Delightful Christmas Recipes Southern Marylanders Love to Share

With the holidays approaching, it's time to start thinking about those warm and festive preparations that will make your home merry this Christmas season. If you're looking for a special recipe to add some Southern Maryland flavor to your festivities, look no further! We've compiled some of our favorite delicious Christmas recipes shared by fellow Southern Marylanders - perfect for serving up at holiday gatherings or simply as a way to bring warmth and joy into your family's home. 

Bring the Magic of Christmas to Your Table with These Southern Maryland Recipes

Traditional Maryland Recipes

Delicious Southern Maryland Stuffed Ham: Ready in Just 6 Hours!
Discover the timeless tradition of Southern Maryland Stuffed Ham, a culinary masterpiece that has captured hearts for over three centuries. From the pioneers of the Maryland colony to modern-day tables, indulge in the unforgettable flavors of this holiday feast.

Ingredients:
- One 20- to 22-pound corned ham, boned
- 10 pounds cabbage
- 1 1/2 pounds kale
- 3 pounds onion
- 3 tablespoons crushed red pepper
- 2 tablespoons black pepper
- 1 package cheesecloth

Step 1: Start by trimming the excess fat from the ham and preheating the oven to 400°.

Step 2: Next, wash the cabbage, kale, and onions. Chop the vegetables and mix them thoroughly in a large bowl with the red and black pepper to create the stuffing.

Step 3: Now it's time to prepare the ham. Cut slits all over the ham, about 2 inches deep and the same across. Fill the slits and the cavity where the bone was generously with the stuffing. You can find helpful videos online for different techniques.

Step 4: Once the ham is stuffed, tie it back into its original shape using a string. Then, wrap it with cheesecloth and tie it again. Cover the ham with aluminum foil and bake it for five hours.

Step 5: Finally, drain the ham and allow it to cool overnight in the refrigerator. Serve the next day, cold and full of flavor.

Don't miss out on this incredible Southern Maryland Stuffed Ham recipe. Give it a try and impress your friends and family with your culinary skills. Enjoy!


Introducing the Best Southern-Style Mashed Potatoes
A timeless classic upgraded with a flavorful twist. With creamy, smooth texture and hints of garlic, onion, and cream cheese, these potatoes are simply irresistible. Prepare them in advance for a stress-free gathering with loved ones. Guaranteed to please even the pickiest eaters, this dish is a hit for all ages. Serve it as a delightful side on special occasions like Thanksgiving, Easter, or Christmas. Bonus: it's completely vegetarian-friendly, so everyone can enjoy!

Ingredients:
- 5 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled, washed, and quartered
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Chopped parsley for garnish

Step 1: In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil.

Step 2: Add the peeled, washed, and quartered potatoes to the boiling water. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

Step 3: In a separate pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 45 seconds. Then, add chopped onion and cook until translucent (about 5-7 minutes). Set aside.

Step 4: Drain the cooked potatoes in a colander and return them to the pot.

Step 5: Begin mashing the potatoes, then add the garlic and onion mixture, butter, half and half, cream cheese, salt, and black pepper.

Step 6: Continue mashing until you reach your desired texture.

Step 7: Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with chopped parsley.

Step 8: Serve immediately and indulge in the deliciousness of these dreamy creamy southern mashed potatoes.


Candied Sweet Potato Yams
Indulge in the perfect balance of sweetness and spice with these delectable candied sweet potato yams. Perfect for a sweet treat or a special side dish at family gatherings and holiday meals.

Ingredients
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and set it aside.

Step 2: Wash, peel, and slice the sweet potatoes into ½-inch thick rounds. Place the sweet potatoes in the baking dish and set them aside.

Step 3: Heat the butter, granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until the butter melts. Stir in the vanilla extract and remove the pan from the heat.

Step 4: Pour the butter and sugar mixture over the sweet potatoes and use a wooden spoon or your hands to stir the sweet potatoes and make sure each one is coated in the syrup. Cover the pan with foil and bake the yams in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Step 5: After 30 minutes, remove the foil from the pan, baste the candied yams with the cooking syrup using a large spoon, and continue cooking the yams, uncovered, for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork and the cooking liquid is syrupy.

Step 6: Allow the candied yams to cool for about 10 minutes and then serve them warm to your guests. Enjoy this scrumptious treat!


Easy Christmas Turkey Recipe - Simple and Delicious!
Discover the perfect balance of simplicity and deliciousness as you indulge in a turkey with a crispy skin and tender, juicy meat. Follow our step-by-step guide for a delightful holiday centerpiece that will leave your guests craving for more.

Ingredients:
4kg Free-Range Whole Turkey
500ml chicken stock
100g softened unsalted butter
1 garlic bulb
250ml dry white wine
4 bay leaves
1 lemon, halved
2 banana shallots, unpeeled and halved
4 sprigs of rosemary, leaves finely chopped
1 red cabbage, cut into 6 wedges

Step 1: Remove the free-range turkey from the fridge an hour before cooking. Preheat the oven to 180-200°C. In a bowl, combine softened butter with chopped rosemary. Gently loosen the turkey skin by sliding your fingers between the skin and breast meat, starting from the neck. Be careful not to tear the skin. Spread the butter mixture inside the pocket and over the thigh and breast meat.

