The Best Southern Thanksgiving Menu
These top-rated Southern favorites add a touch of down-home deliciousness. Bring a big appetite to the Thanksgiving table, folks! Because we're going to roast a turkey, of course, and bake a ham, too. And then we're going large on the sides, combining traditional Thanksgiving recipes and some fresh takes, and wrapping it all up with an irresistible chocolate and bourbon pecan pie!
Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey
Rub the bird with a simple mix of dried herbs and stuff it with orange wedges, celery, onions, and carrots. Then bathe the bird in champagne and chicken broth and seal it up in aluminum foil. The meat comes out of the oven moist and succulent. "The best turkey I have ever made," raves Leslie Rush. "Juicy, and oh, my goodness, the gravy. So much flavor. It's worth making just for the gravy! After it finished cooking we added the veggies from inside the turkey to our stuffing, and made it the best stuffing, too!"
Simple Turkey Gravy
This easy recipe transforms your turkey drippings into gravy with the help of all-purpose flour and turkey stock. Pour it over cornbread dressing, rice, dinner rolls, you name it. "Simple and so good! The best turkey gravy we've had, and it reheated perfectly days later," Audrey Cook says.
Honey Glazed Ham
"This ham tastes very much like the famous honey baked ham but costs much less, and there's no need to fight the crowds at holiday time," says Colleen B. Smith. "You can even buy the ham pre-sliced to make it easier and more like the original. It is very good. (I do this while preparing the rest of the meal in the kitchen so that I don't forget to baste!)"
Grandma's Cranberry Sauce
Pecans give classic cranberry sauce Southern flair. "This wonderful and simple cranberry sauce is my grandmother's recipe. We had it every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I predict you will have people begging for more," recipe creator SJHOMER says.
Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole
Whole kernel corn and cream-style corn combine with sour cream, eggs, butter, and muffin mix in this simple corn casserole. "This truly is the most delicious stuff!" raves LETSGGGO. "A bit like a cross between corn souffle and a slightly sweet corn pudding! You will love the ease of preparation and especially the taste. Note: The ingredients can be doubled and baked in a 9x13 inch baking dish in almost the same amount of cooking time."
Smothered Green Beans
Fresh green beans are kicked up in flavor with bacon, onion, and minced garlic. "This will take the place of Green Bean Casserole for Thanksgiving dinner," says CHELLEYBEAR. "The whole family loved it."
Grandma's Corn Bread Dressing
The perfect companion for turkey, this crowdpleaser is a must-have for Thanksgiving dinner. Sage adds savory flavor and a wonderful aroma. And boxed cornbread makes quick work of things. "My grandmother often made this for my family at holidays and also just with good homemade meals," says Amy. "I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!"
Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
Gorgeous sweet potatoes flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and vanilla. "These sweet potatoes are fantastic!" raves Bev. "So simple to prepare and great tasting. I wouldn't change a thing in the recipe, except perhaps next time, doubling the recipe!"
Mouse's Macaroni and Cheese
Cheesy meets easy. You'll melt two kinds of cheese on the stove before combining the cheese sauce with elbow mac and baking topped with bread crumbs. It’s very cheesy and creamy, and a little mustard powder gives it some kick. "If you love your mac and cheese moist and cheesy, this is the recipe for you," says JENNISON. "I loved it, and it will become my permanent mac and cheese recipe."
Kickin' Collard Greens
Bacon, garlic, onions, and red pepper flakes build big flavors in this simple Southern side. The technique works wonders with mustard or turnip greens, too. "Whoa! We all LOVED these greens," says Brandy Lee. "I have found a dish that will be gracing our Thanksgiving table from now on. My Southern-gentleman husband kept commenting on how good they smelled."
Broccoli Casserole with Rice
Here's a super-simple broccoli casserole for the holidays or any special meal. Bonus: canned soup and processed cheese make prep time a snap. "This recipe is just awesome!" raves KSHARP01. "I made it for a Thanksgiving dish the 1st time and have made it several more times since."
Southern Butter Rolls
There's no butter in these light yeast rolls. "These turned out wonderful! Light and fluffy and perfect for soaking up gravy!" says bllbored.
Sweetest Southern Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potatoes are whipped until light and fluffy. Serve warm or cold with a dollop of whipped cream. "It's quite sweet, with a lighter texture than your typical sweet potato pie," says wisweetp. "If you like sweet potatoes and you have a sweet tooth, this one's for you!"
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Bourbon and chocolate give a kick to a Southern classic. "This is the ultimate pie for any Thanksgiving dinner!" says BJaremco. "I made it last year, and I am already looking forward to making it this year for my family and soon to be inlaws."