Spending time with family, friends, and great food is our go-to recipe for a memorable Thanksgiving. The special holiday memories are a treat for the soul, just as these yummy recipes are a treat for your taste buds.
For the best Thanksgiving soul food, mix foods you remember Mom making, add a dash of Southern charm, and finish with lots of comforting flavors.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with the most homey, cozy recipes this year. Stuffing, Brussels sprouts, biscuits, turkey, corn bread, and pie are all on the menu. So get your fork ready, because you won't want to miss any of these delicious dishes.
Stuffing: Bourbon-Pecan Stuffing
If you look forward to Thanksgiving for the stuffing, get excited. This hearty recipe has all the essentials (bread, onions, broth, celery, etc.), but a shot of bourbon cranks up the soul-warming factor a notch. And don't forget the crunchy pecans!
To make your own bread cubes for stuffing:
- Cut homemade bread or a dense store-bought loaf into 1/2-inch cubes.
- Spread in one layer on a sheet pan.
- Bake at 300 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until dry, stirring twice at even intervals.
Get the recipe: Bourbon-Pecan Stuffing
Vegetable Side Dish: Creamy Brussels Sprouts
Whoever gave Brussels sprouts a bad rap never had this Creamy Brussels Sprouts recipe! Not only are these sprouts coated in a creamy sauce, they are also topped with an ingredient that makes everything better. That's right: bacon.
Crispy bacon + savory Brussels sprouts = the best vegetable side dish yet.
Fan Rave: "This side dish was a hit, and everybody wanted the recipe. The dressing is not too overpowering with the Brussels sprouts." — J Malonzo
Get the recipe: Creamy Brussels Sprouts
Biscuit: Classic Buttermilk Biscuits
Ready for flaky biscuits made in just half an hour? Yes, it's possible!
These delicious, no-rise-time-required biscuits are best served fresh from the oven. The warm, traditional, melt-in-your-mouth goodness makes these biscuits an essential soul food to serve this Thanksgiving.
Make sure you have enough ready, because no one will want to pass up seconds. Plus, they make for excellent "buns" for a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. Pile on the turkey, cranberry sauce, and veggies.
Get the recipe: Classic Buttermilk Biscuits
Entree: Turkey with Fresh-Herb Rubs
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without turkey. This classic entrée never gets old!
To give this centerpiece a personal touch, try making a spice blend to rub on the skin before roasting. Try Five Herb Rub, Cilantro-Cumin Rub, Sage-Honey Butter Rub, or Arugula-Basil Pesto Rub. Any of these are sure to please.
Save any leftover rub to use on chicken breasts or steak the following week.
Get the recipe: Turkey with Fresh-Herb Rubs
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Bread: Bacon Corn Bread
You can't go wrong with extra bread (yes, even in addition to the biscuits) AND extra bacon.
This Bacon Corn Bread recipe gives you both for a surefire crowd-pleaser. Served warm with a side of butter, this yummy recipe will quickly become a side dish that'll be requested every holiday—and every time you enjoy barbecue throughout the year.
Get the recipe: Bacon Corn Bread
Dessert: Mallow-Praline Sweet Potato Pie
If you have trouble deciding between the nutty flavor of pecan pie and the soul food-fave sweet potato pie, this recipe is for you. This dessert is made with the delicious ingredients you can't resist, like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup. That's all topped with a sweet surprise: a mixture of brown sugar, pecans, and marshmallows.
With all these sweet fall flavors, you better grab a slice before they all disappear!
Ingredient Substitution: No buttermilk on hand? No sweat. Make your own by stirring together 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar with enough milk to make 1 cup total. Let stand for 5 minutes before incorporating into the pie filling.
Get the recipe: Mallow-Praline Sweet Potato Pie
Drink: Bourbon Mint Iced Tea
Sweet tea is a Southern staple. Make it a fall- and holiday-appropriate option by adding a splash of bourbon and some fresh orange and lemon juice. Make a big batch up to two days ahead, then pour into individual glasses and garnish with fresh mint as guests arrive.
Get the recipe: Bourbon Mint Iced Tea
Fun for the Family, Good for the Soul
A soulful Thanksgiving meal is all about family, so make sure the kids are included, too. These activities and crafts are so fun the grown-up kids will want to join!
Unique ways to express thanks and brand-new ideas for turkey crafts are among the ways to start a new heart-warming tradition this year.