100 Ways to Cook Southern
Bacon Pimiento Cheese
Recipe: Bacon Pimiento Cheese
Spread homemade Bacon Pimiento Cheese on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato. Use leftover spread on crackers or celery for a snack.
Two-Step Pound Cake
Recipe: Two-Step Pound Cake
It takes only six ingredients and two easy steps to create this buttery, from-scratch Southern staple. Simply layer the ingredients in a bowl, mix, pour, and bake.
Southern Sweet Tea
Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits
A Southern breakfast is far from complete without flaky, buttery biscuits. This simple five-ingredient recipe gets rave reviews from readers who say it can result only in perfection. Save time by making the dough in a food processor. Pulse dry ingredients six or seven times, and then slowly add liquid through the food chute while processing
Watch: Our Best Ever Buttermilk Biscuit
Hot Grits With Tomato Gravy
Recipe: Tomato Gravy
Tomato Gravy over hot grits makes a winning combination for any meal.
Recipe: Cheese Straws
If you like yours less spicy, use the smaller amount of red pepper.
Recipe: Tennessee Caviar
Instead of fish eggs, this Southern version of caviar features down-home veggies. Make it a day ahead for the best flavor.
Grilled Chicken With White Barbecue Sauce
Chicken thighs are seasoned with rub of dried thyme, oregano, cumin, and paprika. The versatile white sauce received our highest rating and is also good as a condiment for burgers.
Best Boiled Peanuts
Recipe: Boiled Peanuts
Southerners love shelling out these soft and salty nuts.
Pork Tenderloin on Cornmeal Biscuits
Running out of time to assemble sandwiches yourself? Let guests make their own—serve sliced pork on a platter with chutney and biscuits on the side.
Beer-Batter Fried Pickles
Recipe: Praline Pecans
Pralines are best made when the weather is dry--humidity tends to make them grainy. Be sure to use a heavy saucepan, and work quickly when spooning the pecan mixture onto the wax paper.
Southern-Style Collard Greens
Recipe: Southern-Style Collard Greens
It’s the slow cooking method that really brings out that mouth-watering smoky pork flavor and the tender texture of Southern-Style Collard Greens. But, the best part is dipping a piece of cornbread in all that leftover potlikker.
Herb-Grilled Chicken With Watermelon-Feta Salad
Forget to marinate the chicken in advance? No problem. This rub only takes 30 minutes. Simply add the refreshing, flavorful Watermelon-Feta Salad for a quick and easy meal your family will love.
Quick & Tasty Banana Pudding
Recipe: Quick & Tasty Banana Pudding
This super easy banana pudding calls for just four ingredients: a banana, thawed whipping topping, prepared vanilla pudding, and vanilla wafer.
Assemble-Your-Own Barbecue Stacks
Recipe: Assemble-Your-Own Barbecue Stack
Have a few of these yummy Barbecue Stacks ready to go when your friends arrive. The rest can be put together by your guests.
Recipe: Shrimp Po’boys
Try this authentic shrimp po'boy recipe to get a taste of New Orleans' famous cajun cuisine.
Crab Cakes With Lemon Rémoulade
Recipe: Crab Cakes With Lemon Rémoulade
Serve these classic crab-filled cakes atop a mixed baby greens salad.
Pineapple Upside-Down Carrot Cake
One quick flip and this moist cake with perfectly caramelized fruit slips from a skillet.
Warm Turnip Green Dip
Recipe: Warm Turnip Green Dip
It's Southern tradition to have a little hot sauce with your turnip greens, so be sure to offer guests several brands to choose from on the side.
Luscious Lemon Bars
Recipe: Luscious Lemon Bars
Classic lemon squares are always a popular dessert at teas, luncheons, and showers. As an added bonus, you can make them ahead and freeze for up to one month.
Sour Cream Cornbread
Recipe: Sour Cream Cornbread
Low-fat kitchen staples keep this Cheddar-topped cornbread moist and delicious. Enjoy it as a side to any meal, or use this recipe as an ingredient in our fabulous Farmhouse Eggs Benedict.
Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Give up the box mix, making Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese from scratch is easier than you think. Even if you have never tried to make your own mac ‘n’ cheese at home before, this simple recipe will have you enjoying a bowl of warm, creamy, cheesy goodness in a matter of minutes. Baked macaroni and cheese is rich and delicious, and this is one of our most-requested recipes. So step up to the stove and step away with a dish full of this mac ’n’ cheese delight.
Test Kitchen Tip: It’s best to shred your own block of cheese, especially if using a reduced-fat product. Pre-shredded brands don’t always melt as well or deliver that extra-sharp flavor. You can use a box grater or a food processor with a shredding device.
Step-by-Step Video: Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Easy Brunswick Stew
Recipe: Easy Brunswick Stew
Nothing is more comforting than a big bowl of hearty Brunswick stew. Sop up every flavorful last bit with crusty bread or crispy cornbread crackers.
Classic Mint Julep
Recipe: Classic Mint Julep
The classic version is served in silver julep cups. These are filled to the rim with a refreshing concoction of the finest bourbon, simple syrup, fresh mint, and crushed ice. See our tips and techniques for stirring up a mint julep.
Step-by-Step Video: Make a Classic Mint Julep
Ham-Stuffed Biscuits With Mustard Butter
Yeast biscuits—also called angel or bride’s biscuits—hold together well, so they’re a good choice to serve at gatherings. The so-Southern combination of ham and biscuits is always a hit!
Pecan Bourbon Balls
Recipe: Old-fashioned Meatloaf
Meatloaf may be one of the ultimate comfort foods, so a classic meatloaf recipe is always a reader favorite. Beginning with lean ground beef, this Southern meatloaf recipe features Creole and Greek seasonings and a hint of garlic. Celery, breadcrumbs, onion, and tomato paste all add flavor, richness, and depth to this delicious delight. A few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce—that's the fantastic taste you're trying to figure out—spice up the traditional ketchup topping which keeps this meatloaf moist, tender, and juicy. This may be called the Old-Fashioned Meatloaf, but it is one of the best-tasting meatloaves you will eat today.
Watch: How To Make Old-fashioned Meatloaf
Mississippi Hush Puppies
Easy Three-Seed Pan Rolls
Recipe: Easy Three-Seed Pan Rolls
These rolls start with frozen bread dough but taste as if they're made from scratch--perfect for no-fuss entertaining. You'll get a spectacular look and big flavor while saving time.
The Ultimate Carrot Cake
Shrimp and Grits
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits
The original recipe for this hearty shrimp and grits dish is from Bill Smith, executive chef at Crook's Corner, the landmark Southern restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Pork Chops with Pepper Jelly Sauce
The sweet and spicy pepper jelly sauce creates a beautiful glaze on the pork chop and keeps the meat moist and tender.
Recipe: Cinnamon-Pecan Rolls
These rolls feature a buttery, brown sugar-pecan filling as well as a rich and creamy vanilla glaze. Better yet, the easy yeast-roll dough rises in just 30 minutes.