Southern Appetizer Recipes

Looking for Southern appetizer recipes? Allrecipes has more than 90 recipes for pimento cheese, pickles, and boiled peanuts complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Cold Crawfish Dip

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This is a 'make a day before' recipe that is out of this world! Very rich and great for parties or get togethers as it makes a lot. Serve on crackers.

Deep Fried Dill Pickles

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Delicious dill pickles that are battered then fried. This recipe also works well with other pickled vegetables, like pickled peppers.

Rachael's Superheated Cajun Boiled Peanuts

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This is the real deal that is found in the heart of Florida. I made this recipe to resemble the taste of my favorite boiled peanuts found in the Ocala National Forest. My family agreed this recipe was one of the best!

Party Pimento Cheese Spread

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Pimiento cheese spread is one of those Southern comfort foods that doubles as a really delicious appetizer. If solace is what you're seeking, use the spread to make a sandwich on white bread, or grill it a la grilled cheese. If an appetizer is what you need, put it in a bowl and serve it on toast points or with crackers and celery sticks.

Southern Style Fried Mushrooms

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This is a Southern twist to an old favorite. The batter is made with red wine which adds an unexpected kick. It is a flavorful, crisp shell that highlights the mild flavor of the mushroom.

Mississippi Hot Caviar

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Different, delicious, DIABLO!

Grandma Oma's Pickled Okra

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Grandma Oma always made these, and I still do. They are a welcome change on a relish tray.

Vidalia® Onion Straws (Onion Strings)

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Wonderful crispy onions made from Vidalia® or any good sweet yellow onions. These are famous in several restaurants around the Southeast. A great southern staple. Serve hot for best results. Slice onions as thin as possible. You should be able to see the knife clearly through the onion as you slice it.

Southern Pimento Cheese

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This wonderful version of pimento cheese can be used for grilled cheese sandwiches, as a spread for crackers, or served alongside your favorite fried green tomatoes.

Southern Fried Chicken Gizzards

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These flavorful gizzards are always requested at football and holiday parties. I don't know if anyone would show up if I didn't make them. The extra time boiling before frying makes a huge difference in making them tender. Definitely save the broth in the freezer!

Alabama Fire Crackers

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Turn saltine crackers into a gourmet party snack. This recipe is cheap, delicious and requires no cooking! These are really great with chili.

Sweet Potato Bread I

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A Southern delight with a 'more-ish' taste. One bite and you want more! This bread freezes well.

Inspiration and Ideas

Southern Pimento Cheese

"This wonderful pimento cheese can be used for grilled cheese sandwiches, as a spread for crackers, or served alongside fried green tomatoes." – QUEENREYNEY

Buttermilk Hush Puppies

"Delicious! I am always looking for ways to use up leftover buttermilk, and this is a great one. Nice, light and crisp!" – Christina

Grilled Buffalo Wings

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This is a great recipe for grilled chicken wings. They are much better than fried!