Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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    Cheesy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

    1 review

    I was born and raised in the South. A few years ago I moved to Pennsylvania, where good Southern comfort food was hard to find. So I created these creamy, smoky Cajun shrimp and grits to remind me of home. —Kailey Thompson, Palm Bay, Florida

    Shrimp and Cucumber Canapes

    These cute stacks really stand out in a holiday appetizer buffet. Tasty, cool and crunchy, they come together in a...


    Fried Dill Pickles

    You may be surprised when you see how easy it is to make a batch of Fried Dill Pickels. Don't...


    Ham Pickle Pinwheels

    2 reviews

    My mom introduced me to this ham pickle pinwheels appetizer a number of years ago, and I've been making them...


    Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon

    15 reviews

    A real Southern favorite, black-eyed peas are traditionally served on New Year's Day to bring good luck. The bacon and...

    Cornbread with Black-Eyed Peas

    3 reviews

    Black-eyed peas are a good-luck tradition for New Year's Day...but my family is so fond of this recipe, I make...


    Spinach Dip with Cajun Pita Chips

    1 review

    I learned to make Cajun Pita Chips while working for a caterer. They're deliciously different dippers for my rich and...

    Black-Eyed Pea Soup

    1 review

    Since we raise our own pigs, I like to use ground pork in this zesty soup. But I've used ground...


    Spinach Po’boys

    1 review

    I came across this recipe when I lived and worked in New Orleans, where po’boys are very popular. This meatless...


    Black-Eyed Pea Chowder

    1 review

    A close friend passed on this recipe. It's been in her family for years, and now it's a favorite in...


    Bayou Chicken

    When I came across this recipe many years ago, I knew I had a new-found family favorite on my hands....

    Crowd-Pleasin’ Muffuletta

    1 review

    A garlic-olive paste is the delicious difference in this hearty make-ahead sandwich. —Jeannie Yee, Fremont, California


    Cajun Canapes

    —Jerri Peachee, Gentry, Arkansas


    Cajun Black-Eyed Peas

    Try this recipe out for loads of luck on New Years Day. Add a splash of hot pepper sauce for...


    Sticky Chicken Wings

    1 review

    You'll want to keep an extra stack of napkins nearby once people start reaching for these sweet and sticky wings....


    Bourbon Pecan Pralines

    5 reviews

    Like authentic pecan pralines found in New Orleans, these treats are sweet, crunchy and rich! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

    Sweet & Spicy Nuts

    16 reviews

    Hot and spicy with a hint of brown-sugar sweetness, these snacking nuts are simply sensational. You and your guests will...


    New Orleans Bread Pudding

    6 reviews

    "For an extra-special treat, try this sweet and buttery bread pudding," suggests Linda Weise of Payette, Idaho. "The cowboys we...


    Andouille-Shrimp Cream Soup

    8 reviews

    This dish is a variation on a creamy southern Louisiana corn stew. The bold flavor of andouille sausage blends beautifully...


    Spicy Praline Cashews

    This sweet-and-spicy snack makes an appearance at all of my holiday gatherings. As guests mingle and nibble on the cashews,...


    Clams Casino

    1 review

    Your guests will be impressed with our home economists' version of a classic upscale appetizer. Cayenne pepper nicely seasons the...


    Cajun Shrimp Skillet

    11 reviews

    There’s plenty of sauce with these shrimp—I always have some bread on the side to soak it up. Make it...


    Shrimp & Crab Casserole

    4 reviews

    This quick, easy recipe is truly delicious. The succulent, melt-in-your-mouth seafood flavors and textures make for elegant comfort food. To...


    Broiled Buttery Shrimp

    5 reviews

    These zippy and buttery broiled shrimp will disappear quickly at any party or gathering.

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    Better Than Fried Shrimp

    20 reviews

    This crispy shrimp is a healthier alternative to deep-fried varieties. Coating the shrimp with panko bread crumbs, spraying with cooking...


    Crab-Stuffed Potatoes

    3 reviews

    Crabmeat is a favorite in this part of the country. It gives twice-baked potatoes great flavor, and the onions add...


    Festive Crab Cakes

    3 reviews

    Barbara Nowakowski of North Tonawanda, New York stirs up excitement at parties with these picture-perfect tarts filled with a pleasant...


    Cajun Shrimp Lasagna Roll-Ups

    12 reviews

    If you enjoy Creole and Cajun dishes, you'll love this one. The seasoning and andouille sausage give it a nice...


    Spicy Crab Dip

    10 reviews

    With cayenne pepper and hot sauce (both optional), this delicious dip doubles up on the heat. Chock-full of crabmeat, this...


    Baked Creole Shrimp

    A friend shared this recipe with me after tinkering with different ways to prepare freshly-caught shrimp. Here in the South,...