Classic Southern Recipes For Every Month in 2022

cranberry christmas cake
Photo: Photographer: Frederick Hardy II, Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Down South, there are certain recipes that have been passed from generation to generation for a reason. These dishes have a dash of Southern soul baked right in, from their flaky crusts and cheesy centers to their sweet buttercream-laced layers. Whether it's a holiday tradition or backyard cookout essential, these recipes are celebrated staples on our Southern tables.

So, why not learn to master them? Some Southern cooks might be able to whip up a summer tomato pie or a Christmas-worthy cake without looking at a recipe, but they all had to start somewhere. To help you realize your cooking potential this year, we've rounded up easy takes on classic Southern recipes for every month in 2022. Whether you're a seasoned chef or just learning the ropes, there's nothing like mastering a new dish, even if it's been around for quite some time.

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January: Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas

For the best chance of good luck in 2022, we recommend whipping up this Southern staple on New Year's Day. It promises a generous helping of comfort and tradition.

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February: King Cake Beignets

King Cake Beignets
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: King Cake Beignets

Bring the Big Easy taste into your home just in time for Mardi Gras season. This dessert combines two classics into one for a dessert that you'll make for years to come.

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March: Lightened-Up Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

Lightened-Up Chicken-Broccoli Casserole
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Lightened-Up Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

While we're hopelessly stuck in between seasons, why not bake a lightened-up casserole that has touch of winter comfort.

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April: Make-Ahead Yeast Rolls

Make-Ahead Yeast Rolls
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Make-Ahead Yeast Rolls

Use this recipe to master homemade rolls for Easter and you'll be all set for Thanksgiving and Christmas later in the year.

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May: Ranch Water

Texas Ranch Water Cocktail
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Recipe: Ranch Water

As soon at the weather starts warming and long summer weekends are on the horizon, the Ranch Water is the prefect cocktail to celebrate.

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June: Heirloom Tomato Tart

Heirloom Tomato Tart
Joy Howard

Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Tart

A slight upgrade to your grandmother's classic tomato pie recipe, this dish is dashing with heirloom tomatoes.

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July: Atlantic Beach Pie

Atlantic Beach Pie
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Atlantic Beach Pie

With some calling it the easiest pie ever, we guarantee it'll become your go-to summer dessert for cookouts and beyond.

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August: Sheet Pan Meatloaf

Sheet Pan Meatloaf
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Loren Wood; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Sheet Pan Meatloaf

Using a sheet pan instead of a loaf pan helps meatloaf come together a little quicker for Sunday supper or weeknight dinners.

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September: Pork Chops with Dijon-Buttermilk Sauce

Pork Chops with Dijon-Buttermilk Sauce
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Pork Chops with Dijon-Buttermilk Sauce

This Southern staple comes together in just 30 minutes and is simple enough to make on a school night. Your trusty cast-iron skillet will give the pork chops a golden brown finish while the sauce ensures they won't dry out.

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October: White Lightning Chicken Chili

White Lightning Chicken Chili
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Becky Hargett

Recipe: White Lightning Chicken Chili

Say hello to the fall season with a classic recipe fit for chilly evenings.

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November: Cabbage Casserole

Cabbage Casserole
Photography: Victor Protasio, Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck, Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Cabbage Casserole

We suggest that this vegetable-filled casserole be added to your Thanksgiving menu.

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December: Cranberry Christmas Cake

cranberry christmas cake
Photographer: Frederick Hardy II, Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Recipe: Cranberry Christmas Cake

For Southern Living, it wouldn't be the holidays without a white layer cake. Start a new Christmas tradition this season, and try one of our favorites for yourself.

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