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Spread homemade Bacon Pimiento Cheese on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato. Use leftover spread on crackers or celery
for a snack.
It takes only six ingredients and two easy steps to create this buttery, from-scratch Southern staple. Simply layer the ingredients
in a bowl, mix, pour, and bake.
Only Southerners understand just how sweet tea should be. Add the full cup of sugar to this recipe if you like yours extra
A Southern breakfast is far from complete without flaky, buttery biscuits. This simple five-ingredient recipe gets rave reviews
from readers who say it can result only in perfection. Save time by making the dough in a food processor. Pulse dry ingredients
six or seven times, and then slowly add liquid through the food chute while processing.
Tomato Gravy over hot grits makes a winning combination for any meal.
If you like yours less spicy, use the smaller amount of red pepper.
Instead of fish eggs, this Southern version of caviar features down-home veggies. Make it a day ahead for the best flavor.
Chicken thighs are seasoned with rub of dried thyme, oregano, cumin, and paprika. The versatile white sauce received our highest
rating and is also good as a condiment for burgers.
Southerners love shelling out these soft and salty nuts.
Running out of time to assemble sandwiches yourself? Let guests make their own—serve sliced pork on a platter with chutney
and biscuits on the side.
Pralines are best made when the weather is dry--humidity tends to make them grainy. Be sure to use a heavy saucepan, and work
quickly when spooning the pecan mixture onto the wax paper.
It’s the slow cooking method that really brings out that mouth-watering smoky pork flavor and the tender texture of Southern-Style
Collard Greens. But, the best part is dipping a piece of cornbread in all that leftover potlikker.
Forget to marinate the chicken in advance? No problem. This rub only takes 30 minutes. Simply add the refreshing, flavorful
Watermelon-Feta Salad for a quick and easy meal your family will love.
Enjoy comfort food at its best with this easy-to-make version of classic banana pudding.
Have a few of these yummy Barbecue Stacks ready to go when your friends arrive. The rest can be put together by your guests.
Try this authentic shrimp po'boy recipe to get a taste of New Orleans' famous cajun cuisine.
Serve these classic crab-filled cakes atop a mixed baby greens salad.
One quick flip and this moist cake with perfectly caramelized fruit slips from a skillet.
It's Southern tradition to have a little hot sauce with your turnip greens, so be sure to offer guests several brands to choose
from on the side.
These classic bar cookies feature a buttery shortbread crust and rich, fresh lemon filling. Make them ahead of time and freeze
up to 1 month.
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Give up the box mix, making Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese from scratch is easier than you think.
Test Kitchen Tip: It’s best to shred your own block of cheese, especially if using a reduced-fat product. Pre-shredded brands don’t always melt as well or deliver that extra-sharp flavor. You can use a box grater or a food processor with a shredding device.
Nothing is more comforting than a big bowl of hearty Brunswick stew. Sop up every flavorful last bit with crusty bread or
crispy cornbread crackers.
Yeast biscuits—also called angel or bride’s biscuits—hold together well, so they’re a good choice to serve at gatherings.
The so-Southern combination of ham and biscuits is always a hit!
Who spiked the cookies? Hardly a Christmas can pass in the South without these traditional ball-shaped, bourbon-flavored pecan
cookies ending up on a dessert bar or in a gift box.
This Southern meatloaf recipe features Creole and Greek seasonings and a hint of garlic. A few tablespoons of Worcestershire
sauce spice up the traditional ketchup topping.
While these golden deep-fried gems are often paired with fried fish, Kentuckians and Carolinians think of them as natural
partners to any plate of barbecue. These light-as-feather balls start with a combo of self-rising cornmeal and flour (for
extra fluffiness) and a chopped jalapeno for a spirited, but not too hot, kick.
These rolls start with frozen bread dough but taste as if they're made from scratch--perfect for no-fuss entertaining. You'll get a spectacular look and big flavor while saving time.
Truly our best-ever carrot cake recipe, make this classic favorite for a crowd and you might not have any leftovers to bring
The original recipe for this hearty shrimp and grits dish is from Bill Smith, executive chef at Crook's Corner, the landmark
Southern restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The sweet and spicy pepper jelly sauce creates a beautiful glaze on the pork chop and keeps the meat moist and tender.
These rolls feature a buttery, brown sugar-pecan filling as well as a rich and creamy vanilla glaze. Better yet, the easy
yeast-roll dough rises in just 30 minutes.
We've concocted a simple, healthful recipe to start your season of outdoor cooking. Choose your favorite fresh herb to enhance
the flavor of grilled chicken. Remove the herb sprig before serving, or leave it as a garnish. Serve over fresh spinach.
Pie just doesn’t get much easier or better than this tasty twist on banana pudding. In fact, once you try our speedy version
of homemade custard, you’ll never be tempted to make instant pudding again. If you’re a big fan of vanilla wafers like we
are, pick up an extra box and tuck a few into the meringue before baking. For party-pretty slices, dip the knife blade in
cold water or lightly coat with vegetable cooking spray.
