Soul Food Holidays

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Soul food holidays – Food has always been intertwined with history. And soul food is no exception. 

It’s a cuisine steeped in the Southern United States and deep South traditions, reflecting African Americans’ cultural heritage, strength, resilience, and perseverance. 

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Soul food reflects African American heritage and their journey throughout American history. 

This history goes back to the 1500s when enslaved Black people had to make do with limited and often low-quality ingredients. Black Americans used their ingenuity and creativity to make flavorful and hearty meals that sustained them through their long workdays.

What is a good soul food dinner for Thanksgiving?

What are soul food holiday recipes?

Asked another way, “What is a soul food Thanksgiving menu?”

Today, soul food holidays are an opportunity to honor this rich culinary legacy and celebrate the flavors that have become essential to African American and American cuisine. 

From traditional soul food classics like crispy fried chicken to savory collard greens, every soul food dish has a story and a connection to the people and the culture that created it. 

Whether enjoying a slice of sweet potato pie or savoring a bowl of gumbo, soul food holidays are the perfect time to come together, share a meal, and celebrate the flavors that have captured our hearts and taste buds.

Even vegan soul food recipes.

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Best soul food holiday recipes

Imagine sitting at a table with steaming dishes of succulent seasoned chickensmoky collard greens, and creamy mac and cheese. You bite into the chicken for a savory flavor explosion in your mouth!

The collard greens are perfectly cooked, with just enough seasoning and tenderness. And the mac and cheese is so rich and creamy; it’s like a warm hug in every bite! 

What is a good soul food dinner for Christmas?

Here are some of the best soul food recipes to make your EasterJuneteenthThanksgivingChristmas, or New Year’s holiday feast a hit!

Soul food holidays main dishes

Black Folks Pineapple Glazed Ham
Black Folks Pineapple Glazed Ham
Black folks are famous for our sweet ham glaze recipes, especially with pineapple and brown sugar. So you may know this Black folks soul food recipe by other names like pineapple ham, pineapple baked ham, or pineapple and brown sugar ham.
No matter what you call it, it's the same beautiful and delicious glazed ham recipe masterpiece!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Turkey Recipe
Southern Turkey Recipe The Soul Food Way
Crispy skin and moist, juicy, flavorful meat – that's what embodies a Black folks Southern turkey recipe!
An exceptional addition for your soul food Thanksgiving menu.
Check out this recipe!
Southern Christmas Roast
Southern Christmas Roast
A Southern Christmas roast recipe is the culmination of a Southern family tradition that goes straight to the heart of the holiday season with a tender, juicy cut of Christmas Day prime rib!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Instant Pot Smoked Turkey Legs
Black Folks Instant Pot Smoked Turkey Legs
Thanksgiving doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Black folks Instant Pot turkey legs are an easy alternative to a whole turkey. A welcome addition to your Southern soul food Thanksgiving menu!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Smothered Chicken
Black Folks Soul Food Southern Smothered Chicken
What makes a delicious soul food smothered chicken recipe?
Tender, juicy chicken seasoned with soul food spices and smothered in a flavorful, creamy gravy medley. That's Southern comfort food at its finest!
Check out this recipe!
Soul Food Cornish Hens
Soul Food Cornish Hens
This soul food Cornish hens recipe is made the way Black folks season and prepare chicken, so it's moist, juicy, and full of flavor!
The only thing these little birds lack is less fat and fewer calories compared to chicken!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food-Southern Fried Chicken
Black Folks Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken Recipe
What is the secret to good fried chicken?
The answer is a soul food Southern fried chicken recipe that Black folks created and perfected!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe
Black Folks Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe
Tender, juicy, fried chicken with flavorful, crispy, crunchy skin is a Black folks' buttermilk fried chicken recipe. A soul food recipe for buttermilk marinated chicken.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Air Fryer Southern Fried Chicken
Black Folks Soul Food Air Fryer Southern Fried Chicken
Do air fryers work for soul food Southern fried chicken?
Yes, and you won't believe how good and crispy chicken is when it's air fryer Southern fried chicken! A soul food Southern fried chicken recipe is a unique, flavorful dish that Black folks created and perfected – and here's how to cook it in an air fryer!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Fried Chicken And Waffles Recipe
Black Folks Southern Fried Chicken And Waffles Recipe
Southern fried chicken and waffles recipe is the perfect pair for a delicious and soulful breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner! 
This recipe includes a beautiful marriage of juicy and tender Southern fried chicken and fluffy, buttery waffles with a delicious twist of sweet and spicy syrup for a delicate kiss of sweet heat. 
Check out this recipe!
What Is Black Folks Southern Shrimp And Grits?
Black Folks Southern Shrimp And Grits Recipe
The secret ingredient to Black folks shrimp and grits is the Southern Creole sauce!
Typical to soul food and Black folks cooking, the seasonings make each recipe like none other. 
It's all about the spices and the special sauce.
Check out this recipe!
Easy Gumbo Recipe
Easy Gumbo Recipe
Nothing's more Louisiana than gumbo! A classic Southern dish and culinary staple in The Big Easy.
This easy gumbo recipe is Cajun cooking combined with Creole seasoning & spicy Thai flavors – served over rice and pressure cooker ready in only 15 minutes!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Lamb Chops
Black Folks Soul Food Lamb Chops
Black folks' soul food lamb chops is a rack of lamb seasoned with rosemary and slathered with olive oil to quickly air fryer cook to soul food perfection!
Check out this recipe!
Southern Stuffed Peppers
Southern Stuffed Peppers
This Southern stuffed peppers recipe may seem like a fancy dish at first glance – but take another look… They're an old-fashioned Southern meal homemade with ingredients you can easily find in your pantry!
Check out this recipe!
Southern Chicken And Dumplings The Black Way
Southern Chicken And Dumplings The Black Way
Making Southern chicken and dumplings the Black folks' way involves a flavorful chicken broth with seasoned chicken, plump biscuit dumplings, and just the right amount of savory, tender vegetables. 
It's another epic display of soulful Southern comfort food at its finest!
Check out this recipe!
Instant Pot Leftover Pulled Turkey Recipe
Instant Pot Leftover Pulled Turkey Recipe
What can you make with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving?
Make a pulled turkey meal with holiday leftover turkey in your Instant Pot!
Check out this recipe!
Soul Food Holiday Recipes

