Southern-Style Holiday Recipes from The Help

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Southern-Style Holiday Recipes from The Help

Food, family and friendship are some of the themes explored in the critically-acclaimed film THE HELP arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/6/11.

Give thanks with these delicious Southern-style holiday recipes from THE HELP’s food stylist Lee Ann Fleming in celebration of the upcoming release!

All recipes were created by THE HELP food stylist Lee Ann Fleming.

Southern-Style Holiday Recipes from The Help


4 yellow crookneck squash
Melted butter
Salt and pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese

Spinach stuffing:
½  cup chopped onion
½  cup butter
2 (10 oz.) packages frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained
1 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp. red wine vinegar
Bread crumbs

Cook whole squash in boiling, salted water for about 10 minutes until tender. Very carefully cut into halves and scoop out the seeds. Sprinkle each shell with butter, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese.

Spinach Stuffing: Sauté onions in butter until tender. Add spinach, salt, sour cream, and vinegar and blend well. Stuff each squash shell with spinach mixture. Sprinkle each with Additional Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Dot with butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated to serve.

3 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
cup melted butter
2 eggs beaten
1 Tbsp. vanilla
½ cup raisins (optional)

Mix well and pour into a butter casserole

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup melted butter

Mix topping with fork and sprinkle crumbs on top of casserole 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Southern-Style Holiday Recipes from The Help


1 (15 oz.) pkg. refrigerated
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
4 large eggs, divided
¾  cup sugar, divided
2 tsp. vanilla, divided
¼  tsp. salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup light corn syrup

Unfold and stack 2 piecrust; together gently roll or press together and fit into a 9 inch pie plate according to directions; fold edges under and crimp. Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, ∏ cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla and salt at medium see with a mixer until smooth. Pour into piecrust – Sprinkle with pecans. Stir together corn syrup, 3 eggs, remaining π cup sugar, and remaining 1 tsp. vanilla and put mixture over pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes until set.

1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup boiling water
2 eggs
2 pkg. dry yeast
1 cup dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
6 cups sifted flour

Soak yeast in the lukewarm water. Pour boiling water over the shortening, sugar, and slat. Allow this mixture to cool to lukewarm. Add yeast to this mixture. Then add eggs and flour. Stir and mix well. Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 3-4 hours). The mixture will keep a week in the refrigerator. Remove the portion you wish to use and knead on a floured board. Roll thin and cut with a biscuit cutter. Dip half in melted butter and fold over for pocket rolls. Place in a greased pan and allow to rise 2-3 hours. Bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes. This recipe can easily be cut in half.

1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 can pineapple chunks, drained
1 can flaked coconut
1 small jar red maraschino cherries, drained
1 (8 oz.) carton sour cream

Mix and refrigerate.
*Save the drained juice from oranges and pineapples.
Add to orange juice to enhance your morning beverage.

THE HELP BLU-RAY & DVD Film Clip – “Put Mama in a Chair”
Minnie (Octavia Spencer) and Aibileen (Viola Davis) joke together about their employers in the privacy of the kitchen.

THE HELP is available on Blu-ray and DVD on December 6, 2011.

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Southern-Style Holiday Recipes from The Help


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