Friday, November 28, 2008

Southern Christmas Dinner Menu and Recipe Ideas

A Southern Christmas menu and collection of Christmas recipes, all from

In my extended Southern family, Christmas dinner is always a near duplicate of our Thanksgiving dinner with the addition of seafood dishes, but even in the South, recipes for a Christmas menu can range from the familiar turkey and dressing, to large cuts of prime beef and crown roasts, leg of lamb, dishes centered around at least seven fish recipes and even meals centered around BBQ fare or Sunday gravy and lasagna.

I've included my Deep South Southern Christmas Menu below, along with many of my favorite recipes that you might like to consider for your own Christmas dinner menu. This list of menu items is by no means conclusive - it is just a list of the dishes that I have personally prepared and posted since starting my website back in 2008. Some are certainly Southern regional - you likely won't be finding jambalaya or seafood gumbo in many places of the south for Christmas dinner unless you live where we do, along or near the coast. I hope you find some ideas and inspiration here to host your own southern Christmas dinner!

Southern Christmas Dinner Menu
and Recipe Ideas

My Deep South
Christmas Dinner Menu

Basic Relish Tray
Black Olives, Green Olives, Sweet Baby Gherkin Pickles, Baby Dills, Pickled Okra
Roasted or Sugared Pecans
Deviled Eggs
Holiday Green Salad
Holiday Fruit Salad
Cranberry Pomegranate Winter Sangria

Shrimp Cocktail
Chicken, Andouille, and Oyster Filé Gumbo

Cajun Ham
Prime Rib Beef Roast with Au Jus
Horseradish Cream
Classic Oven Roasted Turkey with Cider Gravy

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Apple, Sausage and Pecan Dressing
Cajun Rice Dressing

Browned Butter Green Beans with Pecans
Candied Yams
Creamed Spinach

Old Fashioned Pull Apart Yeast Rolls
Southern Sweet Iced Tea

Red Velvet Cake

~Dessert Tray~
Fresh Apple Cake, Sugared Nuts, Pecan Tassies, Pecan Finger Cookies, Tiger Butter Bark
DivinityChocolate Pecan Pie Bars, Mississippi Mud Cake, Magic Bars, Rum Balls, Southern Tea Cakes

~Southern Christmas Menu Ideas~

~Morning Eye Openers~

Hot Buttered Rum
Milk Punch
Spiced and Spiked Hot Chocolate
Classic Bloody Mary

~Christmas Morning Breakfast~


Homemade Southern Buttermilk Biscuits
Homemade Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy
Homemade Biscuits and Southern Sausage Gravy
Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Herbs
Baked Garlic Cheese Grits with Sausage
Speedy Breakfast Casserole
Egg, Biscuit and Sausage Gravy Casserole
Hash Brown Andouille Sausage Quiche
Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Cups


Butterscotch Pull Apart Bread
Custardy French Toast
Overnight Baked French Toast Casserole
Easy Cheater Cinnamon Rolls
Pecan Waffles
Buttermilk Pancakes
Southern Skillet Fried Apples

Grab more Breakfast and Brunch Ideas here

~First Course Starters~

Basic Deviled Eggs
Grape Jelly Cocktail Meatballs
Cream Cheese and Hot Pepper Jelly Dip
Basic Relish Tray
Black Olives, Green Olives, Sweet Baby Gherkin Pickles,Baby Dills, Pickled Okra
Pimiento Cheese Finger Sandwiches
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Crab Stuffed Shrimp
Sausage Balls
Spicy Cheese Bites


Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Dip 
Heaven on a Cracker - Bacon Cream Cheese Dip
Hot Corn Dip
White Rotel Dip
Warm Feta and Artichoke Dip
Classic 70s 7-Layer Dip
Caramelized Onion Dip
Awesome Jalapeno Popper Dip
Original Ro-Tel Famous Queso Dip
Hot Crab Dip
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Cream Cheese & Hot Pepper Jelly Dip
Cajun Shrimp Spread and Dip

More Appetizers ideas here.

