Southern Recipes Everyone Should Make in 2021
If you made a resolution to cook more in the new year, these Southern recipes are the best place to start. We've rounded up a list of 50 of our favorite Southern recipes that will take you from breakfast to dinner, plus snacks, appetizers, and drinks that are always needed when company's coming. Cooking your way through this list throughout 2021 will help you revisit vintage classics, discover new family favorites, and sharpen your cooking skills. You'll always be able to count on these classic Southern recipes for making mealtime feel more like home.
Mamau's Cheese Straws
Recipe: Mamau's Cheese Straws
This classic snack requires just five ingredients but is still full of flavor.
Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Recipe: Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Ground beef is a budget-friendly weeknight favorite at dinnertime, and this oh-so-comforting casserole will be your new favorite way to use it.
Curried Okra Shoestring Fries
Recipe: Curried Okra Shoestring Fries
Everyone will love eating their okra when it takes on a fry-like texture.
Sock It To Me Cake
Recipe: Sock It To Me Cake
Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon treat, this 1960s cake offers a sweet surprise in each bite with a ribbon of brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans.
Classic Beef Pot Roast
Recipe: Classic Beef Pot Roast
When shopping for this recipe, round roast or brisket are both good choices.
Praline-Cream Cheese King Cake
Recipe: Praline-Cream Cheese King Cake
We're here to help you master this Mardi Gras classic.
Recipe: Cabbage Casserole
From a summer barbecue to Thanksgiving dinner, this casserole belongs on the menu.
Classic Cast Iron Pizza
Recipe: Classic Cast Iron Pizza
Instead of reaching for the phone to order delivery, try your hand at homemade pizza with the help of your favorite skillet.
Scalloped Potatoes With Ham
Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes With Ham
Ham, cheese, and potatoes are a winning combination that can be served as a side or main dish.
Recipe: Watermelon Margarita
A colorful cocktail will be your new favorite way to enjoy watermelon on a hot summer day.
Recipe: Pineapple-Coconut Cake
Think of this decadent cake as a taste of the tropics for your cake stand.
Fried Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Fried Deviled Eggs
We totally went there, and you have to try it, too.
Recipe: Pear Salad
No cooking is required to create this vintage snack.
Heirloom Tomato Pie
Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
This foolproof breakfast casserole recipe is the trustiest one in our recipe box.
Martina McBride's Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Martina McBride loves making, serving, and eating soup, and we must say we agree.
Creamy Peach Icebox Cake
Recipe: Creamy Peach Icebox Cake
It's no secret: Southerners rely on cool icebox pies and cakes to get through sweltering summers, and this is the latest recipe to add to your repertoire.
Instant Pot Potato Salad
Recipe: Instant Pot Potato Salad
We've adapted the recipe for classic potato salad to fit newer kitchen appliances while still delivering the same delicious flavor.
Recipe: Sandwich Bread
You'll enjoy your favorite sandwich even more when it's served between two slices of homemade bread.
Caramelized Onion Dip
Recipe: Caramelized Onion Dip
Forgo reaching for a store-bought dip, serve this homemade recipe at your next tailgate.
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Get that cinnamon roll taste you love without kneading a single piece of dough. We call that a win.
Creamed Chipped Beef & Toast
Recipe: Creamed Chipped Beef & Toast
This nostalgic recipe can be served over Texas toast or buttermilk biscuits.
German Chocolate Cake
Recipe: German Chocolate Cake
German Chocolate Cake originated in Dallas in the 1950s and has continued to appear in Southern homes since.
Recipe: Cowboy Casserole
If you're in search of a kid-friendly dinner recipe, we've got you covered with this casserole.
Cast-Iron Skillet Burgers
Recipe: Cast-Iron Skillet Burgers
Your cast-iron skillet plus ingredients like mustard and Worcestershire sauce will give your homemade burgers more flavor than ever before.
Coconut Pound Cake
Recipe: Coconut Pound Cake
A slice of this pound cake can fix problems from even the worst days.
Skillet Pot Pie with Chicken and Spring Vegetables
We gave old-school chicken pot pie a speedy weeknight upgrade with puff pastry and your handy skillet.
Smoky Field Pea-and-Greens Dip
Recipe: Smoky Field Pea-and-Greens Dip
If you're in need of a tailgate recipe that showcases Southern ingredients, look no further than this warm, cozy dip.
Dutch Baby Pancake
Recipe: Dutch Baby Pancake
Get acquainted with the Dutch baby, because it's going to be your new favorite Saturday morning brunch treat.
Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts
Recipe: Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts
Take me out to the ballgame, take me out with the crowd. These boiled peanuts will make you feel like you're in the stadium stands, munching on your favorite ballpark snack.
Sorghum-Pecan Monkey Bread Muffins
Southern-favorite sorghum and pecans star in this sweet breakfast recipe that your guests will love.
Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Recipe: Croissant Breakfast Casserole
If you need a make-ahead breakfast to serve a crowd, trust us and make this one.
Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Casserole
You can enjoy this Southern classic gone casserole at brunch or dinner.
Favorite Strawberry Shortcake
Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Shortcake
Every Southerner should make homemade strawberry shortcake with strawberries fresh from the farmers' market at least once a year.
Ham and Noodle Casserole
Recipe: Ham and Noodle Casserole
Whether for a potluck or busy weeknight supper, this comfy casserole uses whatever pantry staples you have on hand.
Egg Custard Pie
Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
Recipe: Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
When the holidays roll around, surprise guests with this twist on pecan pie that's anything but boring.
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Recipe: Egg Salad Sandwiches
Southern luncheons, showers, and picnics are practically required to have an egg salad recipe on the lineup, and you're going to love this finger-sandwich version.
Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham
Recipe: Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham
If you like vintage recipes, this cold pasta salad is reminiscent of popular layered salads of the past.
White Texas Sheet Cake
Recipe: Melting Potatoes
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, melting potatoes are going to be the side dish you can't get enough of this year.
Oven-Fried Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans
This easy sheet pan supper gets you crispy fried pork chops plus sides in less than an hour.
Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup with Bacon
There's nothing better than a warm, comforting soup straight from the slow cooker on a chilly night—unless you add bacon, then it is better.
Easy Catfish Tacos with Slaw
Recipe: Easy Catfish Tacos with Slaw
Fried catfish is a Southern mainstay, but we lightened it up by oven "frying" it and pairing it with a light slaw for a tasty Southern taco.
Smoky Mountain Brunswick Stew
Buttermilk-Soaked, Bacon-Fried Chicken in Gravy
Can you say cheat day? If you're going to go all-out comfort food, this supremely Southern dish is always here for you.
Mrs. Floyd's Divinity
Recipe: Mrs. Floyd's Divinity
One you master the recipe, this classic candy will become a holiday staple
Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Pepper Jelly Glaze
Calling all football fans: Here's a way to spice up your at-home tailgate. Bake your chicken wings with a tangy red pepper jelly glaze for a Southern spin.
Dry-Brined Beer-Can Chickens
Recipe: Dry-Brined Beer-Can Chickens
Every Southerner needs a Beer Can Chicken recipe for summer cookouts—it's just a fact.