Southern Soul Food Christmas Side Dishes

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Two words we love to hear come December… 

Christmas dinner!

Because the most magical time of the year comes with a holiday feast that should include the best Christmas dinner side dishes!

Soul Food Southern Christmas Side Dishes

So, close your eyes. Take a deep breath. And imagine yourself sitting down at home on Christmas Day, surrounded by family and friends. 

The scent of a soul food Christmas dinner in the air. An aromatic smell and the essence of Black folks’ food

This year, create delicious memories with this exceptional soul food Christmas side dishes menu!

The best Christmas side dishes include:

Soul Food Christmas Sides

What dishes are served on Christmas?

A soul food Christmas menu is a dinner with Southern soul food entrées and Black folks’ main dish recipes and side dishes. 

From the rooter to the tooter, as old Black folks might say! 

Soul Food Christmas - What do you serve with Christmas dinner? The best Christmas side dishes!

What do you serve with Christmas dinner?

23 best Christmas side dishes 

  • Black Folks Southern candied yams with marshmallows 

Fall in love with something new this year – Black folks’ Southern candied yams! These sweet babies are perfect for winter or fall. A side dish – kinda like a Southern dessert

Black Folks Southern Candied Yams
Candied yams are an old-fashioned African-American recipe. A sweet potato soul food side dish cooked to perfection in a cinnamon-brown sugar glaze.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Candied Yams

  • Black folks collard greens 

Without a doubt, Black folks’ collard greens are one of the most flavorful and hearty vegetables on earth! It’s like eating Black excellence.

Black Folks Soul Food Collard Greens Recipe
What is a soul food collard greens recipe?
A Black folks collard greens recipe is the quintessential dish of any Southern soul food dinner.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Collard Greens Recipe

  • Black folks’ fresh cranberry sauce

Forget those canned alternatives. This fresh cranberry sauce is made from all-natural and soul food spices. So delicious! 

Black Folks Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Black folks fresh cranberry sauce is the soul food version of classic cranberry sauce because Southern Black folks always spice things up!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Fresh Cranberry Sauce

 

  • Black folks Southern baked mac and cheese

Macaroni noodles boiled in a milk bath, tossed in a creamy cheese sauce, seasoned, and then baked until brown and crispy around the edges!

Black Folks Soul Food Baked Macaroni And Cheese
Soul food baked mac and cheese is made with a rich & creamy homemade cheese sauce & yummy Southern spices. Southern comfort food the Black folks way!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Baked Mac And Cheese

 

  • Southern mac and cheese

Soul Food Southern Mac And Cheese
African American grandmas and moms have been producing great pots of soul food Southern mac and cheese for years!
It just might've gotten lost how impactful this recipe is to the Black community.
Check out this recipe!
Soul Food Southern Mac And Cheese

  • Soul food lobster mac and cheese
Soul Food Lobster Mac And Cheese
Even with the addition of decadent lobster meat, there’s no compromise to the Southern soul food flavors customary to this meal. In other words, this is still baked macaroni and cheese made the Black folks way!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Lobster Mac And Cheese

 

  • Black folks creamed corn pudding

Made from the highest quality ingredients available – buttery homemade cornbread, fresh sour cream laden with melt-in-your-mouth Parmesan cheese!

Black Folks Creamed Corn Pudding Casserole
This Southern creamed corn casserole has a sweet corn flavor with onion and garlic for a rich, savory, soul food taste. Add sour cream for a creamy melt-in-your-mouth pudding and parmesan cheese for the cornbread crust.
Check out this recipe!
Creamed Corn Casserole

 

  • Black folks’ cornbread dressing recipe

This Southern dish is made of fluffy cornbread, fresh herbs, and veggies cooked with plenty of butter, broth, and egg.

