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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.
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.
Pimento cheese is one of those classic Southern recipes, and this spicy, creamy cheese spread is a great way to start your Thanksgiving meal.
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.
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.
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.
A staple at soul food restaurants around the country, collard greens with bacon is also integral to a good Southern holiday.
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.
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.
The best mac and cheese recipes are great for any occasion, including Thanksgiving. You’ll find this dish on Southern and Midwestern tables.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cranberries are a staple of New England, and this cranberry-apple cobbler cuts down on some of the fruit’s tartness. It’s the perfect final bite, especially after you’ve cooked your way through all of our best Thanksgiving recipes.
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