Our Favorite Traditional Recipes To Serve on Thanksgiving
From classic mains to crowd-pleasing desserts, these traditional Southern dishes deserve a spot on your Thanksgiving menu. Many of the recipes can be made ahead or prepared in the slow cooker to make getting your Thanksgiving meal on the table a little less stressful. We can't imagine a Thanksgiving spread that didn't include roasted turkey with all the fixings, a smorgasbord of creamy casseroles, and of course several pies (we're talking pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato). We've rounded up our list of holiday must-have dishes below to make sure you and your guests will enjoy all the classics at your Thanksgiving dinner.
Recipe: Roasted Herb Turkey
A traditional Thanksgiving menu wouldn't be complete without the star of the meal, a roasted bird.
Brown Sugar-Bourbon-Glazed Ham
Recipe: Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glazed Ham
An easy 4-ingredient glaze will take your holiday ham to the next level.
Recipe: Turkey Gravy
Your roasted turkey wouldn’t be complete without this homemade gravy. You’ll also want to drizzle it on your mashed potatoes, dressing, and more.
Classic Cranberry Salad
Recipe: Classic Cranberry Salad
With a short ingredient list and just 25 minutes of hands on time, this easy cranberry salad is the perfect companion for your Thanksgiving turkey.
Recipe: Classic Cornbread Dressing
This traditional cornbread dressing recipe can be made up to a month ahead of time and stored in the freezer.
Recipe: Yeast Rolls
To ease cooking time on Thanksgiving Day, you can make the dough the night before and let it chill in the fridge overnight.
Recipe: Angel Biscuits
The dough for these biscuits can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days before baking.
Savory Corn Pudding
Recipe: Savory Corn Pudding
This old-school favorite makes one of our favorite vegetables into a creamy casserole that everyone will enjoy.
Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole
Recipe: Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole
There won’t be any leftovers of this cheesy dish that’s one of our most popular casserole recipes of all time.
Slow-Cooker Collard Greens with Ham Hocks
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Collard Greens with Ham Hocks
Simply toss all the ingredients in your trusty slow cooker, and you’ll have tender collard greens with minimal effort.
Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe: Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
We wouldn’t dare leave this family favorite off of our Thanksgiving table.
Classic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
Recipe: Classic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
These potatoes are best enjoyed smothered in homemade turkey gravy.
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Free up some oven space by cooking your sweet potatoes in the slow cooker.
Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe: Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
This top-rated casserole is topped with cornflakes, marshmallows, and pecans.
Old-School Squash Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Squash Casserole
To ensure your squash casserole is perfect, get as much of the water as you can out of the squash when cooking. Otherwise, that extra water will end up in your casserole.
Old-School Green Bean Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Green Bean Casserole
This classic casserole opts for a homemade mushroom cream sauce rather than a canned soup.
Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons
Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons
Cornbread croutons add a festive touch to traditional roasted Brussels sprouts.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
Instead of serving cranberry sauce from a can, impress your guests with this hands-off slow-cooker recipe.
Classic Candied Yams
Recipe: Classic Candied Yams
You can assemble this dish up to three days in advance of your holiday meal.
Slow-Cooker Green Beans
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Beans Recipe
Thick-cut bacon packs on the favor in this easy green bean recipe.
Southern Pecan Pie
Recipe: Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie
Making this pecan pie in a cast-iron skillet gives it even more Southern flair, if that's possible.
Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake
This recipes combines two classic desserts for the perfect ending to your Thanksgiving dinner.
Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
Recipe: Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
If you thought homemade pumpkin pie was difficult to pull off, think again. This easy pie can be prepared and stored in the fridge up to two days before serving.
Sliced Sweet Potato Pie
Recipe: Sliced Sweet Potato Pie with Molasses Whipped Cream
In addition to sweet potato casserole, we think your meal also needs a sweet potato pie.
Skillet Caramel Apple Pie
Recipe: Skillet Caramel Apple Pie
Your trusty cast-iron skillet is key to making this double-crust apple pie.