Thanksgiving Dinner Shopping List Of Ingredients

A Thanksgiving Day Dinner “List of Ingredients” for a large group of 12 people can  be overwhelming.  Here is my list, done in the complete menu style.  I use it as a checklist to insure I have an ample amount of everything I need. You may want to add amounts to suit your guest list.

Turkey: 12-14 pounds

If a fruity flavor is desired loosely stuffed with a cut up apple, a peeled orange, and a large stalk of celery

Coarse Sea Salt for the cavity of the bird

4 tablespoons butter for a generous coating on outside of bird

Dressing: (cooked separately from the turkey)

3 to 4 loaves of sliced white bread (1 to 1-1/4 pounds each)

3 medium onions

4- 5 large stalks of celery (or one entire celery heart package, about 1/2 pound)

3 sticks of butter (yes…. 3 sticks for the dressing alone)

Dry seasonings to taste: parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

Salt and Pepper

Giblet pan drippings

Mashed Potatoes:

5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes

Butter, salt and pepper, heavy whipping cream to taste


Turkey pan drippings

Flour and water or Wondra (to thicken to your preference)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Basic Green Bean Casserole:

1 pound of cooked, cut up green beans

1 can cream of mushroom condensed soup

1 large can or bag of french fried onions

Worcestershire Sauce


16 ounces frozen corn kernels (for 12 diners, make it 32 ounces)

Butter, Salt and Pepper to taste

Simple Ambrosia:

One 16 ounces container of sour cream

One 15 ounce can of Del Monte Fruit Cocktail with cherries

One 16 ounce bag of mini marshmallows


Delicata, Acorn or Butternut (I cook all three so there can be leftovers)

1/4 squash per person

Butter, salt and pepper to taste

Sweet Potato Casserole:



Brown Sugar

Maple syrup

Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg,

One fresh navel orange

Cranberry Relish:

Whole Cranberries


One fresh navel orange

Two medium apples


Deviled Eggs:

Large Eggs

Hellman’s Mayonnaise


Lawry’s Salt and Pepper


Fruit Pies

Pumpkin Pie

Assorted Cheesecake

Pecan Pie

Ice Creams

Whipping Cream

Maraschino Cherries


More Thanksgiving Day Dinner Recipes:

Gravy From Scratch , Homemade Stuffing ,

Moist Turkey Recipe,


Cranberry Relish,

Green Bean Casserole,

Sweet Potato Casserole,

Parker House Dinner Rolls,

Shopping List For Thanksgiving Dinner