THE HELP: Southern-Style Holiday Recipes


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.  To celebrate the  upcoming release here are some delicious recipes for you: Cheesecake Pecan Pie, Spinach-Stuffed Squash & Sweet Potato Casserole!
These delicious Southern-style holiday recipes are from THE HELP’s food stylist Lee Ann Fleming.

Cheesecake Pecan Pie

1 (15 oz.) pkg. refrigerated pie crusts

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.

Homemade Pie Crust

1 ¼ cups plain flour
¼ tsp. salt
1/3 cup shortening (butter flavor shortening is great, too)
4-5 tbsp. cold ice water

In a medium bowl, stir flour and salt together.
Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp. of water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork.
Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat using 1 tbsp. of water at a time, until all the flour mixture is moistened.
Form dough into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten dough. Roll dough from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter.
To transfer pastry, wrap it around the rolling pin.
Unroll pastry into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate without stretching it.
Trim pastry to ½ inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry. Crimp edges as desired.


Spinach-Stuffed Squash

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.

Sweet Potato Casserole

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.


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69 responses to “THE HELP: Southern-Style Holiday Recipes”

  1. I love pecan pie. Never tried cheesecake pecan pie though. Might give it a try.

  2. Those look yummy! I may have to try those soon!

  3. Pecan Pie is one of my top fave but I never baked one – thanks for sharing

  4. Oh my goodness! I love pecan pie, I have never heard of pecan pie cheesecake! I have got to try this. I'm writing it down for the next time I head to the story.

  5. Mmmm, that cheesecake pecan pie sounds yummy!

  6. Spinach stuffed squash – can’t find those little ones – wanted to try this recipe

  7. Ooooh! Cheesecake Pecan Pie! Sounds like it should be illegal!

  8. Looks delicious!

  9. These all look so delicious. Would like to try the Spinach Stuffed Squash.
    Thanks for the recipes.

  10. This cheesecake has me reminding myself, “You’re on a diet. You’re on a diet….” It looks amazing.

    The spinach-stuffed squash–now that’s something I can eat!

  11. My two favorite food groups Pecans and Cheesecake – what a great combination. Love this recipe. Was looking for something unique for my sister’s upcoming birthday, this is the ticket. TY.

  12. I love Pecan Pie and I love Cheesecake, but I’ve never had Cheesecake Pecan Pie, I’ve got to try it!! Yum!!

  13. These recipes look delicious!

  14. OMG they look and sound so yummy. I think I might add the cheesecake one for dessert this thanksgiving 😉

  15. Never been a casserole girl, but times are a changing. Snowing in Edmonton today, need some comfort food. Great to find good recipes that have been tested and true. Found the one today to attempt, so ty.

  16. Yum – I need to try the pecan cheesecake!

  17. Cheesecake Pecan Pie sounds heavenly! I think this would be a great dessert for after Christmas dinner! Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Love pecan pie. Cheesecake pecan pie sounds like heaven.

  19. The cheesecake pacan pie looks yummy!!

  20. That pie sounds really good I love pecan pie and I love cheesecake !

  21. Wow these look great, i’ll have to try them for valentines day

  22. The Cheesecake Pecan Pie would make such a special treat for my husband! He would love it!

  23. The Pecan Pie looks yummy, I’ll be sure to make this for the family this week!

  24. Oh my god, two things I love so much.

  25. I’ve never heard of that combination before. It looks really interesting.

  26. I love cheescake and I love pecan pie.I have never had them together but I’m thinking if they were made together then it has to be doubly delicious!!!…..MMMM….MMMM.Thank you for this.

  27. I am so excited to try all THREE of these recipes! They look so GOOD!

  28. I absolutely love the look of the squash(es?)! That looks so pretty and delectable! Thanks for sharing!

  29. I am so going to try the Pie and Squash recipe very soon. I am a fan of “The Help”, and being a Southern gal who loves cooking, I am looking forward to tasting the finished product.

  30. The pie looks amazing! Yummy!!!

  31. pecan cheesecake….omg! could their be anything better??/

  32. I love the squash recipe with spinach stuffing.It looks and sounds amazing.Thank you for sharing.

  33. This sounds amazing! We love Pecans and Cheesecake so I know that this would be a hit at our house!


  34. Love to try the sweet potato casserole

  35. Will have to try and make that pie!

  36. The cheesecake pecan pie looks like it feel out of heaven.It,s got to be food fit for royalty.

  37. The cheesecake pecan pie looks amazing- two of my favourites together!

  38. My favorite food group – Cheesecake coupled with pecans. Constantly check blog sites for recipes….ask my family I have tried every variation of cheesecake that I can find…adding this to my *TRY* list.

  39. I think I need to try this cheesecake pecan pie! I’ve never heard of that combo, but it looks delicious!

  40. Than cheesecake pecan pie looks amazing. If only I was more ambitious with making pie crusts!

  41. this looks super tasty.

  42. Great recipes, and I gotta admit I smiled when I did not see chocolate cream pie! Loved the Help as a book and movie. Thank you for sharing.

  43. Cheesecake Pecan Pie is on my -To do- list now.
    It looks so yummy. I am going to try it this weekend as I do have cream cheese and it is theoretically my last weekend before baby arrives 🙂

  44. This Cheese Cake Pecan Pie sounds like it is out of this world Yummy!

  45. Some interesting recipes.

  46. I love the Pecan Pie recipe and I plan on baking one on our next family celebration. Thank you for this recipe.

  47. OH MY YUMMY …I love pecan pie and anything do do with cheesecake thanks so much for sharing your recipes 🙂

  48. Wow these are awesome recipe ideas!!! I love the spinach stuffed squash that looks interesting!!!

  49. Everything looks delish the pecan pie sounds so awesome a must try 🙂 thanks for sharing 🙂

  50. The spinach stuffed squash would be great for the holidays

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  53. MMM, pie, this is my M-I-L’s favourite

  54. This sure looks yummy,will make this soon

  55. I love the spinach stuffed squash. Great presentation and looks really delicious.

  56. Oh my goodness – cheesecake pecan pie? I just gained 5 lbs looking at the photo…I soooo want to make this!

  57. Oh my I love the pie and the squash looks amazing too.These recipes are fantastic.I love coming here to look for great food ideas.Thank you so much for all the great posts.Most of them go to my favorites file for future reference.

  58. The spinach stuffed squash looks delicious

  59. The Spinach-Stuffed Squash looks delicious

  60. I have never heard of pecan pie cheesecake hubby would love that

  61. Thanks for the Sweet Potato Casserole recipe I just know hubby will love this

  62. The Cheese Cake Pecan Pie would be perfect my hubby he loves Pecans,but it would not be for me

  63. Picked up the ingredients to make this over the holidays when there are people around so hubby does not have to eat it all………..

  64. I am going to try this Cheesecake Pecan Pie for hubby when his birthdays rolls around,he loves Pecans

  65. Your Cheesecake Pecan Pie looks to die for especially because pecan pie is my favorite pie of all pies and cheese cake is a close second for favorite dessert. I’m going to try it.

  66. The Cheesecake Pecan Pie would be a big hit with my sister-in-law, she loves pecans and cheesecake too so it has to be a hit. 🙂

  67. Me, I’d substitute walnuts for the pecans. I love cheese cake. 🙂

  68. That sounds like one delicious pie, I really wish I wasn’t diabetic, so many awesome desserts!!

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