Coastal Recipes for the Best Holiday Meal Ever

Coastal Recipes for the Best Holiday Meal Ever | Sun-Surf Realty

Here come the holidays! Are you ready? Whether you're hosting a holiday dinner at the beach or just bringing a dish to a holiday event you're attending, we've got you covered. Here are a few favorite holiday recipes that include a touch of Southern flair and rank high in comfort food status. They're popular dishes here on the coast and beyond. If you're vacationing on the North Carolina coast over the holidays, you can easily make these in your Emerald Isle rental kitchen, too. Add at least one of these popular recipes to your Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's get together this year and your guests will be happy, happy, happy. Bon Appétit! 


Chef's Life Deviled Eggs on a Platter | Sun-Surf Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals

Mrs. Scarlett's Deviled Eggs 

This recipe comes from chef Vivian Howard of the PBS series A Chef's Life fame and her Eastern North Carolina restaurants Chef & The Farmer and the Boiler Room. Born in Deep Run, NC, she knows about Southern comfort food. These deviled eggs offer a coastal NC spin on the classic and are guaranteed to please. Find Vivian Howard's tangy deviled eggs recipe here.

Garlic Butter Roasted Shrimp Cocktail with Cocktail Sauce | Sun-Surf Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals

Garlic Butter Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Swap out the usual chilled shrimp ring for warm roasted shrimp cooked in a lemon-garlic butter. It’ll be your shrimp cocktail surprise at the holiday party this year. The shrimp in this recipe has lemon, garlic, and rich butter flavors that can stand alone, but the bright, zesty cocktail sauce makes it even more delicious. Get the Garlic Butter Roasted Shrimp Cocktail recipe here.


Legendary Baked Mac and Cheese from John Legend | Sun-Surf Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals

John Legend's Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

John Legend is, well, a legend in the music industry. But did you know that his homemade baked macaroni and cheese is pretty legendary, too? It is! When musician John Legend visited Martha Stewart, he shared this recipe for his favorite Southern comfort food, which also happens to be a Southern staple side dish when it comes to holiday meals. Find John Legend's Baked Mac and Cheese recipe right here. 

Southern Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Sage | Sun-Surf Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals

Sausage and Sage Cornbread Dressing

In the South it's called dressing (not stuffing) and it's usually made with cornbread (not the sweet kind). Yep, that's the Southern standard side dish to accompany a turkey dinner. There are plenty of cornbread recipes out there, but we like this one that includes some sausage and sage to the mix for a heartier and even more flavorful result. Get the Serious Eats Sausage and Sage Cornbread Dressing recipe here.


Dry-Brined Herb Roasted Turkey | Sun-Surf Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals

Dry-Brined Herb Roasted Turkey

They say that the best roasted turkeys are brined first. But skip that messy wet-brined system and go for a dry-brined method that includes a lot of herbs and spices. This classic overnight dry brine—a simple herb, salt, and sugar mixture—gives the turkey deep flavor and a crackly crust. Be adventurous and create your own signature dry brine using these sugar and salt ratios as a guide, or try one of the three variations included in the recipe. Find the Dry-Brined Herb Roasted Turkey recipe here.

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham | Sun-Surf Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham

Ham is a popular favorite here in the South for holiday meals. Skip the sugary glaze packet that comes with your ham and instead replace it with a Southern classic: Coca-Cola. It may sound a bit unusual, but we can assure you this regional favorite will elevate your holiday ham to memorable status and send your taste buds on an adventure. It also makes an amazing pan sauce! Find the Coca-Cola Glaze recipe and how to apply it your holiday ham here.


Southern Pecan Pie in a Cast-Iron Pan | Sun-Surf Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals

Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie

What's better than the classic Southern pecan pie? Southern pecan pie that's made and served in a cast iron pan, of course! Once you’ve made a pecan pie in a cast-iron skillet, you may never go back to a pie plate. Simply press a refrigerated pie crust into the skillet, sprinkle with sugar, top with the pecan mixture, and bake. Serving it in the skillet is also easy and makes the dish even more Southern. Get the Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie recipe here.

Stack of triple gingersnap cookies | Sun-Surf Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals

Triple Ginger Snappers

Sometimes you just don't have a lot of room left for a rich dessert after a huge holiday meal. That's okay! We have the perfect dessert for the occasion. These ginger snap cookies are light enough to enjoy after a big dinner and tasty enough to satisfy your sweet craving. Not to mention that ginger is good for your digestion, so it's a great choice if you want to indulge in dessert—but not overindulge. You can find the Triple Ginger Snappers recipe here. 

what are you serving at your holiday table this year?

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Coastal Recipes for the Best Holiday Meal Ever | Sun-Surf Realty

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