Black Folks Cornbread Dressing Recipe
Black folks cornbread dressing recipe is a Southern dish you shouldn’t miss on the soul food Thanksgiving menu. It's easy for anyone to make!
Check out this recipe!
Cornbread Dressing Recipe

  • Old-fashioned Southern cornbread dressing
Old Fashioned Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe
This old-fashioned Southern cornbread dressing recipe is a classic deep South dish with a delectable blend of sage-infused homemade buttery-rich cornbread, onions, celery, thyme, and rosemary with savory chicken broth and egg.
Check out this recipe!
Old Fashioned Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe
  • Black folks’ chicken and dressing
Black Folks Chicken And Dressing
Thanksgiving means Southern soul food, made by our grandmamas, mamas, and favorite aunties. A meal we’ve waited all year to eat!
One Southern dish that you shouldn’t miss this Thanksgiving is Black folks chicken and dressing. 
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Chicken And Dressing
  • Southern cornbread dressing with chicken gizzards
Southern Cornbread Dressing With Gizzards
When the whole turkey or chicken wasn't available, soul food cooks made good use of all the chicken parts.
They made Southern cornbread dressing with gizzards, saving the Thanksgiving Day dinner!
Check out this recipe!
Southern Cornbread Dressing With Gizzards
  • Black folks’ Southern oyster dressing
Black Folks Southern Oyster Dressing Recipe
This classic deep South dressing is made with homemade cornbread, herbs, vegetables, and fresh or canned chopped oysters. It has everything a seafood lover looks for, plus the savory soul food seasoning you come to expect from a Black folks dressing recipe.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Oyster Dressing Recipe

 

  • Black folks Southern green beans

Tired of bland green beans all the time? 

Instant Pot Southern green beans recipe brings life back to this boring dish! In just 2 minutes, these soul food seasoned veggies are ready for your Thanksgiving dinner table!

Black Folks Southern Green Beans In The Instant Pot
Black folks, Southern green beans are not just another bland green vegetable!
And with Instant Pot, they're ready in only 2 mins with no compromise to the irresistible Southern soul food flavors!
Check out this recipe!
Southern Green Beans

 

  • Black folks brown sugar-glazed carrots

Brown sugar-glazed carrots are the simplest way to get your guests to say, “Wow.” Just add some thyme, salt, pepper, chicken stock, and butter to bring out the best of this vegetable! You’ll be like, “Wow, carrots! I didn’t know you had that in you!”

Black Folks Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Love easy Instant Pot recipes? 
And who doesn’t love a soul food seasoned side dish?
Now you can have Black folks brown sugar-glazed carrots in less than five minutes with Instant Pot!
Check out this recipe!
Instant Pot Carrots

 

  • Southern creamed corn

It doesn’t get more southern than creamed corn! That’s why Southern creamed corn is a nostalgic dish. The essence of warmth and home cooking.

Creamed Corn Recipe In The Instant Pot
This homemade creamed corn recipe is sure to be the hit of your next get-together. 
What’s the best thing about this recipe other than the Southern soul food flavors?
The taste is fresh and vibrant because it’s made easily from scratch!
Check out this recipe!
Southern Creamed Corn Recipe

 

  • Black folks’ Southern cabbage recipe

Black Folks Southern Cabbage Recipe
Black folks Southern cabbage recipe is a delicious way to enjoy one of the South's favorite side dishes that's warm and sweet with savory soul food flavors!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Cabbage Recipe

    

  • Black folks baked apples

Is it a dessert or a side dish? Let these delicious Black folks’ baked apples be the conversation starter at your next Thanksgiving feast!

Black Folks Baked Apple Slices
What makes this a soul food specialty? It’s gotta be the spices! 
Cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla combine with fresh apples to make Black folks baked apple slices.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Baked Apple Slices

 

  • Black folks’ creamy mashed potatoes recipe 

Black Folks Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Who has the best mashed potatoes? This Black folks creamy mashed potatoes recipe is the best I've ever had & my family's favorite too!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

 

  • Black folks’ Southern potato salad recipe

Black Folks Southern Potato Salad Recipe
Black folks Southern potato salad recipe is a must-have for any African American cookout, family reunion, picnic, or potluck! It’s a creamy yet tangy dressing balanced by soul food seasonings and flavors. AKA Black cookout potato salad! 
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Potato Salad Recipe