Step 2: Stuff the turkey cavity with lemon, garlic, and bay leaves. Season the turkey all over. Place banana shallots in a large roasting tin and position the turkey on top, breast-side up. Roast the turkey for about an hour, basting with pan juices and pouring white wine over it. Add red cabbage wedges around the turkey in the roasting tin. Cover with foil and return to the oven for another 30 minutes, still covered. Juices should run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced. Use a thermometer to check doneness. If needed, continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes.

Step 3: Transfer the cooked turkey to a wooden board and let it rest for 1 hour. Move the garlic and bay leaves from the turkey cavity to the roasting tin for gravy. For crispy skin, avoid covering the turkey. Drizzle the cabbage wedges with turkey juices, wrap them in foil parcels, and continue cooking in the oven while the turkey rests.

Step 4: Scoop out most of the turkey fat and heat it in a pan over medium heat. Mash the vegetables in the roasting tin with a wooden spoon to extract maximum flavor. Add chicken stock and simmer until the gravy is reduced by half. If desired, thicken it with a cornflour and water mixture. Strain the gravy into a gravy boat and keep warm until serving.

For an extra crispy skin, this turkey is cooked at high heat for a shorter duration. It requires a longer resting time to ensure the meat remains tender and juicy.


Tangy Delight: Cranberry Sauce
Indulge in the perfect pairing for turkey - cranberries! This delightful sauce will elevate your holiday feast to new heights. With its vibrant color and tangy flavor, it's a must-have addition to your table.

Ingredients
1 cup (200g) sugar
1 cup (250ml) water
4 cups (one 12-ounce package) fresh or frozen cranberries
Optional: pecans, orange zest, raisins, currants, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

Step 1: Rinse the cranberries:Place the cranberries in a colander and rinse them. Pick out and discard any damaged or bruised cranberries.

Step 2: Boil the water with sugar:Put the water and sugar in a medium saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar.

Step 3: Add the cranberries, cook until they burst: Add the cranberries to the pot and return to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries have burst.

Step 4: Stir in the mix-ins, if using:Once the cranberries have burst you can leave the cranberry sauce as is, or dress it up with other ingredients. We like to mix in a half a cup of chopped pecans a pinch or two of orange zest.Some people like adding raisins or currants, or even blueberries for added sweetness. You can also add holiday spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice. If adding spices, start with a pinch of each and add more to your taste.

Step 5: Cool-Remove the pot from heat. Let cool completely at room temperature, then transfer to a bowl to chill in the refrigerator. Note that the cranberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.


Perhaps you're tired of having the same traditional Christmas meal every year. Are you looking to spice things up? Give the recipes below a try!

The best way to start any meal in Southern Maryland is with a delicious crab cake. This recipe for the best crab cakes is simple and easy to follow. You'll need fresh crab meat, breadcrumbs, eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning, and parsley. Mix the ingredients in a bowl, form the cakes, and cook them in a frying pan until they are golden brown. Serve with remoulade sauce, and enjoy the taste of Southern Maryland!

The nut-crusted chicken Maryland is a perfect option for your Christmas Day lunch. The recipe is straightforward to follow, and the preparation time is minimal. You'll need chicken Maryland, breadcrumbs, eggs, pecans, thyme, rosemary, and garlic salt. After you’ve coated the chicken in breadcrumbs, nuts, and herbs, bake it in the oven, and voila! You have a perfect Christmas Day Lunch.

Do you want to make a savory main-course dish with an Asian flavor twist? Try the sticky glazed Christmas chicken. This recipe has a sauce that is made with honey, orange juice, soy sauce, and ketchup, which gives it that sticky and sweet flavor. You'll need chicken thighs, cornstarch, ginger, garlic, and green onions to prepare this dish. Then bake the chicken until it's cooked, add the sauce, and let it glaze and thicken in the oven. Enjoy the sweet and savory taste of Southern Maryland with this scrumptious Christmas chicken recipe.

No Christmas table is complete without a good stuffing recipe, and the apple-sausage stuffing recipe fits the Southern Maryland tastebuds perfectly. You'll need apple, sausage, bread, onion, celery, butter, parsley, and chicken broth. After preparing the ingredients and cooking the sausage, mix them all in a bowl, and put them in the oven. This stuffing recipe is easy and perfect for any occasion, especially Christmas.

Potato chip cookies may sound like an unusual Christmas dessert, but it’s a favorite in Southern Maryland for a reason. You'll need all-purpose flour, butter, sugar, vanilla, potato chips, and chocolate chips to prepare these cookies. Just mix the ingredients together, scoop them onto a baking sheet, and bake them until golden brown. The potato chips give these cookies a unique crunch that will surprise and satisfy your Christmas sweet tooth.

If you're looking for a festive and colorful Christmas Eve pasta dish, the confetti pasta recipe is perfect. This recipe includes pasta, tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Sautee first the bell pepper, garlic, and tomatoes in the pan; then add the pasta. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, serve, and enjoy your Christmas Eve meal with a burst of flavor.

The Christmas table in Southern Maryland is not just about delicious food but also a celebration of the area's rich culinary traditions. The Christmas recipes we shared embody the warm and welcoming spirit of Southern Maryland and are sure to delight your family and guests. Whether it's the savory crab cakes, the sweet glazed chicken, or the surprising potato chip cookies, there's something for everyone. Try these Southern Maryland Christmas recipes and create wonderful new memories with family and friends this holiday season!

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