~Second Course Soups, Stews, Gumbo and Jambalaya~

Creamy Oyster Stew
Corn and Crab Chowder
Cajun Courtbouillon
Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo
Seafood Gumbo with Shrimp, Crab and Oysters
Crab and Shrimp Gumbo
Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
Oven Baked Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya


Milk Punch
Hot Buttered Rum
Spiked and Spiced Hot Chocolate
Old-Fashioned Drinking Custard
Homemade Eggnog
Pomegranate Cosmos
Cranberry Pomegranate Holiday Sangria
Party Punch
Perfect Southern Sweet Iced Tea
Mint Infused Sweet Iced Tea
Cioccolato Caldo Italian Hot Chocolate


Old Fashioned Pull Apart Yeast Rolls
Homemade French Rolls
Perfect and Easy Old Fashioned Cloverleaf and Crescent Yeast Dinner Rolls
Old Fashioned Pan Rolls
Muffin Tin Spoon Rolls
Whipped Honey Butter

~Salads and Condiments~

Anything and Everything Salad
7-Layer Salad
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad
Marinated Squash Salad
Cold English Pea Salad
Cold Green Bean Salad
Marinated Vegetable Salad
Copper Pennies Salad
Spicy Sweet Cucumber Salad
Pickled Onions
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Relish
Spicy Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce
Old Fashioned 5-Cup Salad
Watergate Salad
Old Fashioned Cherry Coke Salad
Pink Jello Salad
Mary's Ambrosia
Holiday Fruit Salad
Fruit Cocktail Salad
Pear Salad
Mandarin Orange Fruit Salad
Spiced Peaches

~The Main Stars~

Boneless Prime Rib Beef Roast with au Jus
Oven Braised Beef Brisket
Pork Roast
Turkey Brine - start at least 24 hours in advance
Classic Oven Roasted Turkey with Cider Gravy
How to Make Homemade Gravy
How to Make Homemade Giblet Gravy in the Roasting Pan
Make Ahead Turkey Gravy
Oven Roasted Turkey with Buttery Pan Sauce
Roasted Stuffed Boneless Turkey Breast 
Brown Sugar Orange Glazed Ham
Apple Cider Ham
Whiskey Glazed Ham
Old School Pineapple Glazed Baked Ham
Brown Sugar Glazed Coca Cola Ham
Cajun Glazed Ham
Pepper Jelly Glazed Ham


Shrimp Remoulade
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Crab Stuffed Potatoes
Shrimp Boulettes
Shrimp Stuffed Pistolettes
Crabmeat Quiche
Creamy Oyster Stew
Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
Seafood Gumbo with Shrimp, Crab and Oysters
Cajun Courtbouillon
Crawfish Monica
Crawfish Fettuccine
Southern Cornbread and Oyster Dressing
Seafood and Eggplant Dressing
Mirliton Casserole
Seafood Stuffed Mirlitons
Eggplant Josephine

More Seafood

~Dressing and Stuffing~

Cajun Rice Dressing 
Oyster Rice Dressing
Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing
Apple, Sausage and Pecan Dressing
Chicken and Cornbread Dressing
Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing
Homemade Herb Dressing
Chicken and Herb Dressing Casserole
7 Top Tips to Perfect Your Holiday Stuffing

~Traditional Side Dish Casseroles~

Bourbon Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Broiled Sweet Potatoes 
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Corn Spoon Bread
Praline Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Casserole
Traditional Southern Sweet Potato Casserole
Baked Sweet Potatoes and More
Green Bean Casserole with Homemade Cream Sauce
Classic Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Supreme Casserole
Green Bean Casserole with Crumb Topping
Stuffing Topped Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
Ultra Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
Classic Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole
Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole
Broccoli and Rice Casserole with Cheese
Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
{How to Make a Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

