Classic Recipes Your Grandmother Always Had on the Table
If there's one thing we've learned, it's that you never leave Meemaw's house hungry—or empty handed. Whether you're visiting with family for a holiday or a casual Sunday supper, there's always plenty of food for everyone(not to mention a few desserts!). These tried-and-true classic recipes are always present in the kitchens of Southern grandmothers.
How To Make Classic Chicken and Dumplings
Recipe: Classic Chicken and Dumplings
When we're picturing cozy Southern comfort food, a bowl full of steaming Chicken and Dumplings comes to mind. These oh-so-Southern chicken and dumplings take under an hour to prepare, and the dish is certainly worth the flavorful, hearty result. This top-rated recipe is a little soupier than other chicken and dumplings recipes, but we promise that the rich, warm broth is worth every bite. Make this weeknight dinner in just 55 minutes, for a recipe that's easy and oh-so-Southern.
RELATED: For a slow-simmered version, try our Slow Cooker Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings.
As the name suggests, this classic chicken and dumplings recipe will satisfy the whole family. A bowl of chicken and dumpling soup can warm even the chilliest winter days. These homemade dumplings contain just five ingredients: self-rising flour, poultry seasoning, shortening, milk, and bacon drippings. Although they seem a little unnecessary, the 2 teaspoons of bacon drippings add another layer to the dish with their salty flavor. If you don't have any bacon drippings on hand, you can substitute 2 tsp. of butter and 1/4 tsp. of salt into the recipe. We've also added rustic flavor to the deliciously creamy dish with spices like thyme and garlic. You can save money by boiling and cooking the chicken at home, and this also creates a savory broth that you can only get from scratch. If you're short on time, try picking up a deli-roasted or rotisserie chicken to shorten the recipe process.
Start this recipe by bringing a whole chicken, water, and spices to a boil in your Dutch over. Cook this mixture over medium heat to ensure that your chicken stays nice and tender. Once you've gotten it to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer. If you like a brothier chicken and dumplings, you'll want to cover the chicken completely in the pan. If you'd rather have a thicker sauce, you can use less water in the pot – just be sure to check and rotate your chicken!
Recipe: Turkey Tetrazzini
While it's a traditional recipe to make with Thanksgiving leftovers, Turkey Tetrazzini can be enjoyed year-round.
Mama's Fried Chicken
Recipe: Mama’s Fried Chicken
We'd rather have chicken from granny's kitchen than a restaurant any day.
Recipe: Ben Mims' Perfect Cornbread
No matter the meal, cornbread is always on the menu.
Recipe: Shout Hallelujah Potato Salad
Even if there's plenty of side dishes, there's always room for potato salad.
Recipe: Pecan Pie
No matter the occasion, you'll find a pecan pie (or two) at grandma's house.
Classic Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Basic Deviled Eggs
Grandma probably doesn't even use a recipe for this classic dish—she's got the ratio down to a science.
Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole
Spaghetti easily feeds a crowd, and is guaranteed to be enjoyed by every member of the family.
Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze
Recipe: Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze
A cake stand is always accompanied with a fresh pound cake.
Classic Pimiento Cheese
Recipe: Basic Pimiento Cheese
A classic Southern afternoon snack, accompanied with a glass of cold sweet tea.
Mamie Eisenhower’s Chocolate Fudge
We don't mind taking leftovers when fudge is offered.
Biscuits and Gravy
Recipe: Biscuits-and-Gravy Skillet
We're sure not eating cereal for breakfast if grandma is in charge.
Classic Sweet Tea
Recipe: Classic Southern Sweet Tea
Grandma only serves her tea one way.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
An all-time classic, chocolate chip cookies never disappoint.