Southern-Style Thanksgiving Dinner

This Thanksgiving, take a cue from your neighbors to the South with these home-style Turkey Day recipes full of soul and bursting with rich flavor. Mix and match appetizers, sides, and desserts for the perfect Southern Thanksgiving menu.

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    Peach-Glazed Roast Turkey

    A classic roast turkey gets a Southern twist when infused with the flavor of sweet peaches. The juicy fruit makes two appearances in this recipe—stuffed inside the turkey and as a delicious peach glaze.

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    Cajun Deep-Fried Turkey

    In Cajun country, turkey prep happens just as often in the deep fryer as it does in the oven. Once you taste this juicy, cayenne-spiced recipe, you'll see why. Plus, by freeing up the oven you'll have plenty of room for more pies.

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    Pimiento Cheese Bruschetta with Prosciutto

    Ta ta, tomatoes. This bruschetta takes a trip from Italy to the Southern U.S. with these cheesy prosciutto-topped slices. A batch of these makes a great Thanksgiving appetizer!

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    Beans and Greens with Corn Bread Croutons

    This Thanksgiving side dish mixes Southern favorites—collard greens and corn bread—with cannellini beans and red onion, then drizzles them with balsamic vinegar for a punch of tangy flavor.

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    Mint Julep Punch

    It's not just for Derby Day. Whip up a batch of Mint Julep Punch to make this Southern favorite crowd-friendly. Guests can serve themselves!

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    Pan Gravy

    Whether you pour it over biscuits, potatoes, or rice, gravy is essential to any traditional Southern Thanksgiving feast. This simple pan gravy can be prepared in minutes.

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    Crunchy Party Mix

    This down-home spicy party mix is a no-fuss hors d'oeuvre. Set it out in bowls as guests arrive. They'll be so busy snacking, they won't notice when you sneak away to check on the turkey.

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    Crusty Corn Bread

    Crusty golden corn bread adds instant Southern charm to any Thanksgiving table. This recipe, flavored with sharp shredded cheddar cheese, tastes delicious with a smear of cranberry sauce.

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    Sparkling Kumquat Salad

    With its sparkling champagne dressing and juicy kumquats, this salad evokes the mimosa—a Southern brunch favorite.

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    Creamed Collard Greens

    These bold-flavor collard greens are a Southern staple. Onion, garlic, and whipping cream make this easy-prep side dish sing.

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    Parsleyed Green Beans

    Infuse rich garlic flavor into this Southern side dish by sprinkling the garlic with a pinch of salt before chopping. The salt will soak up the garlic flavor and transfer it to the beans.

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    Green Bean Casserole

    No Southern Thanksgiving potluck is complete without at least one green bean casserole. This classic version is topped with dried bread crumbs and diced pimiento.

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    Butternut Squash Gratin

    Your guests will love this dressed-up butternut squash casserole featuring rich créme fraîche and a layer of spinach. Cut predinner stress by prepping this dish ahead of time.

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    Slathered Eggs

    A twist on the deviled Southern favorite, these slathered eggs make a big statement, whether they're passed around before dinner or served alongside the turkey.

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    Maque Choux

    Jazz up your corn dish this year by preparing it in true South Louisiana style. This Maque Choux recipe gives corn an extra kick via onion, tomato, and sweet pepper.

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    Pecan Cranberry Salad

    Loaded with fresh cranberries, this crisp salad gets a Southern twist with a sprinkling of toasted pecans.

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    Southern-Style Dressing

    On some Southern Thanksgiving tables, dressing takes the place of stuffing. Loaded with sweet potatoes, pecans, greens, and—of course—corn bread, this recipe doesn't leave anything out.

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    Sweet Potato Casserole

    This Sweet Potato Casserole comes out of the oven warm and bubbly. Vanilla, brown sugar, and chopped pecans make it irresistible.

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    Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

    Whipped Yukon Gold potatoes get even richer with the addition of buttermilk. Top with salt, pepper, and chives for the perfect balance of flavor.

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    Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Pecans

    Part side dish, part dessert, this mashed sweet potato medley showcases maple syrup, nutmeg, and tiny marshmallows.

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    Bourbon-Raisin Pecan Pie

    If raisins, nutmeg, and cinnamon aren't enough to make this pie extra special, add a splash of bourbon for a true Southern specialty.

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    Pumpkin Bread Pudding

    South of the Mason-Dixon line, bread pudding reigns supreme on any dessert menu. This version gets the full Thanksgiving treatment with a pound of pumpkin and crumbled roasted chestnuts.

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    Sweet Potato Cupcakes

    These super-cute cakes can be made ahead of time for a no-fuss dessert. Topped with cream cheese frosting and filled with sweet potato goodness, they're a sweet ending to any Thanksgiving celebration.

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    Pumpkin Praline Pie

    Pralines can be difficult to perfect, but our holiday pie makes it easy to incorporate all the flavors of this country confection without the fuss. Top with whipped cream and hot fudge for extra decadence.

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    Candied Sweet Potato Pie

    Sweet potatoes aren't just for casseroles. Try the tubers in pie for your Thanksgiving dessert this year. This one is topped with pecans for a satisfying crunchy finish.

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    Pecan-Topped Pumpkin Pie

    Pumpkin pie never tasted so good. Crusted with pecans and filled with brown sugar and spice, this deep-dish pie is sure to be a hit.

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    Great Green Bean Recipes

    Whether you're scooping up a side of green bean casserole or munching on a crisp green bean salad, green beans add classic flavor, color, and nutrients to your meal. Change up your usual green bean routine with some of our fresh green bean recipes -- you won't be disappointed!
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