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Southern Corn Bread Stuffing with Smoked Ham and Yams

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Ingredients

  • Buttermilk Corn Bread (click for recipe), 1 day old
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
  • 1 1/4 pounds Black Forest ham, finely chopped
  • 3 bunches green onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped red bell peppers (about 2 small)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh marjoram
  • 2 1/2 pounds yams (red-skinned sweet potatoes; about 3 medium), peeled, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Canned low-salt chicken broth

Recipe Preparation

  • Coarsely crumble buttermilk corn bread into very large bowl.

  • Melt 4 tablespoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ham and sauté 4 minutes. Add green onions and bell peppers; sauté 4 minutes. Mix in marjoram. Add to corn bread. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add yams; cover and cook until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add to corn bread and toss to combine. Whisk eggs, mustard, and allspice in bowl to blend. Add to stuffing; toss to combine.

To Bake stuffing in turkey:

  • Loosely fill neck and main cavities of turkey with stuffing. Add enough broth to remaining stuffing to moisten slightly (1/4 to 3/4 cup, depending on amount of remaining stuffing). Generously butter baking dish. Spoon remaining stuffing into prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down. Bake stuffing in dish along side turkey until heated through, about 25 minutes. Uncover stuffing. Bake until top of stuffing is slightly crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.

To bake stuffing in dish:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously butter 15x10x2-inch glass baking dish, depending on recipe. Add enough extra broth to stuffing to moisten (3/4 cup to 11/4 cups). Transfer stuffing to prepared dish. Bake until heated through, about 40 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is slightly crisp and golden, about 20 minutes longer.

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If you’ve ever wondered how to make a flavorful, homemade Southern Cornbread dressing, then let me share with you my grandmother’s recipe. This dressing is usually the ONLY dressing I will eat. It is moist, full of that soul food flavor and as southern as it gets! I’m talking Elberton, Georgia southern!! (lol sorry fam I just had to put that in there)

My grandmother has been making this dressing for EVERYBODY’S Thanksgiving since I was a baby. People put in their requests for her to make them a pan for their Thanksgiving dinner months ahead of time.

My Grandma’s Homemade Cornbread Dressing Before It Get’s Devoured On Thanksgiving!

When she gave me this recipe I was surprised to discover how easy it was. All this time I thought it was some complicated process. Now if you want this dressing to be darker then you can put in more seasonings. My grandmother puts in a crapload, but I find it tastes delish with just a teaspoon of each, especially if I’m going to be serving it with some flavorful gravy.

If you have a favorite southern cornbread recipe (not the sweet kind) then use that. If not I’ve listed a basic, easy one below.


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Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing

Southerners sure do love their traditional cornbread dressing and some of them will get all "stuffy" over what constitutes dressing and what constitutes stuffing. In my humble opinion, it mostly just depends on where you were born!

In the South, there's really no difference other than whether the materials are cooked in the bird or out of the bird. What truly sets apart a Southern dressing from a Northern stuffing, generally speaking, is that in the North they prepare their stuffing (or dressing) from breads that are cut into cubes and their dressings are more dry. They also typically call it stuffing, whether it's stuffed into something or not.

In the South, our dressing is prepared from cornbread and breads that are baked, staled and then crumbled and to which raw eggs - and sometimes chopped boiled eggs as well - are added, giving a "fluff" to our dressing. Our dressing is more wet before it's cooked and thanks to the eggs, fills out much like a soufflé once baked.

When we "stuff" it in the bird, Southerners typically call it stuffing, at least where I'm from, even though as terms go, our stuffed dressing is very different from our Northern neighbors stuffing, although we certainly also still call it dressing even when it's stuffed in a turkey, because, well, that's what it is! When we put it in a pan instead, we usually just call it dressing, not stuffing.

That's pretty much the reality of it all folks, so how about let's just stop the whole what's "authentic" and what's not silliness, eat, and be thankful for each other's company and quit the fussin' about whether we think it's stuffing or dressing, or what is wrong, or right, or what we think makes things different. It is the season of giving thanks after all, and besides, whatever you grew up with it, what your mama did, and what you do in your own Southern kitchen is right, bottom line. It's all good, so how about let's just eat!

I didn't exactly grow up with dressing made with cornbread. My southern born and bred Mama, the rebel that she was, always made an herb bread dressing, and often using the Pepperidge Farm seasoned bread crumbs as her base. Based on the sales of that product here in the South, she clearly wasn't alone. She also both stuffed her dressing (stuffing) IN the turkey, with a pan of the excess served alongside an oyster dressing for Daddy, that I also happened to love. So I guess since my Mama stuffed the turkey and served it in a pan, we had both stuffing and dressing! Weren't we just lucky?

You can use any kind of bread, and often we use the accumulation from those one of two leftover rolls or biscuits that we've tossed in the freezer throughout the year. You can use sandwich bread, homemade bread, French bread, but whatever bread you like, do toast it before crumbling it.

Taste the dressing before you add in the raw eggs, because the flavor then is pretty much gonna be the flavor when it's baked. Adjust the seasonings as needed, then add the eggs and add in additional stock if it isn't moist enough. A lot of us Southerners add in boiled egg, so if you like, add 2 eggs raw, and 2 eggs boiled and chopped. Mama only used raw eggs.

Stock measurements in dressing recipes are always a simply a guide. Put in a small amount of liquid, stir and add more liquid to get it to the consistency of a cooked oatmeal. The dressing pictured at the top was prepared with about 5 cups of stock and baked covered, resulting in a very moist but fluffy dressing which is the way that I like it. Use more or less to get the consistency you like.

I like to use Bell's seasoning , a salt-free blend of herbs like rosemary, oregano, sage and marjoram, plus some ginger, and thankfully one that has become more widely available in the South, especially around the holidays. If you don't have access to Bell's seasoning and you don't feel like making up a copycat batch, just use a couple pinches of some or all of those seasonings, or just good ole sage, and don't forget. always taste and adjust before you bake!

Dressing. a perfect receptacle for just a bit of homemade gravy. Let's make some!

Recipe: Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 3 stalks (ribs) of celery , chopped
  • 6 cups of cooked, crumbled stale cornbread
  • 6 cups of dry, toasted bread , crumbled (sliced bread, leftover biscuits or rolls)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt , or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama) , or to taste, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper , or to taste,
  • 1 teaspoon of sage (or Bell's seasoning), or to taste, optional
  • 1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup of turkey gravy (canned is fine)
  • 4 to 6 cups of turkey or chicken broth or stock, more or less
  • 4 large eggs , beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 13 inch pan and set aside. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion and celery add the salt, Cajun seasoning, pepper, sage and poultry seasoning. Continue cooking and stirring for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Combine the crumbled cornbread and bread into a large bowl. Add sauteed veggies, scraping out skillet add the gravy and 4 cups of the stock. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Add the beaten eggs gently toss. Add more of the broth as needed, taking care not to make the dressing too soupy. Dressing should be the consistency of cooked oatmeal. Lightly spoon into the casserole dish, but do not pack down. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. For a moister stuffing, baked covered. For a drier stuffing with a crunchy top, bake uncovered.

Cook's Notes: Make cornbread a day or two ahead when possible and allow it to go stale. This dressing is also excellent with cooked turkey or chicken. Mix in about 2 cups of roughly shredded, cooked chicken or turkey before baking.

For Sausage Stuffing: Brown and drain a 1 pound roll of Jimmy Dean pork sausage. Set aside and stir into the dressing just before it goes into the oven.

Make Ahead Tip: While dressing is best when freshly assembled and baked, you may prep most of the ingredients ahead to save time. To prepare entire dish ahead, assemble all the way up to the baking stage the day before, using additional broth to make it more soupy, but don't bake it. Cover tightly and refrigerate. Any longer ahead than that freeze it. You'll need to allow for a day for it to thaw in the fridge before baking.

How to fix a too dry or too wet stuffing: If you find your stuffing is too dry, add additional warmed broth to it, stir well, and return to the oven, checking periodically. If the stuffing is overly wet and too gummy, cook it uncovered for a bit longer, checking periodically. Be sure to check out my 7 Top Tips to Perfect Your Holiday Stuffing.


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    Find all of our delicious ice treat recipes. Learn how to make ice cream, sorbets, and granitas and try some of these recipes.
    Find all of our easy-to-make no-bake dessert recipes. Learn how to make these delicious cookies, cakes and puddings without your oven!
    Find all of our pie recipes. Learn how to bake beautiful pies from scratch and try making some of our delicious pie recipes.
    Find all of our delicious pudding, cream and custard recipes. Learn how to make favorites like creme brulee, panna cotta, and parfait.

Dinner Party Menu and Recipes

Dinner party menus and recipes with lots of photos.


