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27 Southern Christmas Dinner Menu Ideas

Enjoy the comforts of down-home cooking this holiday season! Find all the southern Christmas dinner menu ideas you need—from chess pie to buttermilk mashed potatoes.

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Sunday Pork Roast

Mom would prepare pork roast for our family, friends and customers at the three restaurants she and Dad owned. The herb rub and vegetables give it a remarkable flavor. It’s one of my favorite pork roast recipes. —Sandi Pichon, Memphis, Tennessee

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Hosting a smaller Christmas this year? These small-batch southern recipes are sure to please.

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Apple-Glazed Holiday Ham

Apple-Glazed Holiday Ham

Each Christmas I’m asked to prepare this entree. I’m happy to oblige because it is easy to assemble, bakes for a few hours unattended and is simply delicious. —Emory Doty, Jasper, Georgia
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Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

My sister-in-law, who is a dietitian, shared these buttermilk mashed potatoes with me. The garlic and buttermilk are better for you than lots of butter. —Stephanie Bremson, Kansas City, Missouri
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Lemon Chess Pie

This creamy, lemony pie cuts beautifully and has a smooth texture. It’s one of my favorite southern pies. —Hannah LaRue Rider, East Point, Kentucky
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Honey-Bourbon Hot Chocolate

My husband and I like to enjoy this grown-up version of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening. It’s even better made with honey-flavored bourbon if you can find that in your local store. —Andrea Harvath, Duncannon, Pennsylvania
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Black-Eyed Peas with Collard Greens

Time to gather round the table, y’all! This dish has special meaning on New Year’s Day, when Southerners eat greens for future wealth and black-eyed peas for prosperity. —Athena Russell, Greenville, South Carolina

Add these healthy southern recipes to your Christmas dinner menu.

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Santa Deviled Eggs

I love creating special deviled eggs for parties. These little Santas are easier to make than they look, and everyone raves over them. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
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Hummingbird Cake

This impressive hummingbird cake is my dad’s favorite, so I always make it for his birthday. It makes a memorable dessert for any celebration and is lovely with a summer meal. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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Candied Sweet Potatoes

My town is known as “the yam capital of the United States.” These candied sweet potatoes go well with baked ham or roasted turkey. —Essie Nealey, Tabor City, North Carolina
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Old-Fashioned Eggnog

Old-Fashioned Eggnog

Celebrating the holidays with eggnog is an American tradition that dates back to Colonial days. I toast the season with this smooth and creamy concoction that keeps family and friends coming back from more. —Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio
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Pimiento Cheese Ball

This rich and creamy pimiento cheese ball looks so festive with flecks of green onion and red pimiento dotting with cheddar cheese. It’s a favorite at any party. —Sundra Hauck, Bogalusa, Louisiana
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Chocolate Chess Pie

This is one of my mother’s go-to recipes. It’s a yummy spin on classic chocolate chess pie. — Ann Dickens, Nixa, Missouri
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Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

The recipe for these four-ingredient biscuits has been handed down for many generations. —Fran Thompson, Tarboro, North Carolina

Here are some other southern comfort foods you’ll enjoy.

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Champagne Punch

A blend of four fruit juices pairs well with bubbly champagne in this party-pleasing punch. A strawberry garnish adds a festive touch. —Amy Short, Lesage, West Virginia
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Sweet Potato Pie

This creamy sweet potato pie is subtly spiced and slices beautifully! We suggest baking up a few sweet potato pies around the holidays to give to friends and family. — North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission
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Triple-Cheese Macaroni

No truly southern meal is complete without macaroni and cheese. Three types of cheese and a squirt of mustard make this comforting dish sing!
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Divinity Candy

Every Christmas my grandmother and I made divinity candy, just the two of us. I still make it every year. —Anne Clayborne, Walland, Tennessee
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Cranberry Bourbon

The subtle tang of cranberry and the warm winter spices make this bourbon just right for holiday toasts—neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor
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Best Red Velvet Cake

It’s just not Christmas at our house until this festive cake appears. This is different from other red velvet cake recipes I’ve had; the icing is as light as snow. —Kathryn Davison, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Cornbread Dressing

There’s nothing quite like cornbread dressing at Thanksgiving or Christmas. —Drew Weeks, Edisto Island, South Carolina
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Sweet and Savory Deviled Eggs

My Grandma Phyllis’ sweet and savory deviled eggs are unrivaled by any of the ones I’ve tried. The sweetness of the cherries balances the heat of the jalapeno; celery and pickles give a nice crunch. These snacks are always a party pleaser. —Adrienne Vradenburg, Bakersfield, California
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Apple Amaretto Sours

An amaretto sour had always been one of my favorite cocktails. This version has a special touch that makes it perfect for enjoying throughout the holiday season. —Amber Forbes, Roper, North Carolina
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Corn Pudding

Cornbread mix and canned corn make this southern corn pudding casserole a snap to prepare. Now, this is real comfort food! —P. Lauren Fay-Neri, Syracuse, New York
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Old-Time Buttermilk Pie

This recipe is older than I am…and I was born in 1919! My mother and grandmother made this pie with buttermilk and eggs from our farm and set it on the tables at church meetings and social gatherings. I did the same and now our children make it, too! —Kate Mathews, Shreveport, Louisiana
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Creamy Pineapple Fluff Salad

Guests of all ages will gravitate to this traditional “fluff” salad, chock-full of pineapple, marshmallows and cherry bits. —Janice Hensley, Owingsville, Kentucky
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Easy Cheese Straws

Five ingredients transform into long, crisp cracker sticks. The hand-held snacks make for easy mingling at parties.—Elizabeth Robinson, Conroe, Texas
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Hazelnut Coffee

The blend of flavors—coffee, hazelnut and a bit of chocolate—make this drink absolutely sensational. It is great for breakfast or brunch, but is also wonderful for a quiet moment at the end of the day. —Frieda Bliesner, McAllen, Texas

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Christina Herbst
Christina is a Social Media Editor for Taste of Home. She enjoys trying out local restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on. In her free time, you can find her hunting down one-of-a-kind furniture pieces at thrift and vintage stores and DIYing trendy home decor crafts.