Paula’s Thanksgiving Menu

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Ever wondered what Paula makes Thanksgiving? We’ve got answers for you! We’ve compiled her top favorite Thanksgiving recipes into one unforgettable (and absolutely delicious) menu to share with you and your families.

What are you making this year?

Main Course:
Deep-Fried Turkey
Paula’s favorite way to prepare a turkey is, of course, to deep-fry it! You won’t believe how much time this will save you on Thanksgiving Day. Read more about why we love a deep-friend turkey.

Cola Basted Ham
The secret the to the best-tasting ham? That’s right, folks. It’s a can of cola!

Sides:
Southern Cornbread Stuffing
Stuffing is something that we take very seriously, and so does Paula. Why, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at all without Paula’s Southern Cornbread Stuffing! Nervous about make your own? Here are some of Paula’s best tips to get you started.


Cranberry Salad
You’ll never go back to traditional canned cranberry sauce again once you’ve tried this cranberry salad recipe.

The Lady’s Mac and Cheese
Thousands of guests enjoy this recipe every year at The Lady and Sons, and now you can enjoy it at your holiday table!

Giblet Gravy
Learn how to be the gravy master in your home this Thanksgiving with our gravy how-to. Trust us, your family will be glad you did.

Aunt Peggy’s Sweet Potato Soufflé
Paula’s dear Aunt Peggy makes this sweet side dish every year. If she didn’t, well then you might as well just cancel the whole day!

Green Beans with New Potatoes
Green beans and new potatoes round out traditional side dishes for Thanksgiving. What are your favorite sides?

Salad:
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
This salad is great for your holiday table all through the fall and winter. Mushrooms, spinach, and a savory warm bacon dressing create a wonderful set of flavors.

Dessert:
Pumpkin Pie
You say Thanksgiving, and we say Pumpkin Pie! Paula’s recipe is so smooth and decadent; it’s the epitome of pumpkin pies.

Dark Rum Pecan Pie
Tired of traditional pecan pies? Add a little bit of “something extra” with this dark rum pecan pie.

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All of the recipes look great!

By Gale storey on December 01, 2013

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It is Dressing, I was raised on cornbread by my Mom. Using self-rising cornmeal, buttermilk, instead of water, dab of flour, eggs, and baking at 400 for about 25 min. or less

By margaret Henley on November 29, 2013

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Much success to you and Michael. You have shown strength and courage. Keep on keep'n on We will be there for YOU.

By Louise Olivera on November 28, 2013

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Love you .sure miss you so much. Your menu sounds fabulous.

By marti quilliam on November 28, 2013

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Hi Paula live your new site. Happy Thanksgiving.

By Shirley Hartford on November 28, 2013

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Best food ever

By Pamela Farinella on November 28, 2013

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Paula I have made your cranberry salad and it is delish I love it I could just sit down and eat it with a spoon for dessert but that wouldn't be proper you have to share. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

By Kathryn Kendrick on November 27, 2013

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Love your recipes, Have several of your cookbooks.

By GERI RHOADES on November 17, 2013

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I have to have broccoli casserole on my Thanksgiving table. I also like to stuff my turkey with a part of the stuffing that I'm preparing. I just don't add as much liquid to the part I'm using for the turkey because the turkey juices will moisten it just fine. I don't like gummy dressing! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I fear folks just don't appreciate it much anymore since Christmas takes over almost same time as Halloween. I remember when one didn't see any Christmas trees (or Santa) until Thanksgiving night. In my neighborhood, that was the event of the day. Gather 'round the school yard and see the big tree lights come on. Hope y'all at Paula Deen.com have a great Thanksgiving! God Bless.

By Mary on November 11, 2012

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always read your articles enjoy them very. what kind of recipes do you have in the line of gluten free items.thanks glynn williams

By glynn williams on November 06, 2012

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Love your magazine and especially love the recipes. Thanks for all that you do for the south..

By Evelyn on November 06, 2012

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paul i need to know were i can get a apple cord like u got on your show

By steve bienkowski on November 23, 2011

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I am going to give the gravy a shot I love giblet gravy thanks for sharing...

By Elizabeth on November 23, 2011

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I WATCH YOUR SHOW AND LAUGH AND CRY! YOU SAY "OLIVE OIL" AND Spatula reminds ME OF MY MAMA!! i MISS HER SO MUCH

By Anonymous on November 22, 2011

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm