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. 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. For more inspiring recipes, see our
These spicy pickles are a delicious accompaniment to a Thanksgiving meal.
Briny, faintly spicy pickled shrimp are a staple of Southern cuisine. In this Georgia-inspired version, frozen raw shrimp are a fine substitute for fresh.
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The secret to making these addictive Southern deviled eggs is the addition of Durkee Famous Sauce and sweet pickle relish.
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This recipe comes from a true Kentuckian, Rena McClure, who has lived there her whole life. Serve it with
cornbread dressing cooked in a cast-iron skillet on the side.
This classic Southern-style Thanksgiving dressing is tossed with crumbled breakfast sausage and plenty of sage, then cooked in a casserole dish beside the browning bird.
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Chef Jeremy Sewall of the Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston shared with us his secret for his excellent biscuits: Use grated frozen butter in the batter to prevent the dough from getting overworked and tough.
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Make this gravy using the drippings that remain in the pan after you’ve cooked the roast turkey. For additional flavor, add to the finished pan gravy any juices that accumulate on the platter as the turkey rests.
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With a creamy mushroom sauce and topped with flash fried onions, this holiday classic is the epitome of a crowd-pleasing casserole.
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This ultra-creamy, decadent mac and cheese—with sharp white cheddar, Gruyère, blue cheese, and, yes, a touch of Velveeta—is one of the best we’ve ever tried.
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Thirty cloves of garlic go into this creamy side dish, adapted from
Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume 1 (Alfred A. Knopf, 1961). The cloves are first blanched whole, which enhances their sweetness, then used to make a rich béchamel sauce that’s stirred into mashed potatoes with cream and parsley. Get the recipe for Julia Child’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes »
This sweet potato casserole is an especially festive, over-the-top take on the Thanksgiving classic, topped with a crisp pecan crumble and dotted with marshmallows.
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Author Lonnee Hamilton simmers her collards until they’re tender and silky in a chicken stock fortified with onions and garlic.
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Fresh orange and grapefruit juice add zest to this seasonal staple.
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The toffee-like interior and beautiful bronze top layer of halved pecans won Rubyane Surritte first place in the pie contest at Oklahoma’s Drummond Ranch.
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Throughout the South, sweet tea is nothing to be taken lightly—most families have a preferred recipe, this is ours.
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