Today I’m getting together the fixings for Christmas dinner southern style. If you live north of the Ohio River or west of the Mississippi your Christmas dinner will be a might different from ours here in Georgia.
The recipes have all been in the Summerside family since before the time of that unfortunate Northern aggression.
Two meats are essential for Christmas dinner in the south, ham and roast turkey. The ham can be spiral, country or smoked . The turkery roasts in the over all day long, driving us all insane with the delish aroma.
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.
What are you serving for Christmas dinner? What is your favorite dish in your part of the country? Do you have fruitcake? Eggnog with lots of nog? Sauerkraut and ribs?