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What Should You Serve for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Back to school, back to reality, and with all of this come cooler fall temperatures and preparing for the most wonderful family holiday, THANKSGIVING.  Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to plan for a tasty meal with friends and family and to reflect on what you are grateful for.  While thinking about creating the most joyous evening, a big part of this is the menu.  Traditionally, a thanksgiving menu consists of a big turkey with all the fixings. 

Unfortunately, hosting such a celebration of gratitude can become stressful for anyone.

What to serve for thankgiving dinner?  How long do I cook the turkey?  What sides should I plan for?  Oh, and desert, the best part, - what to bake and prepare?! 

All of these questions and preparations can become quite time consuming and nerve racking… Why don’t you sit back and relax and simply turn to Smokin’ Bones Catering to plan it all?

What are the ‘Essentials’ for Thanksgiving Dinner?

The Turkey

The ‘main’ of a traditional Thanksgiving menu is the turkey.  Turkey is considered a scrumptious bird of choice and was indigenous in North America as a way to feed lots of people at once.


Dispute constantly surrounds the issue of stuffing. Is it better to cook it right in the turkey or bake alongside, as a side? What kind of bread should be used? Corn or white, does gluten-free work?  Should the bread be firm or soft?  What about those guests that are vegetarian?  Lots of questions to be answered - why not have someone else prepare it for you!

Add Some Orange

Adding sweet potatoes, yams, squash, or carrots to the menu reminds us that traditionally Thanksgiving was (and remains) a celebration of the season of fall harvest. It’s special to have a glow of orange colours on your table; it will help illuminate the repetitive colours of brown turkey, stuffing and gravy.

What’s for Dessert?

Thanksgiving is all about the sweet extras, and that is why a good pie or two is a must. A tasty pie still remains a representation of the Thanksgiving holiday table.

What pies to choose - the traditional pumpkin pie, something fruity, pecan pie? Should ice cream or sorbet be served?  What if I am not a good baker?

Above are just a few of the must haves for Thanksgiving dinner.  There are definitely more to add, so why not have the right catering company design a menu to your liking? All you have to do is sit down and enjoy it with your favourite people!

Smokin’ Bones is the Answer to Your Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

At Smokin’ Bones, we have a delicious holiday catering menu with an array of tasty items to choose from.  We take inspiration from the classic home cooked Thanksgiving dinners, and your guests will have the opportunity to enjoy all of their favourites, while savouring a traditional turkey supper and all that it comes with.  Whatever menu items you choose, gourmet treats and holiday baked cookies will always come with it.

Smokin’ Bones Delicious Catered Items

What are some of the choices?  We cater to any budget! 

You may want to try the ‘TIS THE SEASON. Choose one of our speciality salads and savour Ontario roasted sliced turkey, both dark and white meat, apple and sage stuffing, our signature giblet gravy, port wine cranberry compote, yukon mashed potatoes or roasted herb potatoes, honey glazed carrots, buttered green beans, and fresh baked dinner rolls. 

Or you can choose the SEASON OF GIVING with a choice of two salads. This theme comes with all of the above and, in addition, baked ham with rum and raisin sauce and buttered green beans. 

Just let our staff know what your budget and dietary restrictions may be for your Thanksgiving dinner, and we will make sure you are taken care of.

Smokin’ Bones Can Help Make Your Thanksgiving a Success

At Smokin Bones, we specialize in comfort food. We will help to prepare cook, serve and host your Thanksgiving dinner to perfection.  There is no need to worry about pleasing your guests or about cooking your juicy turkey – we will make sure your holiday experience in your home is met with joy and relaxation. 

Perhaps, you don’t live in the city?  Smokin’ Bones is now offering more complete Thanksgiving dinner packages in Oshawa, Burlington, Peterborough, Vaughan and in Muskoka’s cottage country.  No matter where you live, we can offer the perfect Thankgiving experience for you. 

At Smokin’ Bones, we can help you put together the perfect Thanksgiving menu.  Contact one of our Thankgiving food specialists today!


What Our Clients Say About Us

Just wanted to thank you all for the delicious Christmas dinner. My family was very pleased with the fresh ingredients and the delicious homestyle turkey and brisket dinner. The presentation and the portions were perfect. The pick-up was smooth, and the staff was friendly. We will definitely recommend you to others and keep you in mind for future occasions. All the best and happy New Year!

Todd D  -

The food was sooo good, and my family loved it!! My mom was so happy eating the vegan meal, it was not oily, it was just perfect!!! We were so happy, and appreciate you making our special dinner happen:) thanks to your whole team, Merry Christmas!

P Chopra -

Thank you for your help last week. Every event you do for us seems to be better than the one before. We love you.

Leila Rosati - Kik Corp

Milton, another great event!

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