The 7 Essential Southern Dishes (According to Sheri Castle)

updated Jun 7, 2019
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In the mood for a little controversy today that doesn’t involve politics or morals? A controversy that goes so far beyond our political system — into the very heart of identity: food. At The Bitter Southerner, Sheri Castle — one of our favorite Southern voices — makes her case for the seven essential recipes of Southern cooking. Do you agree with her picks?

Some of Sheri’s picks are obvious and expected, like potlikker greens, cornbread, and red rice. But others surprised me — cream cheese pound cake? Chess pie? — for either being less well-known or perhaps quieter in their reputation than stand-out icons like grits.

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Take a look at her picks. It’s a fascinating trip — with recipes! — through the heart of Southern cooking and regional American cuisine.

Read more: The Seven Essential Southern Dishes from Sheri Castle at The Bitter Southerner