62 Southern Recipes Everyone Should Make in 2022

Heirloom Tomato Pie Recipe
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

If you made a resolution to cook more and take out less this year, we think these Southern recipes are the best place to start. We've rounded up a list of our favorite dishes 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 2022 will help you revisit vintage classics, such as Pineapple Casserole, Skillet Cornbread, and Fried Green Tomatoes. You might even discover new family favorites and sharpen your cooking skills. After all, we've never heard of a time when someone could turn town a slice of Tomato Pie or scoop of cobbler, no matter the fruit.

Whether you're whipping something up for the next potluck or planning a dinner party, you'll always be able to count on these classic Southern recipes for making mealtime feel more like home. It's time for some comfort cooking, y'all!

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Mamau's Cheese Straws

Mamau’s Cheese Straws
Robbie Caponetto; Prop Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel; Food Styling: Pam Lolley

Recipe: Mamau's Cheese Straws

This classic snack requires just five ingredients but is still full of flavor.

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Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Southern Living

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.

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Curried Okra Shoestring Fries

Curried Okra Shoestring Fries
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Curried Okra Shoestring Fries

Everyone will love eating their okra when it takes on a fry-like texture.

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Sock It To Me Cake

Sock It To Me Cake
Photographer: Jennifer Causey, Food stylist: Margaret Monroe Dickey

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.

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Classic Beef Pot Roast

Classic Beef Pot Roast

Recipe: Classic Beef Pot Roast

When shopping for this recipe, round roast or brisket are both good choices.

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Praline-Cream Cheese King Cake

Praline-Cream Cheese King Cakes
Greg DuPree; Prop styling: Claire Spollen; Food styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Praline-Cream Cheese King Cake

We're here to help you master this Mardi Gras classic.

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Cabbage Casserole

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

Recipe: Cabbage Casserole

From a summer barbecue to Thanksgiving dinner, this casserole belongs on the menu.

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Classic Cast Iron Pizza

Classic Cast Iron Pizza
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Mary Claire Britton

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.

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Scalloped Potatoes With Ham

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes With Ham

Ham, cheese, and potatoes are a winning combination that can be served as a side or main dish.

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Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon Margaritas On The Rocks
Southern Living

Recipe: Watermelon Margarita

A colorful cocktail will be your new favorite way to enjoy watermelon on a hot summer day.

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Pineapple-Coconut Cake

Pineapple Coconut Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pineapple-Coconut Cake

Think of this decadent cake as a taste of the tropics for your cake stand.

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Fried Deviled Eggs

Fried Deviled Eggs
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Fried Deviled Eggs

We totally went there, and you have to try it, too.

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Pear Salad

Pear Salad
Southern Living

Recipe: Pear Salad

No cooking is required to create this vintage snack.

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Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

This foolproof breakfast casserole recipe is the trustiest one in our recipe box.

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Martina McBride's Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Courtesy Oxmoor House

Recipe: Martina McBride's Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Martina McBride loves making, serving, and eating soup, and we must say we agree.

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Creamy Peach Icebox Cake

Creamy Peach Icebox Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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.

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Instant Pot Potato Salad

Instant Pot Potato Salad
Photography and Styling: Karen Rankin

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.

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Sandwich Bread

Sandwich Bread
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Sandwich Bread

You'll enjoy your favorite sandwich even more when it's served between two slices of homemade bread.

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Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip
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Recipe: Caramelized Onion Dip

Forgo reaching for a store-bought dip and serve this homemade recipe at your next tailgate.

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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Get that cinnamon roll taste you love without kneading a single piece of dough. We call that a win.

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Creamed Chipped Beef & Toast

Creamed Chipped Beef & Toast
Southern Living

Recipe: Creamed Chipped Beef & Toast

This nostalgic recipe can be served over Texas toast or buttermilk biscuits.

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German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Pecan Frosting
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake originated in Dallas in the 1950s and has continued to appear in Southern homes since.

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Cowboy Casserole

Cowboy Casserole
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Cowboy Casserole

If you're in search of a kid-friendly dinner recipe, we've got you covered with this casserole.

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Cast-Iron Skillet Burgers

Cast-Iron Skillet Burgers
photographer: Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

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.

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Coconut Pound Cake

Coconut Pound Cake
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Coconut Pound Cake

A slice of this pound cake can fix problems from even the worst days.

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Skillet Pot Pie with Chicken and Spring Vegetables

Skillet Pot Pie with Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: 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.

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Smoky Field Pea-and-Greens Dip

Smoky Field Pea-and-Greens Dip
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

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.

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Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Dutch Baby Pancake

Get acquainted with the Dutch baby, because it's going to be your new favorite Saturday morning brunch treat.

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Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts

Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts
Alison Miksch

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.

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Sorghum-Pecan Monkey Bread Muffins

Sorghum-Pecan Monkey Bread Muffins
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sorghum-Pecan Monkey Bread Muffins

Southern-favorite sorghum and pecans star in this sweet breakfast recipe that your guests will love.

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Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Victor Protasio

Recipe: Croissant Breakfast Casserole

If you need a make-ahead breakfast to serve a crowd, trust us and make this one.

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Shrimp and Grits Casserole

Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Antonis Achilleo; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Casserole

You can enjoy this Southern classic gone casserole at brunch or dinner.

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Favorite Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Every Southerner should make homemade strawberry shortcake with strawberries fresh from the farmers market at least once a year.

