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Healthy Southern Food Ideas for Your Big Day

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Everyone can agree that Southern cuisine is absolutely delicious – but it’s not always the healthiest (or at least not a vast portion of the foods cooked in the South aren’t).

What happens when serving healthy food at your Louisiana wedding is very important to you, but you still want to celebrate the great culinary awesomeness of the Southern food?

Well, there are some twists you can make – and following, we have gathered some ideas you might find useful. Read on and find out more.

  • Faux fried chicken. This is a true Southern staple – but when deep-fried, chicken can become a real calorie bomb. The best way to still get the amazing taste of fried chicken without all the oil is by simply cooking it in the oven. There are a lot of fabulous recipes out there – and you can definitely find one that pleases your taste buds just as much as “original” Southern fried chicken does.
  • Fresh coleslaw. Since chicken works best with coleslaw on the side, you might also want to find a better alternative to the mayo-infused coleslaw of the Southern cuisine as well. This is really easy, though: just lose the mayo and replace it with olive oil, a bit of vinegar, and a touch of sugar. Or, if you want to, use very light mayo instead.
  • Pulled pork. Well, pork isn’t the healthiest thing ever, no matter how it’s cooked – but you can still lower the amount of calories and fats in it if you get your pulled pork done in a slow cooker. Might take a bit more time, but the great news is that you don’t have to watch over the cooker doing its job. Plus, the pulled pork will taste amazing! Pair it with whole-wheat bread and fresh veggies and it will be a treat all of your guests will remember!
  • Green tomatoes. We all love them – but, same as with fried chicken, they can get quite unhealthy if you cook them the traditional way. Our suggestion is to bake them in the oven – they won’t lose their appeal, they will taste great, and they will actually be a healthy dish too. It’s a win-win situation, really.

 

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Don’t Make These Mistakes When Planning Your Southern Wedding Menu

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Planning a New Orleans wedding is always difficult – not because you’re not having fun, or because this isn’t something you really want, but because there’s a huge amount of details that have to be considered. On top of it all, the pressure you put on yourself for everything to turn out perfectly can turn the entire planning process into a pretty stressful one.

What are the mistakes you really don’t want to make when planning your Southern wedding menu? We’ve gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Leaving the potato salad too much out in the heat. Potato salads are delicious – but they can turn into a health risk if they’re kept for far too long outside, in the heat. So, if you plan on having a Southern summer wedding, either skip the potato salad altogether, or make sure it’s properly cooled throughout the entire wedding (especially if it’s an outdoor event). Keep in mind: this stands just as true for any mayo-based foods, including, but not limited to deviled eggs, egg salad, and so on.
  • Only opting for very heavy dishes. Southern cuisine is full with amazing, delicious foods – and a lot of them are quite heavy. Don’t overload your wedding menu with these foods alone – there are plenty of lighter options out there too, and they are just as delicious.
  • Putting bacon on everything. Hey, we’re with you on this: bacon is amazing. But putting bacon on every single appetizer at your wedding is likely to cause some frustration among some of your guests (especially those who might follow more restrictive diets). Infuse one of the appetizers with bacon and leave the other bacon-free to make sure everyone is able to enjoy their deliciousness.
  • Serving any kind of messy foods. Nothing can be as comforting as a big pulled pork sandwich or a sloppy joe – but they might not be the best idea for a wedding. Unless you can serve these in mini versions that are bite-sized and unlikely to cause staining, it’s probably better to refrain from serving them altogether.

 

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Plan a Refreshing Ice Cream Treat for Your Southern Wedding!

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With summer here in full shape, we’re all looking for ways to cool ourselves off – if possible, in the nicest ways out there. Of course, if you are planning a summer wedding in New Orleans, you want the same for your guests too – and an ice cream treat can be just the perfect way to make sure your beloved friends and relatives stay cool (and happy!).

