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

Sweet Potato Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 819
Everyone will ask for seconds of this casserole made with mashed sweet potatoes and a marshmallow topping that's a perfect combination of gooey and crunchy. With the help of a little nutmeg for flavor, this casserole is sure to be a new favorite.

Amanda Hesser's Sweet Potato Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 205
Bake a homey, pecan-topped casserole with this recipe from "The Essential New York Times Cookbook," by Amanda Hesser.Also try: James Beard's Pureed Parsnips

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 Pecan Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 392
We've made this beloved Southern dessert even more tempting by adding dark chocolate. The pie filling puffs up during baking but settles as it cools.

Whiskey Sour

Rating: 3.5 stars 76
Try this sweet twist on the whiskey sour. For her variation on the classic bourbon cocktail, Martha supplements the usual lemon juice with freshly squeezed orange juice, rims the glass with turbinado sugar, and garnishes the drink with a slice of oven-dried orange. It's a perfect addition to your cocktail hour.

Chocolate-Coconut Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 824
These dessert bars are inspired by a popular Southern dessert, Hello Dollies, and are incredibly easy to make. A cookie crust made with graham crackers, sugar, and butter is the base for a generous sprinkling of pecans and chocolate chips. The toppings get doused in sweetened condensed milk, followed by a dusting of shredded coconut. For even more chocolate flavor, use chocolate wafers for the cookie crust.

Sweet Potato Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 315
This family recipe for sweet potato pie comes courtesy of actor Danny Glover.

Cathead Biscuits

The recipe for these extra-large biscuits comes from Virginia Willis, the author of "Secrets of the Southern Table." A phrase her grandfather once used, the name indicates that it's a biscuit as big as a cat's head. Each one is golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside, with a light, airy interior.

Corn-Kernel Cornbread

The addition of frozen corn gives this sweet and savory bread some texture.

Cornbread Dressing

Rating: 3 stars 112
Stuffing is commonly known as dressing in the South, where it is frequently made with buttermilk cornbread, another regional specialty.

Inspiration and Ideas

Slow-Baked Sweet Potatoes
In this easy Thanksgiving side, jewel-toned sweet potatoes are roasted low and slow. This hands-off method makes them so tender they melt in your mouth, and the gentle oven temperature gives the natural sugars enough time to caramelize and deepen the flavor of the sweet potato. Serve them with this rich, zesty Country Ham-Ginger Butter to spread on top.
Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie
Rating: Unrated 195
Serve this pie with a dollop of whipped cream.
Simple Coleslaw

Layer pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and cucumber, both of which provide crisp, cool counterpoints to the rich meat.