  • Black folks’ soul food macaroni salad
Black Folks Soul Food Macaroni Salad
How do you make Black macaroni salad?
Black folks soul food macaroni salad includes flavorful ingredients like sweet carrots, savory onions, and celery. Plus, mayo, mustard, and seasonings that pack a delicious punch like thyme, celery salt, and cayenne pepper for a tiny touch of sweet heat!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Macaroni Salad

 

  • Soul food red beans and rice

Black Folks Soul Food Red Beans And Rice
Experience the rich taste of soul food by way of a simple yet flavorful staple dish. Black folks' soul food red beans and rice. A dish that will make your mouth water when you smell the aroma of savory seasonings and spices as the red kidney beans soak in the rich flavors of this dish!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Red Beans And Rice

 

  • Black folks black-eyed peas

Black folks’ New Year’s holiday tradition!

Black Folks Southern Soul Food Black Eyed Peas
Soul food Southern black eyed peas are intensely flavored in a thick sauce with smokey & spicy seasonings. Warm, comforting, & flavorful good luck you can eat for prosperity in the New Year!
Check out this recipe!
Soul Food Southern Black Eyed Peas

 

  • Soul food Southern deviled eggs recipe

Black Folks Soul Food Southern Deviled Eggs
Black folks' soul food Southern deviled eggs start as hard-boiled eggs mashed. Then they're seasoned to perfection and stuffed back into the egg whites for a delicious and flavorful snack! 
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Southern Deviled Eggs Recipe

  • The Soul Food Pot Southern roasted Brussels sprouts recipe – coming soon!
Black Folks' Southern Soul Food Christmas Side Dishes

Best soul food cornbread recipes

Trading in dinner rolls or buttermilk biscuits for buttermilk cornbread this Christmas?

Then check out these Christmas cornbread recipe ideas!

 

  • Black folks’ homemade cornbread

What would a Southern soul food feast be without the cornbread, y’all?

Making the cornbread for this recipe from scratch?

Yep! So you won’t need Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix here! From its thinly crisped edges to the chewy center, this skillet-baked bread is waiting for you to savor!

Black Folks Homemade Cornbread
Black folks homemade cornbread does not use a box mix. Instead, cornmeal is used to make this Southern skillet cornbread recipe from scratch.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Homemade Cornbread

 

  • Sweet cornbread recipe

Black Folks Southern Sweet Cornbread Recipe
Cornbread is best served the Black folks' way! With Sunday soul food dinners and Thanksgiving staples like fresh cranberry sauce, Southern-style green beans, and homemade stuffing. 
Give your next meal the Southern comfort it deserves with this warm, sweet, and flavorful recipe!
Check out this recipe!
Sweet Cornbread Recipe

 

  • Cornbread recipe with corn

Southern Cornbread Recipe With Corn
This cornbread recipe with corn is my go-to for a soul food Thanksgiving menu, Christmas dinner, and Sunday Southern dinners all throughout the year!
You’ll never want another dry slice of bread again!
Check out this recipe!
Cornbread Recipe With Corn

 

  • Cranberry sauce cornbread 

It’s the best of both worlds with this recipe! A combination of Black folks’ fresh cranberry sauce and Black folks’ homemade cornbread.

Also, check out this recipe for how to make fresh cranberry sauce even easier in an Instant Pot!

Cranberry Sauce Cornbread
A sweet soul food cornbread and fresh cranberry sauce treat!
Check out this recipe!
Cranberry Sauce Cornbread Recipe

Christmas Southern Red Velvet Cake

What do you serve after Christmas dinner?

Christmas desserts!

And here’s my list of the best holiday desserts to add to your list.

  • Black folks’ Southern red velvet cake

Why not wow the crowd with a classic Southern dessert– Black folks’ red velvet cake?

