Southern Childhood Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving Menu from the 1970’s

I come from a very large family on both sides. This was what I remember being served at Thanksgiving. Sometimes my Aunt Virginia would make gumbo.


Boiled Shrimp

Cheese Ball and Crackers

Deviled Eggs



Iceberg Lettuce Garden Salad

Macaroni Salad


Creamed Corn

Green Beans with Bacon

Mashed Potatoes

White Rice


Black-Eyed Peas

Collard and Turnip Greens

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Butter

Roasted Turkey (Sometimes Wild Turkey)

Cornbread Dressing


Cranberry Jelly

Sunbeam Flake (Brown and Serve) Rolls with Butter

Cornbread Sticks


Sweet Potato Pie

Ambrosia Salad

Lemon Meringue Pie

Refrigerator (No Bake) Cheese Cake

Angle Food Cake

Pecan Pie

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13 thoughts on “Southern Childhood Thanksgiving Menu

    1. It was fun to remember the huge Thanksgiving dinners from my childhood. I am sure I left out some things, but there was enough food to feed between 30 and 50 people.


  1. Fun to hear about foods at a Southern Thanksgiving. I am from the Midwest, but once during college I spent Thanksgiving in Massachusetts where there are many more Italians. I was amazed that they served a pasta dish…I don’t remember exactly what.

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