Still looking for side dish ideas for your Thanksgiving table?

Then start here with the below list of soul food Thanksgiving side dishes!

Forget about dry, bland gravy and tasteless stuffing this Thanksgiving! 

Instead, prepare for soulful, flavorful sides that’ll have your family bursting into celebration songs well before the final entrée is served! 

Thanksgiving Candied Yams

Soul food holidays side dishes

Black Folks Southern Candied Yams
Stovetop Candied Yams Soul Food Recipe
Candied yams are an old-fashioned Southern 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 Soul Food Collard Greens Recipe
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 Southern Cabbage Recipe
Southern Cabbage Recipe The Soul Food Way
A 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 Baked Mac And Cheese
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 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 Creamed Corn Pudding Casserole
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!
Old Fashioned Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe
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!
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!
Southern Cornbread Dressing With 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!
Black Folks Southern Oyster Dressing Recipe
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 Fresh Cranberry Sauce
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!
Southern Green Beans
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!
Instant Pot Carrots
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!
Southern Creamed Corn Recipe
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!
Black Folks Baked Apple Slices
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 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 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 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 diced celery. Plus, mayo, mustard, and seasonings like thyme, celery salt, and cayenne pepper pack a delicious punch with a tiny touch of sweet heat!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks 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!
Soul Food Southern Black Eyed Peas
Southern 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!
Black Folks Southern Hoppin John Recipe
Black Folks Soul Food Hoppin John Recipe
Black folks' Hoppin John is black-eyed peas, collard greens, and rice with Southern soul food flavors. An African American New Year's tradition and comfort food recipe.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Southern Deviled Eggs Recipe
Black Folks Soul Food Southern Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs start as hard-boiled egg yolks mashed. Then they're seasoned to perfection and stuffed into the egg whites for a delicious and flavorful appetizer! 
Check out this recipe!
Soul food holidays bread 

Soul food holidays bread 

Black Folks Southern Homemade Cornbread
Black Folks Southern 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!
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!
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!
Cranberry Sauce Cornbread Recipe
Cranberry Sauce Cornbread
A sweet soul food cornbread and fresh cranberry sauce treat!
Check out this recipe!
Soul Food Holidays Drinks

Soul food holidays drinks

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 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 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!
Starbucks White Hot Chocolate Copycat Recipe
Starbucks White Hot Chocolate In The Instant Pot
Copycat Starbucks white hot chocolate – easy to order & even easier to make at home in the Instant Pot!
Why spend your hard-earned bucks on one little cup of deliciousness when you can make it at home for less?
Check out this recipe!
Apple Cider Hot Toddy
Apple Cider Hot Toddy
Nothing speaks holidays like the nostalgia of sweet treats in a cozy, warm setting shared with family and friends. It’s a foundation for creating the best traditions and memories.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks 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!
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!
Soul Food Holidays Desserts

