- Start by choosing a theme. Traditional, bold and flavorful, Southern: the possibilities for a menu's theme are endless!
- Search a wide range of sources for recipes that match your theme.
- Know your guests. If one friend is allergic to peanuts and another is a vegetarian, respect these dietary needs by serving dishes that everyone can enjoy.
- Several vegetarians in attendance? Think about serving a vegetable entree that's a hearty alternative to turkey.
For the rest of my suggestions, keep reading.
- Combine new dishes with classic favorites.
- Think about the texture and color of the food. The items should be pleasing to the eye and palate.
- Avoid overusing a single ingredient. If you make wild rice stuffing with goat cheese, don't serve a salad with goat cheese or goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms.
- Look at the cooking technique of each dish. Because the turkey will occupy the oven, make sure some items can be made on the stove, grill, or in a slow cooker.
- Choose recipes that make sense and use seasonal ingredients.
- Don't go overboard on the appetizers. Serve enough to tide guests over, but leave plenty of room for the main meal.
- Consider your kitchen space and cooking gadgets. If you don't have a food processor, stay away from a pumpkin soup that must be pureed.
- Ask your family to get involved!
How do you select a Thanksgiving menu? What will you be serving this year?