Southern Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make
There are some dishes that every Southerner should know how to make. From barbecue and biscuits to sweet tea and peach cobbler, these recipes are staples on our dinner tables. They’re beloved classics that have been passed down through the generations. We learned these recipes from our mothers and grandmothers—just like they did. We’ve learned from experience that it’s hard to resist these popular Southern dishes. Take a look: We have cakes. We have cocktails. We have main dishes. We have sides galore. If any of these dishes aren’t already in your repertoire, heat up the oven and get cooking asap. There’s nothing like mastering a new dish, trying it out on family and friends and tweaking the recipe until you know it’s finally time to share it with the world. That’s when you break out the bake-and-take kitchenware and whisk it off it to a luncheon, social, or to a neighbor in need. Whether you’re cooking for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion, these classic Southern dishes are bound to have a special place on the buffet table.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Our Favorite Buttermilk Biscuits
Classic Sweet Tea
High Society Deviled Eggs
Recipe: High Society Deviled Eggs
Every Southerner should have a deviled eggs recipe. Add your own flourishes, or borrow one of our recipes and make it your own. Any backyard barbecue, shower, or luncheon should have plenty of deviled eggs on the menu.
Gulf Coast Shrimp and Grits
Recipe: Gulf Coast Shrimp and Grits
You don’t have to be on the Gulf Coast to enjoy shrimp and grits—but it sure helps.
Crispy Andouille Hush Puppies
Recipe: Crispy Andouille Hush Puppies
If you have seafood on the table, you need a few hush puppies too. Make a double batch of this recipe, because they’ll disappear quickly.
Old-School Squash Casserole
Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad
Recipe: Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad
You just can't have an elegant Southern luncheon without an array of dainty ham salad tea sandwiches.
Classic Mint Julep
Recipe: Classic Mint Julep
Mint Juleps aren’t just for the Derby (though you’re bound to see more than a few julep cups at any Derby party you attend). They’re a refreshing cocktail choice for any and all hot summer days down South. Not a Mint Julep fan? Then the Vieux Carré must be your go-to.
Recipe: Banana Pudding
You can never have too many servings of this delicious dessert. It’s just indulgent enough.
Classic Skillet Cornbread
Recipe: Classic Skillet Cornbread
The best way to make classic Southern cornbread? In a skillet.
Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pies
Recipe: Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pies
When a meal begins with a scoop of chicken pot pie—flaky on top and steaming inside—you know it’s going to be one for the books.
Grilled Peach Cobbler
Recipe: Grilled Peach Cobbler
Once you pick peaches in the summertime, you know that peach cobbler is soon to follow.
Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Mama's Fried Chicken
Recipe: Mama's Fried Chicken
Who knows fried chicken better than a Southern mama? We rest our case.
Southern Living Bloody Mary
Hugh's Southern Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Hugh's Southern Mac and Cheese
Every Southern cook knows that sometimes it just has to be mac and cheese. Sometimes nothing else will do.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Recipe: Cream Cheese Pound Cake
No one says no to pound cake. This recipe is so popular, it’s practically an heirloom.
Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Recipe: Perfect Mashed Potatoes
This recipe is a classic for a reason. Mashed potatoes go with everything, and they’re delicious to boot. Ok, it’s a classic for a few reasons.
Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
Recipe: Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
Every Southerner should have a good gumbo recipe at their fingertips. You know, just in case.
Tee's Corn Pudding
Recipe: Tee's Corn Pudding
It’s not just for Thanksgiving, though every Southerner we know has mastered a corn pudding for special occasions...and for every holiday feast, of course.
Southern-Style Collard Greens
Recipe: Southern-Style Collard Greens
When the weather turns cool, we know that the collards are soon to follow.
Baked Potato Soup
Recipe: Baked Potato Soup
When the weather turns grey and gloomy—or when you have a sick kid in the house—a batch of baked potato soup is a must-make.
Easy BBQ Ribs
Recipe: Easy BBQ Ribs
While every Southerner does barbecue differently, this is a great starter recipe for anyone new to the dish.
Shout Hallelujah Potato Salad
Heavenly Key Lime Pie
Recipe: Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler
Three of our favorite things—chicken and biscuits and cobbler—combine to create this classic Southern comfort food.
Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie
No Southerner can make it through autumn without running into a pecan pie or two. This skillet version is a delicious take on the classic.
Cheese Grits and Roasted Tomatoes
Peppery Grilled Okra with Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce
Honey Chicken Salad
Recipe: Honey Chicken Salad
There are a million and one ways to make chicken salad, but no matter the method, every Southerner should know how to whip up a batch.
All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
You don’t have to be a Southerner to appreciate a classic chocolate chip cookie. Whether it’s Christmas Eve or a Wednesday afternoon in the middle of June, they’re always a crowd-pleaser.
Recipe: Hummingbird Cake
No Southern celebration is complete without a slice of heavenly Hummingbird Cake.