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.
Nothing can beat the taste of freshly-shelled Texas pecans. Except for putting them in this pecan pie, maybe.
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.
This delicious, autumnal take on grits is the perfect way to incorporate ingredients you already have on hand for a satiating side.
Meat in your vegetables is a must-have. And, really, who can say no to bacon on Thanksgiving?
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.
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 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 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.