Kwanzaa Recipe Ideas

Whether you’re gathering with your community for a holiday feast or sitting down with family for a small, at-home celebration, these recipes make it easy to bring the best to your table.

October 18, 2021
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Sweet Potato Pie with Candied Pecans and Coconut

Extra-vibrant garnet yams lend bright color and silky texture to this special holiday pie. Regular sweet potatoes are also delicious in this recipe and just as sweet and moist, but the color of the filling will be a little more muted.

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Stewed Okra and Tomatoes

With just four ingredients you can turn okra and tomatoes into a flavorful side dish.

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Curried Sweet Potato Puree

Almond milk makes this creamy side dish dairy-free. The heat from the ginger and curry counter the sweetness of the potatoes, and the lime adds a bright kick at the end.

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Gina's Best Collard Greens

Gina's collard greens take only 15 minutes of prep time and then can simmer on the stove worry-free for an hour while other dishes are being assembled.

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Individual Corn Spoon Breads

These fluffy spoon breads pack in a lot of rich corn flavor with a hint of chipotle kick. Serve them as a side dish for dinner, and then toast the leftovers-if there are any-for breakfast.

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Yams with Toasted Spice Rub

Make a toasted spice rub in advance to save time when baking these butter and brown sugar-coated yams.

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Grits and Roasted Vegetables with Hazelnut Butter

Creamy, Southern-style grits are topped with earthy roasted squash, mushrooms and tomatoes and then finished with warm hazelnut butter.

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Spicy Black-Eyed Peas

Tyler's black-eyed peas are simmered with dried red chiles, then tossed with crispy bacon, cilantro and green onions for a flavor-packed side dish.

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Oven-Dried Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Layers of cream and molasses flavor these delicious sweet potatoes that are a great side dish when you're cooking on a budget.

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Vegetarian "Southern-Style" Collard Greens

Sunny's hearty collard greens have all of the flavor of traditional southern-style collard greens, but none of the meat.

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Spicy Candied Sweet Potatoes    

Sandra cuts down on prep time for this potato side dish by using cans of already cut sweet potatoes. They're easy to prepare in a slow cooker and you can add the marshmallows a few minutes before serving.

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Creamy Stove-Top Mac and Cheese

Made with three types of cheese and cooked right on the stove top, this mac and cheese is ready in 25 minutes. Sunny uses baby shell pasta, but macaroni or cavatappi would work too.

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Classic Fried Chicken

Use buttermilk, garlic and a little paprika and pepper to kick up this classic fried chicken main dish.

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Moroccan Couscous

Dress up couscous with Moroccan spices like cinnamon, cumin, coriander, ginger, turmeric, cayenne and nutmeg.

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Apple-Cheddar-Squash Soup

Traditional harvest flavors of apple and squash pair well with sharp cheddar cheese and crisp prosciutto.

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Onion-Ringed Fried Chicken

Thin slices of onion add an unexpected twist to this Southern staple.

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Vegetable Couscous with Moroccan Pesto

This Moroccan-spiced dish is bursting with flavor from the fresh cilantro and parsley pesto topping.

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Carrot-Mushroom-Barley Stew

Warm a crowd with this earthy, hearty stew, perfect for the chilliest winter day.

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Blackened Tilapia with Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Serve this well-cooked fish with a cold salad and buttery corn bread.

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Coconut-Lime Pudding Cake

Serve this lucsious pudding cake with a sprinkle of toasted coconut.

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Braised Collard Greens

Melissa's collard greens capture the flavors of smoky bacon, spicy red pepper flakes, garlic and lemon zest.

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Beefy Mac and Cheese

Guests will scoop into this traditional-looking, golden brown-crusted mac and cheese to find a surprise layer of hearty ground beef and tomato sauce on the bottom.

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Stewed Collard Greens

Cajun seasoning adds a kick to tender collard greens, while the cider vinegar and hot sauce give the holiday side a tangy twist.

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Southern-Style Collard Greens

Cubes of bacon speckle these collard greens, which will be on the table in 35 minutes.

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Turkey and Okra Skillet

This one-pan meal is festive and colorful with okra, corn and cherry tomatoes.

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Sweet Onion Potatoes au Gratin

Rachael uses the two pantry staples of potatoes and onions to whip up this creamy and cheesy vegetable side.

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Southern Cornbread Dressed-Up Chicken

It's not just the thick-sliced bacon that gives this incredible chicken dish its winning appeal: Baby spinach, cheddar cheese, store-bought cornbread and pecans make up the supporting cast.

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Chard, Squash and Tomatoes

This colorful holiday side is every vegetarian's dream. Crumbled pecorino and red pepper flakes add creaminess and heat to cubed butternut squash and tender Swiss chard leaves.

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