One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving and even though I don’t personally host it, I love cooking a big ol’ turkey dinner! So last night, I decided to make a Thanksgiving Dinner and told the boys to invite some friends over bc if there’s one thing I know, teenage boys can eat!

I figured that I should share my menu and recipes if any of you are hosting this year and need some ideas! Some are recipes that I’ve tried and tested, others are just things I’ve thrown together and it works!

Ina Garten's Perfect Roast Turkey


I swear by Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Turkey recipe! It’s never failed me! Get it HERE

Mashed Potatoes

I make them the old fashioned way. I do prefer simmering the milk and butter over low heat before adding to the potatoes.

Garlic Almond Asparagus Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

Garlic Almond Asparagus

1 bunch asparagus, cut into thirds
4-5 cloves garlic, sliced lengthwise
1/4 cup sliced almonds
olive oil
salt and pepper

Heat 2tbs olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for a minute then add in asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Stir the asparagus as it cooks until it begins to soften a little. Mix in sliced almonds for the last few minutes it cooks. The asparagus should be cooked and hold its shapes, but still have a little bite and not mushy at all…. if that makes sense!

Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

2 links chorizo, diced
1tbs butter
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2tbs oregano, chopped
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup scallions, chopped
6 cups diced cornbread (or you can buy the dry cornbread stuffing in a bag)

Preheat oven to 350.

Saute chorizo in a pan over medium-high heat. Once it begins to brown, add in butter until melted, then add garlic and oregano. Saute for a few minutes, then remove from heat.

Whisk eggs, chicken broth and salt and pepper until eggs are beaten and combined. Stir in scallions and chorizo mix.

Gently stir cornbread stuffing into mix and pour into 13×9 dish. Bake for 25 minutes and serve.

Taste of Home Apple Walnut Pie


I have not mastered gravy yet so I just buy Heinz jarred turkey gravy.

I also buy biscuits in the can, but may try my hand at homemade biscuits soon.

As for pie, I have been making this Taste of Home Apple Walnut Pie for years and it’s always a winner!

Some Thanksgiving (Disposable) Dishes & Serveware I Like:

I hope you’ve found this helpful for your upcoming holiday meals and if you try any of them, be sure to tag me @jillianrosado so I can see!

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