Three Favorite Christmas Recipes


‘Tis the season for holiday treats! Here are three delicious recipes from Cajun Country, and they’re sure to bring Southern charm to your Christmas celebration.

Tanté Izzy’s Pecan Pralines

You will find many recipes for pralines, but they are not all the same. This one gets passed around a lot once someone tastes the delicious treat!

  • 1 1/4 cup white cane sugar
  • 1 cup light brown cane sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecan pieces
  • 6 tsp of butter (3/4 stick)
  • Candy thermometer

Place all the ingredients into a pot except the pecans. Once the sugar and butter begin to melt, add the pecans. Stirring constantly, cook to 238–240 degrees. Take it off the fire now and stir until it becomes creamy and pecans become suspended, not floating on the top. Spoon onto wax paper and let it cool to firm.

Corn Maque Choux

This was always served at my husband’s New Year’s family dinner.

  • 4 cans kernel-style corn
  • 1 can cream-style corn
  • 1/2 cup of onions
  • 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of bell peppers
  • 1 tsp cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup of oil

Heat oil and stir in all of the ingredients into the hot oil. Cook on low fire for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve.

My Fave Fudge (caramel)

Courtesy of Gloria Callais

  • 1 14 oz can condensed milk
  • 1 cup Cane sugar
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 2 to 2-1/2 cups of chopped pecans

Mix condensed milk and sugar in a skillet. Allow it to melt over a medium heat, then raise the heat until a brown crust forms on the bottom of the skillet. Scrape, don’t stir, constantly. When cooking approximately 10 minutes, the mixture will be a caramel color and form a soft ball in a cup of cold water (test a small sample). Now it is time to remove from heat and mash all remaining lumps with the back of a kitchen spoon. This mashing will give the fudge its caramel color and taste. Stir in butter, salt, and chopped pecans for about 3 minutes. Pour into a buttered pan and allow it cool before cutting. Enjoy!