The dinner table at Christmas in a Southern household almost buckles under the weight of all the food. Christmas dinner in the South wouldn't be complete without a few important dishes.
Two meats are essential for Christmas dinner in the South, ham and roasted turkey. The ham may be spiral, country or smoked, but never out of a can. Put the turkey in the oven and slow cook it all day long instead of deep-frying it.
You have your pick of vegetables at Christmas dinner in the South. Collard greens with ham hocks are a favorite, along with corn, green bean casserole and candied yams topped with a thick layer of marshmallows.
Homemade mashed potatoes with milk, lots of butter, salt and pepper are a must at a southern Christmas dinner. Southern potato salad is made with red potatoes, finely chopped celery, hard boiled eggs, onion, Miracle Whip and a bit of mustard to give it that zing.
Christmas dinner has to have everyone's favorite pasta dish, homemade baked macaroni and cheese. Don't be stingy with the butter when the elbow macaroni is done. One or two different cheeses may be used, shredded cheddar and American cheese. Some southern households only use one or the other, some use both.
A big part of a southern Christmas dinner is the sweets and dessert is no exception. Pecan pie is often front and center on the dessert table. A must have is divinity, a light, white, soft fudge made with egg whites, sugar, vanilla, corn syrup and pecans or walnuts. Other must have desserts include coconut cake, caramel cake and pound cake.
Don't forget to include cornbread dressing and giblet gravy for the turkey and mashed potatoes when you're cooking up your southern Christmas dinner.
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