Black folks easy Christmas dinner menu-
Yes, y’all, it’s time for the most magical feast of the year! And there are two words we love to hear come December.
Oh, and Merry Christmas!
Because it’s always a merry occasion with a soul food easy Christmas dinner menu!
What is a soul food Christmas dinner menu?
A soul food Christmas dinner menu is Southern soul food entrées and Black folks recipes and dishes.
Now, close your eyes. Take a deep breath. And imagine yourself sitting down to the perfect Christmas dinner feast.
Tender, juicy, and flavorful meats and side dishes oh so savory and sometimes even sweet!
The scent of a soul food Christmas dinner wafting through the air. An aromatic scent and the essence of Black folks’ food. The kitchen becomes the gift that keeps on giving.
This year, create your own delicious memories with this easy Christmas dinner menu featuring exceptional Black folks’ soul food!
What do you serve on a soul food Christmas dinner menu?
What’s the best soul food Christmas menu?
Whether your family is celebrating with a traditional Christmas meal or hosting a family potluck event. You’re sure to find the soul food classics and flavors they’re all expecting in this roundup of Black folks’ easy Christmas dinner ideas.
Use this guided collection of easy Christmas recipes and feel confident about hosting this holiday meal. From Black folks Southern turkey recipe, candied yams, creamy mashed potatoes, collard greens, fresh cranberry sauce, Black folks baked mac and cheese…and the list goes on and on…
Forget about dry, bland gravy and tasteless stuffing!
Instead, get ready for tender, juicy meats, and flavorful sides that’ll have your family bursting into celebration songs well before the final entrée is served! (Mariah Carey Christmas, anybody?)
How do you make a Black folks soul food easy Christmas dinner menu?
From the rooter to the tooter, as old Black folks might say. Meaning from the snout to the tail – my secret to an easy soul food Christmas dinner is Instant Pot recipes.
What are some easy soul food Christmas dinner menu ideas?
Your annual Christmas dinner doesn’t have to be complicated!
This soul food easy Christmas dinner menu is the whole festive feast, but the one-pot way.
Finally, a soul food Christmas dinner that doesn’t require a 4-hour nap after you cook!
Soul food Christmas dinner FAQs
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Black folks soul food easy Christmas dinner menu ideas
From Black folks shrimp and grits for brunch to soul food ham in the main course and red velvet cake for dessert. Check out these delicious recipes to easily meal-plan your soul food easy Christmas dinner feast!
- Black folks Southern fried chicken and waffles recipe
Step up your Christmas brunch game with this iconic African-American dish that originated in a Harlem supper club during the jazz era in the 1930s!
- Black folks Southern turkey recipe
Pump up your Christmas food in a way that will have your family gobblin’ this bird down in no time. And this bird comes with its own turkey gravy! From the beautiful broth in the pan.
Spoiler alert: Forget about having anything remaining for leftovers!
- Black folks Southern smothered chicken
- Black folks chicken and dressing
This is a divine shredded chicken and cornbread stuffing casserole. A yummy soul food recipe that serves justice to the African American community!
- Black folks soul food Southern fried chicken recipe
- Black folks smoked turkey legs
Hosting a smaller Christmas this year?
The perfect Christmas dinner menu doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. And turkey legs are a popular entrée to make for a Southern soul food Christmas when you don’t want to cook the whole bird.
- Soul food Cornish hens
- Black folks buttermilk fried chicken recipe
- Air fryer fried chicken drumsticks
Need a Thanksgiving fried chicken appetizer?
Slip in this low-cal version! Air fryers allow you to cook delicious air-fried chicken without any mess or splatter caused by deep-frying. You won’t even need a paper towel because there’s no oil or grease!
- Black folks Southern shrimp and grits
- Easy gumbo recipe
- Black folks soul food lamb chops in the air fryer
- Black folks Southern oyster dressing recipe
Oyster dressing is one of the most unique and delicious soul food recipes. The perfect side dish to show up at your next holiday gathering.
- Southern homemade chicken and dumplings
- Black folks pineapple glazed ham
Want to serve a spiral ham for Christmas dinner? Then I gotchu!
- Leftover pulled turkey recipe
If you’re fortunate to have any leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, cornbread, biscuits, or yams, here’s what to do with it!
What are the top 10 Christmas side dishes?
Love easy Instant Pot side dishes?
Check out this Instant Pot easy Christmas dinner menu for the best soul food side dishes!
- 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 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!
- Southern 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 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 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 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!”
- 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.
