Our 65+ Best Thanksgiving Recipes of All-Time
We've pulled together our favorite Thanksgiving dishes over the years. In November 1966 Southern Living magazine celebrated our first Thanksgiving with a foil-baked turkey, fluffy sweet potatoes, savory string beans, and pumpkin and pecan pies. Years later, the SL Test Kitchen continues to dream up delicious new ways to bring the storied dishes that have graced our tables for generations to life. And while we always welcome the new additions to the holiday feast (crowd-pleasing sides, showstopping pies, the skillet cornbread, a new spin on mashed potatoes), Southerners always leave room on the table for the tried-and-true classics. The recipes that have been passed down for generations and been in our family–and on our holiday tables–for decades. Not only are they delicious but they have stories that are meant to be told (and retold) year after year. In honor of our 50th anniversary celebration, we challenged our editors to do the near impossible task of choosing the top 65+ recipes of all-time. From appetizers to desserts, here are their top picks.
Sorghum-Pecan Monkey Bread Muffins
Prepare these muffins the night before Thanksgiving for an easy, stress-free morning.
Buttermilk Spoon Bread
Recipe: Buttermilk Spoon Bread
This Buttermilk Spoon Bread is a delicious cross between a skillet cornbread dressing, cornmeal soufflé, and hot cornbread.
Herby Pecan-Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Herby Pecan-Cornbread Dressing
This cornbread dressing recipe has all the flavors you expect around Thanksgiving with the welcome addition of nutty pecans.
Dulce de Leche-Cheesecake Pecan Pie
A layer of rich and velvety dulce de leche cheesecake is the star of this otherwise classic pecan pie.
Cheesy Bacon Pinwheels
Recipe: Cheesy Bacon Pinwheels
The buttery dough in this spiraled pinwheel recipe is complimented by salty bacon, creamy Gruyère cheese, and sweet caramelized onions.
Oven-Roasted Root Vegetables with Spicy Pecan Topping
The candied, textured, slightly spicy pecan topping on this recipe beautifully compliments the root vegetables.
Pear-Cranberry Pie with Ginger-Almond Streusel
The ginger-almond streusel perfectly compliments the pear-cranberry filling in this rich, fall pie.
Chocolate-Pecan Phyllo Turnovers
Recipe: Chocolate-Pecan Phyllo Turnovers
Serve Chocolate-Pecan Phyllo Turnovers instead of a classic pecan pie this year to surprise your Thanksgiving guests.
Simple Mashed Rutabagas and Potatoes
Lighten up the Turkey Day table this year with our modern twist on traditional mashed potatoes.
Granny Smith Apple Pie
Recipe: Granny Smith Apple Pie
Roasted Granny Smith apples are the game-changing ingredient in this indulgent fruit pie.
Recipe: Turkey Salad
Use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey to make this absolutely scrumptious Turkey Salad recipe.
Leftover Turkey Hash
Recipe: Leftover Turkey Hash
Leftover Turkey Hash is the perfect recipe to serve for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving.
Recipe: Pomegranate-Chess Tart
A halo of pomegranate seeds and a layer of tangy pomegranate gelée give the basic chess pie an exciting makeover.
Fluffy Corn Pudding
Recipe: Fluffy Corn Pudding
The perfect cross between a custard and a souffle, this Fluffy Corn Pudding recipe is sure to impress.
Dairy-Free Coconut-Pumpkin Pie
Recipe: Dairy-Free Coconut-Pumpkin Pie
Serve this embellished coconut-pumpkin pie as a Thanksgiving dessert for all your dairy-free guests.
Fried Arkansas Black Apples
Recipe: Fried Arkansas Black Apples
Serve these apples alongside your roasted turkey, ham, or chicken for a simple and flavor-filled side dish.
Easy Turkey Stock
Recipe: Easy Turkey Stock
Don't let your leftover turkey go to waste; instead make this Easy Turkey Stock with very little effort.
Deep Fried Turkey with Creole Spices
Spice up your holiday turkey this year with a delicious combination of Creole flavors.
Whole-Grain Mini Bread Loaves
Recipe: Whole-Grain Mini Bread Loaves
These homemade bread rolls are a surefire crowd-pleaser, and they are so easy to make.
Recipe: Shrimp-Stuffed Mirlitons
These Shrimp-Stuffed Mirlitons are sure to impress even your pickiest Thanksgiving dinner guest.
Sea Island Crab Fried Rice
Recipe: Sea Island Crab Fried Rice
Sweet crab meat comes together with rice, bacon, and sautéed vegetables to make an incredible dish that is truly a Southern favorite.
Collard Greens with Garlic and Sippets
Bring new life to your collard greens this year with the addition of garlic and sippets.
Spicy Cornbread Dressing with Chorizo
Add a little kick to your Thanksgiving meal this year with a bit of chorizo.
Recipe: Scalloped Oysters
This flavorful casserole is a Southern classic.
Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Recipe: Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Just when you thought mac and cheese couldn't get any better . . . we added bacon.
Grated Sweet Potato Pudding
Recipe: Grated Sweet Potato Pudding
Grated Sweet Potato Pudding is a modern twist on sweet potato casserole.
Candy Roaster Squash with Sorghum, Black Walnuts, and Cranberries
Unique candy roaster squash is the perfect veggie addition to your Thanksgiving spread.
Baked Brie with Pecans
Recipe: Baked Brie with Pecans
This deliciously simple appetizer is packed with our favorite fall flavors.
Sweet Potato Rolls
Recipe: Sweet Potato Rolls
Warm, light, and rich in flavor - this sweet potato roll recipe will be the talk of the Turkey Day buffet line.
Fresh Corn Spoonbread
Recipe: Fresh Corn Spoonbread
If you're looking for a moist alternative to traditional cornbread, this simple spoonbread recipe is the one for you.
Homemade Crescent Rolls
Recipe: Homemade Crescent Rolls
Some choose cornbread, others pick biscuits, but everyone votes for the crescent roll. This make-from-scratch recipe is easy enough for an amateur in the kitchen to tackle. Tip: Brush unbaked rolls with melted butter; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, kosher salt, coarsely ground pepper, and dried Italian seasoning.