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Ham and Noodle Casserole

Ham and Noodle Casserole
Jen Causey

Recipe: Ham and Noodle Casserole

Whether for a potluck or busy weeknight supper, this comfy casserole uses whatever pantry staples you have on hand.

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Egg Custard Pie

Egg Custard Pie
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Egg Custard Pie

This vintage pie recipe is so delicious, we think it will live on forever.

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Spiced Pecan Pie Bars

Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Spiced Pecan Pie Bars

When the holidays roll around, surprise guests with this twist on pecan pie that's anything but boring.

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Egg Salad Sandwiches

Egg Salad Sandwiches
Jen Causey

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.

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Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham

Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham
Jen Causey

Recipe: Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham

If you like vintage recipes, this cold pasta salad is reminiscent of popular layered salads of the past.

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White Texas Sheet Cake

White Texas Sheet Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: White Texas Sheet Cake

Your grandmother might have a recipe for classic Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake, but wait until you introduce the family to this dreamy version.

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Melting Potatoes

Melting Potatoes
Micah A. Leal

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.

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Oven-Fried Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans

Oven-Fried Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: 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.

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Meatloaf Casserole

Meatloaf Casserole
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Meatloaf Casserole

Meatloaf casserole is our Southern-ized version of Shepherd's Pie, and it's seriously delicious.

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup with Bacon

Slow-Cooker Winter Vegetable Soup with Bacon
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: 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.

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Easy Catfish Tacos with Slaw

Crispy Catfish Tacos with Slaw
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

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.

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Smoky Mountain Brunswick Stew

Smoky Mountain Brunswick Stew
Southern Living

Recipe: Smoky Mountain Brunswick Stew

Cozy up on a cold winter's night with a Southern classic (no matter where you think the recipe was born).

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Buttermilk-Soaked, Bacon-Fried Chicken in Gravy

Buttermilk-Soaked, Bacon-Fried Chicken in Gravy
John Lee

Recipe: Buttermilk-Soaked, Bacon-Fried Chicken in Gravy

Can you say cheat day? If you're going to go all-out on comfort food, this supremely Southern dish is always here for you.

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Mrs. Floyd's Divinity

Mrs. Floyd's Divinity
Southern Living

Recipe: Mrs. Floyd's Divinity

One you master the recipe, this classic candy will become a holiday staple

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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Pepper Jelly Glaze

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: 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.

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Dry-Brined Beer-Can Chickens

Beer Can Chicken
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Dry-Brined Beer-Can Chickens

Every Southerner needs a Beer Can Chicken recipe for summer cookouts—it's just a fact.

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Chess Pie

Chess Pie
Southern Living

Recipe: Chess Pie

Who knew only butter, milk, eggs, and sugar could taste so good thrown together in a pie? The gooey, sweet result speaks for itself.

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Whole Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken
Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Recipe: Whole Roast Chicken

It's a nearly obligatory recipe to keep on hand for Sunday supper.

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Real Banana Pudding

Real Banana Pudding
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Real Banana Pudding

Homemade vanilla pudding takes this dessert over the top.

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Brisket Sandwich With Texas BBQ Sauce

Brisket Sandwiches with Texas BBQ Sauce
Photography and Styling: Karen Rankin

Recipe: Brisket Sandwich With Texas BBQ Sauce

Tender brisket meets classic white bread and Texas barbecue sauce, creating a sandwich few could resist.

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Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler
Jennifer Davick; Food Styling: Vanessa Rocchio; Prop Styling: Missie Crawford

Recipe: Peach Cobbler

There's a high chance that a cobbler of any sort is in every Southerner's recipe tin, but we have to say, there's not quite anything like a warm bowl of Peach Cobbler on a summer evening.

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Classic Fried Catfish

Classic Fried Catfish
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Classic Fried Catfish

Take this recipe up a notch by catching your own fish. The addition of yellow cornmeal is the Southern Living secret to a crispy, satisfying crust. Serve with lemon and tartar sauce.

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Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits

Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits

Creamy grits provide a contrast to briny shrimp and savory cheese in this beloved Southern dish—we might even say it's comfort food at its finest.

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Fried Okra

Fried Okra
Southern Living

Recipe: Fried Okra

It's not a proper Southern meal without Fried Okra, and you know it.

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Grasshopper Pie

Grasshopper Pie
Joy Howard

Recipe: Grasshopper Pie

Sure, it's just mint and chocolate. The real fun is the fact that it's electric green. How's that for a show-stopping dessert?

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes

The secret to success is an unripe tomato—while they aren't palatable on their own, they'll hold up much better than a ripe tomato in the fryer. The end result is a hot, crispy, and tangy tomato you won't be able to get enough of.

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Southern Skillet Cornbread

Southern Skillet Cornbread
Southern Living

Recipe: Southern Skillet Cornbread

It's a ubiquitous staple on the Southern table, and no matter the claims elsewhere, we know Southerners always do it best.

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Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole
Southern Living

Recipe: Pineapple Casserole

With just a few ingredients, you have a sweet, cheesy, crunchy—and slightly unconventional—casserole.

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Heirloom Tomato Pie

Heirloom Tomato Pie Recipe
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Pie

We took your grandmother's tomato pie recipe and updated it with gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and a homemade Parmesan-Buttermilk Crust.

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