Christmas in the South is one of the biggest events of the year. Southerners love their home cooked food and Christmas dinner is when they go all out.
It's a day when the spare table from the garage is brought out because all the food will not fit on the dinner table alone.It's a day when dad keeps the fireplace going, the children play with their new toys and mom works in the kitchen creating all those wonderful smells (she wouldn't have it any other way).
We thought of putting all the full recipes here on this page but found it would make this menu 20 pages long and difficult to navigate. So instead we have included links to each recipe here. Just decide which recipes interest you and click on the link to go to the recipe page where you can print it.
There are many ways to cook a turkey. We prefer a simple and traditional roasted turkey. HERE'S OUR RECIPE.
CORNBREAD STUFFING (DRESSING) - RECIPE HERE
TURKEY GRAVY - RECIPE HERE
Ham on Christmas is traditional at our house. Be sure to get a real ham, not a canned imitation. Most are pre-cooked, but we always cook it on low heat for an hour or so anyway. If you plan ahead you can make a Corned Ham. It's not difficult but it takes 11 days. Here's our RECIPE HERE
CANDIED YAMS(or sweet potatoes)
Canned yams are good and save time (just heat), but you can cook your own - RECIPE HERE
GREEN BEANS - RECIPE HERE
MASHED POTATOES - This and dinner rolls should be the last items cooked so they can be served hot. RECIPE HERE
CORN - Just a couple of cans of corn kernels, heated
CRANBERRIES - Don't use canned. It's so easy to make your own. This is not cranberry sauce, it's whole cranberries and much better. Put 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a pot and bring to a boil, stir to dissolve sugar. Add 1 package fresh, whole cranberries, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Bring back to a boil and simmer 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
FRESH VEGGIE PLATE - Fill a large platter with: a variety of pickles, olives, radishes, celery and baby green onions.
AMBROSIA - RECIPE HERE
TOSSED GREEN SALAD - Any simple salad will do...even just chopped lettuce.
PECAN PIE - RECIPE HERE
SWEET POTATO PIE - RECIPE HERE
DINNER ROLLS - STORE BOUGHT
CORNBREAD - RECIPE HERE
SWEET SOUTHERN ICED TEA - RECIPE HERE
COFFEE - (your favorite)
SYLLABUB - RECIPE HERE
Before or after dinner grown up's beverage
"IF YOU DON'T SPEND THE AFTERNOON MISERABLY FULL...YOU DIDN'T EAT ENOUGH!"