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.
This classic appetizer is a staple at holiday gatherings across the region. And with just four common pantry ingredients, it couldn’t be easier to make.
This craveable cheese spread is a regional food you need to try. It has just the right amount of kick thanks to pimento peppers and cayenne, but if you’re scared of heat, don’t worry. Cheese and mayonnaise help to temper the bold flavors.
It isn’t always easy to know how to glaze and cook the perfect ham. But there are a variety of sweet ways to balance out the savoriness of a ham, including a classic brown sugar glaze.
A hearty, homemade gumbo filled with andouille sausage is a classic Cajun and Creole dish that is perfect for a special holiday celebration.
For Isaac Toups' Chicken and Sausage Gumbo recipe, click here.
A moist, tender pork tenderloin is perfect for picky eaters this holiday season. Apples can be used in a variety of sweet and savory recipes, but paired with pork tenderloin, it gives a special seasonal flavor.
For the Apple and Potato Wrapped Pork Tenderloin recipe, click here.
Homemade macaroni and cheese is always a winner, especially this rich and creamy version. 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 get-together.
Whether you make it for Thanksgiving, Christmas or both, no Southern holiday is complete without cornbread dressing.
Sweet potato casserole is an classic Southern dish and a holiday staple. This variation is topped with mini marshmallows, chopped pecans and brown sugar that give it that perfect holiday feel.
Collard greens are a soul food favorite that's great any night of the year, but there’s something particularly special about preparing this dish for the holidays.
Southerners, especially Texans, love their pecans. Beyond pralines on the dessert table, you'll also likely have tons of crunchy, salty, sweet and creamy pecan fudge.
For the Caramel Pecan Fudge recipe, click here.
A comforting, classic pecan pie is one of the most iconic desserts in the South and all of America. If you're looking for something beyond pecan pie, here are more of the best pie recipes for the holiday season.
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