The South's Best Dishes

From shrimp jambalaya and cast iron cornbread to buttermilk fried chicken and fried green tomatoes, these southern classics will satisfy your soul.

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    Southen Fried Chicken
    Southen Fried Chicken. Andrea Lynn

    Traditional southern fried chicken recipes are simply chicken dusted in flour and fried crisp, but this delicious variation uses a buttermilk bath for a tangy twist. This buttermilk fried chicken is great hot, but also makes a wonderful picnic item served cold.

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    Flaky Biscuits
    Flaky Biscuits. Getty

    The secret to these light-as-air biscuits is using yeast and chilling the dough before rolling it out and baking. Because you need to chill the dough, they can be made ahead and then baked just before serving.

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    Fried Green Tomatoes
    Fried Green Tomatoes. Getty

    These crispy tomatoes are a southern favorite for good reason. They are great served as an appetizer, or a side with grilled ribs or steaks. You will not find unripe green tomatoes at the supermarket, you'll need to go to a farmer's market to find some or grow your own—well worth the effort.

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    Chicken Fried Steak
    Chicken Fried Steak. Getty

    Chicken-fried steak is served with peppery white gravy and has a crispier coating than its similar counterpart, country-fried steak. Serve with biscuits.

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  • 05 of 10
    Sweet Potato Fries
    Sweet Potato Fries. Getty

    So simple and delicious, these sweet potato fries are a great way to enjoy one of nature's most nutritious foods. Since these are done in a hot oven, they don't need lots of oil to "fry." These sweet potato fries are great with burgers, steaks and almost anything else you would serve with regular fries. I like mine spicy, so I put in a good shake of cayenne, but you can easily tailor this recipe to your own level of heat. As with regular French fries, salt is important

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    Jambalaya. Getty

    Straight from New Orleans' famous French Quarter, this Creole favorite is a descendant of the Spanish paella. Featuring local ingredients, and a healthy dose of French flair, Jambalaya has been a Louisiana favorite for over a century. This simple Jambalaya recipe is easy to make, re-heats beautifully, and is great for entertaining.

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    Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo
    Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo. Getty

    There are about as many versions of a pot of gumbo as there are cooks who make it, and this is merely one take on the legendary dish. But one thing all good gumbos have in common is a roux - a blend of flour and oil cooked until an amber brown color. The unmistakably rich, nutty flavor that it adds to the soup/stew sets it apart from the ordinary.
    Check out the step-by-step instructions and photos for this gumbo recipe.

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    Jalapeno Cornbread
    Jalapeno Cornbread. Getty Imgages

    This cornbread recipe is more on the moist and tender side than the dry and crumbly texture that many traditional recipes feature. This is a very easy to make cornbread recipe that always gets rave reviews.

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  • 09 of 10
    Mississippi Mud Pie
    Mississippi Mud Pie. Getty

    This pie is traditionally served at the annual Kentucky Derby. It's similar to the Melrose Inn's famous version, which has been served at the race for over 50 years.

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    Peach Ice Cream
    Peach Ice Cream. Getty

    This recipe is a perfect way to use up soft or overripe peaches. It's creamy, delicious, packed with juicy ripe fruit, and tastes like summer.