Are you hosting a Thanksgiving party on a budget this year? Even though you can’t rock a five-course gourmet meal, don’t feel like you are being a bad host. Your family and friends will love these tasty and affordable Thanksgiving meal ideas.
Cheap & Delicious Thanksgiving Meal Ideas
Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away! That means lots of eating, football, shopping and hopefully napping. If you are nervous about feeding all your guests on a budget, there are plenty of recipes to keep your costs low.
When your guests arrive, they will be hungry. Unless they are used to swanky trays of appetizers, the basics will suffice, like chips & dips and a veggie tray. Be careful not to buy any overpriced veggie trays. Sometimes it’s a deal, and sometimes the store up-sells you since it was their labor that assembled the tray.
Remember the more ingredients in a dish, the more expensive it becomes. Fancy cheeses, bacon, and store bought sauces should be avoided to keep Thanksgiving affordable. The same goes for serving size- mini is in! If you do want to serve something that is more elegant, consider serving mini portions as a special treat.
Check your kitchen for what you already have in stock. Deviled eggs, for example, are made with very common kitchen items that you probably already have. This is a fairly easy appetizer that has a long history in deliciousness.
Affordable Thanksgiving Main Course
Thanksgiving meal ideas for your main course follow similar advice as the appetizers. Keep things simple, classic and in your wheelhouse. Make one fancy dish instead of three to keep your costs down. Give the people what they want which means a lot of mashed potatoes, gravy, and turkey. And probably cranberry sauce in a can.
Squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots are all cheap and delicious options to serve as side dishes. They are also classic Thanksgiving meal ideas. Another veggie idea is to make a casserole that is filling and feeds a lot of mouths.
If people even have room for dessert, there are a few ways to maximize your dollars. One idea is to make your own ice cream to save money. Borrow a friend’s ice cream maker or dust off your own. It only takes a few ingredients to make really tasty ice cream any flavor you want.
Another cost effective dessert is to make a big sheet cake or several smaller cakes. Cake can feed a lot more people than most other desserts. All you need is a simple frosting and you are good to go. Since apples are in season, apple pie is another great dessert idea. This apple pie recipe is my personal favorite and requires just a few ingredients.
Once you know how many people you are serving and a few other details, you can apply these affordable Thanksgiving meal ideas to your plan.