- Black folks Southern cabbage recipe
- Black folks collard greens
Without a doubt, Black folks’ collard greens are one of the most flavorful and hearty vegetables on earth! Simply put – it’s like eating Black excellence.
- Black Folks Southern candied yams 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 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 creamy mashed potatoes recipe
- Black folks Southern potato salad recipe
- Soul food red beans and rice
- Black folks black eyed peas
A Black folks’ New Year’s holiday tradition!
- Soul food Southern deviled eggs recipe
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!
- Sweet cornbread recipe
- Cornbread recipe with corn
- Cranberry sauce cornbread
Also, check out this recipe for how to make fresh cranberry sauce even easier in an Instant Pot!
Easy Christmas dinner menu: soul food desserts
The same classic Southern soul food desserts – with a new contemporary twist!
Here’s a list of Black folks’ easy Christmas dinner menu favorite desserts.
- Black folks Southern red velvet cake
Why not wow the crowd with a classic Southern dessert– Black folks red velvet cake!
- Black folks Southern bread pudding
- Black folks Southern soul food carrot cake
- 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 chocolate Southern banana pudding
- Instant Pot banana pudding made from scratch
- Black folks sweet potato pie
Black folks deep-south sweet potato pie is somewhere between a Southern candied yam and an old-fashioned gingersnap!
- 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!
- Southern sweet potato pie
- 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!
- Black folks Southern peach cobbler recipe
- Black folks Southern pecan pie recipe
- Soul food apple pie
- Strawberry pretzel salad
- Black folks Southern tea cakes
- Pillsbury mini Christmas wreaths
Soul food Christmas cocktails & drinks
- Black folks moscato sangria recipe
- Black folks soul food homemade eggnog
- Black folks Hennessy & Puerto Rican eggnog (Hennessy coquito)
What do you think about this soul food easy Christmas dinner menu?
Would these recipes work for you?
Which ones have you added to your easy Christmas dinner menu?
If you like this recipe roundup, then you’ll love this best soul food cornbread recipe roundup HERE.
More Southern food and Black folks recipes to love:
- Instant Pot electric pressure cooker
- Instant Pot Omni Plus oven (optional)
- Instant Pot Ace Plus blender or an electric mixer
- 1 ½ pound sweet potatoes washed and scrubbed (equals about 3 cups when softened and peeled)
- 12 oz evaporated milk 1 can
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 5 tablespoons butter unsalted butter, melted (or vegan butter)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ginger minced
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Grease a 9-inch pie pan and set it aside.
- See my recipe HERE for homemade almond flour pie crust, or you can use a store-bought pie crust, dough, or pie shell that may or may not come with its own pie pan.
- Pro tip: Use an Instant Pot pressure cooker to soften and peel the sweet potatoes quickly and almost effortlessly!
- Open the Instant Pot lid and fill the stainless-steel inner pot with water to the ½ mark.
- Add the scrubbed sweet potatoes to the pot of water.
- Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 12 minutes to loosen the potato skin.
- When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 12 minutes.
- To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
- Pour the water and sweet potatoes into a colander in the sink to drain the hot water from the potatoes.
- Once the sweet potatoes are cool to the touch, peel and discard the skin.
- Gather 3 cups of sweet potato flesh.
- Add to either the Instant Pot Ace blender or an electric mixer the sweet potato flesh, evaporated milk, brown sugar, egg, melted butter, vanilla extract, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt.
- Pulse or mix until the ingredients are combined and smooth.
- Pour the sweet potato mixture into the pie crust.
- Bake the sweet potato pie at 350 degrees F: in a conventional oven for 28-30 minutes, in the Instant Pot Omni Plus oven for 24-26 minutes, or until the pie is puffed and firm in the center.
- Allow the sweet potato pie to cool for at least 2-4 hours before garnishing or slicing.
- Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkled on top.
- Serve this Black folks’ sweet potato pie recipe warm and enjoy!
- Unlike some pie recipes, there is no need to pre-heat your empty pie crust for this Black folks’ sweet potato pie recipe. Doing this can cause your pie crust edges to burn.
- A good indicator of when this pie recipe is done is when you can see the center of the pie filling puffing in the oven.
- You'll probably have leftover sweet potato mix, depending on how deep-dish your pie pan is. You can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Or you can pour it into a Ziplock bag and freeze it for up to 3 months.
- You could also make mini-Black folks sweet potato pies with any leftover pie filling.
- And don’t forget to use any leftover pie dough for the easiest Southern dessert ever – pie crust cookies!
- It’s best to let the pie cool and set for a few hours up to a whole day before slicing.