This roundup of our best recipes for Kwanzaa will give you some inspiration for the week-long celebrations, starting on December 26th. We have everything from greens with tomatoes to spicy trinchado to black-eyed pea stew. Joyous Kwanzaa!
Greens with Tomatoes ~ Sukuma Wiki
Sukuma wiki means “to stretch the week”—in other words, using affordable and readily available greens spiffed up with spices to help stretch any meal a little further.
Trinchado ~ Spicy South African Beef
If you’ve been to South Africa, chances are you’ve been craving this dish. Rest assured, it’s possible to recapture the loveliness you experienced abroad back home in your kitchen.
Authentic grilled jerk chicken from Helen Willinsky that’s pretty much exactly like what you’d experience in the Caribbean.
Sweet Potato Pie
Sugar and spice and everything nice—that’s what you’ll find in this magnificently spiced traditional Southern pie from baker extraordinaire, Cheryl Day.
Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
“Your family will think you are AMAZING.” “A straightforward, real deal Cajun gumbo that everyone loved.” “Easy and affordable.” “A keeper!” That’s what we’re hearing about this.
Crispy Fried Okra
A Southern staple at both cocktail parties and the dinner table. One taste of these crisp, hotly seasoned little lovelies and you’ll understand.
Sweet Potato Cornbread
We could blather on and on about this surprising (and stealthy healthy) riff on a Southern classic that everyone is swearing is the best cornbread they’ve ever had.
Southern Fried Catfish
Even avowed seafood haters belly up to this crisp and delicate Southern fried catfish that’s plain and simple and perfect.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
This toss-it-together-and-shove-it-in-the-oven casserole is exactly what macaroni and cheese ought to be—easy, cheesy, crumb-topped, and knee-wobblingly indulgent.
Black-Eyed Pea Stew
This classic brings good luck to all who partake on New Year’s Day. Or so says Southern tradition. We can’t vouch for that, but we can vouch for it’s ability to bring sated appetites.
Braised Greens with Andouille
A one-pot wonder of a small mountain of greens, caramelized onions, andouille sausage, and plenty of slurp-worthy pot liquor.
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