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The Best Southern Wedding Appetizers

Southern cuisine may very well be our nation’s finest comfort food, and you always want your guests to be comfortable at your wedding. So what could be more comforting than the combination of sweet and salty in small, snackable bites? How about an emphasis on breakfast foods (the most important meal of the day). We’re talking chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and shrimp and grits that are are undeniably delicious. Plus, remember how fun breakfast for dinner was as a kid? Imagine this same effect, but at your wedding. So get ready to put some South in your mouth with these Plunge Approved wedding hors-d’oeuvres.  

By Greer Pollock

Chicken and Waffle Sliders

Southern Appetizers - Chicken and Waffle Sliders

Uncle Jack getting wasted before you even cut the cake? Expected. Crispy chicken on sweet, bite-sized waffles? Total shocker! This hors-d’oeuvre will surprise your guests in the best way. Now, has anyone seen Uncle Jack?

Fried Green Tomatoes Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

Southern Appetizers - Fried Green Tomato Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

These fried green tomato sandwiches will give your guests a mess-free way to enjoy pimento cheese, and also kind of trick them into eating some vegetables.

Biscuits and Gravy Bites

Southern Appetizers - Mini Biscuits and Gravy

In the South, gravy is basically considered a beverage. But for the sake of your wedding guests, these appetizers don’t have to be drowned in all that good stuff. Now, if only Waffle House offered wedding catering.

Mini Pimento Cheese BLT Biscuit

Southern Appetizers - Pimento Cheese Biscuit BLT

Cheddar biscuits are great on their own, and are super tempting to fill up on (nap time, here we come). But when you add bacon and a layer of pimento cheese, you’ve doubled down on all the goodness that Southern fare has to offer.

Sweet Potato Avocado Bites

Southern Appetizers - Sweet Potato Avocado Bites

Sweet potatoes are a gluten free and dairy free southern hors-d’oeuvre for those of your guests that tend to go for the healthier bite. And let’s be honest, who can resist a little guac on top?

Cornbread Sausage Bites

Southern Appetizers - Cornbread Sausage Bites

Sometimes a classic like pigs in a blanket just need a new blanket. In this case, a comfy, casing of cornbread will add a level of sweetness to an already smokey sausage. Plus don’t forget all them dipp’in sauces!

Shrimp and Grits Cake Bites

Southern Appetizers - Shrimp and Grits Bites

You know what they say, you and your fiance go together like shrimp and grits. And that’s a good thing. The creamy patties compliment the shrimp (and bacon) just like you compliment your significant other. And no, we’re not calling you a shrimp, calm down.

Mac and Cheese Bites

Southern Appetizers - Mac and Cheese Bites

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? No one, that’s whoor at least no one you want to invite to your wedding. And if there happen to be any children at the reception, these are sure to quiet them down, if only for a few minutes.

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