Southern Food

Main Dishes

Tomato & Vidalia Onion Pie

Southern-style tomato pie is a hearty summer casserole comprised ripe heirloom tomatoes, freshly grated cheese, and creamy mayonnaise layered and baked in a crisp, buttery...(more)

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

While most of the famous regional dishes that make up Creole and Cajun cuisine hail from France, jambalaya is actually of Spanish descent. And despite...(more)

Southern Food So Good You'll Want to Move to the South

The American South is very charming--the people, the accents, the hospitality and beautiful sights draw visitors from all over the world. However, one the greatest...(more)

Seafood

Fantastic Seafood Recipes: Pan-fried Haddock

This pan-fried haddock dish is quick and easy to prepare when you are pressed for time. It goes well with rice, mashed potatoes or couscous. Add a fresh garden salad for a balanced lunch or dinner. A refreshing glass of white wine is the perfect complement for this meal. Add your favorite dessert for a truly delicious and satisfying meal....(more)

Southern Seafood Recipes: Stuffed Clams Casino

Clams casino is a zesty seafood dish that has its origins in Rhode Island. It is popular along the East Coast of the United States, especially in the South. Southern dishes, such as this clams casino recipe, place an emphasis on comfort food and seafood blended seamlessly together. The following recipe is a simplified but delicious take on stuffed clams casino. This specific stuffed clams casino recipe is perfect for entertaining or an elegant weekend meal....(more)

Southern Seafood Etouffee Recipe with Shrimp

The word "etouffee" actually means "smothered" in French, and in this recipe the shrimp is smothered with a variety of delicious ingredients. Etouffee is a Cajun or Creole dish that hails from New Orleans and it is normally made with crawfish. This recipe is made with shrimp, since crawfish can be a little difficult to find in some areas, whereas shrimp is more available. Etouffee is a very old recipe that was made in the bayous of Louisiana with a roux of flour and chicken stock to make a thick, stew-like consistency. The following is a Creole shrimp etouffee recipe that smells as wonderful as it tastes....(more)

Tips and Tricks

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)

How To Make A Perfect Apple Pie

The types of apples you choose are crucial to the success of your pie. Each type of apple provides both positive and negative qualities. Tart apples hold up well during cooking but don't offer the best "apple-y" flavor. Sweet apples provide wonderful flavor but often turn to mush.Most bakers prefer using a mix of sweet and tart apples, which together yield a flavorful sauce and tender yet firm bite. Northern Spy and Cortland apples are two worth seeking out; they are considered the gold standard for pies. Granny Smith are also very common for pies; they are quite tart and hold their shape well. Other apples to consider for pie are Gravenstein, Braeburn, Cameo, Pink Lady, Jonathan, and Empire...(more)

Southern Ingredient: Cooking with Butter

Butter is primarily composed of milk fats and water. Cheap butter contains more water and less fat than higher-end brands, creating an inferior product capable of altering an otherwise decent recipe. High quality, high fat butter yields tender baked goods, crisp pastries, and creamy icings. I am a firm believer that good ingredients equal good results, and great ingredients equal great results; sometimes it is worth paying the extra couple of dollars if you strive for the very best....(more)

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