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: 4.5 stars 7
Squash casserole is a staple dish found at meat-and-three diners and at church covered-dish suppers.

Southern Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 5
This old-fashioned Southern dessert deserves a second look.

Pineapple Casserole Recipe

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
The combination of pineapple chunks, cheese, and butter crackers may sound a little bizarre, but it's surprisingly tasty!

Classic Chess Pie

Rating: 5 stars 4
Gooey, buttery, and supremely sweet, the chess pie has been a staple of the Southern dessert table for a couple hundred years.

Southern Cornbread Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 1
Nothing says "welcome home" like the aroma of a fresh baked Southern Cornbread Casserole.

Mamie Eisenhower's Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 2
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.

Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
In the South, mac 'n cheese is like everyone's favorite aunt—and this best-ever recipe beats out the rest.

Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Rating: 4 stars 14
This made-from-scratch mac and cheese only takes three simple steps.

Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 19
This Southern gem boasts three incredibly moist layers flavored with canned pineapple and bananas.

Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob

Rating: 5 stars 2
Great summer corn doesn't get much easier.

Classic Cornbread Dressing Recipe

This classic recipe can be made up to a month ahead.

Christmas-Morning Coffee Cake

Why wait for Christmas morning to make this delicious cake?
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Inspiration and Ideas

Savory Corn Pudding Recipe

Rating: 5 stars
2

The creamy side dish you crave at Thanksgiving gets a savory touch-up in this comforting recipe.