    Find all of our delicious beef steak menus and recipes. Use these helpful guides to plan the courses for your next steak dinner party.
    Find all of our helpful party planning hints and tips. Read all of our best tips for entertaining guests and learn about American dining etiquette.
    Check out our holiday dinner party menus. Easily plan your next holiday meal with these helpful guides.
    Learn how to make perfect Holiday Turkey Dinners. Find all of the recipes you will need to prepare a delicious Thanksgiving feast.
    Find all of our delicious lamb dinner party menus. Impress your loved ones with one of these well-planned four course gourmet dinners.
    Find all of our exquisite tea party menus. Find the perfect sandwiches and pastries to pair with your favorite seasonal teas.

Egg Dish Recipes

Lots of recipes using eggs.


    Find all of our decadent meringue recipes. Learn how to make meringue and try making one of our new variations and flavors.

Electric Pressure Cooker Recipes & Instant Pot Recipes

Recipes for electric pressure cooker, featuring recipes for the Instant Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cooker.


    Find all of our easy-to-make pressure cooker beef recipes. Learn how to make everything from brisket roasts to hearty beef stew with your instant pot.
    Find all of our delicious pressure cooker egg recipes. Discover how easy it is to make all of these egg dishes in your Instant Pot!
    Find all of our delicious pressure cooker lamb recipes. Discover how easy it is to use your instant pot to cook these incredible lamb dishes.
    Find all of our delicious pressure cooker pork recipes. Learn how to use your Instant Pot to make everything from Tamales to Hawaiian Lau Lau pork.
    Recipes provided for pressure cooker poultry recipes for chicken and turkey dishes in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. Recipes also compatible with most electric pressure cookers.
    Find all of our pressure cooker soup recipes. Select from all of our amazing and easy-to-make instant pot recipes.
    Find all of our easy-to-make pressure cooker stew recipes. Learn how to make these delicious and hearty stews with your Instant Pot.
    Find all of our easy-to-make pressure cooker vegetable recipes. Learn how to make these

Flambé Recipes

Favorite classic flambé recipes – also learn how to flambé.

Fruit Recipe Index


    Find all of our apple recipes. Discover new ways to cook with apples and try making some of these delicious dishes and desserts.
    Find all of our apricot recipes. Learn how to make savory dinners and desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth from apricots.
    Find all of our avocado recipes. Discover new ways to cook and serve avocados and try making one of these colorful dishes.
    Find all of our delicious banana recipes. Discover new ways to cook and bake with bananas and try making one of these desserts.
    Find all of our delicious blackberry recipes. Learn how to use blackberries in your desserts, smoothies, barbecue, and jams.
    Find all of our blueberry recipes. Discover new ways to bake with blueberries and try making one of these delicious desserts.
    Find all of our delicious cherry recipes. Discover new ways to bake with cherries and try making some of these decadent desserts.
    Find all of our cranberry recipes. Discover new ways to cook with cranberries and try making one of these delicious dishes.
    This dates recipe collection has both sweet and savory treats that will satisfy your cravings. Once you start to cook with dates you will not want to stop!
    Find all of our fig recipes. Learn how to cook with figs and try making one of these delicious dishes.
    Check out our informative fruit buying guide. Read all of our tips and tricks for selecting the best fruit and ripeness for your recipes.
    Find all of our grapefruit recipes. Discover new ways to cook with grapefruit and try making some of these delicious dishes.
    Check out our grapes recipe collection. Discover new ways to cook with grapes and try making one of these delicious grape dishes.
    Check out all of our delicious guava recipes. Learn all of the unique ways you can use this exotic fruit in your cooking.
    Find all of our huckleberry recipes. Learn how to use huckleberries to make one of these incredible comfort foods.
    Find all of our lemon recipes. Learn how to make dishes like honey lemon roasted chicken and lemon sable cookies.
    Find all of our lime recipes. Discover new ways to use the flavors of limes and try making some of these delicious dishes.
    Find all of our delicious mango recipes. Learn how to use fresh mangos in tacos, salsas, margaritas and even to dress steak.
    Find all of our melon recipes. Discover new ways to cook with melons and try making one of these delicious dishes for your family.
    Check out our oranges recipe collection. Discover new ways to cook with oranges and try making one of these dishes.
    Find all of our delicious peach recipes. Learn how to make everything from peaches and cream pie to colorful fruit salsa.
    Check out our pears recipe collection. Discover new ways to cook with pears and try making one of these delicious dishes.
    Find our delicious pineapple recipes and discover how versatile this fruit is. From refreshing cocktails and fruit salads to breads and cakes.
    Find all of our delicious plum recipes. Learn how to use this versatile fruit to add a tasty twist to simple pates and meat dishes.
    Find all of our pomegranate recipes. Learn how to cook with pomegranate and try making some of these delicious dishes.
    Find all of our delicious prune recipes in tis collection. Discover how you can use prunes to make one of these unique dishes.
    Check out our raspberries recipes. Discover new ways to use raspberries to make refreshing fruit salads, creme brulee and more.
    Find all of our delicious rhubarb recipes. Discover how to use rhubarb to make custard pie, meringue cake, nut bread and more.
    Find all of our delicious recipes with strawberries. Learn how to use this brightly colored fruit to make beautiful salads and sweet treats this summer.

Gelatin, JELL-O, and Pectin Recipes

Lots of delicious recipes using gelatin, JELL-O, and pectin.

Healthy Recipes

Lots of delicious recipes to satisfy any diet. Plus Food Nutritional Chart with Nutritional Values.

Heirloom Recipes

Old -Fashioned favorite recipes that stand the test of time.

Holidays and Special Events Recipes

Favorite traditional and new holiday related recipes.


    Find all of our favorite Christmas recipes. Check out all of these beautiful dishes and desserts, perfect for putting you in the Christmas spirit.
    Find all of our Cinco De Mayo Recipes. Celebrate with on of these delicious recipes.
    Find all of our delicious Easter Recipes. Learn how to make Easter eggs cakes, themed tea sandwiches, Easter candy, and much more.
    Find all of our Father's Day recipes. Discover new dishes and surprise the father figures in your life with a wonderful dinner.
    Find all of our favorite recipes to serve on the Fourth of July. Find delicious dishes to serve at your Independence Day cook out.
    Find all of our spooky Halloween recipes. Discover fun new recipes for treats to serve at your next Halloween or Fall gathering.
    Find all of our Mardi Gras recipes. Make these Louisiana classics for Mardi Gras like a true New Orleanian.
    Find all of our Memorial Day recipes. Learn how to make these delicious American dishes to make for your Memorial Day cook out.
    Find all of our Mother's Day recipes. Try making one of these spring dishes to show your Mother how much you love and appreciate her.
    Find all of our New Years recipes. Learn how to make our favorite food and drinks to serve on New Years
    Find all of our Passover recipes. Learn how to make Potato Pancakes and Matzo Ball Soup for your next Passover Dinner Celebration.
    Find all of our favorite Saint Patrick's Day Recipes here. From classic Irish stews, breads and potato dishes to desserts and coffee.
    Find all of our delicious Game Day recipes. These easy-to-make dishes are perfect to serve at your next tailgate or game day get together.
    Find all of our Thanksgiving recipes. Read our helpful tips for planning a successful turkey day dinner with your family.
    Find all of our delicious Valentine's Day recipes. Sweep your partner off their feet and enjoy a romantic evening in.

Ice Cream, Sorbet and Granita Recipes


    Find all of our delicious gelato recipes. Learn how to make this refreshing treat and surprise your loved ones with your homemade gelato.
    Find all of our delicious granita recipes. Discover just how easy it is to make this refreshing frozen treat to enjoy this summer.
    Find all of our delicious homemade ice cream recipes. Learn how to make sundaes, cocktails, snowballs, mud pies, and cake from ice cream.
    Find all of our popsicle recipes. Learn how to make refreshing cocktail popsicles and treat yourself on a hot summer evening.

International Regional Foods

Recipes from around the world that Americans love to eat.


