American Thanksgiving Recipe Traditions

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Every family has their own list of Thanksgiving traditions. You can add a new one this year by serving up a menu filled with some of the most popular Thanksgiving recipes from around the country. There are some familiar staples here from American holidays—we wouldn't mess with your roasted turkey or mashed potatoes—but you can also experiment with less-traditional Thanksgiving fare to round out the meal, including cornbread stuffing and jicama salad.

Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage

Your list of Thanksgiving dinner ideas isn't complete without stuffing. Showing its Southern roots, this Thanksgiving stuffing recipe is made with crumbled corn muffins instead of toasted bread cubes. But besides the bread, it also has more flavor than traditional stuffing recipes thanks to pork sausage, red onion, and fresh spinach. Don't miss including this Southern Thanksgiving recipe on your menu this year!

Our Classic Roast Turkey

One of the most important American Thanksgiving traditions is the turkey, so stick with this classic recipe. This roasted wonder, our best turkey recipe, is seasoned with a simple mix of salt, pepper, and oil—that's it! Remember to save the juices at the end for a mouthwatering homemade turkey gravy.

Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

No matter what part of the United States you live in, you're likely to see mashed potatoes on your Thanksgiving dinner menu. You can easily dress up this traditional Thanksgiving recipe with ingredients from your region, but if you want to keep it simple, this recipe for garlic mashed potatoes is by far our most popular. As an added bonus, it's a slow cooker Thanksgiving recipe, so you can set it and forget it while you work on the rest of the meal.

Leek and Root Vegetable Gratin

Leeks were an early staple for New England colonists, so they'll fit right in on your traditional Thanksgiving menu. Layer them alongside other popular fall ingredients like sweet potatoes, turnips, and parsnips to make this Thanksgiving side dish. This recipe is a great way to honor American Thanksgiving history.

Jicama and Belgian Endive Salad with Tequila-Orange Vinaigrette

Californians were the first to appreciate the mild, sweet taste and delightfully crisp texture of jicama—and it's extra tasty with orange slices and endive. But unlike some Thanksgiving side dishes, this recipe wasn't made to blend into the background. Instead, the flavorful tequila-orange vinaigrette will have it taking center stage. This easy Thanksgiving recipe is a brilliant way to add freshness among the usual casseroles and other heavy dishes.

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Root vegetables, such as beets, are an old-fashioned New England favorite. You can give them a fresh new look by serving up this tasty roasted beet and goat cheese salad on Thanksgiving Day. Just make sure to use gloves when you're making this Thanksgiving food—the red juice from the beets can stain your hands!

Cheese Rolls

Cheddar rules in Midwestern dairy country, so make classic Thanksgiving dinner rolls a little more decadent this year by mixing in a few cups of cheddar cheese. To make this Thanksgiving side dish simpler, skip traditional homemade bread and start with frozen instead. Then, just roll up the cheese (plus a few other ingredients) inside the dough, bake, and enjoy.

Classic Oyster Stew

Northern regions of both coasts are known for their oysters, and you can include this favorite ingredient on your traditional Thanksgiving menu by serving up a simple oyster stew. This ultra-creamy Thanksgiving stew recipe would make a great appetizer or a yummy side dish. Plus, it comes together quick, so it won't take too much time and attention away from the rest of your Thanksgiving dinner spread.

Gingerbread Cake Roll

It's no surprise every section of the country claims this holiday favorite as its own—gingerbread can't be beat. Though you might associate this tasty dessert with Christmas, serving it as a cake roll with a creamy filling and maple glaze is a great way to turn it into a favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipe. Even easier than pumpkin pie, this Thanksgiving cake will have everyone scrambling for a slice!

Maple-Bourbon 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. We upgraded traditional Thanksgiving pecan pie with a splash of bourbon and maple syrup. Serve with maple-cinnamon whipped cream on top, or make this Thanksgiving pie even more decadent by adding melted chocolate to the crust.

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. There won't be any fighting over the slice of Thanksgiving pie since everyone can enjoy their own individual tart.

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