#OnlyLouisiana Thanksgiving Menu Guide

There are a plethora of ways to feed your soul in Louisiana year-round. However, when it comes to the holidays, there’s no better way to feed your soul by enjoying Louisiana cuisine with your family.

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Louisiana Rum Cake Recipe

Rum Pound Cake

Country Pecan Pie recipe

Louisiana Pecan Pie

We’ve gathered some of our best-loved recipes to help you celebrate this fall holiday season with a Louisiana spin on drool-worthy Thanksgiving dishes.

Kick things off with warm and comforting oyster brie soup or Louisiana blue crab dip. Perfect starters that highlight Louisiana’s fresh seafood and will be sure to hold you and your guests over until the next course.

While the guests snack on appetizers, it’s time to turn the focus onto preparing the main event: the turducken. Turduckens have only been on the holiday menu scene since the ‘80s and have already warmed the hearts (and stomachs) of countless Louisiana families. The original is believed to have originated in Maurice, Louisiana at Hebert’s Specialty Meats but was brought to fame on a national level by Chef Paul Prudhomme. To achieve a more subtle Louisiana take on a holiday classic, try swapping out regular root beer for Abita or Swamp Pop brand root beers to glaze the ham. Pair your masterpiece with an Old Tyme Cajun Cornbread Casserole, a jazzed-up alternative to your typical cornbread or stuffing. Round out your meal with an extra side of shrimp stuffed Portobello mushrooms or these buttery, flaky oyster patties.

After the main course is finished, dazzle your guests with a rum-soaked pound cake (perhaps using one of the rums from Lula Distillery or Bayou Rum), a cream cheese and chocolate chip bread pudding or stick to the classics with a pecan pie featuring delicious New Roads pecans. 

The tasty Louisiana treats don’t have to end after the meal is over! Turn your leftover turkey bones into a stock that’s perfect for turkey gumbo that’ll keep you warm through the new year. 

This menu will surely leave your guests full, happy and ready for that obligatory Thanksgiving nap! Be sure to tag your holiday culinary adventures with #OnlyLouisiana this holiday season.

Want even more menu ideas? Check out Louisiana’s Culinary Trails and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board for more delicious recipes.