10 Things Southerners Always Have on Their Thanksgiving Table from 10 Things Southerners Always Have on Their Thanksgiving Table Recipes
10 Things Southerners Always Have on Their Thanksgiving Table Recipes
10 Things Southerners Always Have on Their Thanksgiving Table
Food is a little different down in the South. Cooks aren’t afraid of a cream, sugar, and 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. Want to have a Southern Thanksgiving? Click through to find the best recipes.
Brown Butter Pecan Pie
Nothing can beat the taste of freshly-shelled Texas pecans. Except for putting them in this pecan pie, maybe.
Classic Cornbread Stuffing
Using cornbread instead of normal bread in your stuffing is the perfect way to add a bit of the South to your plate without going overboard.
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Fresh tomatoes help to bring a sense of brightness to your everyday corn in this Southern-inspired recipe.
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.
Pumpkin-Sage Cheese Grits
This delicious, autumnal take on grits is the perfect way to incorporate ingredients you already have on hand for a satiating side.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon
Meat in your vegetables is a must-have. And, really, who can say no to bacon on Thanksgiving?
Slow-Cooker Collard Greens
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.
Spicy Mac and Cheese
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.
Mary Britton Senseney
Sweet Potato Casserole
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.
Sweet Potato Pie
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.