Soul food holidays desserts

Black Folks Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Southern Red Velvet Cake
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 Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
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 Purple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
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!
Southern Sweet Potato Pie With Cream Cheese
Southern Sweet Potato Pie With Cream Cheese
Similar to my original Black Folks' Sweet Potato Pie™, this Southern sweet potato pie recipe uses 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!
Soul Food Almond Flour Pie Crust
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!
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 bread pudding recipe?
Then look no further than this Black folks' Southern bread pudding – your easy go-to recipe!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Soul Food Carrot Cake Recipe
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 Southern Banana Pudding
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 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!
Southern Ambrosia Recipe
Southern Ambrosia Recipe
Ambrosia salad is a Southern dessert made with tropical and citrus fruits like mandarin orange, pineapple, and shredded coconut. 
While ambrosia of the gods bestowed immortality on all who ate it. Human ambrosia simply bestows a very divine and refreshing taste after fried chicken and potato salad!
Check out this recipe!
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 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!
Soul Food Apple Pie Recipe
Soul Food Southern Apple Pie Recipe
What makes this apple pie a Southern 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!
Black Folks Southern Tea Cake Recipe
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!
Christmas Tea Cakes
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!
Pillsbury Christmas Wreath Cinnamon Rolls
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!
Soul Food Thanksgiving Recipes by The Soul Food Pot

Soul food holidays FAQs

What food is served at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner?

Check out the detailed soul food holidays list below to get the answers to your questions about what are some good soul food Thanksgiving recipes.

Sweet potato pie

A Thanksgiving sweet potato pie or Christmas sweet potato pie is expertly crafted with a delicate balance of creamy sweet potatoes, evaporated milk, brown sugar, eggs, soul food seasonings, and spices. 

The result is a savory, perfectly spiced filling nestled in a flaky pie crust.

You’ll be transported to a cozy Southern kitchen in one bite! Savoring the smooth, velvety texture as it melts in your mouth, leaving you with a lingering sweet, desirable aftertaste.

Collard greens

Indulge in the timeless tradition of Southern cooking with a delicious collard greens recipe. Black folks’ soul food collard greens are the epitome of comfort food, and this recipe adds a special touch to this classic dish.

A Southern collard greens recipe is a true flavor explosion, optionally cooked with various types of meat such as fatback, bacon, bacon grease, smoked ham hock, or smoked turkey leg. 

Adding vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes adds a tangy kick that perfectly complements the savory taste of the greens.

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Fried chicken

No soul food holiday feast is complete without fried chicken! 

Spiced with herbs and spices indigenous to the American South, ensuring every bite is flavorful. 

This buttermilk-infused chicken is deep-fried to perfection, creating a crispy and crunchy texture on the outside while the meat on the inside remains tender and juicy.

Mac and cheese

Take advantage of the ultimate American comfort food and a must-have of any Southern Thanksgiving dinner. 

Made with smooth elbow macaroni noodles and smothered in ooey-gooey cheese, this dish will satisfy your cravings and leave you feeling cozy and content.

A macaroni and cheese recipe is the perfect meal to enjoy after a long day or when you need warm and comforting food. The rich and creamy cheese sauce will surely make your taste buds dance joyfully!

Cornbread

Say goodbye to dry, bland loaves and hello to delicious, golden goodness with a skillet full of fluffy Southern cornbread! 

This Southern cuisine staple is a simple yet mouth-watering treat and a family favorite.

Southern cornbread combines medium-grind cornmeal, all-purpose flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and butter, all baked to a perfect golden brown and crispy texture. An ideal choice whether you crave a quick snack or an accompaniment to a full meal. 

Best New Years Soul Food Recipes Hoppin John

Black eyed peas

For generations, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day has been associated with good luck and fortune, making them the perfect choice for those seeking to start the year off on the right foot. 

And with this Black-Eyed Peas recipe, you’ll be able to enjoy this time-honored African American tradition in a soulful yet satisfying way.

Packed with smoky and spicy delicious flavors, this dish will bring comfort and tradition to your table. This Southern black-eyed peas recipe is designed to bring a smile and warmth to your heart with its flavor and quality ingredients. 

Candied yams

Don’t miss the opportunity to savor the most delicious candied yams you’ve ever tasted! 

This sweet potato dish can be enjoyed as standalone Thanksgiving yams or paired with other main dishes such as turkey or ham. 

What sets this Southern candied yams recipe apart is the soul food special spices that bring out the natural sweetness of the yams. Enhanced by a perfect blend of brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

The perfectly cooked yams are topped off with fluffy, sweet marshmallows that complement them perfectly.