Black Folks Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Red velvet cake is considered to be soul food of the South!
A Black folks' Southern red velvet cake is a made-from-scratch decadent red sponge cake with homemade cream cheese frosting. A cake that's just sweet enough to be irresistible!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Red Velvet Cake

  • Christmas sweet potato pie recipe

Christmas Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Sweet, delicious, and soothing to the soul, Christmas sweet potato pie has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday celebration!
Check out this recipe!
Christmas Sweet Potato Pie
  • Black folks’ Southern bread pudding

Black Folks Southern Bread Pudding
Are you looking for an old-fashioned Southern bread pudding or a soul food African American beading pudding recipe?
Then look no further than this Black folks' Southern bread pudding - your go-to recipe!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Bread Pudding

 

  • Black folks Southern soul food carrot cake

Black Folks Southern Soul Food Carrot Cake Recipe
Soul food carrot cake is a Southern dessert specialty enjoyed by many African-American families as a sweet holiday tradition.
Black folks tend to make a more spiced carrot cake with classic homemade cream cheese frosting. 
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Soul Food Carrot Cake Recipe

 

  • Black folks’ Southern banana pudding

Sure, you’ve had banana pudding before. But this is different because it’s banana pudding the Black way! (Yes, with cream cheese!)

Black Folks Southern Banana Pudding
How to make banana pudding the Black way
You'll never be able to look at other banana pudding the same way once you've tried this soul food delicious delight - Southern banana pudding prepared the Black way!
Check out this recipe!
Black Southern Banana Pudding

 

  • Black folks’ chocolate Southern banana pudding

Black Folks Chocolate Southern Banana Pudding Recipe
This chocolate banana pudding recipe is as quick and easy as the original soul food banana pudding recipe.
You simply add an additional layer of chocolate pudding and crunchy buttery Nilla Wafers for pure chocolate bliss!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Chocolate Southern Banana Pudding Recipe

 

  • Instant Pot banana pudding made from scratch

Instant Pot Banana Pudding From Scratch
Instant Pot banana pudding from scratch - Southern desserts at their finest!
This banana pudding recipe just got easier with the help of an electric pressure cooker.
Check out this recipe!
Southern Banana Pudding Recipe

 

  • Black folks’ sweet potato pie 

Black folks’ deep-south sweet potato pie is somewhere between a Southern candied yam and an old-fashioned gingersnap! 

Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
A Black folks’ sweet potato pie recipe is a delightful Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert packed with flavorful seasonings and spices in the tradition of Black folks’ soul food cooking. 
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

 

  • Purple sweet potato pie 

This ain’t no humble pie! 

A purple sweet potato pie is a stark contrast from the traditional Thanksgiving hues of brown and orange. This pie is bright purple, so if you want your dessert this year to stand out from the crowd – make it a Black folks’ purple sweet potato pie!

Black Folks Purple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
New twist on an old classic: Introducing Black folks purple sweet potato pie recipe!
Same but new - incredible soul food flavors with a regal purple hue!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Purple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

 

  • Southern sweet potato pie

Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Similar to our original Black Folks' Sweet Potato Pie, this Southern sweet potato pie recipe is made with fresh sweet potatoes and soul food spices and seasonings. 
But for this recipe, it's the Southern charm added to the pie after it bakes...
A thin layer of homemade cream cheese frosting is spread on top to savor the sweet taste of Southern hospitality!
Check out this recipe!
Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

 

  • Soul food almond flour pie crust

An almond flour pie crust is so easy to make, just like a regular pie crust. Even if you don’t have any baking experience at all, trust me, you’ll be able to whip this up in minutes!

