(Closed) Easy low budget Thanksgiving dinner for 15. Need suggestions!

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
108 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t see macaroni and cheese, but I love some all year round! You can fancy it up or keep it classic. Roasted brussel sprouts or asparagus are some of my favorites too. My sister always prepares a baked salmon dish for Thanksgiving. It’s really nice to have a lighter option among soo much heaviness and it doesn’t take much for salmon to be delicious 🙂 

Post # 3
2069 posts
Buzzing bee

You shouldn’t really need chicken as well with turkey and ham. To go with that list of basics I would probably make two pies and an appetizer and be done with it.  Maybe a heavier appetizer like buffalo chicken dip or some kind of crescent roll wrap. Either that or if 1/3 of your guest list doesn’t want to eat those basics swap out one of those things you don’t like, chicken instead of turkey or some other potato dish instead of mashed potatoes or whatever it is you don’t like.  That basics list to me is practically all that you need so I feel more like if you don’t like those things you should swap something out.  I did make a corn casserole last year and some people will do glazed carrots or brussel sprouts so maybe one of those would work for an additional side, or maybe mac & cheese? That works as something heavier too for your guest list that doesn’t like Thanksgiving food.

Post # 4
1746 posts
Bumble bee


Post # 5
10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Aquaria:  What are the dislikes when it comes to Thanksgiving food?  Many of those things can be served with other dinners.  More information might give you more useful suggestions.

I would add a salad, and I would miss the broccoli with cheese sauce in that menu, but it sounds like there’s a fair bit of food.

I agree with a PP, chicken and turkey seems like too much.  If the turkey/ham aren’t to some people’s liking, a veggie bean salad, or meatballs in some type of sauce might be good options.

Post # 6
7069 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Aquaria:  Honestly it sounds like everyone else is covering the main items – so you really won’t need a heck of a lot more. I’d do Mac & Cheese, Dinner Rolls. We always do Deviled Eggs, and we also typically do some Apps to start with (sausage balls, cheese tray, etc).

Post # 7
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Biscuits or cornbread, green bean casserole, salad, cookies.

Post # 8
2325 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

This is gonna sound weird, but hear me out. I made it for a work thanksgiving potluck one time, and now I do it every year. Celery with peanut butter, and you can put raisins on some of them. (or craisins, if you wanna get crazy). My mom used to call it ants on a log. For some reason its a hit. People have so much fatty rich food, its nice to have something kinda wholesome.

The mac and cheese idea sounds great. Swedish meatballs. Queso dip (hormel chili with velveta melted in a little crock pot) <—– huge crowd pleaser.  Those little ham and cream cheese tortilla roll ups are also really easy and ppl love them.  So many choices!  Now I want to make them all.

Post # 9
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Aquaria:  stuffed apples are so good! Cut them in half, hollow out the apple center and fill with butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, oats and flour mixture. Roast in the oven until apples are tender – like inside out Apple pie!

Post # 10
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

devil eggs, biscuits, apple crisp, 

Post # 11
437 posts
Helper bee

You can also make your own veggie tray. Carrots and celery are cheap. As a dip you can use ranch, hummus, anything.

If you have apples you can cook them with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. Tasty!

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