Fall Recipes That Are Best Made at the Beach
If you're looking to bring a little bit of NC coastal flavor to your table during your Topsail beach vacation, then we have some recipes for you! These coastal North Carolina dishes highlight some of the best southern ingredients that you and your family are sure to love. Which one will you try? Let us know!
Cheerwine Barbecued Chicken
If you don't know what Cheerwine is, then you probably haven't spent enough time in North Carolina. This soda is a local favorite only found in the southern states. This black cherry cola is the star ingredient in this barbecued chicken dish. The sweet, sticky sauce takes your grilled chicken to the next level. If you have a grill, then this is the recipe for you!
Crook's Corner Shrimp and Grits
There isn't a more southern dish than shrimp and grits, but if you haven't tried the infamous Crook's Corner shrimp and grits recipe, then you haven't really lived. This Chapel Hill, NC iconic establishment is known for this dish, among others. Grab some local NC shrimp and try this one today.
Traditional NC Oyster Dressing
North Carolina boasts 12,331 miles of shoreline and an uncountable number of oysters, which taste their briny best during the fall holiday season. The basic dressing recipe could not be more straightforward: NC oysters and their liquor, crushed saltines, butter, salt, pepper—and maybe a drizzle of cream and a few drops of hot sauce.
Let's talk about southern comfort food. Specifically, mac-n-cheese. Warm, creamy, and totally coastal. You just can’t go wrong with tender macaroni in a 3-cheese sauce surrounded by shrimp and crab meat. You can also use cooked lobster and/or cooked chopped scallop—or substitute your favorite seafood. This one is a crowd pleaser!
NC Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Switch out the traditional pumpkin pie for a sweet potato pie this year. This traditional southern favorite is light, creamy and delicious. It's also easy to make! Grab some local NC sweet potatoes and whip up this decadent dessert. Serve it with fresh whipped cream or a side of your favorite vanilla ice cream. Yum!