There’s no place like home for the holidays, especially when you’re from the Midwest. When it comes to a Thanksgiving table in this middle part of the country, there’s a lot of convenience cooking to optimize football watching time and hours spent with family — that is what’s important after all! Thus, it follows that Midwestern Thanksgiving staples include a lot of things that can be whipped up with just a few cans of ingredients. That means one thing: casseroles.
Yes, in addition to Thanksgiving casserole staples such as green bean casserole and stuffing, you’ll find sweet potatoes, broccoli, and Jell-O all lovingly prepared in casserole dishes for you to enjoy. And all of these things are wonderfully drenched in cheese, of course. It’s not a Midwestern party without tons of cheese.
For these dishes and many, many more, check out our recipe roundup of down-home things that Midwesterners always have on their Thanksgiving table.
In the Midwest, your Thanksgiving Day vegetables have to be slathered in cheese, crusted with crackers, or drenched in butter. Ideally, they’re all three. If you want though, consider lightening up your broccoli this year with this Skinny Broccoli and Cheese Casserole recipe.
You need something to snack on while the turkey roasts. And no Midwestern holiday meal is complete without a ton of cheese, including a signature appetizer cheese ball.
If you aren’t putting your turkey in massive vat of oil to get that skin irresistibly crispy, are you even cooking a turkey at all? Check out our deep-fried turkey recipe here.
Green beans won’t even taste like a vegetable when they’re from a can — and mixed with canned mushroom soup and covered in canned fried onions. For the easiest green bean casserole recipe ever, click here.
A proper Midwestern host would never leave a diner without a protein, even if they don’t care for turkey. That’s why you’ll always find another meat option, such as a glazed ham, on the buffet table.
The Jell-O mold never went out of style in the Midwest. You’ll find this quick and easy dessert right next to the apple pie. Fruit cocktail and mandarin oranges may or may not be included.