    Find all of our African recipes. Learn how to make traditional dishes from all over Africa.
    Find all of our delicious Argentinian recipes. Learn about the rich history of Argentina while you prepare your favorite Argentinian dishes.
    Find all of our delicious asian-inspired recipes. Learn how to make dishes like spring rolls and Spicy chicken.
    Check out our Australian Dishes Recipe Collection. Send your tastebuds to Australia when you make one of these Australian-inspired recipes.
    Find all of our Austrian recipes. Discover the rich history of Austria and try making one of these desserts.
    Find all of our Brazilian recipes. Discover the tastes of Brazil and try making some of these tasty dishes.
    Find all of our British recipes. Discover classic English recipes and try making one of these delicious dishes.
    Check out all of our Canadian recipes. Learn how to make dishes like nanaimo bars to delicious pork pies.
    Find all of our Caribbean dishes. Learn how to make tropical grilled chicken dishes and Aruban cocktails.
    Find our Chinese cuisine recipes. Bring all of the flavors of Chinese cooking to your kitchen with this selection of Chinese dishes.
    Find all of our Cuban recipes. Learn how to make refreshing Mojitos and delicious Chicken Havana and Mojo Pulled Pork.
    Find all of our delicious Danish recipes. Discover Danish cuisine and try making one of these dishes from Denmark.
    Find all of our Egyptian recipes. Discover the rich history of Egyptian cuisine and try some of these dishes.
    Check out our French recipes. From Creme Brulee to Monte Cristo and Mushroom Croustade to Coq au Vin, learn how to make delicious French cuisine.
    Find all of our delicious German recipes. Learn the rich history of Germany while you make one of these traditional German dishes and desserts.
    Find all of our delicious Greek recipes. Learn how to make everything from Kabobs and Gyros. Serve your loved ones a beautiful Mediterranean feast.
    Find all of our Hungarian recipes. Learn the rich history of Hungary and make one of these dishes.
    Find all of our delicious Indian recipes. From grilled Tandoori chicken to chai tea, bring the flavors of India to your dinner table.
    Find all of our delicious Irish recipes. Discover the tastes of Ireland and try making some of these Irish soups, stews, breads, and beverages.
    Find all of our delicious Israeli recipes. Learn how to make traditional couscous to serve with your next Israeli dinner.
    Find all of our delicious Italian Recipes. Find our favorite Italian foods and try making one of these hearty dishes for your loved ones.
    Find all of our delicious Japanese recipes. Learn how to cook with sake and try your hand making these traditional Japanese foods.
    Check out all of our delicious Korean Recipes. Learn how to make one of our incredible Korean inspired dishes.
    Find all of our Mexican recipes. Learn how to make delicious dishes like Cilantro Lime Rice and Homemade Tamales.
    Find all of our Moroccan recipes. Learn how to make delicious dishes like Moroccan-style tuna or Lamb Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Sauce.
    Find all of our New Zealand-style recipes. Learn about kiwi cuisine and try making some of these delicious desserts.
    Find all of our delicious Norwegian recipes. Learn how to make these traditional Norwegian dishes that date back to the days of the Vikings.
    Find all of our Polish recipes. Discover authentic Polish cuisine and try making some of these dishes.
    Find all of our Portuguese recipes. Discover the rich history of Portugal and try making one of these dishes.
    Find all of our delicious Puerto Rican recipes. Discover new Puerto Rican dishes and try making one of these comfort foods for your family.
    Find all of our delicious Russian recipes. Learn the rich history of Russia while you prepare your favorite Russian dishes.
    Find all of our South American recipes. Learn how to make all of your favorite South American dishes.
    Find all of our Spanish recipes. Discover the rich history of Spain and try making one of these delicious Spanish dishes.
    Find all of our Swedish recipes. Learn how to make everything from Swedish creme wafers to hasselback potatoes.
    Check out our Swiss Recipe Collection. Learn the rich history of Swiss cuisine and make one of these delicious Swiss dishes.
    Find all of our delicious Thai food recipes. Learn about the rich history of Thailand while you prepare your favorite Thai dishes.

Lamb Recipes

Delicious lamb recipes (lamb chops, rack of lamb, osso buco & more).


    Check out our lamb chops recipe collection. Learn how to cook lamb chops try serving one of our delicious lamb dishes at your next dinner party.
    Find all of our lamb shank recipes. Discover new ways to cook lamb shanks and try making one of these delicious dishes.
    Find all of our delicious leg of lamb recipes. From lamb stew to lamb roast, learn how make these beautiful gourmet dishes for your loved ones.
    Find all of our delicious rack of lamb dinner recipes. Discover new ways to serve lamb chops and impress your dinner guests with a gourmet meal.

Meat Recipe Index


    Find all of our delicious beef recipes. Discover how to perfectly sear steak, cook tender roast beef, and glaze beef ribs.
    Find all of our delicious lamb recipes. Discover how to cook perfect lamb and try making one of these gourmet dishes for your family.
    Check out our pork recipe collection. Learn how to perfectly cook pork and try making some of these spectacular pork and bacon dishes.
    Check out our poultry recipe collection. Find delicious new ways to serve chicken, turkey, and Cornish game hen for your family.
    Find all of our delicious ways to cook wild game. Learn the basics of preparing the meat and cooking the game to perfection with these family recipes.

Pasta, Rice and Main Dish Recipes

Includes risotto and grits recipes.


    Find all of our beef casseroles. These easy-to-make casseroles are the perfect dinner option to whip up on a busy weeknight.
    Find all of our chicken casseroles. Discover new chicken casseroles and try making some of these dishes.
    Find all of our delicious grain recipes. Learn how to cook with grains like quinoa, couscous, farro and more to make these colorful and healthy dishes.
    Find all of our delicious grits recipes. Discover how to make wonderful dishes like Grits And Greens or Parmesan Grits Souffle.
    Find all of our delicious legume recipes. Learn how to make these beautiful legume dishes for your loved ones this winter.
    Find all of our delicious oyster main course recipes. Learn how fry these tasty mollusks or make beautiful seafood pastas and casseroles using oysters.
    Find all of our delicious paella recipes. Learn how easy it is to make this beautiful Spanish rice and seafood dish for your loved ones.
    Find all of our pasta recipes. Discover new ways to serve pasta and try making one of these delicious dishes.
    Learn how to make all of our delicious pork casseroles. These easy-to-make recipes are perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or Sunday brunch.
    Find all of our delicious quiche recipes. Discover how simple it is to turn your leftovers into a flavorful dinner pie for your loved ones.
    Find all of our delicious rice recipes. Discover new ways to cook and serve rice and try making one of these colorful dishes.
    Find all of our delicious risotto recipes. Discover how simple it can be to make risotto and try making one of these delicious dishes.
    Find all of our torte recipes. Learn how to make amazing savory pies and try making some of these delicious recipes.

Pie Recipes

All your favorite pie recipes plus lots more!


    Find all of our fruit pies and tarts recipes. Learn how to make perfect fruit pies and crispy tarts and try one of these delicious recipes.
    Check out the miscellaneous pies from our collection. From crust-less pies to savory quiches and more. Try serving one of these pies for your loved ones.
    Find all of our delicious pecan pies. Learn how to make this classic southern staple from scratch and serve it at your next autumn dinner party.
    Find all of our pie crusts. Read all of our helpful tips for making the perfect pie crusts and try your hand at these great recipes!
    Find all of our delicious pumpkin pies. Learn how to make traditional pumpkin pie, chiffon pie, and pumpkin custard for your family this fall.
    Find all of our refrigerator pies. Learn how to make desserts like French Chocolate Silk Pie to Avocado Pie without touching your oven!

Pizza Recipes

Who doesn’t love a pizza. Pizzas are a delicious and quick and easy to serve at a party.


    Find all of our delicious dessert pizza recipes. Use fruit or chocolate and peanut butter to make one of these instant crowd pleasers.
    Find all of our favorite pizza recipes. Try making some of these gourmet pizzas with unique toppings.
    Find all of our gluten-free pizzas. Learn how to make healthy pizza crust with potato and zucchini.
    Find all of our pizza dough recipes for amazing homemade pizza. Discover how easy it is to make delicious pizza crusts by trying one of these recipes.

Pork Recipes

Try these delicious recipes using pork.


    Find all of our delicious bacon recipes. Learn how to make everything from the elegant bacon weave Cornish game hen to deviled eggs with candied bacon.
    Check out our delicious pork crown roast recipes. This beautiful dish is truly the most magnificent of all holiday entrees.
    Check out all of our delicious ground pork and sausage recipes. Find everything from Dublin coddle to Thai spiced pork in this large recipe collection.
    Find all of our delicious ham recipes. Learn how to make many wonderful dishes like Herb Crusted Ham and Baked Eggs In Ham Crisps.
    Find all of our delicious pork chop recipes. Discover new ways to cook and serve pork chops with this collection of tasty recipes.
    This is the most comprehensive Pork Rib recipe collection. We will guide you in grilling, baking or slow cooking for your next rib fest.
    Find all of our delicious Pork Shoulder Roast recipes. Learn how to make everything from tamales to perfect pulled pork with this recipe collection.
    Find all of our delicious pork tenderloin recipes. Learn how to perfectly cook pork tenderloin and try making one of these delicious dishes.
    Check out all of our incredible prosciutto recipes. Learn how to make dishes like stuffed meatloaf and prosciutto wrapped shrimp.

Preserved Foods' Index

Jams and Jellies – Pickles – Relishes


    Find all of our jams and jellies. Learn how to make classic blackberry jam and jalapeño or lavender jellies.
    Check out our pickles recipe collection. Learn how to make homemade pickles and how to use pickling spices to preserve everything from peppers to oysters.

Puddings, Creams and Custard Recipes

Creme brulees, flans, pot de creme recipes and more.


