Southern Appetizer Recipes

Favorite Southern appetizers are easy with this collection of recipes for boiled peanuts, fried pickles, pimento cheese, hush puppies, crawfish dip, and alligator fingers.

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Vicki's Hush Puppies

Rating: 4.5 stars 649
This is a simple, no-fuss recipe for hushpuppies - a great side for seafood.

Deep Fried Dill Pickles

Rating: 4.5 stars 216
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 183
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

Rating: 4 stars 14
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 46
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
Different, delicious, DIABLO!

Grandma Oma's Pickled Okra

Rating: 4.5 stars 94
Grandma Oma always made these, and I still do. They are a welcome change on a relish tray.
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Vidalia® Onion Straws (Onion Strings)

Rating: 5 stars 19
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

Rating: 5 stars 981
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.

Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Rating: 5 stars 7373
Grandma's recipe for a sweet, moist cornbread sure to become your favorite!

Benedictine Dip

Rating: 5 stars 1
Benedictine dip is a Kentucky Derby party staple--and this one requires simple ingredients and is easy to make ahead, chill, and serve when your guests arrive!

Smoked Fish Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 103
This recipe for smoked fish dip is world class, puts most others to shame, and is served in several prominent restaurants on the gulf coast of Florida. We used smoked whitefish, well boned, but any other smoked fish should work. Serve with crackers, lemon or lime wedges, and capers.

Inspiration and Ideas

20 Best Southern Thanksgiving Appetizers
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Southern Fried Chicken Gizzards
Rating: Unrated 101
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!
Sweet Potato Bread I
Rating: 4.5 stars 533

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