When it’s time to plan the Thanksgiving menu, even if you want to try a few new recipes or cut down the amount of food that’s made, there’s some dishes that have to be served year after year: Grandma’s best Thanksgiving recipes. From the deviled eggs to the roasted turkey to the pumpkin pie, there are just some recipes that must make an appearance. Especially those treasured family recipes that may only be served for Thanksgiving dinner. We’re talking Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Southern Cornbread Dressing, Yeast Rolls, and more.
Whether you have the pleasure of dining at Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner this year or want to honor her memory by recreating her favorite dishes, these Thanksgiving recipes are Grandma-approved.
Classic Green Bean Casserole
Though there are many different iterations of green bean casserole, Thanksgiving calls for the old-fashioned version. We’re talking about the version that’s made with canned mushroom soup and topped with fried onions.
Grandma knows that there’s truly no occasion where a deviled egg plate isn’t welcome in the South, Thanksgiving included.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
While we know that some families traditionally serve canned cranberry sauce, others think the meal isn’t complete without a homemade one. This recipe for the homemade version calls for 3 cups of cranberries.
Southern Cornbread Dressing
Aside from the turkey, dressing is perhaps the most important dish on the Thanksgiving menu. Grandma knows the best version is made with plenty of cornbread.
This recipe for classic pumpkin pie is simple yet delicious, just like when Grandma made it. The piecrust leaves on top add a fun touch, but you can also serve the pie without if preferred.
Homemade Mashed Potatoes
The gravy isn’t just for the turkey and dressing. It’s also for making homemade mashed potatoes even more delicious.
Grandma knows the secret to roasting the turkey for Thanksgiving is in the prep work. Make sure it has plenty of time to thaw before cooking and remember to reserve the drippings to make the homemade gravy.
Thanksgiving calls for homemade rolls and this recipe for classic yeast rolls will taste just like when Grandma makes them, or at least pretty close.
Pam Lolley’s Pecan Pie
Pecan pie can be topped with whipped cream, a scoop of ice cream, or simply enjoyed plain.
Classic Baked Macaroni And Cheese
Thanksgiving means the mac and cheese should be homemade, not from a box. Just like Grandma, make sure to grate your own cheese so it’ll melt evenly and taste better than the pre-shredded kind.
It’s just not Thanksgiving without gravy that’s made from scratch with drippings from the roasted turkey in Grandma’s gravy boat.
Savory Corn Pudding
With so many dishes being prepared for Thanksgiving dinner, Grandma knows it’s always good to have a few dishes that can be made ahead of time and corn pudding fits the bill.
Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallows
Classic sweet potato casserole should be topped with marshmallows and cornflakes.
Old-Fashioned Apple Pie
At Grandma’s house, one thing is for certain: there will never be a shortage of desserts. In addition to the pumpkin pie and then pecan pie, there’s always room for apple pie on the Thanksgiving table as well.
Cranberry Fluff Salad
Whether you think of it as a dessert or a side, Thanksgiving will never be complete without a pink fluff salad on the table.