz


My tip? Don’t do too many appetizers…you want to save room for the mains and all the sides!

Cranberry Brie Pull Apart Bread

Holiday Cheese Board…with a fun twist (new and coming soon)

Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Twist

Our 2018 Thanksgiving turkey close up


I always love to have a veggie option on the menu…this year’s is a new favorite.

Herb and Butter Roasted Turkey (my go-to turkey recipe that never fails)

Make Ahead White Wine Gravy

Spaghetti Squash Pesto Lasagna (the perfect vegetarian main)


You can never have too many sides…so make them all (most can be prepared in advance)!

Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa

Sweet Potato Phyllo Casserole 

Buttery Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Herby Mushroom Croissant Stuffing

Brussels Sprout Bacon Salad and Warm Cider Vinaigrette

Sweet Potato Soup with Burrata and Sage Pesto

Perfect Popovers with Cranberry Butter 

Easy Flaky Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls


A variety of pumpkin and chocolate…because it’s Thanksgiving and you can never have too much.

Pecan Pie Cookies with Butter Pecan Frosting

Chai Pumpkin Cake with Maple Browned Butter Frosting

Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie


What recipes are you most looking forward seeing in the upcoming weeks? Excited to hear your favorites!

horizontal photo of thanksgiving turkey

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