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Southern Holiday Comfort Food

Southern cuisine is known for its deliciously rich and diverse foods that keep your belly full and your heart and soul warm. Since the holidays are quickly approaching, below we have provided some excellent comfort food ideas for your next Southern holiday.


As the name preludes, corn bread is made from corn flour rather than wheat flour and is a delicious side dish that’s typically served warm and with butter. It has a sweet, crumbly texture and usually one piece is just not enough! This dish is often served at summer barbecues but is also a staple on the holiday dinner table in the South as well.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are commonly found on southern dinner tables during the holidays either mashed, in a pie with marshmallows on top, or just by themselves. Sweet potatoes are a deliciously sweet carbohydrate that go well with any meal and are easily found at all local markets.

Biscuits and Gravy

What many consider the perfect holiday dish on a cold day, biscuits and gravy is a soft textured biscuit topped with either sausage or red eye gravy. The gravy gets soaked in the biscuit and creates a balanced tasty meal that can be eaten again and again. Served hot, this is sure to be a hit alongside any holiday meal whether it’s breakfast or dinner.

Final Thoughts

Each of these Southern comfort foods have stood the test of time and can be very versatile when it comes to making multiple side dishes this holiday season. There are many variations of these dishes that you can experiment with based on your pallet. Head to Mama Sheila’s House of Soul in Minneapolis, MN for southern food that is sure to keep your belly full and heart warm this holiday season.

Classic Southern Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanksgiving is a holiday to spend with family and friends gathered around a table and eating delicious food. If you are celebrating in the South or perhaps have family members with Southern roots, then you might encounter dishes with different spices and flavors. In our blog, we have listed some classic Southern Thanksgiving dishes you can expect at the dinner table.

Sweet Potato Casserole

A little sweetness from a sweet potato casserole can truly complement any savory dish. The light flavor from the sweet potato is both tasty and textured. From this recipe, you can expect variations for the toppings. Brown sugar, pecans, and mini marshmallows are just some of the garnishes baked on top.

Bacon Collard Greens

Collard greens are simple and salty, with bacon or turkey added for extra flavor. If you see a mixture of these greens with meat, don’t be afraid to give it a try. Collard greens are cooked until wilted, along with onions, red pepper flakes, and other fresh ingredients. The best way to cook this dish is to stew it for a few hours to let the flavor deepen. Yum!

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Handed down from generation to generation, buttermilk biscuit recipes are easy to follow. These scrumptious carbs are made with real buttermilk and come out flaky and buttery every time. You might want to grab a couple before they’re all gone!

Sugar-Glazed Ham

One of the main courses for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is a ham. When you taste a true Southern ham, there’s a little sugar and spice thrown in. Sugar glazed ham can have a tangy flavor too, if you choose to add in mustard and vinegar.

Banana Pudding

While you’ll see pies and baked goods on the table, a Southern dessert that’s common year round is banana pudding. It’s simple, tasty, and not as heavy as other desserts. Southerners make this breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so why not Thanksgiving too?


If you want to try real Southern food, come to Mama Sheila’s House of Soul. We are serving traditional foods and desserts for the entire family. Place your order today!

Ways to Support Local Restaurants

Local small businesses such as restaurants need their communities support now more than ever. Under the current circumstances due to COVID-19, many businesses have suffered great changes in hopes to help flatten the curve.  As stay-at-home orders continue to be enforced, many have decided to order delivery or takeout from local restaurants, there are other ways that one could help support local small business during these unprecedented times, read along as we discuss some of them.

Delivery & Takeout

Many restaurants, like ours, offer outside dining for customers. This provides them with a dining experience while respecting state guidelines. It is understandable that some people can still feel uneasy eating in public spaces, but that should not stop someone from enjoying their favorite restaurants! Ordering delivery or takeout keeps your cravings happy while supporting local restaurants stay afloat in these trying times.

Social Media

A free, easy, and fun way to support local businesses is through social media. Give your favorite restaurants a follow. If they posted, sharing their post can do wonders for their exposure, and best of all, it does not cost anything! Social media platforms are very powerful, and word of mouth travels fast, so why not encourage friends and your followers to supports local spots that you love?     

Leave a Review

Reviews are priceless feedback and support for all businesses. Not only can a review brighten up someone’s day, but it is also another way of validating that a business is doing great and encourages others to pay a visit. Some of the most common platforms to leave a review are Google, Yelp, and Facebook. Take some time to leave you favorite restaurants a positive review!  

As a local restaurant in Minneapolis, MN, we are proud of the safety precautions we have taken to ensure the health, safety and comfort of our loyal customers and employees. We would like to thank those who continue to support us and show us love during these time. Our restaurant offers outside dining as well as delivery/take out options to best suit your needs. We invite you to visit our restaurant for a delicious soul food that will have you coming back for more. To learn more about our restaurant, visit our website.

