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

Texas Ranch Water

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Think of Ranch Water as a dressed-down margarita that's hard to mess up, because it's wildly uncomplicated.

Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 27
This Southern gem boasts three incredibly moist layers flavored with canned pineapple and bananas.

Old-School Squash Casserole Recipe

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
Squash casserole is a staple dish found at meat-and-three diners and at church covered-dish suppers.

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
You've just found your new favorite ground beef recipe.

Atlantic Beach Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
Some have called this the easiest pie ever. Try your hand at it and see for yourself.

Million Dollar Pound Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
Our Million Dollar Pound Cake is just that good (really).

Hot Brown Party Rolls

Rating: 5 stars 1
Don't just save this recipe for The Derby. It needs to be at all your gatherings.

Heavenly Key Lime Pie Recipe

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

Mamie Eisenhower's Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 4
This used to be the go-to recipe for fudge in the 1950s and 60s. Because it took advantage of packaged products from the grocery store, such as chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and a jar of marshmallow cream, this new-fangled fudge was considerably less persnickety than traditional cooked fudge that seems to look for any opportunity to turn grainy.We're told that this fudge was a family favorite of the President and Mrs. Eisenhower, which might or might not be true. It hails from an era when the wives of politicians were often asked to share recipes for family favorites. Sometimes these requests were fulfilled by the wife and other times from a staff assistant. Newspapers across the land printed the fudge attributed to Mrs. Eisenhower shortly after she became First Lady in 1953. The recipe had appeared previously under the name Million Dollar Fudge, but from that point on, this type of fudge was more often called Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge or simply Mamie's Fudge. It became so strongly associated with her that a copy of the recipe appears in the archives of the Eisenhower Presidential Center.By any name, it remains a benchmark for chocolate fudge. It's delicious, creamy, and fool-proof.

Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole is a tried-and-true chicken casserole that wins over family and guests time and time again.

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1
Give your pasta salad a fresh, colorful spin.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies Recipe

Rating: 4 stars 11
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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Easy Taco Casserole Recipe
Rating: 4 stars 5

This hearty casserole will please everyone around the dinner table.