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 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.
A hearty, homemade gumbo filled with crab, shrimp and other shellfish is the ultimate decadence and is perfect for a special holiday celebration.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sweet potato pie is a classic Southern dish, and it’s impossible to imagine the dessert table without it.
No Christmas is complete without plenty of sweets, and these crisp yet chewy cookies are an ideal party favor.
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.
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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.
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