Soul Food Thanksgiving Menu

Plan an easier (and tastier) Thanksgiving menu this year by filling your table with soul food recipes. Like any good Southern Thanksgiving dinner, we included soul food classics like collard greens, buttermilk biscuits, and even a Southern Thanksgiving turkey. Load up your plate with these Southern soul food recipes, and prepare to enjoy the holiday with friends and family.

Spending time with family, friends, and great food is our go-to recipe for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner. The special holiday memories are a treat for the soul, just as these yummy Southern Thanksgiving recipes are a treat for your taste buds. For the best Thanksgiving soul food, mix foods you remember your mom making, add a dash of Southern charm, and finish with lots of comforting flavors. Stuffing, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, 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 soul food recipes.

Soul Food Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Feed your soul along with your stomach this Thanksgiving by serving these soul food recipes:

See photos and learn more about each of these tasty creations below.

Giving a classic stuffing recipe a soul-food Thanksgiving twist by mixing in bourbon and pecans.

Stuffing: Bourbon-Pecan Stuffing

If you look forward to Thanksgiving just for the stuffing, get excited. This hearty recipe has all the essentials (bread, onions, broth, celery, etc.), plus a shot of bourbon that cranks up the soul-warming factor a notch. Don't forget the crunchy pecans, too! This stuffing recipe is definitely good enough to make it onto your Thanksgiving dinner menu so you can add a little bit of soul to Thanksgivings to come.

To make your own bread cubes for stuffing:

  1. Cut homemade bread or a dense store-bought loaf into 1/2-inch cubes.
  2. Spread in one layer on a sheet pan.
  3. Bake at 300°F for 10 to 15 minutes or until dry, stirring twice at even intervals.

Get the recipe: Bourbon-Pecan Stuffing

When you have this soul-food side dish recipe on your Thanksgiving menu, you can skip the classic green bean casserole.

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, but they're also topped with an ingredient that makes everything better: bacon. Crispy bacon + savory Brussels sprouts = the best Thanksgiving side dish yet. Soul food recipes have never been better!

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

Collard greens are a soul-food and Southern food staple, so make sure to include this savory recipe on your Thanksgiving menu.

Bonus Vegetable Side Dish: Savory Collard Greens

Collard greens are one of the ultimate Southern soul food recipes, so of course they need to make an appearance at your Thanksgiving dinner. This recipe will make enough to feed a crowd. Start with a whopping 5 pounds of collard greens, then turn them into a tasty Thanksgiving side by adding pancetta, garlic, and chicken broth. Trust us: You won't miss green bean casserole as long as you have soul food collard greens on the menu!

Get the recipe: Savory Collard Greens

Homemade buttermilk biscuits are a great way to put a soul-food twist on classic Thanksgiving dinner rolls.

Biscuit: Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

Ready for flaky biscuits made in just half an hour? Yes, it's possible! These delicious biscuits require no rise time, are best served fresh from the oven, and are so quick to make that you can bake them while carving the turkey. The warm, traditional, melt-in-your-mouth goodness makes these biscuits an essential soul food recipe to serve at Thanksgiving dinner. Make sure you have enough ready, because no one will want to pass up seconds. Plus, they make excellent "buns" for a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. Pile on the turkey, cranberry sauce, and veggies.

Get the recipe: Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

Soul food always has big flavors, and this herb-rubbed Thanksgiving turkey recipe is no exception!

Entree: Turkey with Fresh Herb Rubs

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without turkey—especially not a soul food Thanksgiving dinner. 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. Naturally, all good soul food recipes feed a crowd, and this one makes more than enough for everyone (plus leftovers).

Get the recipe: Turkey with Fresh Herb Rubs

We already consider cornbread to be soul food, but to give it an update for Thanksgiving, add bacon to this classic Southern recipe.

Bread: Bacon Corn Bread

You can't go wrong with extra bread (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 Thanksgiving side dish that'll be requested every holiday—and every time you enjoy barbecue throughout the year. You could also add this corn bread recipe to a soul food Christmas menu!

Get the recipe: Bacon Corn Bread

If you're torn between the soul food classics of pecan pie and sweet potato pie, combine them into one decadent dessert with this easy Thanksgiving recipe.

Dessert: Mallow-Praline Sweet Potato Pie

Soul food recipes aren't all about savory. Everyone needs a touch of sweetness, too. 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 fall ingredients you can't resist like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup. That's all topped with a sweet surprise: brown sugar, pecans, and marshmallows. You better grab a slice full of these sweet fall flavors before they disappear!

Ingredient Substitution: No buttermilk on hand? No sweat. Make your own by stirring together 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar with enough milk to make 1 cup total. Let stand 5 minutes before incorporating into the pie filling.

Get the recipe: Mallow-Praline Sweet Potato Pie

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete with a toast, so to complement your soul food meal, serve up this delicious iced tea cocktail.

Drink: Bourbon Mint Iced Tea

Sweet tea is a Southern soul food staple. Make it a fall- and holiday-appropriate option by adding a splash of bourbon and some fresh orange and lemon juice. Prep a big batch up to two days ahead, then pour into individual glasses and garnish with fresh mint as guests arrive. Having it ready ahead of time will help your Thanksgiving dinner run more smoothly, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time socializing with guests.

Get the recipe: Bourbon Mint Iced Tea


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