Food is a little different down in the South. Cooks aren’t afraid of a butter, cream, or salt. Vegetables aren’t complete unless they’ve been deep-fried or stewed with pork. And spicy only begins to cover how intense flavors can get. And because Southern cuisine is so distinctive, a Thanksgiving dinner looks quite different.
Of course there’s a turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing. Frankly, no Thanksgiving would be complete without those staples. But the Southern Thanksgiving table has its own traditions. You can’t walk into a Texas Thanksgiving without finding a pecan pie on the dessert table, and the only greens you’ll see below the Mason-Dixon line will be cooked low and slow with tons of ham hocks or bacon.
Whether you want to shake up your own Thanksgiving table or if you want to relive a Southern holiday you attended years ago, use these recipes to have a true Southern-inspired Thanksgiving.
Nothing can beat the taste of freshly-shelled Texas pecans. Except for putting them in this pecan pie, maybe.
For the Brown Butter Pecan Pie recipe, click here.
Using cornbread instead of normal bread in your dressing is the perfect way to add a bit of the South to your plate without going overboard.
For the Classic Cornbread Dressing recipe, click here.
Fresh tomatoes help to bring a sense of brightness to your everyday corn in this Southern-inspired recipe.
For the Corn Pudding recipe, click here.
Okra is a Southern staple. This classic okra dish is the perfect early afternoon dish to tide you over until dinner — or simply a great option for people who will only eat their vegetables deep-fried.
For the Fried Okra recipe, click here.
This delicious, autumnal take on grits is the perfect way to incorporate ingredients you already have on hand for a satiating side.
For the Pumpkin-Sage Cheese Grits recipe, click here.
Meat in your vegetables is a must-have. And, really, who can say no to bacon on Thanksgiving?
For the Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon recipe, click here.
A little spicy and a little meaty is the perfect way to serve your greens this Thanksgiving. Preparing your collards in the slow-cooker saves you space on your stove, too.
For the Slow-Cooker Collard Greens recipe, click here.
Thanksgiving is all about the comfort foods, and is there any side dish that’s more comforting than a big heap of macaroni and cheese? We think not.
For the Spicy Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.
Sweet potato casserole is a favorite all throughout America, but it’s an absolute staple in the South. With candied pecans, this recipe has just the right amount of crunch.
For the Sweet Potato Casserole recipe, click here.
Sweet potatoes get a ton of love on a Southern Thanksgiving table. They’re candied, casseroled, and pied. But no holiday would be complete without the warming flavors of this dish or these other classic Thanksgiving recipes.
For the Sweet Potato Pie recipe, click here.
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