A Classic Southern Thanksgiving

A Southern Thanksgiving Menu

A Southern Classic Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, treat your family to a traditional Southern-style Thanksgiving with all the fixings. Prime their appetites with a tart pickle platter and deviled eggs, then show off your low country hospitality with all the classic sides: spicy collards, buttery mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and more, all perfect for surrounding a cornbread-dressed turkey. Finish the meal on an extra sweet note with a bourbon-laced pecan pie, and don't forget to keep the sweet tea and whiskey cocktails flowing. Get the full menu »Helen Rosner/Todd Coleman/James Roper/Laura Sant

This Thanksgiving, treat your family to a traditional Southern-style Thanksgiving with all the fixings. Prime their appetites with a tart pickle platter and deviled eggs, then show off your low country hospitality with all the classic sides: spicy collards, buttery mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and more, all perfect for surrounding a cornbread-dressed turkey. Finish the meal on an extra sweet note with a bourbon-laced pecan pie, and don't forget to keep the sweet tea and whiskey cocktails flowing.

Spicy Okra Pickles

Spicy Okra Pickles

Based on a recipe from Eastern Shore musician William "Pooh" Johnston, these spicy pickles are a delicious accompaniment to summertime meals.Helen Rosner

The Menu

More About This Menu

  1. The pickled okra, cranberry sauce, and pie dough can be made a couple days ahead; the day before, pickle the shrimp and and boil the eggs for the deviled eggs.
  2. To save time, several of the side dishes can also be prepped the day ahead: Make the mac and cheese through step 3, reserving the bread crumbs; assemble the cornbread stuffing and pop it into the fridge; and roast the sweet potatoes for the casserole.
  3. If you're serving a big crowd, sometimes the white meat can go too quickly. To solve this problem, we've starting making a stuffed turkey breast roulade in addition to the whole turkey—this version, stuffed with boudin, goes great with the rest of the spread.
  4. For more inspiring recipes, see our southern sides »
  5. For a step-by-step guide to preparing this menu, see our illustrated game plan »