Can y’all believe that Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away!? This time of year always creeps up on me! But of course I’m already thinking of how I’ll be decorating the house and what I’m cooking up for dinner for the family. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because not only is the food delicious, but the message behind it is super special to me. It’s been a year full of blessings and I couldn’t be more thankful, so this Thanksgiving means a whole lot to me! But, since I definitely have food on my mind right now I thought I’d give you a sneak peek of my go-to soul food Thanksgiving menu. Hope this gives y’all some inspo 🙂
A soul food-themed Thanksgiving is incomplete without cornbread dressing. For those of you who don’t know, dressing is stuffing that is cooked separately and not stuffed into your turkey. Cornbread dressing is moist, sweet, and savory all in one shot. I like to mix in onion, sage, black pepper, celery, salt, and pepper to create the perfect dressing!
Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a roasted turkey! I tend to go for a fresh turkey over a frozen one, and I season it with herbs and a ton of different spices. I love adding olive oil, rosemary, chives, and dill for a bold combination of flavors to my Thanksgiving turkey, and it also doesn’t hurt that it smells amazing!
Honey Baked Ham
Another Thanksgiving favorite is a sweet and savory ham! It simply doesn’t feel right to not have one at the table on the holiday, and it’s the perfect substitution for anyone who isn’t a big fan of turkey. A honey baked ham pairs well with any of the classic Thanksgiving side dishes, making it the perfect addition to any table setting.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
This is an all-time soul food classic! I absolutely love mac and cheese and so does my entire family…I mean, who doesn’t!? Creating the perfect cheesy blend and popping it into the oven with some seasoned bread crumbs creates a decadent and crispy side dish that can’t be compared. It also makes for the best leftovers!
A side of candied yams adds just the right amount of sweetness to any Thanksgiving table. Who doesn’t love the glazed yams with a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, and more? The dish is present at almost all of my holiday tables and it’s always a hit! You can use either yams or sweet potatoes to get the job done.
Even the pickiest of eaters can get down with some creamed spinach. The savory and creamy greens are a huge holiday favorite and always present on a soul food menu! It involves lots of butter, cheese, garlic, and seasonings, but it’s so worth the taste. I even like to add a hint of cayenne pepper for a little kick!
Sweet Potato Pie
This is the OG soul food dessert, especially at Thanksgiving! The delicious pie is a blend of baked sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie spices all inside of a crispy, golden crust. You also can’t forget to top it off with some whipped cream!
…Hungry yet!? Hope this blog post helped get you in the Thanksgiving spirit and helped inspire some of your dishes!