A French-Inspired Thanksgiving Menu

From remoulade to Jacques Pepin’s apple tarte, our favorite French recipes for a Thanksgiving feast

By Kat Craddock

Updated on March 29, 2021

Start your meal with a crunchy fall salad and dunk pretty brioches à tête into smooth, sweet-and-savory soup. Ditch the canned cranberry sauce in favor of one or two boozy fruit accompaniments to an oyster-stuffed bird. Or skip the roast entirely and confit your turkey in duck fat à la Française.

Buttery haricots verts and a bistro-style potato dish or two round out the meal, but go easy on the sides; the French have mastered the art of pâtisserie better than just about anyone, so you want to save room for the last course.

A pumpkin pie from Guy Savoy or an an apple tarte from Jacques Pépin will appeal to traditionalists while delicate maple pots de crème or fragrant pear tarte tatin will delight diners looking for something a little different. Make two or three desserts and be sure to whip up plenty of crème chantilly for dolloping on everything.

The Appetizers

Pear and autumn squash take on savory depth in elegant delicata squash soup, brightened by a splash of vinegar and a drizzle of maple syrup. Get the recipe for Pear, Shallot, and Delicata Squash Soup »

The Turkey

This sage-infused roast turkey is stuffed with a bacon-enriched dressing brimming with wild rice, hazelnuts, and oysters. Get the recipe for Sage-Brined Roast Turkey with Oyster Dressing »

The Sides

You can smell the milk and cream turn from sweet to savory as this dish bakes. Get the recipe for Potatoes Baked in Milk and Cream »
This delicious cranberry sauce is a simple, luscious side that can be prepared a day ahead. Get the recipe for Cranberries with Port »

The Desserts

Make Guy Savoy's fresh pumpkin pie the day you plan to eat it. With hints of granny smith apples, vanilla, and pecans, we're sure you won't have a problem finishing it. Get the recipe for French Pumpkin Pie »
Creamy custard sweetened with maple syrup makes a lovely ending to any meal. Get the recipe for Maple Pot de Crème »

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