You'll See This in Every Southern Grocery Store Buggy the Week of Thanksgiving
Holiday cooking, here we come. The arrival of Thanksgiving also marks the arrival of countless (and inevitable) grocery store trips—the epic adventures in the aisles, searching for ingredients, checking them off our lists, and hoping the local Publix isn’t totally sold out of pumpkin pie spice already. To put a Thanksgiving feast on the table, one must first chart a course to the grocery store (unless, that is, you’re totally self-sufficient, in which case we envy you and your magnificent garden). With these pre-holiday grocery store visits, we’ve been known to spend far too much time eyeballing turkeys in the meat section, collecting corn and green beans in canned goods and produce, and browsing the labels in the spices aisle. There are, of course, a few ingredients we would never leave the grocery store without (Duke’s mayo, anyone?), but this list is just for Thanksgiving’s most beloved main ingredients—the stuff that sells out when Thanksgiving rolls around, the stuff that no Southerner would ever leave their local grocery store without when they know that holiday cooking is on the horizon. We’ve also included a few of our favorite recipes for each ingredient to inspire your Thanksgiving menu planning. Take a browse, and then check out our Ultimate Thanksgiving Grocery Shopping List to see how our checklist compares to your family’s holiday grocery shopping cart.
Corn casserole, hallelujah. Most people think that the turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving table, but the humble corn casserole is what we actually look forward to every November.
Make It: Tee’s Corn Pudding Recipe (Pictured)
Watch the Video: Tee’s Corn Pudding
Watch the Video: Fresh Corn Spoonbread
When Thanksgiving dinner arrives, it’s cornbread or bust. (PS: A piping hot skillet is the secret to our best-ever skillet cornbread recipe.)
Make It: Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Fennel Recipe (Pictured)
Make It: Skillet Cornbread Recipe
Watch the Video: Skillet Cornbread
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a delectable sweet potato dish.
Make It: Cornflake, Pecan, and Marshmallow-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe (Pictured)
Watch the Video: Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
The South’s favorite harvest is a staple on Thanksgiving tables because it makes its way into our favorite desserts and finds itself sprinkled atop sides and mains alike.
Make It: Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe (Pictured)
Watch the Video: Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie
Macaroni and cheese is a crowd-pleaser all year long, but especially when the weather turns colder. Our easy baked version is a guaranteed “seconds, please!” dish at Thanksgiving.
Make It: Four-Cheese Macaroni Recipe (Pictured)
Watch the Video: Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese