Thanksgiving tables change a lot as you move from region to region throughout the United States, and every part of the country has their favorites, from entrees to side dishes and salads to desserts.
Here are a few of the beloved traditional dishes no Southern Thanksgiving table is complete without.
1. Deep-Fried Turkey
While it may not be traditional, deep-fried turkey is darn good, and it belongs on your table.
With a juicy, flavorful meat and crisp, flaky skin, this recipe is sure to delight diners all around your table.
2. Southern-Style Deviled Eggs
Sweet pickle relish and a dash of Durkee Famous Sauce make these deviled eggs devilishly good.
Get the recipe here.
3. Traditional Southern Cornbread
Flavored with bacon grease and cooked in an iron skillet, this recipe for traditional Southern cornbread is perfect for your Thanksgiving table – even if you’re a Yankee.
4. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are just found on just about every Thanksgiving table coast-to-coast, but most will agree: the South does them better than anyone.
This recipe will have your whole family asking for more.
5. Pan Gravy
Made with the pan drippings and juices from your roast turkey, this rich, savory gravy is sure to cover every plate on your table. Grab the recipe here.
6. Pear Salad
Now here’s one you find on many tables outside of the South: Pear salad.
For those with fond memories of grandmother’s kitchen, or perhaps the church social, this recipe is for you.
7. Collard Greens
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This recipe for Southern Soul Food collard greens calls for turkey legs and smoked turkey (instead of ham) which you should have lying around from your Thanksgiving feast prep.
They’re simmered long and slow with onion, garlic and red pepper flakes, for just the right kick. Top with hot sauce and give thanks!
8. Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
Here's a twist on the Thanksgiving staple that you can make ahead. Our Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole (link in bio) uses raw green beans to ensure fresh flavor and texture in this make ahead dish. To finish off our recipe we topped the casserole with a combination of canned fried onions and buttery bread crumbs.
Made with fresh green beans and sautéed mushrooms and topped with everyone’s favorite crispy, crunchy fried onions, this recipe for cheesy green bean casserole also calls for a healthy heap of shredded cheddar cheese.
9. Sweet Potato Pie
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There’s no sweeter finish to a Southern-style Thanksgiving than a big slice of sweet potato pie, dusted with cinnamon and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
Find the recipe here.
10. Cranberry Sauce
The Pioneer Woman herself Ree Drummond gives us this recipe for her classic cranberry sauce.
11. Southern Sweet Iced Tea
Nothing washes down a Thanksgiving feast better than a tall glass of Southern Sweet Iced Tea.
A great recipe can be found here.
12. Bourbon Pecan Pie
Pecan pie is great. Pecan pie made with a shot or two of good quality bourbon is even better, a divine and decadent treat like no other.
Finish off your Thanksgiving meal the right way with this recipe.