Recipe Roundup: Kwanzaa

Plenty of Southern-inspired recipes for this year’s celebration.
These modern and traditional takes on classic Southern dishes work for holiday parties, cozy family dinners and all the get-togethers in between.
Chicken Fried Steak
Coated with seasoned flour and bread crumbs, the steak is pan-fried until crisp, then drizzled with a rich onion gravy.
oven fried catfish
For a simple, Southern-inspired dinner, serve the fish over mesclun greens tossed with a little vinegar.
Southern slow cooker chicken grits
Like cooking short-cuts? Cut back on prep time and add a spicy, smoked flavor to this recipe by using one (14.5-ounce) can of drained, diced, roasted tomatoes with chiles in place of the fresh tomatoes.
Quick Southern Collard Greens
Collards usually simmer in water for a long time. We dramatically reduced the time by removing the tough center stem and cutting the greens into thin strips.
Okra Corn Tomato Saute
A Southern specialty that’ll round out any meal. A dash of cayenne gives a little heat.
Hoppin John
This tasty holiday favorite is a combination of bacon-infused black-eyed peas and rice.
Buttermilk Biscuits
Even though they’re lightened-up, these biscuits are rich and flaky, and get easier and easier to make with practice.
Skillet Corn Bread
A savory standard that couldn’t be easier to whip up or to customize: add scallions, bacon bits, cheddar cheese, chives or jalapeno.
Red Velvet Cake
This classic cake has been reinvented. We’ve retooled it into a 4-inch-high angel food cake that’s chocolaty-rich, moist and, of course, deep red.
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