Soul Food Almond Flour Pie Crust
What’s the story of soul food and almond flour pie crust?
Almond flour has a Black folks' history and soul food legacy.
Black cooks in the South used to bake with almond flour because they didn't have access to traditional flour. The result was a moister, richer, and softer baked good!
Check out this recipe!
Soul Food Almond Flour Pie Crust

 

  • Black folks’ Southern peach cobbler recipe 

Black Folks Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe
This soul food dessert and the darling favorite of the South is loaded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a light and airy cinnamon sugar crust. A cobbler so delicious, you may want to eat it all. All by yourself!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe

 

  • Black folks’ Southern pecan pie recipe

Black Folks Southern Pecan Pie Recipe
Black folks' Southern pecan pie recipe is an old-fashioned African American soul food classic that yields an abundance of sweet flavor with each bite.
Brown sugar is combined with a syrupy pecan filling, caramelized, and then baked.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Pecan Pie Recipe

 

  • Soul food apple pie

Soul Food Apple Pie Recipe
What makes this apple pie a Black folks’ soul food specialty?
The flavor! This soul food apple pie recipe features fresh apples sweetened with brown sugar and spiced with a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Seasoned to perfection, the apples are roasted and then baked in the pie to leave you reminiscing on the best Southern dinners!
Check out this recipe!
Soul Food Apple Pie Recipe

 

  • Strawberry pretzel salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Strawberry pretzel salad combines strawberries with crunchy pretzels and cream cheese whipped topping.
This Southern dessert is a great way to use up some of the strawberries that are in season now! 
Check out this recipe!
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe Jelll-O
 

 

  • Black folks’ Southern tea cakes

Black Folks Southern Tea Cake Recipe
What are Black folks tea cakes?
An African American Southern dessert, Black folks tea cake is a sweet little biscuit. Light, airy, and sometimes compared to soda bread or pound cake. Tea cakes are a traditional African American treat that dates back to the 1600s.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Tea Cake Recipe

Christmas Tea Cakes
Tea cakes are a soul food Southern old-fashioned treat renamed Christmas tea cakes with a holiday twist using cookie cutters and lemon frosting!
Check out this recipe!
Christmas Tea Cakes
  • Pillsbury mini Christmas wreaths

Pillsbury Christmas Wreath Cinnamon Rolls
This mini Christmas wreath cinnamon rolls recipe is so quick, simple and cute. Hardly a recipe and more like a fun craft project because it needs food coloring, frosting and candy sprinkles to make the
Check out this recipe!
Pillsbury Christmas Wreath Cinnamon Rolls

Christmas Soul Food Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Soul food Christmas cocktails & drinks 

Traditional Christmas Eggnog
Christmas eggnog is a holiday tradition that tastes like home and family! 
Creamy, custardy, rich, and milk-like, with a hint of sweetness. Eggnog will satisfy your wintertime cravings with a hint of nutmeg and sweet cinnamon notes. It's like liquid Christmas!
Check out this recipe!
Traditional Christmas Eggnog

  • Black folks’ soul food homemade eggnog

Black Folks Soul Food Homemade Eggnog
Creamy and sweet, Black folks' homemade eggnog has a flavor profile that resembles cinnamon, coconut, and rum. Southern comfort spice eggnog and soul food at its finest!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Homemade Eggnog

  • Black folks moscato sangria recipe

Black Folks Moscato Sangria
Black folks like sweet recipes, so it's no wonder that we've signed on for this fruity and often sparkly Italian wine. And like we always do, started creating our own Black folks' recipes - like moscato sangria!
#BlackFolksSwag
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Moscato Sangria Recipe

 

  • Black folks Hennessy & Puerto Rican eggnog (Hennessy coquito)

Black Folks Hennessy & Puerto Rican Eggnog (Hennessy Coquito)
A creamy, exotic, and delectable drink awaits you! 
Step up your cocktail game with this beverage that features a creamy texture and a rich flavor profile. Perfect for impressing your guests. Hennessy coquito will add soulful swag to any event or occasion!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Hennessy & Puerto Rican Eggnog (Hennessy Coquito)

  • Southern sweet tea
Black Folks Southern Sweet Tea
Southern sweet tea is a delicious blend of refreshingly sweet and tangy flavors. (Mostly sweet flavors when it comes to making Black folks Southern sweet tea!)
But sweet ice tea is more than just a thirst-quenching beverage – it's a symbol of Southern hospitality and good company, and it's enjoyed throughout the deep South all year.
"All that sweet tea and cobbler!"
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Sweet Tea
  • Red Southern hibiscus sweet tea
Southern Hibiscus Sweet Tea
Southern hibiscus sweet tea is a delicious red drink made from hibiscus flowers. A tea native to West Africa.
Check out this recipe!
Southern Hibiscus Sweet Tea

Christmas candied yams recipe

Many people know the ham or the turkey to be the stars of the Christmas dinner table.

