Six Foods That Belong on Every Southern Thanksgiving Table




When it comes to food, the South just gets it right – and that absolutely applies to Thanksgiving. While roast turkey and mashed potatoes are also mainstays on our Thanksgiving tables, you’ll likely find some Southern comfort food-inspired sides amongst the spread. Here are six essential foods that belong on every Southern Thanksgiving table. 

Cornbread Dressing (Stuffing)

Cornbread dressing is a quintessential Southern Thanksgiving side dish. Made from scratch with crumbled cornbread, aromatic herbs, and rich chicken or turkey stock, this dish offers a comforting and slightly sweet contrast to the savory turkey. Some families even add sausage, pecans, or oysters for a unique twist.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potatoes hold a special place in Southern cuisine, especially during Thanksgiving. A sweet potato casserole topped with toasted marshmallows or pecan streusel is a must. The blend of creamy, buttery sweet potatoes and the irresistible crunch of the topping creates a harmonious balance of flavors and textures.

Corn Pudding

Corn pudding is a delightful Southern side dish that adds a touch of sweetness and creaminess to your Thanksgiving spread. Made with fresh corn kernels, eggs, milk, and a hint of sugar, it’s baked to perfection, creating a golden, custardy texture that complements the savory dishes.

Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a beloved classic that has found a permanent home on Southern Thanksgiving tables. Tender green beans are coated in a rich, creamy mushroom sauce and topped with crispy fried onions. It’s the ideal blend of textures and flavors.


Fluffy, buttery biscuits are a versatile addition to any Thanksgiving spread. They can be used to make mini-sandwiches with leftover turkey or served with honey or jam for a sweet treat. Homemade biscuits are a Southern tradition that should never be skipped.

Pecan Pie

No Southern Thanksgiving would be complete without a slice of pecan pie. This dessert combines the rich, nutty flavor of pecans with the sweetness of a caramel-like filling. Served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s pure indulgence.

This year, bring The Cottage home for Thanksgiving by ordering from our Thanksgiving dessert menu! If you’re joining us for breakfast, brunch, or lunch soon, tell a staff member that you would like to place a Thanksgiving order. They’ll bring the order form out to you. Mark your quantities and leave the rest to us! Call (843) 757-0508 for more information.