Pecan pie

This isn’t just any ordinary pecan pie!

The unmistakable taste of tradition and love infused into every slice set 

this Black folks’ Southern pecan pie apart from the rest!

The magic of this delectable dessert lies in its perfectly balanced combination of brown sugar and syrupy pecan filling. 

Each bite is a burst of sweetness, with a satisfying crunch from the caramelized pecans. The filling is baked to perfection, giving it a velvety, creamy texture that has you wanting more!

With each bite, you’ll experience the warmth and comfort of African American soul food, passed down through the ages and crafted with care. 

Mashed potatoes

Fancy an indulgent twist on your favorite holiday or Christmas dinner dish? 

Say no more! 

Made with simple pantry staples like potatoes, milk, butter, and savory soul food seasonings, this soul food mashed potatoes recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

And the best part? 

With an Instant Pot and three easy steps, you can have perfectly creamy, soulful mashed potatoes in no time! Say goodbye to hours spent over a hot stove and hello to a delicious and stress-free meal.

Peach cobbler

Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with the delectable taste of fresh and juicy peach cobbler, crowned with a heavenly cinnamon sugar crust. 

Southern peach cobbler is the perfect treat to end your day on a sweet note or to savor as a special snack whenever you crave something delightful.

Sink your teeth into the succulent peaches that burst with flavor, and savor the irresistible aroma of cinnamon that fills the air. 

You’ll experience a delightful combination of sweet and savory with every bite, leaving your taste buds singing!

Cranberry sauce

Elevate your soul food holidays with tangy and glossy cranberry sauce that is more than just a condiment – it’s a flavor explosion that adds a burst of tangy sweetness to any dish! 

Unlike other sweet sauces that rely on unhealthy sweeteners, this fruit-based sauce has an all-natural ingredient, so you can indulge in the sweet taste you crave without guilt. 

Its thick, velvety texture is perfect for spreading on turkey, ham, or any other meat dish. The vibrant red color also adds a touch of elegance to your plate, making it a great addition to any festive table setting.

What is a traditional Southern meal?

What is a traditional Southern meal?

A traditional Southern meal typically consists of a main dish accompanied by various sides, beverages, and desserts. Here are some examples of popular dishes and accompaniments:

Main Dishes

Sides

Beverages

Desserts

 

What do you eat during Black History Month?

African American holidays

What do you eat during Black History Month?

During Black History Month, you can enjoy notable recipes like collard greens, cornbread, baked macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, sweet potato pie, and banana pudding – just to name a few soul foods menu favorites. 

These recipes are part of the authentic soul food family. Southern food recipes passed along through generations and a legacy of African American cooking. Black folks’ food!

Is Juneteenth an African holiday?

Juneteenth is a significant holiday that honors the end of slavery in the United States. It has become an essential part of African American culture and heritage. 

On June 17, 2021, it was officially recognized as a federal holiday in the United States, underscoring its significance in American history and culture.

What is National Soul Food Month?

What National Days are coming up?

Soul food recipes like Southern peach cobbler, banana pudding, and fried chicken all have a national celebration day.

National Soul Food Month is an annual celebration in June in the United States. The same month as Black Music Month in June.

National Soul Food Month is a time to honor the rich culinary heritage of Black American cuisine and the many contributions that African American chefs and home cooks have made to the country’s food culture.

How do African Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?

Soul food Thanksgiving

How do African Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?

Food is vital in Black culture because it brings people around the table and puts a pause on fast-paced living and the constant oppression of our people. Replacing it with good times, comfort food, happiness, and laughs, especially during the holidays.

From soul food favorites like Southern fried catfish, chicken with thick mushroom gravy, honey baked ham, to sweet potato casserole. All this food at once we call a soul food holiday mealThanksgivingChristmas, or New Year’s

What do you serve on a soul food Thanksgiving menu?

Whether your family celebrates with a traditional Thanksgiving feast or hosts a family potluck event

You’re sure to find the soul food flavors they expect when you use my authentic soul food Thanksgiving guides so you can feel confident about hosting this holiday season!

What will you find in this Thanksgiving collection?

My soul food Thanksgiving menu guides offer Southern entrées and Black folks’ recipes. 

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

A soul food Thanksgiving dinner menu is more than the hog, though. 

From the Thanksgiving Day turkey to the smallest kernel of corn – my guides are a collection of the best soul food recipes. A Thanksgiving dinner feast fit for a king!

What is the most popular Thanksgiving food? Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie

The popular soul food for Thanksgiving and the holidays in the Black community is a Black folks’ sweet potato pie recipe.

