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The Thanksgiving Shopping List


Also see Thanksgiving Planning Countdown


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This No-Brainer Guide is planned for about 8–10 servings, except for the turkey itself, which should feed about 12 or more (we figured you wanted more turkey leftovers than anything else). Adjust proportions as needed for your own Thanksgiving meal.

Note: All ingredients needed are listed here. Check your pantry to see if you already have some of these ingredients at home before shopping.


Thanksgiving Menu


Shopping List

Meats, Eggs & Dairy
  • Whole turkey: (12-13 pounds)
  • Pork sausage: 1 pound, preferably mild with sage
  • 2 eggs for the Jiffy cornbread mix
         (or use whatever ingredients your mix calls for)
  • 2/3 cup milk for the Jiffy cornbread mix
         (or use whatever ingredients your mix calls for)
  • Sour cream and/or ice cream for pies

Dry & Canned Goods

  • Jiffy brand cornbread mix: 2 boxes (each 8.5-ounce) (or equivalent)
  • Black olives: 1 can (3.5 ounces, drained weight) pitted
  • Water chestnuts: 1 can (8-ounce)
  • Honey: 2/3 cup
  • Corn (or vegetable oil): approx. 1-1/2 cups total
  • Olive oil: extra-virgin, 2 tablespoons
  • Walnut oil: 1/3 cup
  • Chicken or turkey broth: low-salt, 2 cans
  • Flour: 5 tablespoons
  • Sugar: 1-1/2 teaspoons
  • Dijon mustard: 1-1/2 teaspoons


  • Onions: 2 medium
  • Celery: 3 stalks
  • Cranberries: 1 bag (12-ounces) fresh
  • Orange: 1 medium
  • Garlic: 3 cloves
  • Lemons: 3
  • Green beans: 2 pounds

Herbs, Spices & Nuts

  • Sage: 1 tablespoon fresh sage or 1-1/4 teaspoon dried
  • Rosemary: dried, 2 teaspoons
  • Poultry seasoning: 1 tablespoon
  • Bay leaves: 4
  • Red pepper flakes, crushed: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cloves, ground: dash
  • Ginger, ground: dash
  • Pine nuts: 1/2 cup
  • Walnuts: 1/2 to 3/4 cups chopped (optional)
  • Pecans: 2 cups shelled halves
  • Peppercorns: for fresh ground pepper
  • Salt


  • White wine: 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Pies: pumpkin and/or pecan, either bought from a bakery
         or made using your favorite recipe

Also see Thanksgiving Planning Countdown

Thanksgiving No-Brainer


FoodWine's Perfect Turkey Handbook
Using a Meat Thermometer


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