Sense of Place: Southern Food and Cuisine

Sense of Place: Southern Food and Cuisine

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Emma Christensen
Sep 17, 2008
The culture of southern cooking is all about hospitality and abundance - so pull up a chair, pile your plate high, and dig in! It's hard to peg southern cooking down to a specific style, flavor, or even area. There are crossovers with Caribbean, Cuban, and Mexican cuisines through Florida, and with Cajun and Creole cuisines through Louisiana. (Don't fret - we'll be doing a separate post on Cajun and Creole food soon!) With this round-up of recipes, we've tried to focus on foods that are traditional to the deep south - a few that you'll expect and some that might surprise folks from other regions. Main Dishes: Fried Chicken She-Crab Soup from the Food Network Chicken Fried Steak from Road Food Barbecue Baby Back Ribs from Epicurious Ham and Red-Eye Gravy from the Food Network Barbecue Chicken with White Sauce from Serious Eats Southern Fried Catfish from Epicurious Sides n' Extras: Hush Puppies Hoppin' John Cornbread with Smoked Mozzarella and Sun-dried Tomatoes Limping Susan from Just Recipes Southern Spoon Bread from CD Kitchen Collard Greens from Simply Recipes Buttermilk Biscuits from Epicurious Down Home Chitlins from AllRecipes Boiled Peanuts from What's Cooking America? Creamed Corn from Simply Recipes Cheese Grits from the Food Network Pickled Okra from Epicurious Desserts: Kentucky Derby Pie Pecan Pie from Simply Recipes Buttermilk Pie from NPR's Kitchen Window Old Fashioned Banana Pudding from Recipezaar Strawberry Shortcake from Simply Recipes Beverages: Sweet Tea Mint Julep from the New York Times What are your favorite southern dishes? Related: Sense of Place: Southern Flavors and Ingredients Sense of Place: A Survey of American Regional Cooking (Images: Flickr members seanomatopoeia and The Bitten Word licensed under Creative Commons, and Elise Bauer from Simply Recipes)
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