Well…as it turns out, I happen to be somewhat of an expert on the Southern Thanksgiving meal. It is my favorite meal of the year. I love every part of it from planning the menu, cooking all of the food and fellowshipping with my friends and family around the dining room table.
Thanksgiving is an important tradition for me and I’ve vowed to make it an annual gathering for the family just as my grandmother did before me.
Southern Thanksgiving Menu
What is a typical Southern Thanksgiving dinner? Traditionally the Southern Thanksgiving meal will consist of turkey, cornbread dressing, a potato dish, a vegetable side, plenty of deviled eggs and dessert options.
There is usually an abundance of food and you’ll want to sample every bit of it. The baked macaroni and cheese is always a favorite dish and you would have to fight me to keep me away from the old fashioned soul food sweet potato pie.
You can count on eating leftovers for a few days after this delicious feast of food. Bellies will be full, laughter will fill the air and somebody will be nodding off for a nap.
Southern Thanksgiving Dinner
Cornbread dressing would likely rank as the most popular side dish at a typical Southern Thanksgiving dinner. Deviled eggs are also a must and it is an unwritten law that you’ll have them or else.
I’m not sure how serious that unwritten law is but I have never risked it and always make a double batch of deviled eggs.
Traditional Southern Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
Planning your holiday meal menu is really simple. To begin it depends on how many you’ll be serving dinner to so you can plan for enough food, although that is rarely an issue at Thanksgiving. It is more difficult not to make too much food. So, will you be having a small Thanksgiving dinner or a big one?
I’ve got you covered with plenty of delicious options no matter what size you gathering will be.
Plan out your cooking over several days so that you do not get over-whelmed. This is a big meal and if you’re cooking it yourself then you’ll need a few days.
What Will I Find in this Recipe Collection?
Southern Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes
Southern Thanksgiving tables will offer a wide variety of foods from starters through dessert. In my appetizer collection you’ll find cheddar cheese pimento cheese pinwheels, a green olive dip with sour cream and cream cheese, deviled eggs, and other classic recipes that my family loves and yours will too.
Southern Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
Need some easy side dish ideas? Well, I’ve got you covered friend. Find everything that you need below from the cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, sweet potatoes, collard greens, canned green beans, my ultimate green bean casserole, Southern cornbread dressing, soul food crock pot green beans with a hint of brown sugar that really enhance the flavors, smoked oyster dressing, corn pudding, brussels sprouts, Southern candied yams, creamy mashed potatoes, potato salad, and more of my best recipes for Southern sides for your Thanksgiving dinner menu.
Pro Tip: during the holiday season keep plenty of chicken stock, cream cheese, pecans and seasonings on hand. Southern comfort foods take simple ingredients to make an outstanding Thanksgiving meal. The best part is that it is all made with love, which makes it even more special.
Thanksgiving Main Course Options
In the Southern food collection for holidays below, you’ll find turkey recipes, pork and more for Thanksgiving day. New this year is a delicious air fryer turkey breast tenderloin that is ready in 30 minutes.
The air fryer turkey is an easy recipe that pairs perfectly with those classic Southern side options that I mentioned. I think that you can go wrong with dressing as a perfect side dish with Thanksgiving turkey.
Southern Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
Moving on to the dessert table…how about pecan pie, homemade banana pudding, sweet potato pie or a scrumptious cake?
Full Collection of Thanksgiving Recipes
So now that you mouth is watering thinking about all of this delicious food, let’s get to the Best Southern Thanksgiving Recipes, shall we? There is a printable recipe card for each recipe.
Best Traditional Southern Thanksgiving Recipes
Planning your Southern Thanksgiving menu will be a breeze with this collection of traditional Southern Thanksgiving recipes. Each one is tried and true delicious.
Southern Thanksgiving Appetizers
Have a few tasty bites available for your family and guests is always a good idea as they wait on the big meal. Not too many though! You don't want everyone pigging out and risking not eating that delicious dinner you've been working on for days.
Amazing fresh green beans sautéed with garlic and bacon with an amazing sweet heat glaze that sets this side dish above all the rest. Enjoy it for your weeknight meals or as part of your Thanksgiving menu.
Y'all get ready to savor the flavors of the South with my Crock Pot cornbread dressing recipe. This Southern holiday side dish is perfect for everyday meals too and cooks up moist and delicious in your slow-cooker. Serve up the crockpot dressing with roasted turkey or chicken, cranberry sauce, and more of your favorite comfort food sides.
Indulge in the cozy flavors of fall with our delectable Sweet Potato Soufflé recipe! Made from scratch using fresh sweet potatoes, this dish is a delightful blend of creamy sweetness, coconut, and plump raisins. And the pièce de résistance? A heavenly, crunchy pecan oat streusel topping that adds the perfect touch of texture and flavor. It's a mouthwatering autumn treat you won't be able to resist! Perfect for family meals or your Thanksgiving dinner. This tasty sweet side is sure to be a favorite at your holiday table.
Get ready to savor the flavors of the holidays with this super easy turkey and stuffing casserole that is made with canned turkey meat. This simple Thanksgiving dinner recipe is perfect for one, two, three, or four people. It is also budget friendly giving you a holiday dinner for less than $20.00. Perhaps, best of all, it is ready in under an hour. Serve this tasty casserole with a side or two and you've got yourself a delicious dinner.
Delicious Southern style crock pot green beans made with fresh green beans in the tried and true traditional way with bacon and the perfect seasonings. These green beans are just like the ones that Granny used to make or the ones you find in the great soul food restaurants. Enjoy these delicious slow cooker green beans for weeknight meals, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas or other special occasion gatherings.
A family favorite easy recipe for Thanksgiving stuffing with sausage and added flavor from fresh herbs, flavorful stock and bits of sweet apple. This is the perfect side dish to enjoy with your Thanksgiving turkey or with roasted chicken.
Delicious, tender and juicy roasted turkey tenderloins are great for family meals and smaller holiday gatherings. Turkey tenderloins are perfect for Thanksgiving for 2 with plenty leftover for delicious turkey sandwiches.
A delicious turkey breast tenderloin recipe that takes just a few minutes of prep and a simple seasoning mix before cooking in the air fryer in a fraction of the time that it takes to prepare a whole turkey. This tender cut of turkey is perfect for Thanksgiving or everyday meals and great for smaller crowds.
Southern Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
Here are a few options for your holiday sweet tooth.
A classic strawberry pretzel salad recipe using fresh strawberries in a beautiful layered dessert consisting of a buttery pretzel crust, a creamy middle layer and a top strawberry Jell-O layer that everyone is sure to enjoy. Serve with whipped cream and a garnish of fresh strawberry for a real Southern treat!
A classic vanilla pudding fruit salad with a medley of fruits, both fresh and canned, with the creamy vanilla glaze. This delicious fruit salad recipe is a classic and perfect for family gatherings, summer picnics, church potlucks, or any special occasion that you want to contribute a simple, but delicious, dish.
My biggest tip for planning your Thanksgiving menu is to write it down, plan your shopping trip, and make what you can in advance so that you don’t overwhelm yourself.
A big holiday meal is a lot of work!
It’s all about the sides, darlin’! Diversify your menu with a variety of delicious sides like creamy mashed potatoes, savory stuffing (or dressing as we call it here), green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole with a pecan topping. Don’t forget the rolls and cranberry sauce to round out the meal!
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