Regional Thanksgiving recipes you need to try
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Regional Thanksgiving Dishes To Try This Year

Shake up your holiday table
Regional Thanksgiving recipes you need to try
Courtesy of French’s

There are a few things that are essential to most Thanksgiving tables. A turkey, for one, and loved ones, for another. Beyond that, the food we eat on this all-American holiday can range across the country. These regional Thanksgiving recipes showcase the best of what this country has to offer, and who knows, maybe you’ll find something new for your holiday spread this year.

Crispy Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

Crispy Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball
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Cheese balls are one of those retro appetizers that have mostly disappeared, but not in the Midwest. This twist on a dip is still a staple at holiday gatherings in the region.

For the Crispy Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball recipe, click here.

Chipotle Beef Tamales

Chipotle Beef Tamales
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There are a lot of regional dishes from the great state of Texas, but if you go to Thanksgiving in the Lone Star State, expect to start your meal with tamales.

For the Chipotle Beef Tamales recipe, click here.

Potato Skins

Potato Skins
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Though they’re best known as a game day snack, potato skins are appropriate for any party, especially in the Midwest. Expect to start your meal with potato skins as an appetizer.

For the Potato Skins recipe, click here.

Baked Brie Bowl

Baked Brie Bowl
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Sourdough is a huge part of a Californian holiday, so start your meal off right with this baked brie made inside a loaf of sourdough. While there are a ton of great cheeses from around the world, brie is a classic for the holiday season.

For the Baked Brie Bowl recipe, click here.

Bacon-Pecan Pimento Cheese

Bacon-Pecan Pimento Cheese
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Pimento cheese is one of those classic Southern recipes, and this spicy, creamy cheese spread is a great way to start your Thanksgiving meal.

For the Bacon-Pecan Pimento Cheese recipe, click here.

Oyster Stuffing

Oyster Stuffing
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Oyster stuffing is a salty, seafood-centric twist on a classic side that is one of those dishes you’ll only find on New England Thanksgiving tables.

For the Oyster Stuffing recipe, click here.

One-Pot Cornbread Stuffing

One-Pot Cornbread Stuffing
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No-bake recipes aren’t just limited to summertime. This Southern-inspired one-pot cornbread stuffing will save precious room in your oven come Thanksgiving Day.

For the One-Pot Cornbread Stuffing recipe, click here.

Gluten-Free Rice Stuffing With Cranberries and Pecans

Gluten-Free Rice Stuffing With Cranberries and Pecans
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Rice is a staple for many weeknight dinner recipes, but it is the star of Southern holidays as well. Swap out classic bread stuffing for this rice stuffing, full of another Southern favorite: pecans.

For the Gluten-Free Rice Stuffing With Cranberries and Pecans recipe, click here.

Collard Greens With Bacon

Collard Greens With Bacon
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A staple at soul food restaurants around the country, collard greens with bacon is also integral to a good Southern holiday.

For the Collard Greens With Bacon recipe, click here.

Bacon Gruyere Mashed Potato Casserole

Bacon Gruyere Mashed Potato Casserole
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There are seemingly endless ways you can cook potatoes for Thanksgiving, and in the Midwest, they’re a holiday staple. In addition to classic mashed potatoes, a good Midwestern spread will also have a cheesy potato casserole on deck.

For the Bacon Gruyere Mashed Potato Casserole recipe, click here.

Chile con Queso au Gratin

Chile con Queso au Gratin
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Midwesterners don’t own the potato casserole. This Chile con Queso au Gratin recipe has tons of chipotle flavor, making it perfect for a Southwestern-inspired holiday spread. If you have a little milk leftover from your holiday baking and other dishes, this is a great recipe to finish off that gallon of milk.

For the Chile con Queso au Gratin recipe, click here.

Gooey, Creamy Mac and Cheese

Gooey, Creamy Mac and Cheese
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The best mac and cheese recipes are great for any occasion, including Thanksgiving. You’ll find this dish on Southern and Midwestern tables.

For the Gooey, Creamy Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli Casserole
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Broccoli is one of America’s favorite vegetables, but do you know what makes it even better? Turning it into a Midwestern casserole with cheese, mayonnaise and crackers.

For the Broccoli Casserole recipe, click here.

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole
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Casseroles are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner any time of the year. But a green bean casserole, especially one made from cans, holds a special place on a Midwestern Thanksgiving table.

