Homestyle Southern Favorites

Grab a cast-iron skillet, and get ready to make some of our timeless Southern delicacies.

  • Sausage Gravy

    Sausage Gravy

    Nothing says "comfort" like down-home Southern recipes. We guarantee these classics will become the most requested dishes from family and friends.Our top-rated gravy recipe is just like grandma's. One bite of a flaky buttermilk biscuit topped with mouthwatering sausage gravy will transform you into a bona fide Southerner. For spicier gravy, use hot sausage. The grease will bind with the spices, adding extra flavor.
  • Classic Southern Buttermilk Pie
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

    Classic Southern Buttermilk Pie

    Bake a sweet memory with Classic Southern Buttermilk Pie. One bite of this creamy pie will take you back in time.
  • <p>Classic Fresh Field Peas</p>

    Classic Fresh Field Peas

    Smoky ham hocks enrich the broth, yielding a delicious pot of field peas. Try smoking your own hocks--they will yield roughly double what you'll get from store-bought hocks.
  • <p>Cornbread Dressing</p>
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

    Cornbread Dressing

    Good cornbread dressing starts with homemade cornbread, ensuring a moist, sweet dressing that Thanksgiving turkey only dreams of.
  • <p>Hush Puppies</p>

    Hush Puppies

    The Southern Living Test Kitchen raved about the classic flavor of these crispy cornmeal gems. Add chopped fresh herbs or swap chopped green onions for diced onion for variety.
  • Peach Iced Tea

    Peach Iced Tea

    Nothing quenches your thirst on a hot, humid summer day like a cool glass of sweet iced tea. Rather than sticking with the traditional version, try adding peach nectar. The tea's eye-popping color and rich, sweet taste can't be beaten.
  • <p>Old-Fashioned Succotash</p>

    Old-Fashioned Succotash

    Succotash is a classic Southern side dish primarily made with corn and lima beans. Feel free to add whatever is fresh from the garden; tomatoes and bell peppers make nice additions.
  • Classic Banana Bread
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

    Classic Banana Bread

    Quick breads are a Southerner's specialty, perfect for brunch gatherings and potluck suppers. Banana bread should form a crack down the center as it bakes--a sign the baking soda is doing its job.
  • <p>Pralines</p>
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski


    French settlers brought this recipe to Louisiana, where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. The Southern recipe adds milk or cream, yielding a softer, creamier candy similar to fudge.
  • Timely Fried Chicken

    Timely Fried Chicken

    Serve a heaping platter of fried chicken recipe that's crunchy on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside. Dredging individual pieces of chicken in a flour, salt, and paprika mixture gives the meat a bit of spice and a beautiful golden color.
  • Nutty Okra
    Oxmoor House

    Nutty Okra

    In the South, okra is enjoyed stewed, fried, and in signature dishes such as gumbo. Here, peanuts and peanut oil add nutty goodness to classic fried okra.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes

    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Unripe tomatoes are a beautiful shade of green, and their firm texture fries up perfectly. Serve these savory fried morsels as appetizers, or make a full meal by sandwiching tomatoes between slices of bread, bacon, lettuce and rémoulade sauce.
  • Zucchini Bread
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

    Zucchini Bread

    Summer zucchini grows in abundance in the South, so where do we put it all? It goes into sweet breads, of course! You'll admire the little flecks of green in this moist, tender bread.
  • Grannie's Cracklin' Cornbread
    Oxmoor House

    Grannie's Cracklin' Cornbread

    Get out your well-seasoned cast-iron skillet for this old-timey cornbread recipe. Pork cracklings, salty pieces of fat, add smoky down-home flavor to traditional cornbread. You can substitute crumbled slices of bacon, if you wish.
  • Rolled Greens

    Rolled Greens

    Collard greens are members of the cabbage family that are leafy, full of fiber, and packed with nutrients. Slow-cooking greens with onion and bacon adds true Southern flavor. Serve with cornbread to soak up the rich, leftover broth known as pot likker.
  • Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie

    Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie

    Pecans originate in the Deep South, and this sweet pie recipe showcases the nuts at their best. A splash of bourbon and a cup of chocolate take this classic recipe from good to plate-licking, fighting- for-the-crumbs heavenly.
  • Delta-Style Fried Catfish

    Delta-Style Fried Catfish

    Soul-food-style catfish fillets follow the South's mantra that everything tastes better fried. The golden, crispy crust gets a kick of flavor from black pepper, red pepper, garlic powder, and hot sauce. Serve with hushpuppies and cole slaw for a well-rounded Southern meal.
  • Praline Bundt Cake
    Jennifer Davick

    Praline Bundt Cake

    Sugared pecans, praline icing, and vanilla-flavored cake come together is this Southern-style dessert. The company-worthy cake can be made for holidays, parties, or a simple family dinner. One thing is guaranteed–there won't be many leftovers slices.
  • Sina's George-Style Boiled Peanuts
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Sina's Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts

    Southern boiled peanuts are easily made in your slow cooker. They typically take all day on the stovetop, but with this recipe you can start them before bed and have them ready for tailgating the next afternoon.
  • Hoppin' John Salad

    Hoppin' John Salad

    Hoppin' John, a mixture of black-eyed peas, rice, bacon and red peppers, is eaten by Southerners to bring luck for the New Year. Even if it's not New Year's Day, family and friends will be lucky to eat such a tasty Southern staple.
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