Thanksgiving Dinner Favorites for 2012

Still trying to put together your Thanksgiving menu?

Listed below is a collection of our favorite Thanksgiving dinner recipes.

Thanksgiving is my favorite meal of the year, because it’s filled with nothing but comfort foods and dishes we just don’t cook every day. Fortunately for us, Jeff and I have at last two full Thanksgiving dinners every year since our families are not all able to get together for just one meal. So, we get to enjoy an even wider variety of dishes than normal.

Main Course

Smoked Whole Turkey

Smoked turkey is a mouth-watering yet healthy way to impress your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner guests. Plus, it makes the best soup stock in the whole world. 1 PointPlus per ounce.

Smoked Turkey

Smoked Turkey

Smoked Burgundy Ham

If you want to impress your Thanksgiving, Easter, or Christmas crowd, try smoking your own ham using this relatively simple method. Only 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving!

Smoked Burgundy Ham

Smoked Burgundy Ham

Smoked Whole Chicken

This fabulous spice rub smoked chicken is easy and economical to prepare. A kid favorite, and Weight Watchers-friendly! Only 3 to 4 PointsPlus per serving. 1 PointPlus per ounce.

Smoked Chicken

Superbly Spiced Smoked Chicken

Grilled Pork Tenderloin in Spiced Bourbon Sauce

A wonderful bourbon-based marinade for grilling one of my favorite and most tender cuts of meat–pork tenderloin! Only 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin in Spiced Bourbon Sauce

Grilled Pork Tenderloin in Spiced Bourbon Sauce

Side Dishes

Sourdough Parmesan Artichoke Stuffing

An awesome non-traditional take on stuffing/dressing that uses sourdough bread, artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, and mushrooms.

Parmesan Artichoke Stuffing

Parmesan Artichoke Stuffing

Wild Rice Stuffing with Chestnuts

This Charles Dickens-style chestnut and wild rice stuffing is the perfect accompaniment to roast goose or turkey.

Wild Rice Stuffing with Chestnuts

Wild Rice Stuffing with Chestnuts

Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Our take on the Neely’s bourbon mashed sweet potatoes. So good that these could pass for dessert!

Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Skinny Scalloped Potatoes Gratin

These cheesy scalloped potatoes are a total hit with my family — despite being Weight Watchers-friendly. Only 4 PointsPlus per serving!

Skinny Scalloped Potatoes Gratin

Skinny Scalloped Potatoes Gratin

Mustard Roasted Potatoes

These potatoes come out perfect. So flavorful and crispy. These pair very well with beef, pork, chicken, or fish. And if you’re counting, 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving.

Mustard Roasted Red Potatoes

Mustard Roasted Red Potatoes

Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These creamy chunky mashed potatoes are one of my family’s favorite sides. Tastes fattening ,but only 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus!

Skinny Mashed Potatoes

Skinny Mashed Potatoes

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

This Emeril Lagasse dish is pure heart-warming goodness that just cries out Thanksgiving dinner or a big family barbecue. It is rich, creamy, packed with cheese, and topped with bacon!

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

An easy delicious warm cheesy side dish that disguises healthy broccoli in a manner your kids will love. 7 PointsPlus per serving.

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Lighter Slow Cooker Creamy Mac & Cheese

With a few simple substitutions, I made this excellent kid-approved Paula Deen comfort dish much healthier — only 4 Points! And since it gets made in the crockpot, you can start this dish well before your guests start to arrive.

Lighter Slow Cooker Creamy Mac & Cheese

Lighter Slow Cooker Creamy Mac & Cheese

Baked Mac & Cheese

When a crumbly crusty cheesy top is what you want on your mac and cheese, you won’t be disappointed in this Alton Brown recipe. Although we lightened it up a bit, at 10 PointsPlus, this is definitely a special occasion version. Comfort food perfection.

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Port-Glazed Cranberry Sauce

Emeril Lagasse’s cranberry sauce with port wine is a great side dish for your Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham, or anything else you like cranberries with! 5 PointsPlus per half-cup serving.

Port Glazed Cranberries

Port Glazed Cranberries

Fresh Spiced Apples

Great spiced apples are great with ham, pork chops, pork loin, or a crown roast, but also would be good on ice cream, pancakes, or waffles! 3 PointsPlus per serving.

Spiced Apples

Fresh Spiced Apples

Whiskey Glazed Carrots

Step-by-step write-up about the Pioneer Woman’s whiskey glazed carrots recipe. 7 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving.

Whiskey Glazed Carrots

Whiskey Glazed Carrots

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels sprouts are controversial in many families, but when you add bacon, they make a great Thanksgiving or Christmas side dishl!

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Crispy Grilled Mustard Brussels Sprouts

This easy tangy grilled version of brussels sprouts is the main way we eat them in the Greene house. Only 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving.

Crispy Grilled Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Grilled Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Skinny Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

This healthy version of one of my favorite vegetable is surprisingly packed with flavor and cooks up quick! And at just 2 PointsPlus per serving, I can eat them whenever I want.

Skinny Brussels Sprouts

Skinny Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

First Courses and Appetizers

Spinach Salad with Bacon, Carmelized Onions and Mushrooms in a Bacon Pan Dressing

An elegant spinach and bacon salad served with a warm bacon dressing. 5 PointsPlus for 4 first course servings, or 9 PointsPlus for 2 full servings.

Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad with Bacon, Carmelized Onions and Mushrooms in a Warm Bacon Pan Dressing

Superb Smoked Salmon Dip

An excellent recipe for a hit-of-the-party smoked salmon spread. Tastes best when made a day ahead of time, which leaves you one less thing do do on Thanksgiving day.

Superb Smoked Salmon Dip

Superb Smoked Salmon Dip

Fabulous Boursin® Stuffed Mushrooms

The most wonderful stuffed mushrooms you can imagine. Always a hit at parties!

Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms

Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms

Marinated and Grilled Artichokes

How to turn artichokes from a thorny, hard, bitter thistle into a yummy boiled or marinated and grilled appetizer!

Grilled Marinated Artichokes

Grilled Marinated Artichokes

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

A super easy delicious crowd-pleasing appetizer that can be conveniently prepared in a crockpot while you attend to guests or other tasks. Perfect for game day or holiday parties!

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

This delicious Rachel Ray pumpkin soup is easy, cheap and perfect for your next Thanksgiving, Christmas or Autumn dinner party. 7 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per first course serving.

Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

Rich and Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

Emeril Lagasse’s fabulous rich creamy broccoli cheese soup. Our kids flip over it, and my son asks for it every single holiday dinner.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Tuscan White Bean and Garlic Soup

A simple tasty rustic bean soup. Excellent for a first course!

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

The Rustic Garden Bistros fabulous roasted tomato soup. A big hit at dinner parties!

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Puree Soup

Step-by-step instructions for the Rustic Garden Bistro’s fabulous roasted red pepper soup. Only 6 Weight Watchers points! This delicious soup is one of our family’s Thanksgiving favorites.

Roasted Red Pepper Puree Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Puree Soup

Sweets and Treats

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

This Paula Deen easy make-ahead holiday dessert recipe is deceptively easy, yet elegant and delicious. Packed with the best flavors of Autumn, it’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Pecan Praline Baked French Toast

A delicious decadent Paula Deen breakfast that combines french toast with good ol’ southern pecan praline. Make it overnight for Thanksgiving morning, to hold your family and guests over until the big dinner.

Baked Praline French Toast

Baked Praline French Toast

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