28 Essential Southern Recipes and How to Make Them from Scratch

updated May 1, 2019
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A vision of Southern cooking includes platters of biscuits, pimento cheese sandwiches, and sweet tea on porches — all very accurate. But Southern food is so much more than that too. Interested in mastering a few Southern classics? We’ve rounded up 28 Southern recipes from our archives — some very traditional, and some more contemporary. We’ll give you pimento cheese, and then we’ll show you how to use it in a deviled egg; we’ll give you cornbread, and then we’ll show you how to turn it into stuffing.

These recipes will help you fill your kitchen with the taste of Dixie!

(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

The Stories

To help put a frame on the recipes listed below, let’s get in the mood with some thoughts and observations on Southern food, entertaining, life, and culture.

Some of the Basics

Folks in the South have strong feelings about what makes their food Southern food. (You only have to barely whisper about adding sugar to cornbread to a Southerner to understand what I’m talking about.) Here is all the intel you’ll need on classic Southern foods such as grits and biscuits.

The Recipes

From cornbread to the Sazerac, we’ve got you covered with many of the classic Southern recipes, plus a few variations on the theme.

Southern Classics


Main Dishes

Soups and Sides