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.

Coconut-Sugar Hummingbird Cake

This classic southern cake can be over-the-top sweet. Enter coconut sugar, a sweetener from the sap of the coconut tree's flower buds. While it has no coconut flavor, it does bring a caramelized, almost savory complexity to baked goods. It's perfect in a cake that's plenty sweet (as well as moist), thanks to the fresh banana and pineapple. This recipe appears in our cookbook, "A New Way to Bake" (Clarkson Potter).

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.

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.

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.

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).

Simple Coleslaw

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

Chocolate-Coconut Bars

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

Pork Ribs With Barbecue Sauce

Rating: 3.4 stars
For spicier ribs, coat them with your favorite chile rub before wrapping in foil and baking.

Grilled Whole Chicken with Barbecue Sauce

For this all-American classic, use a great homemade sauce and slow-cook a whole bird for the juiciest results.

Inspiration and Ideas

Southern Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

Rating: Unrated
Pork shoulder, a well-marbled cut available at most supermarkets, turns fork-tender after long, slow cooking. Ours is especially succulent with a spice rub and vinegar.

Emeril's Seafood Mac and Cheese

Rating: Unrated
This mac and cheese is a fantastic one-dish meal -- it's so rich and creamy and cheesy, all you'll need is a simple green salad to serve alongside, and your menu is set. Lobster works well in this recipe, but if that seems too luxurious, use any combination of seafood you like.

Hummingbird Cake

Rating: 3.54 stars

This Southern-style Hummingbird layer cake features a crowd-pleasing combination of banana, pineapple, and coconut. The name's origin remains something of a mystery: Some say it's because the cake is as sweet as nectar; others, that it makes you hum with happiness.