American Thanksgiving Traditions

Take a tableside tasting tour of the traditional foods enjoyed around the country.


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Corn Bread Dressing

    Showing its Southern roots, this dressing is made from a mix of crumbled corn bread and biscuits.

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Turkey with White Bread Stuffing

    This white bread stuffing goes back to the basics for a moist and well-seasoned all-American turkey.

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Mashed Potatoes with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

    If you can't find shiitakes, buy cremini mushrooms for this chunky gravy. Both types are readily found in the Pacific Northwest.

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Herbed Leek Gratin

    Leeks were an early staple for New England colonists. To make this decadent side, layer leeks, creamy marjoram sauce, and cheese-crumb topping in a baking dish.

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Citrus-Jicama Salad

    Californians were the first to appreciate the mild, sweet taste and delightfully crisp texture of jicama -- it's a good foil for citrus fruits and bitter greens.

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Beet and Apple Salad

    Root vegetables, such as beets, are an old-fashioned New England favorite. To save time, make this salad with canned beets.

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Cheddar-Corn Rolls

    Cheddar rules in Midwestern dairy country. Buttermilk makes these rolls light and tender.

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Fresh Oyster Stew

    Northern regions of both coasts are known for their oysters. Serve the aphrodisiac in this simple herb-accented soup.

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Classic Gingerbread

    It's no surprise every section of the country claims this holiday favorite as its own -- gingerbread can't be beat.

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Bourbon-Raisin Pecan Pie

    "Save room for the pie" was a mantra at old-time family dinners. Here's a Deep South dessert that's well worth the indulgence.

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Cranberry Tarts

    The American cranberry craze kicked off in the Northeast, and the festive fruit is now a Thanksgiving staple. For a tart treat you and your guests will love, try these dainty pies.

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