This is the Traditional Thanksgiving Menu that our family serves every year. I've got you covered with all the sides, pies, and even a drink recipe.
The only thing missing is the main course itself: the turkey. My Mom typically fries our turkey so I don't have a recipe for that. (This menu also pairs well with a Honey Baked Ham!)
Southern Style Cornbread Dressing
It's not Thanksgiving without my Mia's Southern-Style Cornbread Dressing. Four generations of women from my family join together in the kitchen to make this dressing each year. This recipe freezes wonderfully and is great to make-ahead.
Best Ever Creamed Corn
This Best Ever Creamed Corn recipe is my addition to the Thanksgiving meal. Easy enough to make for Sunday supper, but decadent enough to be extra-special for the holidays.
Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese
Mac and Cheese tends to vary year to year at our celebration. Usually my aunt brings a batch of her creamy mac and cheese, but sometimes my mom makes it instead. Now that the grandkids are getting older, we have elevated to this more grown-up version of Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese.
Easy Yeast Rolls Recipe
This may not be the cloverleaf potato roll recipe that I grew up on, but it is the one I go to in a pinch. My husband makes these Easy Yeast Rolls often and they're great for beginners!
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
I love making these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes for holiday celebrations because they are ridiculously easy and free up room on the stove. I leave out the Parmesan when I make this recipe for Thanksgiving so that I can properly drown them in gravy.
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
We are a house divided when it comes to cranberry sauce. Some (my daughter included) prefer the jellied version from a can, while others want it to be chunkier. This Fresh Cranberry Sauce recipe meets somewhere in the middle.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping
I grew up on candied sweet potatoes swimming in simple syrup and topped with gobs of toasted marshmallows. I've now grown to love this Sweet Potato Casserole with a simple pecan crumb topping. It still packs the sweetness but I love the contrast of creamy mousse-like sweet potatoes with the crunchy bits of pecans and brown sugar.
Sweet Potato Waffles
When you have leftover Sweet Potato Casserole you MUST make these Sweet Potato Waffles. Trust me!!! They freeze beautifully and are a delicious way to reinvent the leftovers.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie
Obviously a Thanksgiving Staple. This creamy pumpkin pie is perfectly balanced with smooth pumpkin flavor and subtle sweetness.
Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe
And, of course, what's pumpkin pie without Homemade Whipped Cream! It's easier to make than you think and a million times better than the store bought variety.
The Best Pecan Pie Recipe
More than the turkey, more than my grandmother's dressing, it's not Thanksgiving without my grand champion Pecan Pie recipe.
I like to serve mine in a homemade all-butter crust while my mom prefers a shortening crust; even if you opt for a store-bought crust, you will come out a winner with this Best Ever Pecan Pie Recipe.
All Butter Pie Crust
Three ingredients is all you need to make this super simple All Butter Pie Crust.
Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe
This Pumpkin Dump Cake has become somewhat of a new tradition for us. I throw this in the slow-cooker (yes, the slow-cooker!) while we cook and prep the day before Thanksgiving. It's a yummy treat to look forward to when we're all done.
This Mulled Cider is perfect to serve with the Thanksgiving meal or to sip on after the plates have been cleared and pie has been cut.