What are some of the best ice creams you could serve at your Southern wedding? We have some suggestions for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Mint ice cream. What could be more refreshing and delicious than mint ice cream on a hot summer day? If you want to add a bit of diversity into the taste of this amazing dessert, try combining it with exotic fruit – a pineapple and mint ice cream will be a true delight to every single guest at your wedding!
  • Butter pecan ice cream. A bit of saltiness and a lot of sweetness will get you and your guests through the hotness of a summer day. A classic dessert that can be interpreted and re-interpreted as you wish – but it will always be appreciated by everyone, regardless of whether or not they are familiar with Southern cuisine.
  • Lemon pie ice cream. The Southern love of lemon pie is well-known everywhere – so why not turn this highly appreciated dessert into an icy one? We bet everyone invited at your wedding will want to take a serving of this, just enough to re-energize themselves and get back on the dance floor!
  • Buttermilk ice cream. Just a tad of sourness and a lot of fruity vibes can bring a huge smile on pretty much anyone’s face! Buttermilk ice cream is a deliciously Southern treat bound to attract your guests again and again. Don’t be surprised if many of them ask you for the recipe for your own variation of buttermilk ice cream (and yes, there’s a pretty much infinite range of combinations you can make, from strawberry and pretzels to blueberry cheesecake!).

 

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These Southern Snacks Would Work Very Well at Your Wedding Too!

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Nothing is as rich, as diverse, and as fascinating as Southern cuisine. Every state in the South has its own specialties, and even within the same states, you will find tastes as different as you would in Europe, from one country to another.

What are some of the Southern snacks you could include in your New Orleans wedding? We have some tips for you – so read on if you want to steal some inspiration for your Big Day.

  • Corn bread with corn relish. This yells “Southern” from miles away – and even someone who didn’t grow up with it will definitely appreciate it. A snack that can take the form of finger foods served during the cocktail hour or just as an entrée for the main menu – but more than anything, a snack people will want the recipe for!
  • Butter moon pies with chocolate and peanuts. The combination between sweet and savory is a staple of the Southern cuisine – so you will definitely love this. A sweet treat meant to energize your guests and make them take another round on the dance floor!
  • Pimento cheese. Who doesn’t love good cheese? This cheesy Southern treat is bound to attract guests to it again and again, so make sure to stock up and have plenty for second and third servings as well. Remember, the secret to amazing pimento cheese lies in the quality of the ingredients!
  • Spiced cheese straws. Another cheesy snack born in the South, cheese straws can receive a whole new set of “clothing” if they’re dressed up with spices like cardamom, fennel seed, and so on. Try out your favorites and don’t be afraid to experiment – then, once you’ve nailed the perfect recipe, be sure to keep it under lock and use it for your wedding snacks. We bet guests will want to steal your secret!
  • Fried chicken. We know we’ve mentioned this before, but truth be told, it’s the ultimate (and probably one of the most famous) Southern foods. Delicious and irresistible, it can take elegant forms for your wedding, so it can definitely be incorporated into pretty much any type of event, regardless of formality.

 

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What Kind of Drinks Should You Serve at Your Wedding?

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Your New Orleans wedding is supposed to be fun and joyful – and not just for you, but for all the amazing people who have chosen to spend their time with you on this special day. Of course, you want to create the best ambiance at your wedding, and you want to delight your guests with the most amazing Southern foods as well.

But what about the drinks? What kind of drinks should you serve at your wedding? And how much of it should there be?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • The open bar. This is a classic – but it’s also the most expensive option you have. If your budget is quite generous, having an open bar means that your guests can drink whatever they want, how much they want to (and you will pay a flat fee per person).
  • Beer and wine. Despite the popular belief, serving just beer and wine at your wedding can actually work out very well – and no, it isn’t tacky (it would actually be tackier to ask your guests to pay for their drinks). Even more, if you serve a good variety of beers and wines, your guests are bound to be more than happy with the drinks.
  • Signature cocktail. Want to add something special to your beer and wine bar? One or two signature cocktails can do the trick without pushing your bill over the limit. The great thing about this is that you can actually choose a cocktail that suits your style and your wedding – so it can look perfectly incorporated into the general wedding theme.
  • Unless you decide to go completely alcohol-free (which is also an option), the drinks available at your wedding should be plentiful. Expect people to get about 1-2 drinks during the cocktail hour and then 1 drink/ hour during the reception – so take this into consideration when planning your wedding bar.