Southern Comfort Food-On the Side

Could you imagine eating some crispy and delicious fried chicken on its own? Yeah, neither could we! From friend chicken to turkey and fish fry, a main dish does not taste as good on its own. It needs the complementing flavors of a few comforting side dishes. Southern food is rooted in deep flavors, and side dishes are a staple at every family dinner and cook out. We hope you are hungry because we will be listing a few popular side dishes that you must try next time you want to add some southern flare to your next dinner.

Collard Greens

A Southern meal just does not feel right without some savory and hearty collard greens. These leafy vegetables come from the same family as kale and cabbage, and in the South, they are usually cooked with pork to add that rich flavor we all love.  

Corn Pudding

Corn pudding is a food staple in the South for its creamy texture and sweetness. Don’t mistake it for dessert, this side dish as described by Barefoot In The Kitchen, is like a cross between a savory custard and warm creamed corn. It complements turkey, chicken, and ham very well, but is just as delicious by itself. We promise that once you have a bite, you’ll very much want to eat the whole casserole!

Mac N Cheese

The best side dish to complement some friend chicken! Mac N Cheese is one of those comfort side dishes that everybody loves. If you ever make some, make sure that there is enough for seconds. There are many varieties to this dish, but no one quite makes it like the South. This irresistible cheesy pasta is so rich in flavor, that you’ll have to make it from scratch to taste it’s authentic flavors rather than opting for the boxed option.

Baked Beans

Baked beans are another southern staple. They are smoky and delicious and a crowd-pleaser! They pair great with a hot, juicy burger fresh off the grill as well as our favorite, some good old Southern fried chicken!

If a Southern meal is in the works do not forget about the sides! We cannot stress that enough. From corn pudding to collard greens and mac n cheese, these comfort foods are the highlight of every meal. Not only do they complement the main dish, but every bite is nostalgic. If you are local to the Minneapolis, MN area, visit Mama Sheila’s House of Soul for savory Southern dishes that you’ll love and remember.

An Easy Soul Food Recipe to Cook at Home

If you’re searching for a comforting southern dish to cook at home, we’ve got the meal just for you. A southern classic, also known as breakfast shrimp, we present shrimp and grits. Mandy Rivers from South Carolina states “this dish tastes great for brunch or dinner, and anytime company’s coming. It’s down-home comfort food at its finest.” This recipe only needs 15min. of prep time and 20min to cook, which is perfect for an easy family dinner. So keep reading to what you’ll need for tasty Southern shrimp and grits!


  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned grits
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • 8 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 1-pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun or blackened seasoning
  • 4 green onions, chopped

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the broth, milk, butter, salt and pepper to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat. Cover and cook for 12-14 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheese until melted. Set aside and keep warm.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 4 teaspoons drippings. Saute the shrimp, garlic and seasoning in drippings until shrimp turn pink. Serve with grits and sprinkle with onions.

Kitchen Tips:

  1. To quickly peel fresh garlic, gently crush the clove with the flat side of a large knife blade to loosen the peel. If you don’t have a large knife, you can crush the garlic with a small can.
  2. Make sure you clean the shrimp before you cook it. 


We hope you appreciated our soul food recipe for this month. If you have a comfort dish to share, Mama Sheila’s House of Soul would love to see your recipes. Visit our social media platforms to post your favorite recipes and let’s get cooking!

The History behind Soul Food Ingredients

As one of the most popular and illustrious cuisines of the South, recipes for soul food have been passed down through the centuries. From the cultural roots of the Deep South, soul food started with the story of many African American slaves relying on small food portions to survive. They had to come up with a creative way to make food last and taste good at the same time, which is where many soul food recipes originate. In this blog, we’re going to discuss a few key soul food ingredients and talk about each of their historical and cultural backgrounds!


During the early 1600s, slave traders took several crops native to Africa and made limited portions of food on the slave ships in order to keep the slaves alive. Once in the Americas, enslaved Africans grew these crops on the plantations as food sources to help keep their energy up during the long days of hard labor. Since there was so many types of rice crops being grown, it became a staple for many dishes, including jambalaya and Jollof (a popular traditional dish in many West African countries). Rice still continues to be a foundation for soul food dishes today!


Okra made its debut in the Americas around the 18th century, where its origins can be traced back to Ethiopia. Coming across the seas on trade ships, okra was used as a soup thickener, a substitute for coffee, and even as a material to make rope. This green and slimy vegetable is now used as an ingredient in African soups and stews like gumbo. Many people in the Deep South also serve it deep fried.


When slaves were brought over from Europe, they were tasked with the important job of preserving pork with fine salts. Curing the meat allowed the product to stay fresh during long trips overseas. If there was leftover meat, slave owners would give them the cheapest cuts of pork, such as the feet and intestines. To give these parts more flavor, the African people started adding seasonings like hot red peppers and vinegar. Today, Southern barbeque meals still use these flavorings as a base for sauces and rubs.


The cultural history of soul food comes from a generation of people who persisted over generations. What has now evolved into the soul food you know today, can better be appreciated with the ingredients and seasonings in each dish. To order an authentic soul food meal, visit Mama Sheila’s House of Soul. We serve up some of the best soul food in town, so come on by today!