Country Stars Reveal Their Favorite Thanksgiving Foods

The most important thing about Thanksgiving is family and friends, and of course, giving thanks! But beyond that, Thanksgiving is all about the meal. And according to their labels, several artists in country music have BIG opinions about what should be served at Thanksgiving dinner.

For Thomas Rhett, it’s all about the dressing. “Every year both parents make a dressing, they’re kinda similar, but I don’t like gravy on my dressing, which is probably the weirdest thing in American culture. But dressing is probably my favorite Thanksgiving dish.”

Kelsea Ballerini recently revealed to Scott, Heather, and Kelli that “Thanksgiving is actually also known as “No Calorie Day, so I enjoy all the pies.”

Canaan Smith is in agreement with Kelsea. “Pumpkin pie is where it’s at. My mom makes the best. She got it from her mom, my Nanny. It’s so good. It’s made from scratch. Everything about it, it’s just mouthwatering. I love it. I can’t get enough. If I could get fat, it’d be from pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.”

“My favorite Thanksgiving dish would be the homemade dressin’ that we, cornbread-based kind of dressin’ that we always have with turkey,” says Alan Jackson. That recipe is a kind of a combination of my mama, and Denise has taken it and perfected it over the years, so that me and my children really enjoy it.”

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum loves her grandmother’s sweet potato casserole. “There’s just something she puts in it — probably all the love – that makes it better than anything I’ve ever tasted.”

RaeLynn says there are several things she HAS to have on Thanksgiving. “My aunt makes this corn casserole, and it’s the most amazing cheesy thing I’ve ever had in my life, and then also, pumpkin pie with Cool Whip on it. That is just so classic Thanksgiving. Oh, and buttermilk cream pie is amazing, too. So, if I have those three things, it’s just a great Thanksgiving.”

Green bean casserole is a must-have for Tucker Beathard.  “I love that. I’m not a big vegetable fan but green beans are one of the few vegetables that I love and that’s got to be there.  If it’s not, it’s not the same.”

“My favorite Thanksgiving dish was my grandmother’s macaroni and cheese,” recalls David Nail. “There probably wasn’t anything elaborate about it. It was probably the cheapest macaroni and cheese that money can buy, but for some reason it was always extra special, and she would also add extra cheese to it for me. My cousin Matt and I would have many, many fights about who would get the last spoonful.”

Tae Dye of Maddie & Tae has a taste for cranberry sauce. “If there is no cranberry sauce, I will cry. It’s my favorite!” Her bandmate Maddie Marlow says she loves her mom’s casserole. “My mom and I make this delicious broccoli and cheese casserole, and it is the bomb dot com! I cannot go Thanksgiving or Christmas without that casserole. And then my mom makes this amazing chocolate pecan pie.”

Casserole is also an important Thanksgiving staple in the Perry household. Reid Perry of The Band Perry says his sister Kimberly makes a really great sweet potato casserole. “Here’s the trick,” reveals Kimberly. “You know how most sweet potato casseroles either have marshmallows or the sugar little nutty mix on top? Well, I put both of those on there.”

For Josh Turner, it’s deviled eggs. “Where I’m from in South Carolina, I don’t think I’ve tasted a bad deviled egg. It’s like everybody has their own twist on it, but they’re all good, but I always loved it when my mama made ‘em. I’m learning as I get older, making deviled eggs is no easy task. It’s more complicated than it looks, and so that’s probably why I never made ‘em myself.”

Cassadee Pope says her sister Ashley does most of the cooking on Thanksgiving, but Cassadee does bring something to the table: a cocktail! “My pumpkin spice bourbon sangria. It’s bourbon, white wine, a bunch of fruit, pumpkin spice, honey, cinnamon sticks. It is amazing.”

Meanwhile, Drake White lets his wife prepare Thanksgiving. “Alex, my wife, cooks this corn souffle and it is like your quintessential Thanksgiving dish.”

Mickey Guyton’s favorite dish is pretty simple. “Dessert is my favorite Thanksgiving dish,” she says. “It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s sweet. My mom actually makes an Italian cream cake that’s absolutely awesome. It’s homemade, and the entire family, that’s the first thing to go at Thanksgiving dinner. And my Grandma D, she makes a pecan pie that is awesome. She taught me how to make them when I was little, and I just love them, and that’s the other thing that I look forward to at Thanksgiving dinner, and I love them both so much!”

“My mom makes the best mashed potatoes in the world,” shares Clare Dunn. “I mean, they’re crazy. They’re like garlic and butter and all the good stuff, so that’s probably my favorite Thanksgiving dish. Oh, and she makes great stuffing too, and I’m not a stuffing person, but I like hers.”

Chris Carmack, who plays Will Lexington on CMT’s Nashville, claims Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday. “We eat and drink for days at a time,” he explains. “The one thing that Thanksgiving could not be without – it’s not turkey, it’s not stuffing, it’s not cranberry sauce – it’s my Mom’s dip. She makes this dip that probably – you might as well just inject it into your veins. It’s probably taken years off my life already, but it’s a Carmack tradition and it’s a delicious treat.”

Bon appetit! And Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

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