For the Green Bean Casserole recipe, click here.

Chipotle Corn Pudding

Chipotle Corn Pudding
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Corn pudding is a classic from the South, and the addition of smoky chipotle pepper in this recipe gives it a nice Southwestern flare as well. You can use fresh, frozen or canned corn for this recipe, just remember to price-compare the three ingredients — that’s one of the best tips for cutting down your Thanksgiving grocery bill.

For the Chipotle Corn Pudding recipe, click here.

Candied Sweet Potato Casserole

Candied Sweet Potato Casserole
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Sweet potato casserole is an absolute must-have for any Southern holiday. And serving this side can save you time on the holiday too, since it’s one of those Thanksgiving dishes you can make ahead of time and freeze.

For the Candied Sweet Potato Casserole recipe, click here.

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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Brussels sprouts are one of the best foods for your heart and a great veggie to eat any time of year. Jazz them up this holiday season with this Southern-inspired recipe, which uses plenty of bacon.

For the Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe, click here.

Arugula, Orange and Pomegranate Salad

Arugula, Orange and Pomegranate Salad
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If you’re looking to add a little dose of sunny California to your Thanksgiving spread, consider a bright, colorful salad like this arugula, orange and pomegranate salad, which is full of vitamins.

For the Arugula, Orange and Pomegranate Salad recipe, click here.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce
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Sure, cranberry sauce is one of those Thanksgiving sides you can just buy pre-made, but if you want to channel a New England holiday, you should make this chutney from scratch.

For the Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe, click here.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits
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Buttermilk biscuits are an essential brunch recipe, but they’re also an essential part of a Southern Thanksgiving plate.

For the Buttermilk Biscuits recipe, click here.

Traditional Cornbread

Traditional Cornbread
Courtesy of Chef Lance Knowling

Biscuits aren’t the only important carb for Southerners — cornbread is also a huge part of the holiday spread. And did you know that cornbread is among the recipes you can make in a cast-iron skillet?

For the Traditional Cornbread recipe, click here.

Herb-Rubbed Deep Fried Turkey

Herb-Rubbed Deep Fried Turkey
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Should you air-fry, roast or deep-fry your turkey? If you want a holiday inspired by Louisiana cuisine, you’re going to want to deep fry that bad boy for extra crispy skin.

For the Herb-Rubbed Deep Fried Turkey recipe, click here.

Chipotle-Rubbed Beer Can Chicken

Chipotle-Rubbed Beer Can Chicken

Not everyone cares for turkey. If you prefer chicken but want something that’s better than your average weeknight chicken recipe, consider this Southwestern chipotle-rubbed whole chicken.

For the Chipotle-Rubbed Beer Can Chicken recipe, click here.

 

Orange Clove Baked Ham

Orange Clove Baked Ham
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Ham is one of the most iconic foods in America, and you’ll find this dish on Thanksgiving tables in the South and Midwest. The oranges also channel Floridian flavors.

For the Orange Clove Baked Ham recipe, click here.

Grandma's Lasagna

Grandma's Lasagna
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You’ll find lasagna on the table at Italian-American Thanksgiving celebrations all across America, particularly in New York and New Jersey. This hearty vintage recipe uses ground beef, pepperoni and three different kinds of cheese.

For the Grandma's Lasagna recipe, click here.

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie
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If you’re looking for the best holiday pie recipes, look no further than this Southern pecan pie.

For the Pecan Pie recipe, click here.

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie
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Every state has an iconic pie, and the sweet potato pie just so happens to be the signature dessert from North Carolina.

For the Sweet Potato Pie recipe, click here.

Easy Sugar Cream Pie

Easy Sugar Cream Pie
Courtesy of Averie Cooks

Sugar cream pie, also known as Hoosier pie, is one of the (un)official state foods of Indiana. This recipe is one of those dishes you can make using pantry staples; the filling is a simple combination of milk, sugar, cornstarch, butter, vanilla, salt and cinnamon.

For the Easy Sugar Cream Pie recipe, click here.

Cherry Lattice Pie

Cherry Lattice Pie
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In the Midwest, especially Michigan, you’ll find cherry pies on the table in addition to pumpkin pie and apple pie. Not feeling pie? Consider these other cherry dessert recipes.

For the Cherry Lattice Pie recipe, click here.

Cranberry-Apple Cobbler Pie

Cranberry-Apple Cobbler Pie
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