Sense of Place: Southern Food and Cuisine

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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

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

Sweet Tea
Mint Julep from the New York Times

What are your favorite southern dishes?

(Images: Flickr members seanomatopoeia and The Bitten Word licensed under Creative Commons, and Elise Bauer from Simply Recipes)