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 20
Squash casserole is a staple dish found at meat-and-three diners and at church covered-dish suppers.

Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Rating: 4.5 stars 31
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.

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.

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

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

Texas Caviar

This bright and fresh recipe is a perfect appetizer for your summer cookouts.

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).

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.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Rating: 5 stars 6
When you're looking for a delicious layer cake that is easy to make, look no further than this Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake.

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

Rating: 3.5 stars 9
In the South, we make casseroles for just about every occasion.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Best Carrot Cake
Rating: 5 stars 9

We don't say "best" carrot cake lightly. We mean it.