You know you're from the South if you eat these things on Christmas
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You Know You're From The South If You Eat These Things on Christmas

15 recipes for a Southern-inspired holiday menu
You know you're from the South if you eat these things on Christmas
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If there’s one region in the United States that really does the Christmas season right, it has to be the South. With its own distinctive cuisine and traditions, the South is one of the most magical places to spend the holiday season. Because whatever the region may lack in that special Christmas chill in the air, it makes up for with some of the best Christmas cooking in the country.

Sausage balls

Sausage balls
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This classic Southern appetizer is a staple at holiday gatherings across the region. And with just four common pantry ingredients, it couldn’t be easier to make.

For the Southern Sausage Balls recipe, click here.

Spicy pimento cheese

Spicy pimento cheese
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This craveable cheese spread is a regional food you need to try. It has just the right amount of kick thanks to jalapeños and hot sauce, but if you’re scared of heat, don’t worry. Cream cheese and mayonnaise help to temper the bold flavors.

For the Spicy Pimento Cheese recipe, click here.

Deviled eggs

Deviled eggs
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Deviled eggs are one of the best party foods around, and what is Christmas in the South but one big party?

For the Classic Deviled Eggs recipe, click here.

Coca-Cola glazed ham

Coca-Cola glazed ham
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It isn’t always easy to know how to glaze and cook the perfect ham. But Coca-Cola is a great shortcut. The soda adds a perfect sweetness that helps to balance out the savoriness of the ham.

For the Coca-Cola Glazed Ham recipe, click here.

Gumbo

Gumbo
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A hearty, homemade gumbo filled with crab, shrimp and other shellfish is the ultimate decadence and is perfect for a special holiday celebration.

For the Seafood Gumbo recipe, click here.

Pork tenderloin

Pork tenderloin
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This moist, tender pork recipe is perfect for picky eaters this holiday season. The warm plum salsa adds a fresh, bright holiday element that feels distinctively Southern.

For the Pork Tenderloin With Warm Plum Salsa recipe, click here.

Mac and cheese

Mac and cheese
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Homemade macaroni and cheese is always a winner, especially this rich and creamy version with a crunchy, nutty topping. Whether you serve it on the side or as a main dish for the children at the table, this mac and cheese will be the star of your holiday party.

For the Slow ‘n’ Crispy Mac ‘n’ Cheese recipe, click here.

Classic cornbread dressing

Classic cornbread dressing
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Yes, you made it for Thanksgiving, but no Southern holiday is complete without cornbread. So re-up on that side dish. It’s a real winner, after all.

For the Classic Cornbread Dressing recipe, click here.

Sweet potato casserole with praline topping

Sweet potato casserole with praline topping
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Sweet potato casserole is an iconic Southern dish and a holiday staple. This variation has a crunchy praline topping that gives it that perfect Christmassy feel.

For the Sweet Potato Casserole With Praline Topping recipe, click here.

Braised collard greens

Braised collard greens
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Collard greens are great any night of the year, but there’s something particularly special about preparing them for the holidays. These easy braised collard greens are easy to customize however you see fit.

For the Braised Collard Greens recipe, click here.

Biscuits

Biscuits
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No Southern table is complete without biscuits, especially a holiday table. Take the time to make these 100% homemade biscuits; your guests will certainly appreciate the effort.

For the Southern-Style Biscuits recipe, click here.

Sweet potato pie

Sweet potato pie
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Sweet potato pie is a classic Southern dish, and it’s impossible to imagine the dessert table without it.

For the Sweet Potato Pie recipe, click here.

Praline cookies

Praline cookies
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No Christmas is complete without plenty of sweets, and these crisp yet chewy cookies are an ideal party favor.

For the Praline Cookies recipe, click here.

Pecan fudge

Pecan fudge
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Southerners, especially Texans, love their pecans. Pecans and pralines are everywhere on the dessert table, and that means you’re going to have tons of crunchy, salty, sweet and creamy pecan fudge.

For the Crunchy Pecan Fudge recipe, click here.

Pecan pie

Pecan pie
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There’s nothing particularly complicated about this comforting, classic pecan pie recipe, but that’s what makes it great. And if these classic Southern recipes don’t fulfill your holiday menu needs, consider every other recipe you need to get through the holidays.

For the Texas Pecan Pie recipe, click here.

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