We hit the red carpet at the 2014 CMT Awards to talk Southern food—you're not surprised, are you? Hear what the stars have to say about their home-cooked favorites and our latest cookbook, Country Music's Greatest Eats - presented by CMT.
Hey y'all, this is Kristin Luna with Southern Living Magazine, and I'm here at the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville. Let's check out the red carpet. Hey, I'm Cassadee Pope and I'm here chatting with Southern Living. What is your favorite southern food? Biscuits and gravy. I'm telling you, I, I'm a big fan of brunch. So, my ideal Sunday is to go to a brunch place, have some mimosas, and, and biscuits and gravy. Hey Southern Living this is Tom. I'm Rachel. And I'm Mike. And we are Gloriana. What is your favorite Southern food? Ooh. Ooh, I'm a big fried chicken guy. I was gonna say fried chicken. My mom makes the best, hands down, on the planet. Cornbread. I love cornbread. My wife has got me into collards collard greens. You guys had a recipe or two in the new Southern Living CMT Cookbook. Tell me about the beer can chicken. Well, that's actually Tom and Mike's mom's recipe, so I'm gonna let them. Two things we love, beer and chicken, you put them together? Can't go wrong. That's about it. That's about it. That's about it. So do you make it or do you make your mom make it? Well our mom is an amazing cook, and that's one of the simple things she cooks, but anytime there's food around and we're gonna eat, we let her do it all because she's, she's that good. What's your favorite southern food? Oh, man, fried chicken. Every year for my birthday, my mother would make my favorite meal which is fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and broccoli with cheese on top. So, fried chicken. Oh, fried chicken. Fried chicken and waffles. Is that southern? Oh yeah. Oh yeah, that's southern, and it's amazing. Being on the road you don't really, you know, eat a lot of home cooked food, and so, going home, that's one of my ways to just really decompress and relax. You guys have a honey rhubarb pie in the Southern Living CMT Cookbook. That recipe is an old family recipe, and I remember just growing up on the farm in Illinois, you know, playing outside, not even having a care in the world, then coming in, my mom having made rhubarb pie. It was my grandpa's favorite thing on Earth. I love roast beef and potatoes with, my mama makes this really, super thin cornbread. Mm-hm. Like you can almost hold it up and see through it. Favorite southern food? Cornbread. Mama's cornbread, with black eyed peas. My favorite southern food, y'all, my mama makes this chicken and rice casserole, and its just cream of mushroom, and, you know, chicken, and lots of cheese and rice, and she puts broccoli cuts in there because that's a vegetable y'all, in case you were wondering. You had a recipe in the cookbook. I did. Chocolate chip cookies. Yes, I did. Tell me a little bit about that recipe. So, my grandma is amazing and she's the best cook ever, so every time I see her, I was like, please, make those chocolate chip cookies. We had a great time tonight at the CMT Music Awards. For more on our favorite country stars, visit southernliving.com. Y'all come back now, ya hear? [MUSIC]