19 Retro Thanksgiving Recipes for the Ultimate Throwback Thursday
2020 got you down? Social distancing keeping you from digging into Grandma's ooey-gooey cheesy squash casserole or Aunt Anne's jiggly congealed salad? This Thanksgiving, take a mental vacation to simpler times by whipping out a few retro-inspired dishes. Old-school recipes like Classic Roast Turkey, Cranberry Fluff Salad, and Candied Yams are sure to stir up memories of Thanksgivings past, and provide a little comfort during this holiday season that's like no other.
Classic Roast Turkey
Molded Cranberry Salad
For Southern Living editors, rediscovering this 1960s congealed salad recipe was like finding a timeless dress at a vintage store.
Buttermilk Cornbread Stuffing
This buttery, moist stuffing is based on a recipe Cindy Daniel of Healdsburg Shed in Northern California got from her mom. If you're juggling turkey and stuffing in one (smaller) oven, make the stuffing first, then reheat it while the turkey rests before carving.
Green Bean Casserole
Strawberry Pretzel Squares
This delicious recipe is a sweet, fruity riff on congealed salad. A crunchy pretzel crust, a creamy center, a tangy strawberry layer—whatever you're in the mood for, here it is.
Old-School Squash Casserole
This classic squash casserole calls for plenty of shredded Swiss and Cheddar cheese, creamy sour cream and mayonnaise, and a buttery, crumbly Ritz cracker topping.
Ambrosia Fruit Salad
Classic Pecan Pie
Pinecone Cheese Ball
Free up your oven by making this delicious, updated Southern staple in your crock pot instead. Candied yams are the perfect complement to your holiday table spread, cutting through the richness of Thanksgiving gravy and the saltiness of the slow-roasted turkey. We’ve nixed the usual marshmallow toppings to let the seasonal veggie's true flavors shine, but these yams are so buttery and decadent, you won’t believe they still count as a dinner dish. This candied yams recipe is easy to master, teach your family members, and recreate for holidays to come.
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Classic Pumpkin Pie
Quick Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole
Quick Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole is ridiculously easy and goes into the oven in only 10 minutes, thanks to sweet canned yams. To boost flavor and add richness, we counter the canned spuds with luscious creme fraiche; chunks of almonds bring big brunch to our sweet potato casserole.
Classic Baked Ham with Maple-Mustard Glaze
Believe or not, in some parts of the country, ham, rather than turkey, takes centerstage at the Thanksgiving feast. A simple maple-mustard glaze delivers the sweetness of traditional pineapple rings and maraschino cherries, but adds a layer of spice. Prep and Cook Time: 2 1/2 hours. Notes: You can heat the ham ahead, then keep it warm in a low oven. Save the bone for split-pea soup.
Old-Fashioned Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Pie
Easy Turkey Gravy
The turkey may be the star of your holiday table, but it’s not reaching its full potential if you’re not saving its drippings and turning them into homemade turkey gravy. This simple recipe (and its accompanying Herb-Roasted Turkey recipe) is brought to you by chef Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alabama. With four ingredients and two steps, this gravy couldn't be easier. The whole thing comes together in under half an hour, leaving you plenty of time to tackle the rest of your holiday feast.
Cranberry Fluff Salad
While it might not be the best-looking dish on the holiday table, this Cranberry Fluff Salad will be incredibly popular. Super sweet and creamy, this dish will work just as well as a side as it will as a dessert. We guarantee there won't be leftovers.