 

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4 Southern Summer Desserts You’ll Love at Your Southern Wedding

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With summer almost here, we bet a lot of Louisiana brides are planning their Southern wedding – and if you’re among them, we also bet you will want this event to be spectacular for every single guest.

Of course, serving excellent food is among your priorities – right? But how about the dessert?

Well, we have gathered 4 Southern summer desserts that would make excellent treats for a wedding day – so read on if you need some inspiration.

  • Southern bread pudding with berries. Need we say more? This simple dessert is a Southern staple everyone loves – precisely because it’s comforting and the berries in it will give it the refreshing taste everyone needs on a hot summer day. A lovely treat both for guests who come from the South and for guests who are completely new to Southern cuisine!
  • Lemon pound cake. This is a truly delicious dessert, especially during the summer. The lemon in it will make it feel more than refreshing, and the scrumptious taste of the cake will surely make guests want to take another round of dancing. Even more, if you have a special lemon pound recipe in your family, you can use that – we bet guests will appreciate the personal note!
  • Banana muffin pudding. Banana pudding is the kind of Southern dessert every single person loves – it’s hard not to, with all the creaminess and amazing taste going on with this treat. If you want to serve an old Southern classic with a more modern twist, the banana muffin pudding is just perfect for you – and it’s definitely perfect for a summer wedding too!
  • Apricot cream fried pies. Every single fundamental ingredient in this screams DELICIOUS. It cannot get more summer-y than apricots, more scrumptious than cream-based desserts, or more comforting than fried pie – and imagine this dessert has them ALL. A true treat your guests will come back to again and again – because it’s just not the kind of dessert you can say “no” to, not to the first serving, and not to the second serving either.

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Your Guests Will Really Love These Southern Cocktails

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Serving the best food at your New Orleans wedding is, of course, one of your top priorities on the to do list. However, you will definitely want to serve the best drinks as well – and a special cocktail is a wonderful way of coordinating your Southern Wedding with your wedding bar as well.

What are the best Southern cocktails you could serve at your wedding? We have some tips for you – read on if you need some inspiration.

  • Mint Julep. This is the ultimate summer cocktail for a Southern event. It is important, though, to use the best ingredients and to make sure you balance them out. Try to use homegrown mint (it just has more flavor), and balance it out with the ingredients of the cocktail in a way that makes the drink feel just perfect (not too strong, not too minty). Guests will absolutely love it!
  • If you want to serve a classic beer-based cocktail, this is the best ever. Twist your basic Michelada recipe with your favorite flavorings (hot sauce or citrus, for example). Also, make sure you use quality beer – whichever is your favorite. It’s a refreshing drink that’s really great for summer, but it can work very well in other seasons as well (just as beer would, for that matter).
  • If you are planning a wedding in New Orleans, this is the absolute classic you can serve. It’s a drink native to New Orleans, one that really tastes like the place you love so much. Same as with every cocktail, it is very important to use the best of ingredients to get the best mix. If you do that, we guarantee guests will really like this, regardless of whether they’re from New Orleans or not.
  • Old Fashioned. The ULTIMATE Southern drink, Old Fashioned is just the kind of cocktail everyone is familiar with, and everyone is bound to love. It’s based on three ingredients (bourbon, bitter, and sugar) and it tastes more than amazing for a wide range of events – including a Southern wedding. You just cannot go wrong with this one.

 

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