20 of Grandma's Best Thanksgiving Recipes
There's nothing quite like going to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving. From smelling the delicious feast that's cooking to figuring out whether you're at the kids' or adults' table this year, the entire celebration centers around dining together as a family. Relive your nostalgia with this round-up of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes made by grandmothers. From classic green bean casserole to tangy cranberry orange cake, they're sure to be a hit at your holiday dinner.
Grandma's Farmhouse Turkey Brine
Get a head start on your Thanksgiving dinner by beginning your turkey brining the day before. Blair's brine recipe includes classic ingredients like poultry seasoning, a hefty dose of black pepper, and a generous amount of kosher salt. But it also includes a secret ingredient: cranberry juice. The combination of salty, sweet, and tangy makes for a delicious bird and roasting drippings that create an amazing gravy.
Grandma Reid's Stuffing
The ultimate old-fashioned sausage stuffing, this recipe by Gord Reid is perfect for a large 10- to 12-pound turkey. The dish features a plethora of savory flavors from onion, celery, and fresh herbs, but it also has a hint of sweetness thanks to the addition of two diced apples.
Grandma's Corn Pudding
A Thanksgiving classic, corn pudding is the savory casserole that has plenty of sweet notes to satisfy. This recipe by lisa cohen has custard-like consistency and many reviewers recommend adding a sprinkling of crushed buttery crackers or shredded cheese on top.
Grandma's Cranberry Sauce
Once you've had homemade cranberry sauce, you'll never go back to the stuff that's in a can. In the recipe by SJHOMER, fresh cranberries are combined with oranges, apples, and pecans for a textured condiment similar to relish. If you're not a fan of bitter aftertaste, you may want to peel the orange before making this dish.
Grandma's Clover Leaf Rolls
Making these uniquely shaped rolls are almost as much fun as eating them. Brownie421 shared their grandmother's cherished recipe, which is yeast-based for a fluffy and light baked good. To make rolling the dough easier, add a dash of vegetable oil to your hands before you start.
Grandma's Collard Greens
We've all been told by our grandmothers to "Eat your greens!" and that task is so much easier when you serve this recipe. Made with a base of sautéed red onions and bacon, the collards are then cooked low and slow until extremely tender.
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
This recipe boasts a five-star rating with a whopping 10,000 reviews. Simple, yet a showstopper, this apple pie from MOSHASMAMA relies on a short ingredient list to get the job done. Tart Granny Smith apples combine with white and brown sugar for a sweet and sour filling. Feel free to add a dash of cinnamon or apple pie spice mix for an extra bit of flavor.
Grandma's Green Bean Casserole
Don't add condensed soups to your Thanksgiving shopping list. Instead, make this ultra-easy side dish for all your green bean needs. The combination of a roux and sour cream in Amy Barry's recipe results in an extremely creamy casserole that's topped off with a layer of shredded cheese and buttery crackers. You can always add a dash of French onions to the top too if that's how your grandma used to make it.
Grandma's Southern Mac and Cheese
Although there's the controversy between whether stovetop or baked macaroni and cheese is best, if your grandmother is from the South she probably made her dish similar to this one by Rhett Towles. Macaroni is mixed with a hearty dose of cheddar cheese, milk, and seasonings before eggs are added as a binder for baking.
Grandma's Cranberry Orange Cake
Just because you've also got pie on the dessert table doesn't mean that cake can't be there, too. This recipe by STACEYO is both sweet and tangy thanks to the addition of dried cranberries and chopped dates. The secret ingredient is cranberry-flavored liquor, which bakes out of the dish but leaves behind a lovely flavor.
Grandma Carol's Pumpkin Roll
Grandma Mac's Green Beans
Ruth's Grandma's Pie Crust
The top-rated pie crust recipe is ideal for whatever seasonal filling you choose. "Awesome awesome awesome awesome," raves reviewer StevenMaGeven. "I will never use another recipe. I followed the recipe and the crust was easily the best I've had in my life (and I've had a lot of pie in my day)."
Grandma Tolli's Candied Yams
There's an unexpected secret ingredient in this sweet side dish: pineapple chunks! The fruity addition, plus a bit of pineapple juice, adds irresistible flavor that perfectly complements canned yams.
Grandma's Sweet Hubbard Squash Custard Pie
Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
The Allrecipes community can't get enough of this sweet, moist, and tender buttermilk cornbread — it has more than 7.000 rave reviews from happy home cooks. You can also use this recipe to make muffins.
Grandma's Red Hot Southern Sweet Potatoes
Grandma's Green Beans with Bacon Vinaigrette
Fresh green beans are complemented by a simple vinaigrette made with bacon drippings, onions, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, and pepper.
Grandma's Corn Bread Dressing
Grandma Rita's Soft Butter Rolls
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