Edible Holidays: Our Favorite Recipes from the South

By Amy Capetta | December 12, 2014
Photo by Jennyfer Mancino/The Sugar Suite

From the steaming hot tamales of Texas and Arizona to the braised leafy green collards of Charlotte, North Carolina, we've curated a collection of decadent southern recipes from the pages of Edible magazines that evoke the holiday season. Did your go-to dish make the list? Read on to find a region near you and tell us about your favorite local holiday recipe on our Facebook page.

Edible Atlanta — Breakfast In a Skillet
Atlanta, GA

Start the holiday morning off with this inviting egg and cheese dish courtesy of South Georgia native cookbook author Rebecca Lang.

Edible Austin — Tamales
Austin, TX

A classic Central Texas and Southwest Christmas Eve dish, this Mexican-based mixture of steaming pork, chilies, beans and masa (dough) is also known as Tamales y Tradicion.

Edible Blue Ridge Braised Kale with Sausage
Central Virginia

Can't get enough kale during the winter? Pair this in-season green with a chorizo or andouille sausage for a hearty addition to your holiday spread.

Edible Charlotte — Braised Collards
Charlotte, NC

Mixed with sweet onion and diced tomatoes, leafy-green collards—a cool-season North Carolina crop—adds extra flavor and color to the holiday table. 

Edible Dallas & Fort Worth — Mexican Wedding Cookies
Dallas and Fort Worth, TX

Served less at weddings and more at Christmastime in Texas, these powdered baked clouds melt on the tongue.

Edible Louisville — Chocolate Mocha Drop Cookies
Louisville, KY

A simple recipe that’s been dubbed the “Make Your Eyes Roll Back in Your Head Cookies,” this chocolate-lovers’ dessert also won a ribbon at The Kentucky State Fair.


Edible Memphis — Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies 
Memphis, TN

The cookie mix for this recipe takes just 10 minutes to mix. Jazz it up for the holidays with chopped pecans, raisins or chocolate chips.

Edible New Orleans — Port Cranberry Sauce with Blue Cheese
New Orleans, LA

This ruby-red festive condiment made with port wine pairs perfectly with a Stilton-style blue cheese. 


Edible Orlando — The Sugar Sweet Citrus Snap Cookies
Orlando, FL

Nibbling on a cookie made with fresh lemons and oranges is a fitting way to enjoy a sweet holiday treat from The Sunshine State. 

Edible Ozarkansas — Dairy Hollow House Skillet-Sizzled Cornbread 
Arkansas Ozarks

Developed by Crescent Dragonwagon, author of The Cornbread Gospels, this homestyle cornbread requires just 20 minutes of baking. 

Edible Palm Beach — White Clam Chowder
Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, FL

Based on the recipe from the Freezer Tiki Bar, this thick and hearty seafood soup is best served with a handful of oyster crackers. 

Edible Piedmont (North Carolina) — Holiday Smoked Prime Rib
Piedmont, NC

Adding a smoky Carolina flavor to prime rib gives this traditional holiday main course some extra texture and zest. 

Edible San Antonio — Tamale Means Holiday
San Antonio, TX

Nothing says holidays in San Antonio quite like tamales—a Mexican dish of shredded meat and veggies wrapped in a masa dough and steamed to perfection. 

Edible Sarasota — La Vie Bohéme
Sarasota, Charlotte & Bradenton Area, FL

Celebrate the holidays with a Provencal-inspired menu that invokes the distinct flavors of the French countryside. 

Edible South Florida — Grouper En Papillote
South Florida, FL

Feel free to mix in an assortment of Asian greens in this light fish dish, says chef Julie Frans at Essensia at the Palms Hotel and Spa. 

Edible Tampa Bay — Sweet Potato Goddess Casserole
Tampa Bay, FL

Thanks to the cobber-like topping and the homegrown tropical sweet potatoes, this classic casserole could pass for a holiday dessert. 

Edible Upcountry — Winter Slow Cooker Stew 
Upstate South Carolina

A state known for its grass-fed beef, this savory meat and veggie stew also includes Portobello mushrooms, winter green and red wine.