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Barbecue Peanuts and 5 More Authentic Southern Appetizer Recipes

These dishes are great for parties and get-togethers.

These dishes are great for parties and get-togethers.

Great Southern Appetizer Recipes

  1. Southern-Style Barbecue-Flavored Peanuts
  2. Addicting Tex Mex Southern Appetizer Recipe
  3. Favorite Homemade Guacamole Appetizer Recipe
  4. Caramelized Vidalia Onion Dip
  5. Sausage Rotel Cheese Dip Southern Appetizer Recipe
  6. Veggie Crescent Roll Pizza
Southern barbecue peanuts

Southern barbecue peanuts

1. Southern Barbecue Peanuts

Looking for a zesty way to start out a meal? Try these barbecue peanuts -- people literally can't stop eating them! It's a flavorful spicy snack made by coating dry roasted peanuts with a butter and barbecue sauce mixture flavored with garlic salt and ground red pepper. They go especially well with an ice-cold beer -- I could go for this great combo right now!

My mom would sometimes make a batch of these and give them at Christmas time as a little gift. Also good, just as a thank you. Put into an attractive tin or plastic goodie bag for gift-giving.


  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 16-ounce jar dry-roasted of lightly salted peanuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 13x9-inch pan; set aside.
  3. Whisk together the melted butter, barbecue sauce, garlic salt, and cayenne in a medium bowl until well blended.
  4. Add the peanuts; toss until evenly coated.
  5. Spread the peanuts in a single layer in the prepared pan.
  6. Bake the coated peanuts at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-22 minutes or until glazed, occasionally stirring to prevent them from sticking together.
  7. Store cooled peanuts in an air-tight container.

This recipe makes 10 servings.


  • If you like spicy, add more cayenne pepper.
  • Cool the peanuts completely before placing in an air-tight container.
  • Did I mention these go amazing with an icy cold beer?
Tex-Mex Southern appetizer recipe

Tex-Mex Southern appetizer recipe

2. Addicting Tex-Mex Southern Appetizer Recipe

This tried-and-true southern appetizer is a Tex-Mex layered dip, and it is absolutely addicting. Your guests will hover around the appetizer table, dipping away—it's savory and a little spicy and really hits the southern-style button. Great for parties, potlucks, or just for the family. You will definitely have an empty dish at the end of your event!

I like to put it in a glass dish so you can see the layers, but feel free to layer away in any dish you want. Serve with corn chips or crackers. This appetizer recipe makes a lot, so no one will go hungry, even the big boys.

First Layer

Layer two large cans of bean dip in a shallow serving dish.

Second Layer

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Mix all the ingredients together. Layer on top of the bean dip.

Third Layer

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package taco seasoning

Mix together; layer on top of the avocado mixture.

Fourth Layer

  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped,
  • 1 large bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 8 ounces of cheddar cheese, shredded (you can mix cheeses if desired)
  • 2-3 ½ ounce cans of sliced olives, green or black

Sprinkle over the sour cream mixture with the chopped onions, tomatoes, and olives. Top with shredded cheese. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Homemade guacamole appetizer

Homemade guacamole appetizer

3. Favorite Homemade Guacamole Appetizer Recipe

There are many ways to make homemade guacamole, but this is the recipe that I have used for years. I am sharing this delicious and yummy guacamole appetizer that I had in my recipe box. It has a southern swing to it, and it's quick and simple. In this recipe, you get the wonderful flavor of avocados. To get started, all you need is avocados, salt, tomato and lemons.


  • 3 medium-ripe avocados (see tips below)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 small tomato, chopped finely, optional
  • Juice of 2 lemons


  1. Cut the avocados in half, remove the seeds, saving them for later
  2. Using a spoon, scoop the avocado out of the shell into a medium bowl.
  3. Mash the avocado with a fork, do not use a blender.
  4. Add the juice from the lemons and the salt.
  5. Mix well and taste to see if it needs more lemon juice or salt.
  6. If you like, add a small tomato.
  7. Add the avocado seeds to the bowl of guacamole that you save (this keeps it from turning brown).
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve the guacamole with tortilla chips, pita chips, vegetables, fresh corn tortillas, on nachos and other Mexican dishes.

Make delicious homemade guac that can go with any Mexican dish.

Make delicious homemade guac that can go with any Mexican dish.


  • You can add crushed garlic, finely grated onion, and Serrano Chiles or Jalapeño peppers, chopped very fine.
  • Do not use overripe or avocado with bad spots; it will affect the taste of your guacamole.