The two main dishes you’ll find at any Southern soul food Thanksgiving dinner are:

  1. Thanksgiving turkey 
  2. Thanksgiving ham

(And sometimes fried chicken!)

What can you have for Thanksgiving besides turkey?

For a non-traditional Thanksgiving soul food holiday menu, try any of these main dishes instead of turkey:

What can you have for Thanksgiving besides turkey?

What can you make with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving?

Try this recipe that combines leftover turkey with delicious Thanksgiving soul food side dishes.

What is the turkey wishbone tradition?

This whimsical tradition involves the wishbone in the turkey carcass.

Two people grab a side of the wishbone and break the bone apart while making a wish. 

“The wishbone rules are simple: One person grabs each side, pulls, and the person with the bigger half gets a Thanksgiving wish.”

How many sides should you have for Thanksgiving?

You’d only need 2-3 sides for any other ordinary dinner. 

No need to overwhelm yourself with more unless you’re preparing a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner

In that case, you can enlist help from your guests with a potluck of side dishes! This way, you end up with 4-6 Thanksgiving side dishes.

How many sides should you have for Thanksgiving?

What are the top 5 Thanksgiving side dishes?

  1. Black folks cornbread dressing
  2. Soul food collard greens
  3. Soul food candied yams
  4. Homemade Southern cornbread
  5. Black folks baked macaroni and cheese
Why is mac and cheese served at Thanksgiving?

Why is mac and cheese served at Thanksgiving?

The same reason why Southern baked mac and cheese is so important to Black culture.

Baked mac and cheese is just one of the many soul food cuisines turned American dishes. And this yummy dish has a really old history.

Known initially as macaroni pie, baked mac and cheese was created by James Hemings, an African American enslaved and trained as a culinary chef in France.

Simply put, baked macaroni and cheese’s cultural past are key ingredients that spice and flavor the African American table like no other.

It’s gotta be green bean casserole – a bland dish that’s not one of the many flavorful soul food Thanksgiving side dishes.

Pro tip: Don’t show up to a soul food Thanksgiving dinner with green bean casserole. Or anything not on the official soul food Thanksgiving dinner menu, for that matter.

What time do Black people eat Thanksgiving?

These sentiments from The Root in their piece on The Survival Guide to Black Thanksgiving are hilariously spot on:

“Thanksgiving dinner starts promptly at 3 p.m., which means 4:19. But you know that someone is going to call you and tell you to bring some ice, so you should leave early. Plus, if you’re late you will be subjected to second-tier macaroni from a non-sanctioned macaroni-maker.”

What are traditional Black foods?

These soul food recipes, Thanksgiving side dishes, and dinner ideas! My best examples for soul food holidays – easy enough for anyone to make and everyone to love!

What cities have the best soul food restaurants?

In the 1940s, soul food restaurants appeared in every large American city with a sizeable Black population, attracting a diverse clientele with their flavorful and culturally rich foods.

Some of the most famous soul food restaurants are:

  • St Louis, MO – Sweetie Pie’s restaurant
  • Los Angeles, CA – Roscoe’s Chicken And Waffles
  • Harlem, NY – Sylvia’s 
  • Las Vegas, NV – Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Streetbird
What cities have the best soul food restaurants

What cities have the best soul food scene?

New Orleans is famous for its iconic soul food gumbo, while Atlanta is recognized for anything peach. 

What state is known for soul food?

Instead of just one best-known state, states are individually recognized as soul food advisors for their most famous soul food dishes.

What do you think of this soul food holidays and soul food Thanksgiving menu?

Have you had it?

Would you make it? 

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Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Soul Food Holidays | Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

A Black folks’ sweet potato pie recipe is a delightful soul food holidays dessert packed with flavorful seasonings and spices in the tradition of Black folks’ soul food cooking. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 42 minutes
Pressure Release Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 59 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Servings: 8
Calories: 268kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot electric pressure cooker
  • Instant Pot Omni Plus oven (optional)
  • Instant Pot Ace Plus blender or an electric mixer

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
    Add the 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.
    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.
    Once the sweet potatoes are cool to the touch, peel and discard the skin.
  • Gather 3 cups of sweet potato flesh.
    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.
    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.
    Mix until the ingredients are combined and smooth.
  • Pour the sweet potato mixture into the pie crust.
    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. (Remember that cooking appliance times and oven temperatures will vary.)
    Bake the sweet potato pie at 350 degrees F.
  • Allow the sweet potato pie to cool for at least 2-4 hours before garnishing or slicing.
    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.
    Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkled on top.
  • Serve this Black folks’ sweet potato pie recipe warm and enjoy!

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Notes

  • 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.
Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe Ingredients

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 12243IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 1mg
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