Southern Recipes

Bring the family together with the perfect menu of classic Southern recipes such as gumbo, fried chicken, mac and cheese, grits, collard greens, cornbread and buttermilk biscuits, BBQ, and catfish. Choose from a selection of pecan pies, cobblers, and cakes to seamlessly bring your Southern meal together.

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15 Fabulous Fried Chicken Recipes

Is there really anything more satisfying to bite into than a piece of fried chicken? Deep fried or oven fried, bone-in or boneless, here we share our favorite recipes for the classic dish.
By Janet Taylor McCracken

Our Best Kentucky Derby-Inspired Recipes to Enjoy on the Day of the Big Race

Celebrate Kentucky's great tradition with classic Southern snacks, delectable Derby pies, and plenty of mint juleps.
By Emily Goldman

John Legend's Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 3.69 stars
When musician John Legend visited Martha Stewart, he shared this recipe for his favorite Southern comfort food. Learn how to make the singer's delicious, creamy macaroni and cheese at home.

Southern Fried Cabbage with Smoked Sausage

A whole head of cabbage is cooked with brown sugar, Creole seasoning, and cider vinegar in the same pot as the kielbasa until it strikes the perfect balance between crisp and tender.

Flaky Buttery Biscuits

Rating: 3.59 stars
Fresh hot biscuits slathered with butter, topped with a spoonful of jam, and served alongside fluffy scrambled eggs and a salty pork product are the epitome of a cozy breakfast (or dinner).

Whiskey Sour

Rating: 3.64 stars
This great whiskey sour recipe is courtesy of Martha's TV Kitchen, and makes for the perfect addition to cocktail hour.

Chicken and Dumplings

Rating: 3.77 stars
This comfort-food recipe combines chicken thighs, plump dumplings, and plenty of vegetables for a meal that's warm and filling. Everything is ready in about an hour, so try them for a weekend meal.

Key Lime Bars

Rating: 3.63 stars
This recipe is based on the famous Key lime pie from Joe's Stone Crab restaurant in Miami Beach. If you can't find Key limes, use regular fresh lime juice.

Chesapeake Crab Cakes

The crab cakes can be formed and chilled a day ahead, and can be fried up to an hour ahead; reheat them in a 250-degree oven on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack just until warmed through, 8 to 10 minutes.

Brown-Butter Bourbon Pecan Pie

In this classic with a twist, the complex flavors of brown butter and bourbon breathe new life into sweet and nutty pecan pie. Traditionalists and modernists alike will appreciate the enhancement of familiar flavors, especially when finished off with a dollop of whipped cream.

Chocolate-Coconut Bars

Rating: 3.69 stars
These decadent bars are inspired by Hello Dollies, a popular Southern dessert.

Pan-Fried Soft-Shell Crabs

Ask your fishmonger to clean soft-shell crabs for you. Crabs should be cooked no more than six hours after they are cleaned.

Inspiration and Ideas

Corn-Kernel Cornbread
The addition of frozen corn gives this sweet and savory bread some texture.
Simple Coleslaw
Layer pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and cucumber, both of which provide crisp, cool counterpoints to the rich meat.

Sweet Potato Pie

Rating: 3.42 stars

This family recipe for sweet potato pie comes courtesy of actor Danny Glover.