13 Perfectly Southern Skillet Recipes Your Thanksgiving Table Needs
Your trusted cast-iron skillet just made Thanksgiving a whole lot tastier.
Looking for a Thanksgiving recipe that will stand out among the fluffy sweet potato casseroles, savory stuffings, and buttery breads? Sometimes, the key to a stunning Thanksgiving dish lies completely in the presentation—and what better way to up your recipe presentation than with a perfectly rustic cast iron skillet? Cast iron skillets are a Southern favorite for many reasons: they are durable, efficient, useful, and oh-so photogenic. They can get screamin’ hot, and stay that way for as long as you need them to. Perfect for searing meats, frying chicken, sautéing vegetables, and even baking perfectly-crusted pies, cast iron skillets are versatile and one of the most useful pots in Mama’s cabinet. Retire your sheet pans and your glass casserole dishes, and try these delicious skillet Thanksgiving recipes, handpicked by the Southern Living editors to ensure your holiday spread is perfectly stated and utterly Southern.
Skillet Squash Blossom
Recipe: Skillet Squash Blossom
The cast iron skillet serves multiple functions in this stunning squash dish—you’ll fry the bacon, sauté the onions, and bake the combined dish in the same skillet.
Sour Cream Cornbread
Recipe: Sour Cream Cornbread
Classic cornbread is kicked up with cilantro, Cheddar cheese, and sour cream before it's baked in a hot cast-iron skillet.
Skillet Green Beans
Recipe: Skillet Green Beans
Haricots verts (thin green beans), pan-fried in a piping-hot cast-iron skillet, are the perfect Southern addition to your Thanksgiving menu.
Skillet Pecan Pie
Recipe: Skillet Pecan Pie
Make your Thanksgiving Pecan Pie stand out from the rest by serving it fresh and crispy, straight from your trusty cast iron skillet.
Cast-Iron Blistered Brussels Sprouts
Sweet-and-sour sauce coats these crunchy Brussels sprouts, making them the perfect unexpected Thanksgiving side dish.
Caramel Apple Blondie Pie
Recipe: Caramel Apple Blondie Pie
The only way to get a pie with this crispy and flaky of a crust, and filling this rich? Baking it in a cast iron skillet.
Recipe: Spatchcock Chicken
This recipe is easier than it sounds—in fact, it’s one of the easiest ways to roast an entire bird, and can be done in a cast iron skillet or on a sheet pan.
Braised White Turnips
Recipe: Braised White Turnips
Fresh, crunchy turnips simmered in vinegar, and then coated in honey and butter, make a delicious side dish for your Thanksgiving table.
Skillet Apple Pie
King Ranch Chicken and Mac and Cheese
This over-the-top mac and cheese side dish puts all other mac and cheese dishes to shame. It’s safe to say that it will steal the show at your Thanksgiving gathering.
Recipe: Skillet Cornbread
This buttery cornbread is baked in a skillet and flavored with hot bacon drippings for a golden, crispy, perfect side dish.
Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Cake
Looking for an alternative to traditional apple pie? This fan-favorite cake is loaded with brown sugar, apples, and pecans.
Recipe: Baked Onions
Flavored with butter, white wine, and brown sugar, this elegant side dish will shine with rustic simplicity.