Sunday, November 20, 2022

Southern Thanksgiving Dinner Classics

A classic Southern Thanksgiving meal in my family - roasted turkey with from scratch gravy, homemade mashed potatoes, baked ham, chicken and dressing, sweet potato casserole, spinach Madeline, corn spoonbread, hashbrown casserole and glazed carrots.

Southern Thanksgiving Dinner Classics


I have a huge collection of Thanksgiving appropriate recipes that covers everything from beverages, to appetizers, to salads, main dish meats, side dishes and desserts, and everything in between.

It's a perfect resource for those who are not committed to any set menu and for adventurous souls who just want to do something a little different every year.

It's also a great source for those who don't cook a lot and need to find a single side dish or dessert to carry for dinner elsewhere. They are all my recipes, all tried and true and all hosted on Deep South Dish.

In my family growing up and now, there are the standard traditional dishes that we love and expect on the table every single Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes there's a little extra here and there, like oyster dressing or green bean bundles. Though I tried to stick pretty close to what is pictured on the plate here, this post is a representation of our usual dinners.

I hope you find something here that's helpful for your family dinner!

Though not pictured here, we always start with a seafood gumbo. You can find those recipes here. On the other side of my family, it's chicken gumbo. You can find some of those recipes here.




My classic oven roasted turkey begins with a brine, then is left uncovered in the fridge overnight, is trussed, then stuffed with aromatics, and basted with a turkey or chicken stock or broth that is infused with apple cider throughout the roast.
My classic oven roasted turkey begins with a brine, then is left uncovered in the fridge overnight, is trussed, then stuffed with aromatics, and basted with a turkey or chicken stock or broth that is infused with apple cider throughout the roast.

More turkey recipes here and here.



A flavorful turkey gravy made in advance using roasted turkey wings or legs.




A bone-in ham, glazed with mustard and brown sugar, and cooked in a cola syrup is a traditional southern holiday feature.
A bone-in ham, glazed with mustard and brown sugar and cooked in a cola syrup is a traditional southern holiday feature.

More baked hams here.



Chicken and cornbread dressing in a casserole form and served with homemade gravy is pure comfort food anytime of the year. It's a perfect dish to carry to a potluck or church social too!
Chicken and cornbread dressing shown here served with homemade gravy is pure comfort food anytime of the year and a holiday favorite. 

More dressings here.
Seafood dressings here.



Classic old fashioned souffled sweet potato casserole topped in the traditional way with gooey marshmallows, or if you prefer, a praline topping.
Classic old fashioned sweet potato casserole topped with gooey marshmallows or a pecan praline topping - or both!

More sweet potato recipes here.



Carottes Glacées - a savory glazed carrot side dish, made from strips of carrots, slow boiled in beef stock with a little sugar and plenty of butter. 
Carottes Glacées, a savory glazed carrot side dish, made from strips of carrots, slow boiled in beef stock with a little sugar and plenty of butter.

More carrot side dish recipes here.



Green bean casserole, made with cream soup and topped with crunchy French's onions, is a holiday classic.

More green bean recipes here.



Cream cheese mashed potatoes, with butter and cream of course, are all the rage these days. This version is from Martha Stewart's mom, Big Martha so I'm guessing its been around awhile!
Cream cheese mashed potatoes with butter and cream of course, are all the rage these days.

More mashed potato recipes here.



A classic southern casserole of creamed spinach, sauteed vegetables and a simple, cheesy cream sauce.

More side dish recipes here.



Corn spoon bread goes by a number of names, but it's basically a souffle made of cornmeal, corn, sour cream, milk, eggs and butter. A wonderful side dish for any holiday.
Corn spoon bread goes by a number of names, but it's basically a souffle made of cornmeal, corn, sour cream, milk, eggs and butter.

More corn casserole recipes here.


A definitive southern favorite, and often called funeral or party potatoes, hash brown potatoes are combined with cream of chicken soup, sour cream, onion and cheddar cheese for a well loved casserole.
Not pictured on the plate above, but always included, is this definitive southern favorite, often called funeral or party potatoes, made with hashbrown potatoes combined with cream of chicken soup, sour cream, onion and cheddar cheese for a well-loved casserole.

More potato casseroles here.


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