    Find all of our delicious bread pudding recipes. Choose to serve one of our many variations of this incredible dessert at your next dinner party.
    Find all of our delicious creme brulee recipes. Learn how to make this classic french custard dessert in many unique flavors.
    Find all of our delicious flan recipes. Learn how to make flan in fun flavors from classic Tres Leches to Vanilla Soy Flan with Butterscotch Sauce.
    Find all of our Panna Cotta recipes. Learn how to make this Italian dessert and try making some of these delicious recipes.
    Check out our trifles recipe collection. Treat your guests with this impressive dessert at your next gourmet dinner party.

Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes

Lots of salad and salad dressing recipes.


    Find all of our anchovy salads and dressings. Learn how to make these classic salads and creamy homemade salad dressings.
    Check out our bean salads recipe collection. Discover new and beautiful ways to serve bean salad with these great recipes.
    Find all of our delicious bread salads. Serve one of these bright and colorful salads as a side dish at your next get together.
    Find all of our delicious chicken salads. Discover new salads and try making one of these colorful dishes.
    Find all of our delicious corn salads. Learn how to use corn to make colorful and crisp salads. Serve these year round with all of your favorite dishes.
    Find all of our delicious crab salads. Prepare one of these elegant crab salads as an appetizer or side dish with your next seafood feast.
    Find all of our delicious cucumber salads. Learn how to make crisp and refreshing salads with cucumber, perfect for your next summer dinner party.
    Find all of our delicious fruit salads. Learn how to make fruit salad and try making some of these adventurous recipes.
    Find all of our delicious green salads. Discover new salad course ideas and try serving one of these at your next dinner party.
    Find all of our Jell-O salads. Try making one of these beautiful gelatin salads with your favorite fruit and candy flavors.
    Find all of our pasta salad recipes. Discover delicious pasta salad your family will love and try making one of these dishes.
    Find all of our delicious pea salads in this recipe collection. Make one of these beautiful and easy-to-make salads to serve with your next meal.
    Find all of our delicious potato salads. Impress your guests with one of these potato salads perfect for a gourmet dinner.
    Find all of our delicious rice and grain salads. Learn how to make everything from Couscous Taco Salad to Orange Wheat Berry Salad.
    Find all of our salad dressings and vinaigrettes. Discover just how simple it is to make these delicious dressings.
    Check out all of our incredible shrimp salad recipes. Serve these colorful salads at your next seafood dinner party and impress your loved ones.
    Find all of our tuna salads. Learn how to use our favorite tuna salads to make beautiful summer stuffed tomatoes.

Sandwich Recipes

Regular Sandwiches and Tea Sandwiches Recipes. Includes the American hamburger!


    Find all of our delicious beef sandwich recipes. Learn how to make everything from hamburgers and roast beef sandwiches to gyros and beef on weck.
    Check out our large collection of chicken sandwiches. Learn how to make roasted chicken paninis and tea sandwiches.
    Find all of our delicious pork sandwiches. Rediscover classics like the BLT and Muffuletta or give our Croque Madame Egg sandwich a try.
    Find all of our sandwich wraps and rolls in this recipe collection. Eat a delicious lunch even on your busiest days with this perfect on-the-go meal.
    Find all of our tea sandwich recipes. Learn how to make tea time treats like carrot ginger tea sandwiches and caviar egg salad.
    Find all of our delicious tuna sandwiches recipes. Check out all of our gourmet renditions of the classic tuna sandwich.

Seafood and Fish Recipe Index


    Find all of our delicious anchovy and herring recipes. Learn how to make anchovy butter or use anchovies to perk up any dish.
    Find all of our delicious catfish recipes. Learn how to fry catfish and make these quintessential southern dishes for your family.
    Find all of our caviar recipes. Learn how to make gourmet dishes with this luxury ingredient.
    Learn just how easy it is to cook clams. Discover our wide variety of delicious clam recipes using fresh and canned clams.
    Find all of our delicious crab recipes. Learn how to cook crab perfectly every time and try making some of these beautiful dishes.
    Find all of our delicious crawfish recipes. Learn how to perfectly boil Louisiana crawfish and serve one of these incredible meals at your next cook out.
    Find all of our halibut, red snapper, tilapia, sea bass, and cod fish recipes. Discover new ways to cook fish and try making these delicious dishes.
    Check out our Herring Recipe Collection. Learn how to cook this fish make one of these delicious herring dishes for your loved ones.
    Check out our delicious lobster recipes. Learn how to make dishes like lobster bisque and lobster macaroni and cheese to butter poached lobster tail.
    Learn how to shuck, smoke, grill, and pickle oysters or bake them into a casserole! See all of our delicious gourmet oyster recipes.
    Find all of our delicious salmon recipes. Learn different ways to cook salmon and try making one of these beautiful dishes.
    Find delicious sea scallop recipes. From shrimp and scallop soup to seafood spaghetti and scallop tacos, see all our recipes in this collection.
    Find all of our shrimp recipes. Discover new ways to cook and serve shrimp. Learn how to make dishes like Spanish paella, Louisiana gumbo and everything in-between.
    Find all of our delicious smelt recipes. Read about the tradition of smelt fishing and learn how to prepare your fresh-caught smelt.
    Find all of delicious Tuna recipes. Learn how to sear tuna and serve one of these beautiful, gourmet seafood dishes at your next dinner party.

Seasons

Recipes to fit your mood for every season of the year.


    Find all of our delicious Fall recipes. Discover how to use seasonal fruits and veggies to make warm and comforting autumn dishes.
    Find all of our delicious Spring recipes. Watch your garden bloom and serve one these refreshing seasonal dishes at your next springtime get together.
    Find all of our delicious summer recipes. Discover new dishes to serve at your next summer cook out and try some of these recipes.
    Check out our winter recipe collection. Discover delicious recipes that are sure to warm you right up, even in the dead of winter.

Slow Cooker Recipes


    Find all of our delicious and easy-to-make slow cooker appetizers. These dishes are such great party food, sit back and let your crock pot do all the work!
    Find all of our easy-to-make slow cooker beef recipes. Learn how to make everything from meatball soup to pepper steak in your Crockpot.
    Find all of our delicious slow cooker brunch and breakfast recipes. There is nothing better than waking up to a fully prepared breakfast!
    Find all of our easy-to-make slow cooker chowders. Discover how simple it is to make these delicious and colorful chowders in your crock pot.
    Find all of our easy-to-make slow cooker lamb recipes. Learn how to make lamb stew and braised lamb shanks in your crockpot.
    Find all of our easy-to-make slow cooker pork recipes. Discover how to make these delicious pork dishes in your crock pot.
    Find all of our delicious and easy-to-make slow cooker poultry recipes. Use your crock pot to make everything from chicken soups to chicken wings.
    Find all of our easy-to-make slow cooker soup recipes. Just set it and forget it, these delicious crock pot soups and stews could not be more convenient.
    Find all of our easy-to-make slow cooker stew recipes. Learn how to make these delicious and hearty stews with your Crock Pot.
    Find all of our delicious slow cooker vegetables recipes. Set it and forget it, these vegetable sides and soups are a breeze to make.

Soup, Stew, Chili and Chowder Recipes


    Find all of our delicious beef stew and soups recipes. Discover new ways to cook beef and try making one of these hearty stews.
    Find all of our chicken soup recipes. Learn how to make dishes like chicken matzo ball soup, enchilada soup, and everything in-between.
    Find all of our delicious chicken stew recipes. Discover how easy it is to make hearty chicken stews like Asopao de Pollo or Gumbo Ya Ya from scratch.
    Find all of our delicious chili recipes. Discover how to make perfect chili and try making one of these famous chili dishes.
    Find all of our delicious fruit soups. Try making one of these delightful dishes to kick off your next summer dinner party.
    Find all of our delicious seafood Gumbo dishes. Learn how to make this Louisiana classic on your stovetop or with your Instant Pot or slow cooker.
    Find all of our delicious pork stew and soups. From southern classic Frogmore stew to Irish Dublin coddle, try making one of these hearty pork stews.
    Find all of our delicious seafood soups and chowders. Learn how to make creamy chowders and stews with your favorite seafood proteins.
    Check out all of our turkey stews and soups. Find everything from spicy kielbasa or chorizo soup to timeless turkey noodle soup.
    Find all of our vegetable soups. Learn how to season and brew delicious vegetable soups and try making some of these recipes.

Southwest Recipes

Mexican, New Mexican, Tex-Mex, Native American & Cal-Mex Recipes.