But this time, I’m bringing attention to one of the supporting-character sides. The Christmas candied yams!

Christmas Candied Yams

Kitchen equipment for Christmas side dishes soul food candied yams

What Ingredients Do You Need For Southern Candied Yams?

Ingredients for Christmas side dishes soul food candied yams

  • 3 -3 ½ pounds of sweet potatoes
  • 6 cups of cool water
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter (or vegan butter)
  • ½ cup of brown sugar (light or dark brown sugar)
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger (or minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups of miniature marshmallows for topping (optional)
Soul Food Christmas Yams Recipe

Instructions for Christmas soul food Southern candied yams

  1. Wash the sweet potatoes. (I like to use this vegetable scrubber HERE.)
  2. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into thick round wedges.
  3. Then set them aside to soak in a bowl of cool water to prevent browning while preparing the candied yams syrup.
  4. Melt the butter in a medium-sized bowl in the microwave.
  5. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, ginger, ground clove, and vanilla extract to the melted butter. 
  6. Mix the ingredients well to create the syrup glaze for the candied yams.
  7. Next, Drain the sweet potato rounds in a colander.
  8. Open the Instant Pot lid and add ½ a cup of water and the sweet potato rounds to the stainless-steel inner pot.
  9. Pour the syrup glaze over the sweet potatoes.
  10. Close the Instant Pot lid (ensure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
  11. When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 5 minutes.
  12. To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  13. Optional – Open the Instant Pot lid and sprinkle the miniature marshmallows over the cooked, candied yams. 
  14. With the lid placed not entirely on the Instant Pot (in a resting position, so it doesn’t lock back into position on the pot) continue with the setting on ‘keep warm.’
  15. After about 5 minutes, check to see if the marshmallows have melted. 
  16. Once the marshmallows are melted, turn off the Instant Pot and transfer your Black folks’ Southern candied yams recipe to a serving dish.
  17. Serve Christmas soul food Southern candied yams right away, and enjoy!
  18. Optionally, garnish with chopped pecans or walnuts, like a candied sweet potato casserole recipe.
Christmas Side Dishes & Black Southern Christmas Dinner

What pairs well with candied yams?

You can’t have this holiday side dish without the rest of the soul food supporting cast from the favorite soul food side dishes list.

Pick any from the recipe roundup:

The Best Southern Soul Food Sides
Soul food sides are comfort food & tradition on the table & don’t have to be difficult to make. These are easy for anyone to make & everyone to love!
Check out this recipe!
The Best Southern Soul Food Sides
Thanksgiving & Christmas Soul Food

Christmas side dishes FAQs

How many side dishes for Christmas dinner?

If you’re asking Black folks, the answer is as many as will fit on the Christmas dinner table!

A soul food Christmas includes a whole soul food menu of delicious entrées and Christmas side dishes, including:

What do you serve with Christmas ham?

What do you serve with Christmas ham?

The above side dishes plus these too:

The favorite has gotta be the soulful perfect side dish inspired by the African yam – soul food candied yams!

Is your mouth watering yet?

What is the most eaten food on Christmas Day?

What is the most eaten food on Christmas Day?

Survey says – it’s a Christmas ham!

Christmas Ham Recipe
Which ham is the right ham to make for Christmas Day?
A Christmas ham! Coated in pineapple juice and a sweet brown sugar glaze. Then cooked until golden brown and caramelized – yum! The best part is this Christmas ham recipe is super easy to make. 
Check out this recipe!
Christmas Ham Recipe

What are the top 10 Christmas dinner foods?

