There’s no place like home for the holidays, especially when you’re from the Midwest. When it comes to a Thanksgiving table in the middle part of the country, there’s a lot of convenience cooking to optimize football-watching time and hours spent with family. 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. For these dishes and many more, check out our recipe roundup of down-home things that Midwesterners always have on their Thanksgiving table.
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.
The potato skin is a classic Turkey Day appetizer. For the most Midwestern experience possible, serve with ranch dressing.
Deviled eggs may be best known as the star of Easter, but in the Midwest, this timeless appetizer has no season and is a must-have at every family event.
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 glazed ham, on the buffet table.
In the Midwest, your Thanksgiving Day vegetables have to be slathered in cheese, crusted with crackers or drenched in butter. Ideally, all three.
The Midwest loves its potatoes, and classic, comforting mashed potatoes just aren’t enough. A cheesy hash brown casserole is a convenient dish for the pickiest eaters in your family.
You didn’t think we were done with casseroles yet, did you? A classic sweet potato casserole (with pineapples) is a must-have for any Thanksgiving table, but especially a Midwestern one.
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. While the Jell-O mold may seem old-school, it has nothing on these other vintage Thanksgiving recipes.
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