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10 Things Southerners Always Have on Their Thanksgiving Table

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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

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Brown Butter Pecan Pie

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.

Classic Cornbread Stuffing

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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.

For the Classic Cornbread Stuffing recipe, click here.

Corn Pudding

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Corn Pudding

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.

Fried Okra

Phoebe Lapine

Fried Okra

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.

Pumpkin-Sage Cheese Grits

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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 for a satiating side.

For the Pumpkin-Sage Cheese Grits recipe, click here.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

Ben Fink

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

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.

Slow-Cooker Collard Greens

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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 you space on your stove, too.

For the Slow-Cooker Collard Greens recipe, click here.

Spicy Mac and Cheese

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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.

For the Spicy Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

Sweet Potato Casserole

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.

For the Sweet Potato Casserole recipe, click here.

Sweet Potato Pie

Aaron Hutcherson

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.

For the Sweet Potato Pie recipe, click here.

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