Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Southern Style

Regan Summerside here in Savannah.

No chance of a white Christmas but the whole city sure decks itself out.

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.

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.

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?

Let me know what your Christmas table has on it and I’ll pick a winner and mail off a $10 Starbucks card. Not as good as my pecan coffee here in Savannah but fair-to-middlin’ all the same.

Merry Christmas to you from Reagan, Auntie KiKi and that scum-sucking lawyer, Walker Boone, who may be handsome as all get out but one big pain in my patoot.

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  1. We'll be having ham, potatoes and green beans for Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, we have a big family gathering with more ham and everyone brings something to share. My favorite dish is cheesy potatoes - yum! Have a Merry Christmas, Reagan!

  2. Traditionally, I cooked a Swedish ham for Christmas Eve. The apple cider in which it cooks leaches out the salt to which my husband objected.

    My favorite Christmas ham, however, is stuffed with collard greens. Alas, it's fast becoming a lost art.

  3. One of the great things about this time of year is the early darkness, necessitating candles on the table and a fire in the fireplace. No one can see how much I heap on my plate...

  4. Turkey with stuffing & gravy, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts done in some manner (I'm always looking for a new way to entice my bro-in-law into admitting he actually likes this veggie) are the staples. Also, I (who am not a baker at heart) make my Mom's recipe for Swedish Coffee Bread. That's a treat, esp. real early Christmas morning.

  5. I'm not sure what we'll be having yet, except there will be a birthday cake for Jesus. May we bring our cake and come have dinner with you, Duffy? ;-)

  6. Gayle, I'd love to have you for dinner!! That would be truly wonderful. The birthday cake idea is great.

    Erika, I love brussel sprouts. Now to get the rest of the fam on board. LOL

    Janet, candles at dinnr is lovely. Beautiful time of year.

    Liz, how do you stuff a ham with greens? Sound amazing...and delish!

    Darcy, cheesy potatoes are always one of my favorite dishes. And at Christmas they have zero calories!

  7. Family members cooked stuffed hams, not I, but you may find this interesting:

  8. Wow, Liz, that is way different. I want to try cornbread stuffing and redeye gravy. Maybe this will be the year.

  9. Thanks for chatting everyone!
    Anyone wanting Duffy Brown tote and goodies drop me a line at:

    Liz is the winner of the $10 Starbucks gift card!
    Liz email me at and I'll send you the eStarbucks card. :-)

    See you all next year and have a wonderful Christmas.