~Veggies and Other Side Dishes~

Perfectly Cheesy Potatoes au Gratin
Scalloped Potatoes
Ham and Potatoes au Gratin Casserole
Duchess Potatoes
Cajun Potato Salad 
Southern Style Potato Salad
Marinated Asparagus Bundles
Marinated Green Bean Bundles
Unbundled Green Beans with Brown Sugar Sauce
Southern Style Creamed Peas
Slow Cooker Cheesy Creamed Corn
Classic Peas and Carrots
Petit Pois Pea Vegetable and Pimento Casserole
Scalloped Cabbage
Honey Roasted Carrots
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Maple Glazed Baby Carrots
Instant Pot Honey Glazed Carrots
Carottes Glacées - Savory Glazed Carrots

Creamed Spinach
Spinach Madeline
Creamed Brussels Sprouts
Parslied Corn
Classic Corn Casserole
Corn Pudding
Spicy Rice and Corn Casserole 
Rotel Corn Casserole
Green Bean Étouffée
Browned Butter Green Beans with Pecans
Green Bean Étouffée - Smothered Green Beans
Skillet Green Beans
Sweet and Sour Green Beans
Southern Style Green Beans
Country Green Beans with Ham and Potatoes
Green Beans and Tomatoes
Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes for a Crowd
Special Occasion Southern Style Macaroni and Cheese
Super Creamy Mac and Cheese

Christmas Cookies and Candies

~Food Gifts and Guest Favors~

Caramel Nut Popcorn
Cheese Straws
Sugared Nuts
Butterscotch Pecan Cookie in a Jar Mix
Old Fashioned Ting-a-Lings - The Easiest Christmas Candy Ever!
Tiger Butter Bark
Snowman Poop
Puppy Chow
Mama's Old Fashioned Mini Fruitcakes - Easy! 
White Fruitcake
More Fruitcake
Gingerbread Loaf
Hot Chocolate Mix

~Christmas Cookies~

Italian Anise Cookies
Santa Claus Whiskers Cookies
Coconut Macaroons
Forgotten Cookies
Decorator Cut Out Sugar Cookies
Creole Calas
Pecan Finger Cookies
Pecan Shortbread Cookies
Jam Thumbprints
Chocolate Snowcaps
Old Timey Rum Balls and Bourbon Balls
Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
Pecan Crescents

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Lemon Bars
Chocolate Toffee Bark Saltine Cookies
Orange Chocolate Chip Biscotti
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Butterscotch Pecan Cookies
Magic Cookie (7 Layer) Bars
Original Old Fashioned Mud Hen Bars
Ritz Cracker Thin Mint Cookies
More Christmas Goodies

~Christmas Candies~

Old Fashioned Martha Washington Candy
Crockpot Candy - Chocolate Peanut Clusters
Easy Microwave Fudge Trio - in 30 Minutes!
Peppermint Bark
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)
Kris Kringles
Old Fashioned Cornflake Candy
Southern Pralines
Holiday Divinity
Never Fail Divinity
Sweet Dreams Chocolate Fudge Candy
Rocky Road Squares Candy
Rolo Pretzel Turtles


Coconut Sheet Cake
Mama's Red Velvet Cake
Southern Caramel Cake
German Chocolate Cake
Apple Dapple Cake with Maple Glaze
Fresh Apple Cake
Fresh Citrus Cake
Homemade Southern Banana Pudding
Old Fashioned Apple Pie 
Pecan Tassies
Mississippi Pecan Pie
Chocolate and Pecan Dixie Pie
German Chocolate Pie
Mississippi Mud Cake
Mississippi Mud Bars
New Orleans Style Creole Bread Pudding with Meringue
Old Fashioned Southern Bread Pudding
Ozark Pudding
Southern Sweet Potato Pie
Praline Pumpkin Pie with Maple Rum Sauce
Homemade Pie Crust
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