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 95
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 983
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.

Mawmaw's Simple Fried Green Tomatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
My grandmother's fried green tomatoes were famous in our community. The recipe is so simple, but the results are delicious!
By HeyGoodLookin

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.

Zucchini Corn Fritters

Rating: 4.5 stars 182
Yummy zucchini corn fritters that my family can't get enough of. These fritters are light and fluffy with lots of zucchini and fresh corn. Cheese is optional, but not in my house. Serve hot with ranch dressing.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Alabama Fire Crackers
Rating: Unrated 293
Turn saltine crackers into a gourmet party snack. This recipe is cheap, delicious and requires no cooking! These are really great with chili.
Sweet Potato Bread I
Rating: 4.5 stars 535

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