• Saveur delivers an entire soul food menu for Thanksgiving, including traditional and updated spins on everything from sweet potato casserole and spicy collard greens to the centerpiece, a cornbread-dressed bird.

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  • Fried turkey is a new introduction to the Soul Food Thanksgiving menu and offers a welcome twist on traditional roast turkey. Fried turkey is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. It's also great for those day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches.

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  • The best Southern collard greens recipe starts with smoked meat as the base. Smoked ham, bacon, or turkey gives the vegetables a delicious flavor. The preparation is a rather lengthy process (but worth it!): The greens are typically soaked to clean them and then chopped into bite-size pieces. After the smoked meat has been boiled to release the flavor, the greens are added and cooked until tender.

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  • Mac 'n cheese is absolutely necessary on the Soul Food Thanksgiving menu. There's no way to skimp or cut calories when making this dish. It's creamy and rich, so start your diet the week after the holiday!

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  • Let's talk about stuffing. Most people who prepare and eat soul food also call this dish "dressing." It's the best side dish for turkey and even better when you load it with gravy!

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  • Traditional Southern-style dressing starts with cornbread. This recipe for Grandmother Carter's Cornbread Dressing is a good one to try and can be started days ahead of time.

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  • Cornbread pudding is yet another tasty way to bring savory Southern flavors to your holiday table. This version is updated with white cheddar cheese and thyme.

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  • Southern brown gravy is yummy over turkey and dressing. It's made from leftover turkey (or chicken) stock and bacon fat drippings. The most important part is creating the roux. It's thick and rich and can be made ahead of time, then reheated later.

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  • You cannot have a Soul Food Thanksgiving dinner without sweet potato pie! Growing up, I watched my grandmother mix and create 20 sweet potato pies at once by hand. She used no measurements, but they always came out perfect. The best sweet potato pie is the right mix of buttery goodness and spice.

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  • You can't have only one dessert at Thanksgiving dinner! Several different delectable treats should be available to your guests. Southern pecan pie is a great way to complete your Soul Food Thanksgiving dinner.

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