Martina McBride Shares How She’s Preparing For Massive 17-Dish Thanksgiving Feast

McBride even created a Thanksgiving timeline to ensure the day goes smoothly.


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 22, 2023


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Martina McBride; Photo by Terry Wyatt, Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 1

Thanksgiving meal prep is underway and this year, Martina McBride is going above and beyond in her kitchen as she plans to make a whopping 17 dishes. 

On Monday (Nov. 20), the country icon took to social media to share a look into her 2023 Thanksgiving plans through a slideshow of photos that reveal how she anticipates staying on top of this ambitious menu. 

“Happy Thanksgiving Week! Planning the holiday meal is one of my favorite things to do,” she wrote in the caption.

McBride went on to say that she and her family came together to decide what they wanted to be included in this year’s fest and in the end, they landed on a total of 17 of their “favorite” dishes. 

Turkey Is Not On The Menu

“We all sat down and talked about what we wanted this year. We are attempting everyone’s favorites (yes I know there are 2 corn dishes). They may or may not all get made…who knows?”

In order to stay on track, she handwrote three different notes to herself, including the “Thanksgiving Timeline,” to plan out each day of the week leading up to the main event, and “Thanksgiving 2023” which lays out all the dishes she plans to make for each of the three courses. 

She Left Herself A Few Fun Reminders

McBride’s last note is solely dedicated to Thursday, aka “The Big Day,” with a to-do list of everything that needs to get done on the day of, like bake rolls, make dressing, make cheese tray, etc. On the bottom of this piece of paper, she added some more fun reminders, such as “have a glass of wine,” “drink coffee,” “pray” and of course, “eat.”

For their 2023 Thanksgiving Meal, the McBride household will start off with several different appetizers ranging from deviled eggs to cheese and veggie trays. Moving onto the main course, they will divulge in a series of classics including a roasted chicken breast with herbs, honey-baked ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, corn pudding, etc. For dessert, the country singer is serving pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream and a French silk pie. 

Martina McBride; Photo by Robby Klien
Martina McBride; Photo by Robby Klien

While this may seem like an extensive list, McBride also noted in the caption that she has some backups ready just in case things don’t go as planned. 

“The Parker House rolls are a bit ambitious (I have Sister Schubert’s in the freezer as backup), we probably don’t need a cheese tray, and the carrot side dish is a new recipe which may be pushed aside for another time (even though they sit on top of lemony whipped feta and sound delicious).”

Her Three Daughters Will Be Helping

She also assured her followers that she will not be doing everything on her own as she has taken the time to delegate. Her daughters Ava, Emma, and Delaney have each been put in charge of cooking different things like the French Silk Pie and Green Bean Casserole.

After enjoying a family-filled day of plenty of good food, the “This One’s For The Girls” singer will jump right back into work as her 13th annual The Joy of Christmas Tour is set to return this weekend.  

Martina McBride Christmas Tour 2023
Martina McBride Christmas Tour 2023

“I envision a day in the kitchen with my girls, football on the tv, John and Cole in and out of the kitchen (we will be missing two of the boyfriends) and a relaxed fun day of memory making. Then it’s on the tour bus to head to our first Joy of Christmas show in Raleigh, NC.”

This holiday trek opens with back-to-back shows in Raleigh, NC (November 24) and Roanoke, VA (November 25). Martina McBride will continue through December 17 when she will wrap up in Englewood, NJ. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.