Lump Crab MornayJulia adapted this creamy dip from a recipe in Bayou Cuisine by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Indianola, Mississippi.
Pecan Bourbon BallsThink a bourbon ball is a bourbon ball is a bourbon ball? Think again. Try coating them in spiced toasted pecans for a sweet-salty variation and you'll be a convert for life.
Buttery Toasted PecansPatiently roasting pecans (the entire 25 minutes!) at 325° to coax out their flavor and essential oils takes them from good to great.
Roquefort-Cognac Cheese SpreadInspired by a recipe from Julia Child, this sharp, tangy spread can turn a celery stick into an unforgettable appetizer.
These savory little gems will be the first appetizer to disappear. Make them the day before and refrigerate, or you can freeze them up to 3 weeks in advance. If frozen, pop in the oven straight from the freezer and increase the bake time by 10 minutes. We find that sharp cheddar works best for creating a super cheesy flavor, but feel free to experiment with your favorite flavor of cheddar--an aged white cheddar would be amazing here.
Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème FraîcheMake these in the morning, and top with salmon and crème fraîche just before your guests arrive. Tight on time? Use store-bought blini instead.
Asparagus with Curry DipAsparagus with Curry Dip gives a classic side dish an extra kick with spices like curry, horseradish, and hot sauce.
Blue Cheese StrawsEntertain guests with Blue Cheese Straws—a flavorful twist on a classic Southern appetizer. These cheese straws add a bit of edge with black pepper and a generous hunk of blue cheese.
Millionaire's Candied BaconOffer guests sweet-savory bites of Millionaire's Candied Bacon at your next party.
Tomato BisqueAlex learned this creamy soup from his former business partner Mary Boyle Hataway. Strong coffee gives it superior depth.
Green Beans with Hollandaise SauceTie green beans in small bundles of five or six with chives that have been boiled for 5 seconds.
Potatoes PatioA mixture of Gruyère and Parmesan cheese makes luxurious baked Potatoes Patio all the more delicious.
Pecan-and-Dill-Crusted SalmonThis refined whole side of salmon takes only 10 minutes to prep.
Charlotte RusseChill any remaining custard, and serve it with the remaining ladyfingers for dipping.
Sweet Potato BiscuitsServe these from-scratch biscuits warm with butter, honey, and jam, along with two platters--one with seared slices of country ham and pepper jelly and another with deli ham and pimiento cheese.
Chicks in a Blanket
Dough-wrapped chicken-apple sausages are best fresh from the oven, so bake one batch at a time and serve warm.
Bloody Mary BarNo brunch is complete without a Bloody Mary Bar. Offer fresh and pickled garnishes for your Bloody Mary Bar.
Cheesy Grits SouffléThis recipe for Cheesy Grits Soufflé turns a classic Southern dish into a light, fluffy soufflé for the ultimate holiday brunch.
Beet-and-Citrus SaladPlay with different citrus here, such as tangelos, blood oranges, or clementines.
Espresso Shortbread CookiesIf you're a true coffee connoisseur or enjoy the savory taste of coffee with chocolate, you'll enjoy Espresso Shortbread Cookies.
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