This surprisingly easy recipe takes less than an hour to prepare and consistently receives top ratings from reviewers. Chicken
breasts are stuffed with toasted pecans and cornbread stuffing, then topped with a creamy sauce, parmesan cheese, and chopped
This sublime ice cream is packed with two Southern favorites, refreshing peaches and nutty pecans.
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Wow family and friends with these easy party poppers. You can also bake the mixture in a casserole dish and use the breadcrumb
coating as a crispy topping.
Red pepper and garlic seal the flavor of the cornbread mixture that coats these catfish fillets. For an extra-crispy crust,
use stone-ground yellow cornmeal.
After preparing the roux, most of the time spent making gumbo is basically hands-free. You’ll just need to stir the pot occasionally
to prevent sticking. This flavorful stew recipe is worth the effort.
Serve this soft right out of the ice-cream maker's container, or freeze it for a firmer consistency.
Have the seafood market steam shrimp to save time, or follow our easy instructions in the recipe. Serve the shrimp, okra,
and breadsticks on a platter around a bowl of the sauce, or make individual cocktails. Use 4-oz. votive candleholders, shot
glasses, cordial glasses, or mini-martini glasses.
Fat-free buttermilk and a teaspoon of cinnamon take the traditional blueberry muffin recipe to the next level. Tip: To prevent
berries from bleeding, toss them in flour, and then gently fold them into batter.
Layers of bourbon-drizzled pound cake, creamy vanilla pudding, and juicy peaches meld together in an elegant trifle presentation
that will have everyone coming back for seconds.
This Italian pot roast is an easy weeknight dinner. Play around with the mushroom selection; try baby portabellas or creminis.
It's worth purchasing a meat thermometer for this recipe. We used an instant-read version, but a standard one would work equally
well. Cook the roast to 180° to 185° for incredibly tender but sliceable meat, making a pretty holiday presentation.
Dark brown sugar adds surprising richness to this cookie dough. Bake each batch 8 minutes for soft and gooey cookies, or up
to 14 minutes for crisp results.
Watermelons are a classic summer road stand fruit that sometimes goes to waste because they are so large. Make use of your
leftover watermelon slices and cool down from the heat with this fresh, tangy summer sipper.
This burger will make you the envy of the neighborhood. Start by mixing the ground beef with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
Then press two patties together, both topped with cheddar cheese. The result is a thick, spicy, and delicious cheese-filled
Top off a creamy bowl of this iconic Charleston soup with a spoonful of sherry at the table.
Add fresh, fruity flavor to grilled chicken, fish, or baked pita chips for a snack with this versatile salsa. Sautéing peaches
with onions and jalapeño intensifies the flavors.
This slice of tropical heaven offers the best of both worlds—rich, creamy texture with fewer fat grams.
Limes are rich in vitamin C and contain antioxidants, called flavonoids, that help protect against cancer and other diseases. Key limes have the same healthful properties, but their acidity is much brighter and flavor more complex than regular limes, making them well suited for desserts and drinks.
This recipes call for fresh crawfish because they’re readily available in Cajun country. Don’t fret if you can’t get your
hands on the fresh seafood―frozen crawfish tails work very well.
Serve simple Sweet Potato Biscuits with golden honey for a mouthwatering snack.
This Tex-Mex twist on traditional barbecue sauce combines tangy green tomatoes and crisp tomatillos for a tongue-tingling
flavor sensation. You have to try this over your favorite recipe for barbecue chicken or shrimp. Better still, you can make
this up to 1 week ahead.
Impress your guests or family with the goodness of classic lemon icebox pie. This recipe features from-scratch buttery crust,
lemony-rich baked filling, and homemade whipped cream.
Impress your guests with these simple, 4-ingredient peanut butter cookies. Serve them warm from the oven with a tall glass
of cold milk.
Try this classic barbecue chicken recipe with bone-in chicken breasts and drumsticks. You'll most likely have all the ingredients
for the barbecue sauce on hand.
You'll never make Red Beans and Rice from a box again after you try this easy slow-cooker recipe.
Don't skip the apple jelly in this to-die-for pie recipe—it makes the baked pie juices extra rich. It also decreases the cloudiness
that sometimes occurs with a flour-thickened apple pie filling.
This classic creamy pasta is pure Southern comfort. We love its made-from-scratch Mornay sauce and toasted almond-and-Parmesan
cheese topping. Plus, the casserole freezes beautifully
Imagine the richest, darkest, most decadent chocolate dessert you’ve ever eaten. Now add some marshmallows, and you've got
this decadent yet simple-to-bake cake.
This homemade baked macaroni and cheese recipe beats the boxed kind any day of the week. For a divine main dish, stir in
chopped cooked ham before baking, and then sprinkle top with chopped cooked bacon before serving.
Tender, delectable Honey Yeast Rolls are a must-serve and best warm from the oven and slathered with sweet honey butter.
In less than an hour you can serve up this simply divine dessert. Pop it in the oven just before you sit down to eat, and
your family can enjoy it warm at meal’s end. For individual servings, bake for the same amount of time in 6 (8-oz.) ramekins
on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
For these Cajun-flavored fried shrimp, peel the shrimp but leave the tails on and coat the shrimp in fish fry mix to get a
crispy brown coating.
