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 unique traditions and a politeness and friendliness that is unmatched, the South is a magical place to spend the holiday season. You see, what this region lacks in snow and that special Christmas chill in the air, it makes up for with some of the best home cooking in the country.
Calories are certainly not a concern when it comes to holiday foods, and that couldn’t be truer anywhere than in the South. Flavor is simply not sacrificed in the cornbread stuffing or the decadent coconut cakes; these delicacies just aren’t complete without tons of butter and delicious fats. Heck, even the vegetables are full of bacon and ham! And the South simply wouldn’t have it any other way.
So whether you’re looking to shake up your Northern Christmas dinner menu with another region’s classics or you’re looking to recreate your mama’s home cooking, we have 15 Southern-inspired recipes for your holiday dinner parties. From sausage ball appetizers to a delicious glazed ham to a classic pecan pie and everything in between, keep reading for 15 classic Southern Christmas recipes.
This classic Southern appetizer is a staple at holiday gatherings across the region. With just four common pantry ingredients, it couldn’t be easier to make.
For the Southern Sausage Balls recipe, click here.
Horseradish is a zippy essential for any Southern holiday menu, and this simple no-bake dip is a quick and easy way to get food on the table ASAP for all your hungry guests.
This dippable cheese spread has just the right amount of kick thanks to jalapeños and hot sauce, but don’t worry! Cream cheese and mayonnaise help to temper the bold flavors.
For the Spicy Pimento Cheese recipe, click here.
Want a true holiday shortcut? Glaze your ham with Coca-Cola. Yes, this soda adds a perfect sweetness that helps to balance out the saltiness and meatiness of the ham.
For the Coca-Cola Glazed Ham recipe, click here.
A citrus rub with lemon zest, orange zest, and garlic helps to add a particular sunny brightness to this roasted turkey recipe. Meanwhile, rosemary and thyme give this bird a true holiday feel.
For the Rosemary Citrus-Herb Turkey recipe, click here.
Nothing beats a homemade macaroni and cheese, 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 ‘n’ cheese will be the star of your holiday party.
For the Slow ‘n’ Crispy Mac ‘n’ Cheese recipe, click here.
No Southern table is complete without biscuits, especially a holiday table. Take the time to make these 100 percent homemade biscuits; your guests will certainly appreciate the effort.
For the Southern-Style Biscuits recipe, click here.
If you can’t have meat in your vegetables, you better have plenty of cream, cheese and herbs in them. This potato gratin recipe looks elegant and has a heartwarming flavor perfect for the holidays.
For the Potato Gratin With Onions and Sage recipe, click here.
Collard greens are great any night of the year, but there’s something particularly special about 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.
Yes, you made it for Thanksgiving, but no Southern holiday is complete without cornbread, and no holiday is complete without dressing. So re-up on that side dish. It’s a real winner, after all.
For the Classic Cornbread Dressing recipe, click here.
These green beans are stewed together with potatoes, cayenne, and plenty of pancetta to create a deeply flavorful side that’s also super easy to prepare.
For the Southern-Style Green Beans recipe, click here.
Sweet potato casserole is an iconic Southern dish and a holiday staple. This variation has a crunchy praline topping that gives it the perfect Christmassy feel.
For the Sweet Potato Casserole With Praline Topping recipe, click here.
Coconut cake is a stunning yet simply presented confection that will stand out on any dessert table.
For the Coconut Lavender Cream Cake recipe, click here.
No Christmas is complete without plenty of cookies, and these crisp yet chewy cookies are the South’s best offering.
For the Praline Cookies recipe, click here.
There’s nothing particularly complicated about this comforting, classic pecan pie recipe. But it’s sure to add some Southern authenticity and plenty of flavor to your Christmas table. 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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