Food and Recipes

Southern food doesn't stick to one style of cooking-grilling outside, cooking big-batch recipes for a family picnic, using fresh seasonal produce from the garden, or creating a hearty Sunday breakfast complete with Southern casseroles and sweet desserts. It's no wonder that great Southern recipes are passed down from generation to generation. Whether you're looking for a new favorite Southern food or want to perfect cooking recipes that are close to the heart, Southern Living has the best Southern recipes to get cooking

Staff Picks

Old-School Squash Casserole Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 19
Squash casserole is a staple dish found at meat-and-three diners and at church covered-dish suppers.

Fresh Peach Cobbler

Rating: 4 stars 30
With nine ingredients and four steps, this peach cobbler is our easiest ever.

Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 29
This Southern gem boasts three incredibly moist layers flavored with canned pineapple and bananas.

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
You've just found your new favorite ground beef recipe.

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Both kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy this crowd-pleasing favorite for breakfast.

Basic Pickle Brine

Rating: 5 stars 1
You only need four ingredients and 20 minutes of hands-on time to turn yourself into an expert pickler.

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Rating: 5 stars 7
Give your pasta salad a fresh, colorful spin.

Million Dollar Pound Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
Our Million Dollar Pound Cake is just that good (really).

Everything Bagel Casserole

Yep, it's everything: creamy, cheesy, and delightfully sausage-packed.

Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
In the South, mac 'n cheese is like everyone's favorite aunt—and this best-ever recipe beats out the rest.

Heavenly Key Lime Pie Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 1
This pie is wonderful with fresh or bottled Key lime juice.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 15
Her famous recipe won over the readers of Family Circle magazine back in 2000, and is still talked about—and baked—today.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Pineapple Casserole
Rating: 4.5 stars 19

The combination of pineapple, Cheddar cheese, and butter crackers may sound a little bizarre, but it's surprisingly tasty!