This is an updated version of a recipe that used ham, cheese, and mustard. Eyes lit up at our tasting table when these roast
beef sandwiches came out of the oven.
Lemonade Iced-Tea is a fun, thirst-quenching update on two classic Southern favorites.
Add additional moistness and flavor by replacing the wire roasting rack with a colorful rack of carrots and celery ribs. Tuck
in a few sprigs of fresh herbs, some unpeeled whole shallots, and apple slices to enhance the flavor of the chicken.
Seasoned breadcrumbs and self-rising cornmeal give Crunchy Pan-Fried Chicken a crisp golden-brown crust without a skillet
full of extra oil. This crispy coating is also terrific on skinned and boned chicken thighs or pork chops.
Sour cream is the secret to the rich, moist texture of this bread. There's no butter or oil in the batter―only in the glaze.
With its tender homemade dumplings, this from-scratch favorite makes for luscious comfort food.
Spiked with tomatoes and green chiles, creamy layers of chopped cooked chicken and corn tortillas make this Texas casserole
too tempting to resist. It’s super-easy to fix for a crowd, and always a hit.
This surprising salad combination will please your palate. The bright hues and refreshing flavors make Tomato-and-Watermelon
Salad the perfect summer side dish.
Ham steak has been around for ages, but you might have never thought to put it on your grocery list. Well, add it to your
cart, because it's quick to prepare and makes a great meal. Ham steak is traditionally 1/4 to 1-inch thick, fairly lean, and
cooks in about 15 minutes for a speedy supper in the middle of the week. Make a fruit sauce, such as Orange Glaze, for a jazzy
Crushed pecans and baking mix form a crisp breading for this Southern-style appetizer.
This zesty Asian twist on classic slaw is wonderful with smoked chicken and pork. Wasbi paste and fresh grated ginger give
this colorful mix a delightful eye-opening kick. And the surprising peanutty crunch takes it right over the edge. Don’t worry
about leftovers, it’s even better the next day piled high on a leftover pulled pork sandwich.
Put a summertime spin on this traditional Southern dish of beans and corn by mixing with lemon juice and chives and serving
cold. It’s easy to prepare in advance and pull out of the fridge to serve with meat hot off the grill.
A simple twist in the traditional recipe plus a buttery shortbread crust give this Southern favorite a whole new look. The
filling separates when baked, creating a thin golden brown cake layer on top of a delicious lemon custard.
One of the staff’s all-time favorite potato salads. The secret to this 6-ingredient star is Duke’s Mayonnaise (a Greenville,
SC culinary institution), a touch of spicy brown mustard, and boiled eggs, which are grated on the largest holes of a cheese
grater. The recipe calls for baking potatoes, but we also love it with red-skinned potatoes.
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The hardest part about making Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy is waiting for the chocolate to firm up before devouring it.
To get the marbled effect, alternate white and dark chocolate squares on a baking pan. Bake as directed, remove from oven, and immediately swirl the warm chocolate with a wooden pick.
Pick up a deli-roasted chicken if you don't have 3 1/2 cups of chopped chicken on hand. It yields just enough meat for this
recipe. Also plan to make Chicken and Cornbread Casserole just one day ahead because it doesn't freeze well.
Chef Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill in Charleston put a delicious twist on classic Lowcountry shrimp and grits using fried
grits squares, asparagus spears, and a creamy shrimp sauce.
Get your party started with mini open-faced turkey sandwiches. Pile turkey, bacon, and cheese high on pumpernickel for a guaranteed
User Review: "I have been using this recipe for nearly 20 years, and it not failed me yet. The only change I have made is to the glaze
recipe. I use an 8 ox. package of softened cream cheese creamed together with 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 stick of butter
(room temperature), 1 to 2 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp pure vanilla extract. I don't like overly sweet things and this glaze
is just right for this not-too-sweet pastry. Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!" --Marybeth
If you like the taste of pecan pie, you'll love this easy alternative. Serve the squares with vanilla ice cream for an over-the-top
Navel oranges and ruby-red grapefruit take center stage in this refreshing salad. Arugula adds a peppery bite to the sweet
citrus, but the recipe is equally good when prepared with other salad greens.
Crumbled cornbread is layered with shredded lettuce, smoked turkey, shredded Swiss cheese, bacon, fresh tomatoes and more
in this crowd-pleasing salad.
A close cousin of Mississippi Mud Cake, this super-moist marvel is so easy to make you won’t believe you started from scratch
– until you taste it. Ever popular at family reunions, it’s simply one of the best sheet cakes on earth. The magical brew
of carbonated cola is the secret to the tender texture.
This classic Southern staple was named one of the Top-Rated Recipes of 2009. Serve alongside Bread-and-Butter Pickle Rémoulade specially formulated by Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins.
This might sound like an odd flavor combination, but, trust us, you’ll love it. Spread on biscuits, toast, and more.
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