Our Thanksgiving Menu

This Thanksgiving is going to be a little bit different than past years. Over our time together, we have spent several Thanksgivings in Ireland. This year, due to work schedules and family travel, we are staying home. I only get Thanksgiving Day off, so we have decided to spend a cozy Thanksgiving for two, cooking, drinking wine, and listening to Christmas music in our PJ’s. I can’t wait.

When planning our Thanksgiving menu, I wanted to incorporate traditional elements along with some of the Irish-inspired favorites I have made in the past without going overboard.



I will make these early in the day or even the night before Thanksgiving so we have afternoon snacks to munch on with glasses of cold bubbly.

Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa with Way Better Snacks chips

Cranberry-Jalapeño Salsa


Smoked Salmon Dip – This was a favorite from our Thanksgiving in Ireland. We’ll spread it on brown bread.

smoked salmon dip


Main Meal


Cider-brined Turkey with Hard Cider Gravy

Brown Bread Apple Stuffing – I plan on getting my brown bread at Greenhills Irish Bakery, which I highly recommend for authentic Irish baked goods.

brown bread


Sriracha Maple Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts



A to-be-determined dessert – what are your favorite Thanksgiving desserts aside from pies?

Pumpkin Old Fashioneds



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  1. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com’s avatar

    Sounds wonderful! I hope you both have a lovely and relaxing day.


  2. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    Sriracha maple brussels sprouts?! Those sound amazing! I am such a pie girl that I would be very difficult to steer in a different direction


  3. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I’m glad you reminded me of that smoked salmon dip – I really wanna make that!


  4. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

    Um, that seriously sounds like the best Thanksgiving ever. I LOVE having nowhere to go on a holiday. Enjoy!!


  5. Megan’s avatar

    Looks like a nice low-key Thanksgiving in the works for you guys! This year I’m doing apple pie, pumpkin cake, cranberry granita, and apple cider caramels for dessert. And we always have sugared cranberries for snacking on and putting in drinks.


  6. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen’s avatar

    I love thanksgiving menu planning! We’re going to someone else’s house this year, but I love hearing what food other people have planned. I love a good pecan pie for dessert on Thanksgiving. Martha Stewart’s maple bourbon pecan pie is my go-to…it’s delicious every time!


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