Southern Food

Desserts

Southern Recipe: Chocolate Chess Pie

Chess pie is a quintessentially Southern dessert, and it is one of the quickest pies in the Southern repertoire. Its origins are hard to trace,...(more)

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Cake

Old-fashioned chocolate pudding cake, also known as chocolate cobbler, is one of those feel good desserts with an easy, retro vibe. The recipe isn't really...(more)

All Butter Pie Crust

Pie crust made from scratch is infinitely better than any you can buy at the store. This simple pie crust relies on butter for its...(more)

Appetizers

Southern Appetizer: Pickled Shrimp

Shrimp are fat and plentiful in the waters along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, and marinating them in vinegar and aromatics, such a lemon, onion, and capers, has long been a favorite way for Southerners to preserve them. The name pickled shrimp may sound off putting, but this refreshing recipe, which is more of a marinated salad than pickled, is as timeless as it is addictive.Pickled shrimp is an ideal snack to serve at gatherings large and small. Not only is it easy to make as much or little as you would like, but all of the quantities are open to tinkering (and what's available in the pantry). It can be served any time of the year and is especially popular at football tailgates and holiday open houses....(more)

Southern Food History: Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese at its simplest is nothing more than grated cheddar, jarred pimentos, and a dollop of mayonnaise. Humble as it sounds, it remains one of the most talked about Southern food traditions. ...(more)

Cheese Straws

Cheese straws — also known as cheese wafers, cheese biscuits, and cheese crackers — are by no means a Southern culinary invention, but they have long been enjoyed by Southerners and should be considered a part of its authentic regional cuisine. ...(more)

Southern Food

From-Scratch Recipe: Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Spaghetti is an old Southern favorite that isn't really "spaghetti" at all. Traditional recipes include Velveeta processed cheese spread, canned cream of mushroom soup, and Rotel tomatoes to create the cheesy base. This modern version is a fresher take on the classic — creamy homemade bechamel and grated sharp cheddar replace the outdated processed ingredients, while bell peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes add big flavor and nutritional bonus points. This updated no-bake casserole is guaranteed to be an instant-hit among the entire family....(more)

Southern Recipe: Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John is a classic Gullah dish made with field peas and rice. Often tomatoes, onions, stock, and pork fat are included for flavor, and hot pepper vinegar and hot sauce are served on the side. Less traditional (but no less delicious) variations abound outside of the low country including the addition of black-eyed peas, smoked sausages, and bell peppers.It is a widespread tradition in the South to serve hoppin' John, along with cornbread and collards, on January 1st in hopes to bring prosperity into the coming year. Each component's color represents fortune and wealth — cornbread for gold, collards for green (paper money), and black-eyed peas for pennies (loose change)....(more)

Southern Food History: What is Hoppin' John?

Hoppin' John is a classic Gullah dish made with field peas and rice. Often tomatoes, onions, stock, and pork fat are included for flavor, and hot pepper vinegar and hot sauce are served on the side. Less traditional (but no less delicious) variations abound outside of the low country including the addition of black-eyed peas, smoked sausages, and bell peppers....(more)

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