My Top 5 Favorite Classic Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving turkey dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner 1957

I’ve never seen a sausage draped turkey before. Have you?

Anyway, it’s that time of year again when we throw dietary caution to the wind and allow ourselves the luxury of enjoying massive amounts of mouthwatering calorie laden meals without a hint of guilt. And when I think of Thanksgiving dinner, there are certain classic dishes, that if not on your holiday menu yet, should be included. Not because they were invented by famous chefs or include exotic or gourmet ingredients.  Actually they’re not very fancy at all. They’re the ones my mom, aunts and grandmothers used to make. And I don’t know about you, but one bite from one of these dishes never fails to  conjure  memories of fun family Thanksgivings from the past.  I think of  them as holiday comfort food.  Oh, and did I mention they’re super yummy as well?

1. Green Bean Casserole

 Mix green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, top with crispy canned onion rings and bake.  So easy, yet so scrumptious!

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Find the full recipe from Campbell’s Kitchen.


2. Baked  Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows

This vintage photo doesn’t do this dish justice. A side dish and dessert all in one. Can’t go wrong here!

Baked Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows

Baked Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows

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Check out this tasty rendition from Taste of Home.

3. Cranberry Bread

Coming from New England, I love cranberries in all ways, shapes and forms.  And seeing an Ocean Spray can transports me back to Thanksgiving dinner at grandma’s house. She would always crack open a can to serve with the turkey. But one of my favorite recipes is cranberry bread, slathered with butter of course! The combination of tart and sweet, with a hint of orange, is irrisistible.

Thanksgiving cranberry dishes

Thanksgiving cranberry dishes

Ocean Spray has a great classic cranberry bread recipe on their site.


4. Popovers

IMO, no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without flaky,  featherlight and fabulous popovers, hot from the oven, dripping with butter, of course!



 And here’s the original classic recipe from Betty Crocker.

5. Pumpkin Pecan Pie

I forget who in my family whipped up this masterpiece first. But two of my favorite Thanksgiving pies combined into one made me a very, very happy girl and still does!

Thanksgiving pumpkin pecan pie

Thanksgiving pumpkin pecan pie

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This delectable recipe can be found here.

So I shared my favorite Thanksgiving dishes and their recipes.  What are some of yours?

By | 2014-11-24T09:59:52-04:00 November 24th, 2014|Food and Drink|2 Comments

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  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Vicky, you have to try the pumpkin pecan recipe then. I think you’ll be happy you did. And cornbread and sausage stuffing certainly is a delicious southern Thanksgiving classic. Enjoy 🙂

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    Vicky November 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Pumpkin pecan pie sounds delicious! I’m from the south, so always love anything with pecans. But one of my favorite TG foods is cornbread and sausage stuffing in the turkey.

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