10 Things Southerners Always Have On Their Thanksgiving Table

A Southern Thanksgiving dinner looks quite different than your typical meal. Of course there's turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, but the Southern Thanksgiving table has its own appetizers, sides and desserts. 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 relive a Southern holiday celebration you attended years ago, use these recipes to add a Southern twist to your Thanksgiving.

Fried Okra

Okra is a Southern staple. This classic okra dish is the perfect snack to tide you over until dinner — or simply a great option for people who will only eat their vegetables deep-fried.

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Classic Cornbread Dressing

Using cornbread instead of bread cubes in your dressing is the perfect way to add a bit of the South to your plate without going overboard.

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Corn Pudding

Creamy corn and fresh tomatoes help to bring a sense of brightness to your everyday corn in this Southern-inspired recipe.

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Pumpkin-Sage Cheese Grits

This delicious, autumnal take on grits is the perfect way to incorporate ingredients you already have on hand into a satiating seasonal side.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

Meat in your vegetables is a must-have. And, really, who can say no to bacon on Thanksgiving?

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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 space on your stove too.

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Mac and Cheese

Thanksgiving is all about the comfort food, and is there any side dish that's more comforting than a big heap of macaroni and cheese?

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is a favorite all across America, but it's an absolute must-have in the South. With candied pecans, this recipe has just the right amount of crunch.

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Brown Butter Pecan Pie

Freshly shelled Texas pecans are the star of this showstopping pie.

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Sweet Potato Pie