    Check out all of our delicious chili recipes. Learn to make regional favorites and world renowned, famous chilis.
    Find all of our enchilada recipes. Discover how simple it is to make this classic southwestern dish.
    Find all of our quesadillas. Learn how to make these twists on the classic southwestern dish like Prosciutto De Parma or Brie quesadillas.
    Find all of our southwest appetizer recipes. These easy-to-make recipes are perfect to serve as game day snacks.
    Find all of our southwest beef recipes. Learn how to make dishes like beef and bean burritos, Mexican beef soup, and everything in-between.
    Check out our southwest beverages. Discover new recipes and try making one of these delicious cocktails.
    Check out all of our delicious southwest breads. Learn how to make tortillas, Indian fry bread, sopapillas, bunuelos and more.
    Find all of our southwest brunch and breakfast recipes. Learn how to make southwest-style breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros.
    Find all of our southwest casseroles and quiches. Try making one of these easy-to-make dishes for your family.
    Find all of our delicious southwest chicken recipes. Serve your family the flavors of the southwest with one of these chicken dishes.

    Find all of our delicious southwest desserts. Discover new desserts and try making one of these tasty treats for your family.
    Find all of our delicious southwest pork recipes. Learn how to make dishes like pork tamales, carnitas, Yucatan pork tenderloin and more.

    Find all of our colorful southwest salads. Try making one of these delicious taco salads to serve with your southwestern-style meals.

    Find all of our delicious southwest soups and stews recipes. Discover southwestern renditions of chicken soup, chowder, and beef stew.

    Find all of our southwest vegetable recipes. Discover new ways to serve your vegetables and try making one of these dishes.
    Find all of our delicious Tex Mex recipes. From chile eggs to our colorful king ranch chicken casserole, there is a recipe for any occasion.

Turkey Recipes

Best top-rated and delicious turkey recipes. Including Thanksgiving turkey recipes and how-to information.


Southern Corn Bread Stuffing with Smoked Ham and Yams - Recipes

[1779]
"This menu for a New England Thanksgiving dinner is taken from a letter written in 1779 by Juliana Smith to her 'Dear Cousing Betsey.'

Haunch of Venison Roast Chine of Pork
Roast Turkey Pigeon Pasties Roast Goose
Onions in Cream Cauliflower Squash
Potatoes Raw Celery
Mincemeat Pie Pumpkin Pie Apple Pie
Indian Pudding Plum Pudding
Cider
While it would be difficult to set forth a single 'traditional' Thanksgiving menu, the preparations related by Juliana Smith that went into this dinner were certainly typical of early New England Thanksgivings. 'This year it was Uncle Simeon's turn to have the dinner at his house, but of course we all helped them as they help us when it is their turn, & there is always enough for us all to do. All the baking of pies & cakes was done at our house & we had the big oven heated & filled twice each day for three days before it was all done & everything was GOOD, though we did have to do without some things that ought to be used. Neither Love nor (paper) Money could buy Raisins, but our good red cherries dried without the pits, did almost as well & happily Uncle Simeon still had some spices in store. The tables were set in the Dining Hall and even that big room had no space to spare when we were all seated.' Apparently roast beef was part of the tradition menu for this family, but 'of course we could have no Roast Beef. None of us have tasted Beef this three years back as it must all go to the Army, & too little they get, poor fellows. But, Nayquittymaw's Hunters were able to get us a fine red Deer, so that we had a good haunch of Venisson on each Table.' There was an abundance of vegetables on the table. Cider was served instead of wine, wiht the explanation that Uncle Simeon was saving his cask 'for the sick.' Juliana added that 'The Pumpkin Pies, Apple Tarts & big Indian Puddings lacked for nothing save Appetite by the time we had got round to them. We did not rise from the Table until it was quite dark, & then when the dishes had been cleared away we all got round the fire as close as we could, & cracked nuts, & sang songs & told stories."
---American Heritage Cookbook and Illustrated History of American Eating & Drinking, Menus and Recipes, Helen McCully recipe editor [American Heritage Publishing Co.:New York] 1964 (p.416-417)
[NOTE: modernized recipes for several of these dishes are included in this book.]

[1788]
"The pioneering American surgeon Mason Finch Cogswell, born in 1691 in Canterbury, Connecticut, described a typical eighteenth century Thanksgiving meal in his 1788 journal. On Thanksgiving day. he attended church in the morning, ate a dinner afterward consisting of turkey, pork, pumpkins, and apple pies. Cogswell spent time with his fater, then sang gonts and ate apples and nuts in the kitchen with his stepsisters before going to bed."
---Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie," Kathleen Curtin, Sandra L. Oliver and Pilmoth Plantation [Clarkson Potter:New York] 2005 [(p. 30-31)

[1817]
"Bill of Fare of Thanksgiving Dinner in Connecticut
, Nov. 1817. Geese 50,000, Turkeys 5,500, Chickens 65,000, Ducks 2,000, Beef and Pork, 25,000 lbs, Potatoes 12,000 bu, Turnips 14,000, Beets 4,000, Onions 5,000, Cheese 10,000 lbs, Apple-Sauce 12,000 gls, Cranberry do. 1,000, Desert. Pump. Pies 520,000, Apple Pies 100,000, Other pies & Puddings 52,000, Wine, gls. 150, Brandy, gls, 150, Gin, gls 120, Rum, gls, 1,000, Cider, Bran., & Whiskey, 6000. Which would take 650 hhds, of strained pumpkin 81 do. molasses 4060 lbs. ginger 7000 lbs. allspice, 86,666 lbs. flour 43,333 lbs of butter or lard 325 hhds. of milk of 100 gals each 1000 nutmegs 50 lbs. cinnamon 43,5000 dozen eggs--all which would weigh about 504 tons, and would cost about $114,000."
---New York Commerical Advertiser, Mssrs. Lewis & Hall, reprinted in several newspapers, including the Times [Hartford, Ct.] December 30, 1817 (p. 3) & Poulson's American Daily Advertiser [Philadelpha, Pa.], December 19, 1817 (p. 3).

[1825]
"Of all the holidays in the year which are generated among us New England people, there is, perhaps no day in the whole holiday vocabulary, that gives a more general source of satisfaction and joy, than. Thanksgiving. turkeys. bacon. chickens fricassied. oyster patties. soup. vegetables. pigeons. quails. bass. wood cock. potatoes. onions. beets. cold-slaw. rice, pies. plumb puddings. "
---"A Thanksgiving Dinner," Village Register [Dedham, MA] November 24, 1825 (p. 3)

[1836]
"Thanksgiving
. 'Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.' And he is no true Yankee, who is not, in heart, at least, at home on Thanksgiving day. Another old saying, of the truth of which is expected every New Englander will on this day give practical demonstration, is theat "Victuals always taste best at home." It is a day of universal stuffing--and it is absolutely requisite to a proper observance of Thanksgiving, that at least three dinners should be eaten up in one. The children and grandhildren return home at this season, to pay their respects and manifest their undiminished love and affection, not to the "old folks" alone, but also to their roasted turkies and pumpkin pies. As a matter of course, Thanksgiving week is the harvest time of the merchants, especially those who deal in butter, lard, eggs, raisins and spices. The markets are supplied with poultry of all kinds. Thanksgiving week, moreover, is the crisis of a turkey's life. The dinner is the all important item. turkeys, geese, and chickens. stuffed and roasted for the occasion. Then come puddings and pies. among the most prominent of which is that savory dish, peculiar to New England--that sine qua non of a Thanksgiving dinner--the well filled, deep and spacious pumpkin pie. This concludes the feast--and for the remainder of the day, a drowsy dullness is very apt to prevail."
---"New-Bedford," New-Bedford Mercury, December 1, 1836 (p. 2)

[1845]
"Thanksgiving Dinner.

Roast Turkey, stuffed.
A Pair of Chickens stuffed, and boiled, with cabbage-and a piece of lean pork.
A Chicken Pie.
Potatoes turnip sauce, squash onions gravy and gravy sauce apple and cranberry sauce oyster sauce brown and white bread.
Plum and Plain Pudding, with Sweet sauce.
Mince, Pumpkin and Apple Pies.
Cheese."
---The New England Economical Housekeeper, and Family Receipt Book, Mrs. E.A. Howland, stereotyped edition [E.P. Walton and Sons:Montpelier VT] 1845 (p. 72)

[1851]
"Thanksgiving Dinner.--A number of gentlemen, of this city, have very generously made arrangements to give the children at the Orphan Asylum, on Cumberland-street, a Thanksgiving dinner."
---"Brooklyn," New York Times, November 27, 1851 (p. 2)

[1852]
"The Thanksgiving Dinner At the Five Points--The Ladies' Home Missionary Society design giving their Thanksgivingd dinner at the Five Points, under the big tent, which also been erected in the square just opposite the old Brewery. The tent previous to the day of the dinner will be used for divine service on the Sabbath, and for temperance meetings in the evenings. Mr. Pease is also active in preparing for his Thanksgiving dinner. Donations are solicted by both the ladies and Mr. Pease., who are engaged in a generous strife for good works, for which the poor will have cause to bless them."
---"New York City," New York Times, November 10, 1852 (p. 6)

