The Best Southern Thanksgiving Menu to Inspire Your Holiday Dinner

Your guests will be so thankful for these down-home dishes.

southern thanksgiving menu
Brian Woodcock

Treat your guests to the Thanksgiving dinner of their dreams with these ideas for the ultimate Southern Thanksgiving menu. No one does comfort food quite like Southerners, which is why you absolutely must make these recipes on November 28—even if you don't live in the South. This list is filled with all your down-home favorites that will complement the turkey excellently, including side dishes, vegetables and sweet treats. For the main meal, we suggest serving the butter and herb roast turkey with the rosemary and bourbon gravy and a heaping of the tamale dressing. As far as sides go, everyone at the table will want to pile their plates with the Anchor Steam mac and cheese, the Brussels sprouts gratin, and the maple meringue sweet potato casserole. Some of our other favorite recipes are the green beans with bacon, the slow cooker mashed potatoes, and the squash casserole. To finish off the meal, offer your friends and family a generous slice of the bourbon pecan pie. It really doesn't matter which recipes you decide to serve from this list—they're all so good, you just really can't go wrong. We do have to warn you though: Once you make your loved ones these amazing options, everyone will be asking you to host Thanksgiving every year. The dishes are just unbeatable.

southern thanksgiving menu carrots
Brian Woodcock
Coriander-Roasted Carrots

Brighten up your dinner table with this savory carrot recipe. The dish might even get the kids eating a helping of vegetables!

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SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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southern thanksgiving menu pot pies
Brian Woodcock
Mini Carrot Pot Pies

If you enjoy chicken pot pie, give this vegetarian take a try. You just might like it more than the original.

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SHOP RAMEKINS

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southern thanksgiving menu tart
Brian Woodcock
Marinated Squash Tart

A puff pastry makes this tart so simple to prepare. The dish will work well as a holiday appetizer.

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SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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southern thanksgiving menu mac and cheese
Brian Woodcock
Anchor Steam Mac and Cheese

We're calling it now: This baked mac and cheese will be the first side dish to be devoured. No one will be able to resist it.

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SHOP BAKING DISHES

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southern thanksgiving menu braised greens
Brian Woodcock
Braised Greens

How can you instantly take your collard greens to the next level? By adding bacon, of course.

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SHOP STOCK POTS

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southern thanksgiving menu brussels sprouts
Brian Woodcock
Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Everyone will be eating their vegetables when you offer this dish. It's filled with Gruyère cheese.

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SHOP CASSEROLE DISHES

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southern thanksgiving menu mashed potatoes
Brian Woodcock
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Take a load off this Thanksgiving and let your slow cooker whip up these creamy mashed potatoes.

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SHOP SLOW COOKERS

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southern thanksgiving menu turkey
Kana Okada
Butter and Herb Roast Turkey

No need to overdo the turkey this year—keep it simple with rosemary, thyme, and butter for a superbly succulent bird.

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SHOP ROASTING RACKS

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southern thanksgiving menu gravy
Brian Woodcock
Rosemary and Bourbon Gravy

Warning: You might have to make a double-batch of this rich gravy. Your guests will want to pour it on everything.

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SHOP GRAVY BOATS

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southern thanksgiving menu dressing
David Tsay
Tamale Dressing

Add some southwestern flair to your traditional stuffing with a generous amount of green chiles.

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SHOP BAKING DISHES

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southern thanksgiving menu green beans
Anna Williams
Green Beans with Bacon

Fact: Bacon makes everything better.

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SHOP STOCK POTS

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southern thanksgiving menu sweet potato
Johnny Miller
Maple Meringue Sweet Potato Casserole

It's just not Thanksgiving without sweet potato casserole! This version is topped with maple syrup and marshmallow crème for a fancy finish.

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SHOP POTATO MASHERS

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southern thanksgiving menu cornbread
Brian Woodcock
Erin Napier's Skillet Cornbread

Serve this cast iron skillet cornbread with plenty of butter for good measure.

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

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southern thanksgiving menu squash casserole
Brian Woodcock
Squash Casserole

This creamy casserole is filled with bubbly cheddar cheese, and finished with a crumbly cracker topping.

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SHOP CASSEROLE DISHES

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southern thanksgiving menu pie
Brian Woodcock
Bourbon Pecan Pie

The signs of a perfect pie: a homemade, flaky crust, a luscious filling, and plenty of whipped cream topping.

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SHOP PIE PLATES

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