Check out these historical Thanksgiving recipes that originated in Maryland!

Thanksgiving is coming in a hurry! Want to make your dinner a little more Marylandish? Here are some historical Maryland Thanksgiving recipes to try!

Eastern Shore White Potato Pie

eastern shore white potato pie

Courtesy of A Taste of History with Joyce White (Blog)

The Eastern Shore White Potato Pie is not your typical Thanksgiving pie. Would you bring this 17th-century throwback back to your table for the holiday?!


2 9" prepared pastry shells
3 cups of mashed white potatoes
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 cups of light cream (half and half)
1 teaspoon of lemon extract
4 eggs
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
2 cups of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon


Put your potatoes, cream, eggs, and sugar into a bowl. Then, beat the ingredients at a high speed until it's well-blended. After the mixture is blended, add your flavorings and spices. Dump the mixture into two 9" prepared pastry shells. Bake the pie at 375 degrees for one hour or until a knife put into the middle of it can come out clean.



Courtesy of Food Network 

One of the most basic types of cornbreads, hoecakes earned their unique name from the fact that they're cooked on a hoe over a fire. The recipe goes perfectly with soups and stews, or if you have a sweet tooth, you can add honey or sugar!


1 cup of white, stone-ground cornmeal
3/4 cup of boiling water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of lard, vegetable oil, or shortening


Mix your cornmeal and salt in a bowl. After, add boiling water, constantly stir to mix it well, then let the mixture sit for around 10 minutes. Put your frying fat in a skillet to melt and get it hot, but don't let it start to smoke. Then, scoop two tablespoons of your mixture into the skillet to form a small pancake. Fry your hoecakes until they're firm and light brown.

Oyster Stuffing


oyster stuffing

Courtesy of Food Network

Are any of us surprised that Maryland has a historical Thanksgiving recipe that includes a state favorite: oysters? Probably not. And here's your chance to spice up your stuffing recipe in a very Maryland way.


1 loaf of white bread
1/2 medium onion
2-3 celery stalks
1/2 cup of butter or margarine
1 quart of small oysters in juice


Leave your bread in the oven with the light on and the door open to dry overnight. The next day, start by finely dicing celery stalks and onion. Then, saute your onion and celery in margarine or butter. Proceed to break your bread into small pieces to place in a large bowl. Mix the sauteed veggies with the bread, and add your quart of oysters with juice. Then add salt, pepper, and a bit of cardamom to add some more taste. Stuff your turkey with as much stuffing as you can, then put the rest in a casserole dish with juice from your turkey to moisten it.

Have you tried any of these Maryland Thanksgiving recipes? Did we miss one? Leave a comment below!