[1854]
"Thanksgiving day has come--let us make the most of it. It has a threefold nature. Spend it simply as a day of religious exercises and it would answer a good turn for men in this irreligious age. Spend it as a day of feasting simply, and one may have a very pleasant recollection of it during the coming year, and perhaps see nothing to regret on it s recurrence to memory. Or give it over entirely to the deeds of charity and works of benevolence, and one may make a good friend of conscience and lay fat streaks of comfort upon the ribs of his experience. Each is good, but the style which most fully meets our ideal of a Thanksgiving is where the three ways are twisted together into one. After service should come a dinner --one so differnt from the daily dinner as to be a notability among the dinners of hte year---a thing to be though of with a watering at the mouth--one that a body may reproduce in his dreams when half-starved. It is all nonsense to say that a good inner is a transient affair that its virtue, like the savor of a roasting goose, is unsubstantial and of no account but for a moment. A right nice dinner, under right pleasant circumstances, is like a thing of beauty--a joy forever. We feel warmer on a chill November night for the remembrance of a roasting fire the night before. A chill passes over us whne we think of the cold stoveless churches that they used to pack us in and preach us at by the hour. Our sorrows are represented in their memory, and the ghosts of our good dinners come up to comfort us years after the flesh they laid upon our homes has been wasted by toil, and those who eat them with us have ceased from the earth. Hard as the time are, no money that is not of fabulous amount could buy of us the bare memory of some Thanksgiving dinners we have eaten before now with the old folks at home. Let those who can, then, have a good dinner on Thanksgiving day. Blessed charity is not to be omitted. Let all unwelcome tasks be postponed to the next work day. Let the punishments lie over until Friday. Make it a day to be remembered, without any alloy, so far as it is possible. So may this Thanksgiving be a hearty and happy one, and one but pleasant days meet you till the return of another."
---"Thanksgiving Day," New York Times, November 30, 1854 (p. 4)

[1856]
"Yes, a Thanksgiving in Lawrence (Kansas)! What, exclaims some innocne Miss, sitting by her comfortable and secure fireside in Ohio, reading about the wretched squatter's home, and of the sickening facts form Kansas, what on earth can the people of Lawrence have to be thankful for? Ah! but the Lawrence folks are Yankees, the descendants of the men who two hundred years ago embarked on the Mayflower, seeking a land where they could enjoy freedom for themselves and their children. A public Thanksgiving dinner was preparerd at Lawrence, the proceeds of the tickets to be applied for the benefit of the Free-Sate prisoners at Lecompoton. The table was spread in a large stone building erected for a store, directly opposite the ruins of the Free-State Hotel. The guests sat down to dinner about 4 o-clock. " ---"From Kansas," New York Daily Times, December 3, 1856 (p. 5)
[NOTE: No menu/dishes reported.]

[1861]
"Yours of this morning contained a notice in regard to Thanksgiving services, to be held in Metropolitan Hall under the auspcies of the Y.M. Christian Association. The Association desired to carry out the plan suggested in your notice. But after consultation with a number of citizens and soldiers, we found it might create dissatisfaction to thus select a single regiemnt form the 5,000 men now stationed here. Our reason for choosing the Douglas Bridage was that they have been with us longer than any others, and they expect to leave this week for the field. One other season was that they are uniformed, and the regiment is full which we thought might prevent others from coming. As our efforts have not been confined to any one regiment, we desired not to prejudice any of the soldiers against the Association. We would rejoice where we able to give a dinner to all the noble soldiers now in camp near our city, had not our expenditure for libraries, hymn books &c, distributed among fifteen regiments rendered this impossible."
---"The Thanksgiving Dinner to the Soldiers," Chicago Tribune, November 26, 1861 (p. 4)

[1862]
"Thanksgiving dinner--We understand that a number of our benevolent ladies have in contemplation the idea of giving to the 200 sick and wounded soldiers now in the United States General Hospital. a Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, the 27th. "
---"Thanksgiving Dinner," Chicago Tribune, November 25, 1862 (p. 4)

[1863]
"Yesteday was duly observed here as a National Thanksgiving, according to the President's appointment. Several of the churches held religions services, and respstabley numerous audiences, considering the condition of the city, gathered to render fitting praise and homage to Him to whose protecting mercy our beloved counry owes all its past triumphs and prosperity. "
---"Affairs in Tennessee," New York Times, December 5, 1863 (p. 2)

[1864]
"The undersigned, committee appointed at a meeting held at the Union League Club House, appeal to the people of the North to join them in an effort to furnish to our gallant soldiers and sailors, a good Thanksgiving dinner. We desire that on the twenty-fourth day of November there shall be no soldiers in the Army of the Potaomac the James or the Shenandoah, and no sailor in the North Atlantic Squadron who does not receive tangible evidence that those for whom he is periling his life, remembering him. It is hoped that the armies at the West will be in the like manner cared for by those nearer to them than we. It is deemed impracticable to send our more Southern posts. To enable us to carry out our own undertaking, we need the active cooperation of all loyal people in the North and East, and to them we confindently appeal. We ask primarily for donations of cooked poultry and other proper meats, as well as for mince pies and for fruit. If any person is so situated as to be unable to cook the poultry or meat, we will receive it uncooked. To those who are unable to send donations in kind, we appeal for generous contributions in money. Will not every wife who has a husband, brother, serving in the armies or navies of the Union, feel that this appeal is to her personally, and do her part to enable us to accomplish our undertaking. We will undertake to send to the fort all donations in kind that may reach us on or before Nov. 20, and to see that they are properly and equally distributed. The should be wrapped in white paper boxes, and addressed to Geo. W. Bluff, Getty's Buiding, Trinity Place, New York. If uncooked it should be so marked on the outside of the box, and a list of contents should accompany the mix. Poultry, properly cooked, will keep ten days. None should be sent which has been cooked prior to Nov. 14. Uncooked poultry or meat should reach us on or before Nov. 18, that it may be cooked here."
---"Thanskgiving Dinner for the Soldiers and Sailors, New York Times, November 8, 1864 (p. 2)

"The committee consisting of our leading merchants and citizens, appointed to carry out the proposition to furnish our gallant coldiers and sailors a Thanksgiving dinner, appeal to the people of the North to join them in the effort. They ask for cooked poultry and other proper meats, as well as mince pies, sausages and fruits. Contributions in money should be sent to Theodore Rosevelt, Treasurer., No. 94, Maiden Lane."
---"A Thanksgiving Dinner for the Soldiers", Chicago Tribune, November 14, 1864 (p. 1)

Menu No. 1.
Oysters on the Half Shell
Puff Ball Soup
Olivers, Gherkins, Salted Pistachio Nuts
Fish Souffle, Parisian Potatoes
Roasted Turkey, Oyster Stuffing
Cranberry Sauce
Potato Croquettes, Asparagus Tips
Baked Ham, Champagne Sauce
Spinach
Lettuce, French Dressing, Fried Shrimps
Toasted Water Biscuit
Pumpkin Custard, Cranberry Tart
Fruit
Coffee

Menu No. 2.
Oysters on the Half Shell
Olives, Salted Almonds
Roast Turkey, Bread Stuffing
Oyster Sauce
Mashed Potatoes, Peas
Cranberry Jelly, Mayonnaise of Celery
Wafers, Neufchatel
Pumpkin
Fruit
Coffee

Menu NO. 3.
Tomato Soup
Salted Almonds
Roasted Duck, Potato Stuffing
Baked Macaroni
Chicken Croquettes, Peas
Celery on Lettuce Leaves with French Dressing
Cheese Fingers
Pumpkin Custard
Fruit
Coffee
---"A Thanksgiving Dinner," Mrs. S. T. Rorer, Table Talk, November 1890(p. 416-417)

[1897: vegetarian Thanksgiving]
"Menu of the Vegetarians.
Amont the most novel celebrations planned for Thanksgiving day is the banquet of the Vegetarian club of the University of Chicago. It might puzzle the ordinary citizen to figure out a way for a vegetarian club to do justice to the day sacred to roast turkey and stuffed pig, and a Thanksgiving day without turkey might seem like the play of 'Hamlet' with the part of Hamlet left out, but he Vegetarian club seems to have solved the problem to the entire satisfaction of the members, as the following menu will show:
Mock turtle soup with quenelles
Salted almonds. Olives
Potatoes en pyramide with mushrooms
Nut croquettes. Haricot verts.
Farced tomates with spaghetti a la Milnaise.
Orange gueseurs.
Maraschino jelly. Chartreuse of cranberries.
Whole wheat bread.
Pineapple bavaoris with carmine cream.
Pistachio cake, Kisses.
Melange of fresh nuts.
Mixed nuts with raisins.
Cheese. Zephyrettes.
Cafe noir. Milk. Calpilaire.
---"For a Royal Feast," Chicago Daily Tribune, November 21, 1897 (p. 46)