Southern barbecue is the closest thing we have in the U.S. to Europe's wines or cheeses; drive a hundred miles and the barbecue changes.

— John Shelton Reed

Caramelized Vidalia onion dip appetizer

Caramelized Vidalia onion dip appetizer

4. Caramelized Vidalia Onion Dip Appetizer Recipe

This delicious caramelized Vidalia onion dip is a great appetizer for parties or just for a snack while watching your favorite movie. I always associate this with southern eating, but I have also found similar recipes from all over the USA.

It's made with Vidalia onions or any type of sweet onion (although Vidalia is still best), cream cheese mayonnaise, sour cream, green onions and other seasonings.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 scallion, green part only, thinly sliced


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions to the pan and sauté until they begin to brown, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Stir in the water and scrape up any brown tidbits from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Turn the heat to low and cook for 30 to 35 minutes, occasionally stirring, until the onions are golden brown. If the pan looks too dry, add a tablespoon of water.
  5. Let cool completely.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, Worcestershire, garlic salt, onion powder, and pepper.
  7. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese mixture until smooth.
  8. Stir in the reserved onions and the scallions.
  9. Chill until serving time.
  10. Serve with chips of your choice.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups.


  • If you do not have access to Vidalia onions, use another sweet variety like Wallawalla, Maui, or Texas Spring.
  • Delicious with thick-cut Kettle Chips or whatever you pair up with this yummy caramelized Vidalia onion dip.
Sausage Rotel cheese dip southern sppetizer

Sausage Rotel cheese dip southern sppetizer

5. Sausage Rotel Cheese Dip Southern Appetizer Recipe

The combination of savory sausages and sweet-spicy Rotel tomatoes (a special southern brand of canned tomatoes that comes with chopped chilis and is really really good) is so good that you will keep going back for more. This recipe makes a large batch, and any leftovers will freeze well. But there usually are not any leftovers!

You may prepare it on the stovetop are in a crock pot. Ingredients you will need to make this yummy dips are Velveeta cheese, Rotel tomatoes or canned tomatoes and chopped green chilies, sausage, ground beef and cream of mushroom soup.


  • 2 pounds Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1-10 ounce canned tomatoes and green chilies, like Rotel
  • 1 pound hot or regular sausage, cooked and crumbled fine
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked and crumbled fine
  • 1-10 3/4 ounce cans cream of mushroom soup


  1. Cook the sausage and the ground beef in a 4-quart saucepan, using a fork to crumble it fine as it’s cooking.
  2. Drain the fat off of the cooked sausage and the ground beef meat.
  3. Combine the Velveeta cheese, tomatoes and green chilies, mushroom soup, ground beef, and the sausage in the pan and heat on the stovetop or in the slow cooker and heat until the cheese melts.
  4. If using the stove top, heat slowing on low heat.
  5. Stir the mixture a few times during and after melting the cheese.
  6. Serve the dip with chips, crackers or vegetables.

This recipe makes 8 cups.


  • This dip freezes well.
  • May serve over chalupa shells spread with refried beans or over nacho chips.
  • Be sure and stir the mixture during melting and keep the temperature low or it will burn.
Veggie crescent roll pizza appetizer

Veggie crescent roll pizza appetizer

6. Veggie Crescent Roll Pizza Appetizer Recipe

This easy and quick recipe for veggie crescent roll pizza may not be a strictly southern appetizer, but it's still great at parties or any special gathering.

You can use any combination of vegetables and cheeses that your family likes. You will need refrigerator crescent rolls, cream cheese, dry ranch dressing mix, mayonnaise, cheese and vegetables to make this yummy veggie crescent roll pizza.

This appetizer dish will always be the star of the party and you will be getting requests for the recipe.


  • 2 package refrigerator crescent rolls
  • 2- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup manyonnaise
  • 1 package, dry mix Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing
  • 4 to 6 cups vegetables
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded, optional


  1. Press the crescent roll dough in a large greased jelly roll pan, sealing all perforations. Bake as directed for about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise and dressing mix, you can add chopped chives, dill, a dash or two of hot sauce, etc. if you desire.
  3. Beat the cream cheese mixture until smooth.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the cooled crust and sprinkle the chopped vegetables and shredded cheese over all. Chill and serve!


  • May use light cream cheese if you desire.
  • You may use any type of cheese or a combination

There's no such thing as being too Southern.

— Lewis Grizzard

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