Wondering what should you serve for Christmas dinner? Or what are the most beloved Christmas side dishes?

For all the answers and step-by-step recipe guidance. Checkout out this entire Christmas dinner list for the best main course, sides, desserts, and drinks for a sweet Southern soul food Christmas dinner.

Black Folks Soul Food Easy Christmas Dinner Menu
A soul food Christmas dinner menu is Southern soul food entrées and Black folks recipes. Try these Black folks’ easy Christmas dinner ideas!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Easy Christmas Dinner Menu

What is a good Christmas Southern side dish?

Start here with this holiday table easy candied sweet potato recipe.

Christmas side dishes - What is a good Southern side dish?

What to bring to a potluck without cooking?

Try any one of these easy 5-minute-or-less Instant Pot Christmas side dish recipes. Each is faster than the crock pot!

Best Soul Food Southern Potluck Side Dishes
Soul food Southern potluck side dishes are a collection of tasty, savory, and sometimes sweet recipes each guest brings as food to share.
Check out this recipe!
Best Soul Food Southern Potluck Side Dishes

Why limit yourself to just Christmas?

Did you enjoy these Southern soul food Christmas side dishes?

Have you had these Christmas recipes?

Would you make them? 

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Southern Soul Food Christmas Side Dishes
Soul Food Southern Christmas Side Dishes

Southern Soul Food Christmas Side Dishes | Christmas Candied Yams

The most magical time of the year comes with a holiday feast that should include Southern, savory, and soul food best Christmas dinner side dishes!
Starting with a soul food Christmas candied yams recipe.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Pressure Release Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: Black folks Christmas dinner, Black Folks Southern Candied Yams, candied yams with marshmallows, candy yams recipe, Christmas candied yams, Christmas side dishes, soul food Christmas dinner, Southern candied yams, Southern candied yams recipe, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes 3 -3 ½ pounds
  • 6 cups water cool water
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup butter unsalted butter, or vegan butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar granulated
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon of ground
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger ground or minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves ground
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups marshmallows *Optional – miniature marshmallows for topping

Instructions

  • Wash the sweet potatoes. (I like to use this vegetable scrubber HERE.)
  • Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into thick round wedges.
  • Then set them aside to soak in a bowl of cool water to prevent browning while preparing the candied yams syrup.
  • Melt the butter in a medium-sized bowl in the microwave.
  • Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, ginger, ground clove, and vanilla extract to the melted butter.
  • Mix the ingredients well to create the syrup glaze for the candied yams.
  • Next, Drain the sweet potato rounds in a colander.
  • Open the Instant Pot lid and add ½ a cup of water and the sweet potato rounds to the stainless-steel inner pot.
  • Pour the syrup glaze over the sweet potatoes.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid (ensure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
  • When the cook time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 5 minutes.
  • To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  • Optional – Open the Instant Pot lid and sprinkle the miniature marshmallows over the cooked, candied yams.
  • With the lid placed not entirely on the Instant Pot (in a resting position, so it doesn’t lock back into position on the pot) continue with the setting on ‘keep warm.’
  • After about 5 minutes, check to see if the marshmallows have melted.
  • Once the marshmallows are melted, turn off the Instant Pot and transfer your Black folks’ Southern candied yams recipe to a serving dish.
  • Serve Christmas candied yams right away, and enjoy!
  • Optionally, garnish with chopped pecans or walnuts, like a candied sweet potato casserole recipe.

Video

Notes

An Instant Pot pressure cooker cooks Christmas candied yams just right! 
So fork-tender, sweet, and citrusy with buttery caramel toffee flavor – yum!
In only a fraction of the time, you can return to all those other Christmas side dishes on your  list. 

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 630mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 24158IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1mg
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Nutrition Facts
Southern Soul Food Christmas Side Dishes | Christmas Candied Yams
Amount per Serving
Calories
321
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
2
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
135
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
630
mg
18
%
Carbohydrates
 
76
g
25
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
45
g
50
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
24158
IU
483
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
97
mg
10
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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