[1905]
"Thanksgiving Dinner.
Like Christmas, Thanskgiving has its own bill of fare which has not been varied for many generations. Roasted turkey, pumpkin, mince and apple custard pies are served in almost all parts of the United States. A heavy breakfast, with chicken pie, and a late dinner are common rules. If shell-fish are in good condition, serve oysters on the half-shell or oyster cocktails as first course if not, serve a clear soup. The turkey may be stuffed with oysters, or oyster sauce may be used in place of giblet sauce, or scalloped oysters may be served as a side dish. Oysters seem to be a part of the Thanksgiving dinner. Pumpkins, corn, nuts, fruits and bitter-sweet are the choice decorations.
Oysters on the Half-shell
Consomme a la Royal
Celery, Olives
Roasted Turkey, Oyster Sauce
Cranberry Jelly
Potato Croquettes, Cauliflower
Chicken Pie, Scalloped Oysters
Lettuce and Apple Salad, Water Thins
Toasted Crackers, Cheese
Coffee."
--- Mrs. Rorer's Every Day Menu Book, Sarah Tyson Rorer [Arnold and Company:Philadelphia] 1905 (p. 244)

[1905]
"In no place as in New England, or where New England's sons and daughters sojourn, does the Thanksgiving season seem complete and no sort of homely feasting ever attains the absolute comfort of an old-fashioned New England Thanksgiving Day dinner. The many scattered children of that rocky soil from which their forefathers wrung scant living will welcome this recall of the old-time festivity, even if they cannot perfectly reproduce it. There is a distinction without much difference in the dinners at the coast and in the interior on farms and in villages away from the railroads fresh fish is seldom used, while on the coast baked tautog is a prime Thanksgiving luxury oysters reach the interior both in cans and in the shells, and are regarded as special rarities worthy to be served at the greatest festivals then, too, away from the large towns game birds are rarely cooked, partridge being the exception. Even the interior dinners might be varied with game, for the addition of the partridge there are plenty of woodock, wild duck, and herons, to say nothing of the Gargantuan widow's cruse full of young rooks for pies. A typical dinner near the New England coast would be somewhat as follows:

Baked Tautog, Boiled chicken with oyster sauce, Potatoes, Beets, Onions, Mashed turnips and squash, Sweet potatoes, Beef a la mode, Roast turkey with cranberry jelly, Roast venison with currant jelly, Assorted pickles, Roast or baked partridge or wild duck, Celery, Plum-pudding, Various cakes, Apple, mince, squash, pumpkin, and custard pies, Cider, Nuts, Apples, Raisins, Coffee.

"Much sarcasm is called forth by the New England cusom of using such food to excess, but it does not seem so very absurd to those "to the manner born.". It seems also that the company dinners of the interior are more profuse in quantity and variety than those of the towns all the good things in the form of preserves, jellies, and pickles (sour and sweet), and all the favorite pies and puddings are made, except perhaps plum-pudding, which some researve solely for the Christmas dinner but generally throughout New Engalnd more attention is given to Thanksgiving than to Christmas--the lingering trace of the old Puritans' and Covenanters' protest against the observance of the highest festival of the Established Church. The next bill of fare may seem exaggerated, but the reader must remember that many of the Thanksgivings in the interior, especially upon large farms, are family gatherings to which the children of several generations come, and all traditions of mother's and grandmother's culinary skill must be sustained every homely dainty is called out from the shadows of the pantry and spring-house, and the embers revived in the old brick oven and under the back-log in fireplaces where the modern cooking stove burns all the rest of the year. If the feast seems heroic, so too are the appetites of the guests, tempered to meet the exencies of the exceptional occaision. The bill of fare then will be:

"Fried oysters, or oyster stew, Baked chicken pie, Sweet and our pickles and catsup, Mashed potatoes and turnips, Boiled while potatoes, Boiled onions, Baked beets, Squash, Roast spareribs with stuffing and apple-sauce, Roast turkey, goose, or chicken with cranberry-sauce, Fried sausage with fried apples, Baked Indian pudding, Steamed fruit or cracker pudding, Mince, apple, squash, pumpkin, and berry pies with cheese, Doughnuts, crullers, cookies, cup cakes, and gold-and-silver, marble, and sponge cakes, Washington pie, Various preserves, Cider, Home-made wines and shrub."
---Family Living on $500 A Year, Juliet Corson [Harper & Brothers:New York] 1905 (p. 407-411)

[1906]
"Menu-Thanksgiving Day. A peanut doll dressed in blue and white crepe paper in Puritan costume, holding a few heads of wheat, makes an appropriate and dainty Thanksgiving favor. Decorate the table with autumn leaves. Corn, husked and tied together, is most effective, suspended here and there from the walls and between the doors. As Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when all America gives praise for prosperity and freedom, an unusually well-filled board is not only in good taste, but is expected. To make a unique Thanksgiving dessert, cut a small pumpkin across the top. Carefully scoop out the inside. Place on a dish and fill with Floating Island replace the pumpkin top. Garnish the platter with generous sprigs of autumn leaves, and on these lay a variety of sliced cakes.

Menu: Breakfast: Grapes, Oatmeal, Country Sausages, Scrambled Eggs, Browned Potatoes, Entier Wheat Griddle Cakes, Maple Syrup, Coffee.
Dinner: Oysters on the Half Shell, Mutton Broth, Celery, Turkey, stuffed with oysters, Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Squash, Boiled Onions, with cream sauce, Peach Pickles, Waldorf Salad, Cheese Wafer, Mince Pie, Pudding, Puritan Style, Nuts, Fruit, Coffee.
Supper: Cold Roast Turkey, Tea Biscuits, Cottage Cheese, Sweet Tomato Pickles, Thanksgiving Cake, Fruit Glace, Tea.
As this is a day of general rejoicing, see that the poor are not forgotten. Don't forget the adage, "Love thy neighbor as thyself.""
---The Blue Ribbon Cook Book, Annie R. Gregory [Monarch Book Company:Chicago IL] 1906 (p. 32)

[1908]
"Waldorf Thanksgiving Dinner Menu.
Cape Cod Oysters, Giblet Soup, Sheepshead with Hollandaise Sauce, Tomatoes Stuffed with Cucumbers, Saddle of New Jersey Mutton, Macedoine of Fresh Vegetables, Turkey Stuffed with Chestnuts, Cranberry Sauce, Brussels Sprouts, Potato Palestine, Lettuce and Grape Fruit Salad with Cracked Almonds, Plum Pudding with Rum Sauce, Mince and Pumpkin Pies, Glace Plombiere, Cafe."
---New York Evening Telegram Cook Book, Emma Paddock Telford [Cupples & Leon:New York] 1908 (p. 218)

[1917]
"Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Oyster Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Onions, Cranberry Frappe, Bread, Celery, Butter, Plum Pudding, Hard Sauce, Nuts, Raisins, Coffee."
---A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband, Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron [A.L. Burt:New York] 1917 (p. 293)

[1926]
"Thanksgiving: Fruit Cocktail, Celery, Olives, Cream of Corn Soup with Crisp Crackers, Roast Turkey, Chestnut Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Stuffed Onions, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, Cheese, Coffee."
---The Art of Cooking and Serving, Sarah Field Splint [Proctoer & Gamble:Cincinnati OH] 1926 (p. 232)

[1927]
"Thanksgiving Dinners: Cream of Tomato Soup, Roast Turkey, Southern Giblet Gravy, Potato Croquettes, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower with Hollandaise Sauce, Cranberry Jelly, Romaine Salad, French Dressing, Individual Pumpkin Pies, Whipped Cream, Cider Ice, Nuts, Raisins.

"Halves of Grapefruit, Roast Duck, Apple Stuffing, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Creamed Turnips, Cole-Slaw, Baked Squash, Cider, Indian Pudding, Foamy Sauce, Nuts, Coffee.

