Grandma-Approved Throwback Thanksgiving Recipes

posted: 11/08/17
by: Katie Morton

The Super Bowl of food is right around the corner! That's right, Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. To help out, we've curated a list of all-star, traditional Thanksgiving recipes, which are guaranteed to taste like they came straight out of Grandma's oven.


1. Martha Stewart's Perfect Turkey Gravy

Ask any traditionalist and they'll tell you that the golden, glistening bird is not complete unless there's a rich turkey gravy to accompany it. Pour this flavor-packed gravy over your roast turkey, fluffy potatoes, savory stuffing --even leftovers the next day! This gravy is best served in Grandma's antique silver gravy boat.

Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes

2. Traditional Mashed Potatoes

Modern mashed potatoes have become overly fancy--you can add Gouda, bacon, rosemary... you name it. Grandma-approved mashed potatoes, on the other hand, need nothing more than fresh potatoes and puddles of melted butter. Save room for seconds!


3. Grandma's Thanksgiving Stuffing

Few foods rank higher than good, old-fashioned breadcrumb stuffing. This stuffing is chock full of flavor, with a side of nostalgia. The best part is that you can make this recipe the day before. The flavors will meld together as it sets in the fridge.

Freshly baked cornbread with sweet creamery butter.  Mmmmmm...

4. The Pioneer Woman's Herbed Cornbread

For Southern families, a holiday meal isn't complete without generous potions of crumbly, homemade cornbread. The secret ingredient in this throwback recipe is buttermilk, which keeps the bread mouthwateringly moist. The trifecta of dried herbs--basil, thyme, and sage--can be more found in any self-respecting Grandma's wooden spice rack.

Christmas mulled red wine in a glass on a wooden table

5. Valerie Bertinell's Cranberry Orange Holiday Punch

It's not a family feast without libations. This year, forgo the Prosecco and Pinot Noir and make a big bowl of jewel-toned punch. Remember the Bundt pan that was passed down from your mom or grandma? Use it this year to freeze a floating ice ring to display in your punch bowl. Serve with a silver ladle and traditional punch glasses.

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6. Barefoot Contessa's Mac and Cheese

Nothing says traditional holiday comfort food like homemade mac and cheese. Two kinds of savory cheese--nutty Gruyere and sharp cheddar--combine to make this the richest mac and cheese ever. The lightest sprinkle of ground nutmeg adds a touch of holiday flavor.

Green bean casserole - a traditional Thanksgiving side dish. Green beans mixed with cream of mushroom soup and topped with french-fried onions.

7. Best Ever Green Been Casserole

You'll up the nostalgia factor at your Thanksgiving holiday table when you serve this old-fashioned green bean casserole. The best part is that this delicious recipe is super quick and easy, so you have more time to enjoy your guests.

Brazilian sweet custard-like dessert curau de milho mousse of corn with cinnamon. Selective focus. Copy space

8. Grandma's Corn Pudding Recipe

If you grew up in the South, then this custardy corn pudding was served at every holiday dinner. If you want to up the custard texture, add a splash of heavy cream to the recipe.

A slice of Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie with homemade whipped cream, almonds and pumpkin spice. Extreme shallow depth of field.

9. Martha's Pumpkin Pie

It's not Thanksgiving without homemade dessert. And for many of us, pumpkin pie is that go-to dessert. For the best flavor, roast whole small pumpkins. Martha Stewart recommends the sweet squash varietals "Sugar Pie" or "New England Pie." Oh, and don't skimp on the fresh whipped cream!

Try out our Grandma-approved, throwback Thanksgiving recipes this year and you'll have one more reason to give thanks. From our TLC family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!