And while we always welcome the new additions to the holiday feast crowd-pleasing sides , showstopping pies , the skillet cornbread, a new spin on mashed potatoes , Southerners always leave room on the table for the tried-and-true classics. The recipes that have been passed down for generations and been in our family—and on our holiday tables—for decades. Not only are they delicious but they have stories that are meant to be told and retold year after year.
From appetizers to desserts , here are their top picks. Recipe: Fresh Corn Spoonbread. If you're looking for a moist alternative to traditional cornbread, this simple spoonbread recipe is the one for you. Recipe: Icebox Dinner Rolls.
Leaving even a drop of gravy on your plate might offend someone. Sop up those drippings with these warm and delicious rolls.
Recipe: Homemade Crescent Rolls. Some choose cornbread, others pick biscuits, but everyone votes for the crescent roll. This make-from-scratch recipe is easy enough for an amateur in the kitchen to tackle. Tip: Brush unbaked rolls with melted butter; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, kosher salt, coarsely ground pepper, and dried Italian seasoning. Recipe: Tee's Corn Pudding. An unexpected side dish that is packed with flavor.
Our grain salad is loaded with fresh ingredients like feta cheese, sweet dried cherries, scallions, and toasted pecans. Brussels sprouts are finally having a moment, and getting the attention they deserve. This beautiful recipe calls for crunchy cornbread croutons too. Recipe: Root Vegetable Gratin. This comforting side dish combines our favorite seasonal root vegetables—hearty russet potatoes, crunchy rutabagas, and snappy parsnips—and cooks them together.
With carmelized edges and an intricate presentation, this Thanksgiving side is pretty enough to stand in as the table's centerpiece. Packed with flavor and light on fat, this hearty vegetable dish takes broccoli to a whole new level. This green bean recipe frees up precious stove-top space and reminds us of the traditional green beans our grandmothers used to make. This cheesy, creamy potato casserole uses frozen hash browns, cream of mushroom soup, shredded Cheddar cheese, and a straight-out-of-the-box corn flakes cereal.
source Recipe: Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. We've made quite a few mashed potato recipes over the years but this is by far the best. Our mouthwatering version calls for goat cheese, heavy cream, and chopped fresh chives. Add some magic to your traditional mashed potatoes with rich browned butter and creamy buttermilk. Crispy on the outside and tender and creamy on the inside, these are the best baby potatoes around. Recipe: Classic Sweet Potato Casserole. This sweet potato is top-rated, and we're guessing it's because of the toppings, which includes crunchy pecans, crispy cornflakes, brown sugar, butter, and more.
Looking for an alternative to sweet potato casserole? This sausage ball appetizer combines sweet potatoes, spicy chorizo sausage, and sharp Cheddar cheese into mini appetizers. What's better than Macaroni and Cheese? Macaroni made with four cheeses, such as Cheddar, Monterey Jack, fontina, and Asiago. This homemade baked macaroni and cheese recipe beats the boxed kind any day of the week.
First things first, lets think about the protein. Turkey is typically the main star of Thanksgiving dinner, and there are so many ways of flavor the bird. Keep it classic with lots of butter rubbed on the skin, fresh herbs, and citrus, or liven up your turkey by deep-frying it. Ham, typically pre-cooked, can stand up to flavor-packed glazes, and all you need to do is heat the ham through and serve! You'll never go back to cooking in an oven again after you have this juicy, tender, deep-fried bird. You can't go wrong with this timeless recipe. It even includes a matching gravy recipe to perfectly complement the turkey.
Top tip: Roast your bird on top of root veggies so that they can soak up all the delicious flavor from the turkey. Turkey — no matter how you make it — is the star of the show and it should be treated as such.
The big moment has arrived! Serve a show-stopping turkey that's salty and sweet and masterfully delicious.
Browse Food Network's best Thanksgiving recipes like turkey, side dishes, appetizers and desserts that fans have made and reviewed over the years. Make dinner even more impressive with these Thanksgiving appetizers and More: 44 Easy Casserole Recipes to Make for Any Occasion.
We've figured out how to cook the bird and the sides all at once without adjusting the oven. You're welcome. For more than years, GH has been sharing triple-tested turkey recipes. This golden New Orleans-inspired bird shows you just how far we've come. This citrus-sage turkey is so delicious, everyone will demand you cook up next year's feast, too.
Asparagus, Peas, and Tomato with Herb Butter. Cauliflower alla Parmigiana. Recipe: Tee's Corn Pudding. Store-bought puff-pastry dough is your secret weapon. Cranberry Sauce. Made with chipotle chilli and fresh green chilli this is both warming and with a kick. The last thing you want to do is go for random, unvetted recipes that could cost you precious hours on the big day.
Yes, it is possible to make a soup in under 10 minutes. So save precious time at Thanksgiving and whip up a cozy bowl to serve as a starter. Skip the squash soup, this year. Cauliflower adds a little variety to your classic Thanksgiving appetizer, and a drizzle of chive oil, it's extra sophisticated. Opt for vegetable broth instead of chicken and you'll have a flavorful vegetarian soup on the table in a half hour. If you're lucky enough to have leftovers of these fluffy, flaky biscuits, turn them into the base of the best-ever leftover Turkey sandwich.
A brush of melted butter is a must before you pop these super-simple biscuits in the oven for the ultimate golden crust. If you're craving raw veggies for your Thanksgiving table, try this fresh salad, topped with bacon, to start off your meal. Make 'em for your extra special guests this year.
Pumpkin is for more than pie! Garnish with fried sage and shiitake to make this Thanksgiving starter a little fancier. Chorizo, cooked in olive oil, makes for the most sophisticated soup garnish. Trust us. For an extra smooth soup, roast the butternut squash until it's fork-tender and then add it to a pot with broth. Later, top with roasted pumpkin seeds to give the cozy dish some crunch. A pinch of cayenne is tempered by slightly sweet, creamy coconut milk for a soup even spice-avoiders will love.
Skip ordinary dinner rolls and serve up a big batch of these cheesy, apple biscuits. They'll be the hit of Thanksgiving dinner. This cozy soup takes only 15 minutes to prep, so maybe you'll get to watch some of the parade this year! Customize this stuffing to your liking — chestnuts, apples, raisins, the list goes on.