Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Traditional Southern Funeral Foods

The celebration of a loved ones life always includes the gathering and breaking of bread. Here's a list of some of our favorite and traditional funeral food recipes.

The Cajun and I attended a funeral yesterday and the gathering of the family after, made me think of southern traditions that are centered around food, this being one of them.

Ever been on vacation in the south and wondered why people pull over and stop on the opposite side of the road when a funeral procession is passing? Click here to learn about that and other southern funeral traditions.

Aside from the casseroles and other dishes that make their way to the home of those suffering, once the funeral service is over, and the procession has carried the deceased to their final resting place, all of the friends and family gather, either returning to the church hall or else to a private residence, and the party begins.

Done pot luck style and never in a restaurant, everybody brings their favorite dishes and all of the family and friends gather, eat, chat and catch up with one another and reminisce about the departed. Don't be at all surprised if somebody breaks out some music and the dancing and general merriment commence - a celebration of life and the passing of a loved one into eternity in their next life is reason for celebration down south.

Traditional Southern Funeral Foods

Perfect Southern Iced Tea
Party Punch
Southern Fruit Iced Tea
Cold Pressed Iced Coffee

Cornbread Salad
Old Fashioned Seven Layer Salad
Fire 'n Ice Salad
Shrimp and Salad

Ham Salad Tea Sandwiches
Mississippi Caviar Salsa
Deviled Eggs
Pimento Cheese Tea Sandwiches
Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
Cucumber Dill Tea Sandwiches

Tri-Color Rotini Pasta Salad
Shrimp and Bow Tie Pasta Salad
Ham and Macaroni Salad
Creamy Pasta Salad
Shrimp and Macaroni Salad
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad
Macaroni and Olive Salad

Cold Baked Potato Salad
Southern Style Potato Salad
Gumbo Potato Salad
Cajun Potato Salad
Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

King Ranch Casserole
Crunchy Beef and Onion Casserole
Chuck Wagon Casserole
Shipwreck Casserole
Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

Southern Chicken Casserole
Traditional Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Chicken & Spaghetti Casserole
Chili Spaghetti

Chicken Spaghetti
Spaghetti Daube
Baked Ziti
Beef & Sausage Goulash
Hamburger Hot Dish Casserole
Beef Andouille and Mushroom Lasagna
Classic Grape Jelly Meatballs

Southern Chicken and Cornbread Dressing
Chicken and Herb Dressing Casserole
Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Old Fashioned Homestyle Chicken and Noodles
Cheese and Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Seafood and Eggplant Casserole

Shrimp Gumbo
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork

Cajun Glazed Ham
Baked Ham
Baked Chicken
Southern Fried Chicken

Potatoes au Gratin
Scalloped Potatoes
Ultra Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
Funeral Potatoes - Classic Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole
Truck Stop Potatoes

Spicy Rice and Corn Casserole
Broccoli and Rice Casserole with Cheese
Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
Scalloped Cabbage
Southern Succotash
Layered Squash and Tomato Cassserole
Macaroni and Cheese
Southern Style Baked Beans

Watergate Salad
Cherry Coke Salad
Chocolate Sin
My Blueberry Heaven Pie

Sock it To Me Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Jimmy Carter Cake
Southern Pecan Pie Muffins
Almond Joy Cake

Homemade Banana Pudding
Mississippi Mud Bars
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Moon Pie Banana Pudding

Fresh Citrus Cake
Mandarin Orange Cake
Banana Cream Pie Dessert
Layered Banana Split Dessert
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Cake with Coconut and Pecan
Texas Sheet Cake
Red Velvet Cake
Southern Pound Cake
Apple Dapple Cake with Maple Glaze
Lazy Daisy Cake
Southern Sweet Potato Bread
Banana Bread


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