"Fruit Cocktail, Chicken Fricassee, Riced Potatoes, Celery, Buttered Onions, Squash Pie."
---Good Housekeeping's Book of Good Meals: How to Prepare and Serve Them, Good Housekeeping Institute [Good Housekeeping:New YOrk] 1027 (p. 238)

[1929]
"A Thanksgiving Dinner: Oyster Cocktail, Petite Marmite, Roast Turkey, Chestnut Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes Glace, Buttered Cauliflower, Celery, Moulded Cranberry Jelly, Bread and Butter, Hearts of Lettuce, Roquefort Dressing, Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie, Fruit, Nuts, Black Coffee."
---Mrs. Allen on Cooking, Menus, Service, Ida C. Bailey Allen [Doubleday, Doran & Company:Garden City NY] 1929 (p. 874)

[1939]
"Thanksgiving: Oyster Bisque, Roast Turkey, garnished with tiny broiled sausages, Brown Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Turnip or Baked Winter Squash, Onions, Buttered or in Cream, Grapefruit and Celery Salad, Pumpkin Pie, Fruit, Nuts, Black Coffee."
---The Boston Cooking School Cook Book, Fannie Merritt Farmer [Little, Brown & Company:Boston] (p. 13)

[1941]
"Even the vegetarians are preparing to be bold trenchermen this Thanksgiving, although without benefit of turkey, stuffed or otherwise. The Thanksgiving menu of the Vegetarian Society of New York, which will gather about 150 strong for its annual dinner today in Schildkraut's Vegetarian Restaurant. will have its piece de resistance Tragopogan porrifolius. This is better known as salsify, or the "vegetable oyster" it is a purple flowered herb which grows on Long Island. It will fit as follows into the feast: Vitamin cocktail (saurkraut and tomato juice), Eggplant combination salad, Vegetable consomme, Salsify with red marrow squash, beets and mashed green split peas, Pineapple strudel, Swedish bread and whole wheat breadsticks, beverage."
---"Herb to be featured at vegetarian feast," New York Times, November 20, 1941 (p. 36)

[1944]
"Oyster Bisque, Roast Capon, Chestnut Stuffing, String Beans with Mushrooms, Mashed Turnip, Orange Salad, Pecan Pie."
---The Good Housekeeping Cookbook, new edition, completely revised [Farrar & Rinehart:New York] 1944 (p. 375) [1944]
U.S. Navy Camp Rousseau, Port Hueneme California

[1946]
"Ten million pounds of turkey, purchased since last July are on their way to American troops all over the globe, the War Department said today. The Thanksgiving menu will include celery, pickles, olives, roast turkey, dressing, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, green peas, stewed corn lettuce wedges with Thousand-Island dressing hot rolls and butter oranges, apples, pumpkin pie, candy, raisins, salted nuts and coffee."
---"Turkeys Sent to GI's," New York Times, November 7, 1946 (p. 26)

[1956]
"Cranberry-juice Cocktail, Glazed Baked Ham, Creamy Mustard Sauce, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Buttered Peas and Celery, Mocha Fluff Chiffon Cake, Fresh Fruit, Coffee."
---Family Circle Magazine, November 1956 (p. 34)

[1958]
"Turkey Day Feast Ideas," Marian Manners, New York Times, November 27, 1958 (p. A1)

[1959]
"Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner: Hot Tomato Starter, Roast Turkey, Herb Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Orange-glazed Sweet Potatoes, Buttered Green Beans, Apple-Pineapple Slaw, Hot Biscuits, Butter, Pumpkin Pie, Hot Coffee."
---Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cook Book [Meredith Publishing Company:New York] 1959 (p. 46)

"Thanksgiving Supper: Sliced Roast Turkey Garnished with Cranberry Jelly Circles, Tossed Green Salad, Toasted Rolls, Ice Cream or Sweetmeat Tray, Coffee."
---Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Cookbook, Amy Vanderbilt [Doubleday & Company:Garden City NY] 1961 (p. 702-3)

[1963]
"Traditional Thanksgiving: Golden-Brown Turkey, Peas and Little Onions, Buttery Grated Carrots, Cranberry-Brazil-Nut Relish, Rolls, Brandied Pumplin Pie, Coffee."

"Thanksgiving. Roast Loin of Pork Polynesian, Yams Flambes, Green Beans with Mushrooms, Wine Fruit Salad, Rolls, Cranberries Jubilee, Coffee, Wine."
---McCall's Cook Book [Random House:New York] 1963 (p. 716)

[1965]
"Children's Thanksgiving. A table just for children at Thanksgiving is an old custom in many homes. It eliminates a great deal of confusion at traditionally large family gatherings. The children love helping to make decorations for their own table. Make sure the children's table looks more fun than the adults. Set up the table in the same room as the adults' table--choose an out-of-the-way spot, away from the main kitchen traffic. Also, provide special food surprises for the children. Hollow out orange halves, to make baskets for cranberry sauce. Or with animal-chape cutters, cut out cranberry jelly."
---McCall's Do Ahead Party Book, McCalls food editors [Advance Publishers:Orlando FL] 1965(p. 59)

[1972]
"Thanksgiving Dinner: Green and Ripe Olives, Mixed Salted Nuts, Celery and Beet Broth, Roast Pheasant with Wild Rice Stuffing and Creamed Pan Sauce, Cranberry-Filled Lemon Baskets, Braised Chestnuts and Brussels Sprouts, Tartlettes Divers, Autumn Fruit Basket."
---Gourmet, November 1972 (p. 62)

1973
"Traditional Thanksgiving.. .Planned for Eight to Ten
Hors d'Oeuvre, chilled caviar, white toast rounds, lobster bisque with sherry, golden roast turkey, old-fashioned dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry-apple relish, butternut squash or glazed sweet potatoes, broccoli with lemon sauce, grapefruit-and-avodaco salad platter, assorted hot rolls, butter, old-fashioned pumpkin pie, ice cream turkeys, white or rose wine, cider, coffee, liqueurs.

"New England Thanksgiving. Planned for Six to Eight
Corn-and clam chowder, roast stuffed pheasant or turkey, giblet gravy, baked acorn-squash halves, broccoli polonaise, crisp relishes, cranberry jelly, buttered hot biscuits or cornbread squares, warm maple-squash pie or baked Indian pudding with vanilla ice cream, hot mulled cider, coffee.

"Modern Thanksgiving. Planned for Six to Eight.
Hot clam broth with tarragon, turkey au vin with mushrooms, onions, and new potatoes, tossed green salad, crusty French bread, cranberry relish, grape-sherbet ring, warm spongecake, beaujolias, coffee."
--- New McCall's Cookbook, Mary Eckley, food editor of McCall's [Random House:New York] 1973 (p. 574-5)

[1974]
"Thanksgiving Dinner For 12 Persons: Grapefruit Fizz, Basic Roast Turkey with Sausage-and-Apple Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Fluffy Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Beans Amandine, Hot Dinner Rolls, Mincemeat-Pear Pie, Praline-Pumpkin Pie, Coffee, Tea, Milk."
---Family Circle Cookbook, food editor of Family Circle and Jean Anderson [Family Circle:New YOrk] 1974](p. 85)

[1977]
"Turkey, bread-and-cornmeal stuffing (made oven-top style), giblet gravy and cranbery sauce, candied sweet potatoes, green peas, fruited cole slaw, apple or cherry pie, coffee (premixed with milk and sugar to expedite the cafeteria-style service.)"
---"Giving Shelter--And a Holiday Meal," Ron Alexander, New York Times, November 21, 1977 (p. 51)

[1978]
"Buttered Channel Bass, Tartar Sauce, Baked Turkey, Oyster Pie, Green Peas and Artichokes, Cornbread Dressing, Parely Rice, Giblet Gravy, Angel Biscuits, Relishes, Benne Seed Wafers, Shortbread, Syllabub, Wine, Coffee with Lemon."
---Southern Living, November 1978 (p. 3s)

[1985]
"The Water Club. Appetizers include New York duck foie gras terrine, corn and crabmeat chowder, and mouseline of New England bay scallops. For a main course, you might order roast turkey with sausage, apple and celery stuffing prime ribs, or roast goose with raisins and wild rice stuffing. Dessert options are pumpkin pie, chocolate cake, marjorlaine or seasonal berries."
---"Dining Out Guide: Thanksgiving Day," New York Times, November 22, 1985 (p. C19)

[1991]
"A Grand Thanksgiving Feast for 10 to 12: Red or White Belgian Endive with Smoked Salmon and Mustard Sauce, Buttered Toast Triangles, Roast Turkey, Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Chipotle Relish, Steamed Mini-pumpkins with Fresh Raisin Chutney, Red Bell Peppers and Caper Rice, Green Beans and Butter-browned Onions, Wild Rice with Aromatics, Fila-wrapped Rum Cake Bundles, Chardonnay, Sparkling Apple Juice."
---Sunset, November 1991 (p. 180)

[1996]
Dinner for Twelve from Colonial Charleston: Oysters on the Half Shell with Spicy Vinegar, Saugivnon Blanc, Roast Turkey with Corn Bread Stuffing and Giblet Gravy, Smithfield Ham Baked with Madeira, Southern Greens, Mashed Turnips with Nutmeg, Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Cardamom, Apple Chutney, Apple Chutney, Hard Cider, Four-Layer Cake with Lemon Curd, Coffee."
---Bon Appetit, November 1996 (p. 113)

[2003]
"Thanksgiving menu: Garlic Mashed Potato Pie, Roasted Root Vegetables with Spinach, Sweet Potato Casserole, Candied Ginger Cranberry Sauce, Wild Rice, Chestnut Stuffing with Stock, Pumpkin Pie."
---Vegetarian Times, November 2003 (p. 49)

  • Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie/Kathleen Curtin, Sandra L. Oliver and Plimoth Plantation [2005]
  • America's Founding Food: The Story of New England Cooking/Keith Stavely & Kathleen Fitzgerald [2004]
  • The Turkey: An American Story/Andrew F. Smith


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