Cuisine from the Southern states has seen an uptick in popularity as more people crave comfort classics to counterbalance all the emphasis on healthier meal options. Often referred to as “soul food”, these recipes have carried on a rich tradition firmly rooted in the American South. From traditional classics like fried chicken and mac ‘n’ cheese to mustard greens and corn dog muffins, these down-home recipes are the epitome of comfort.
Fried Chicken and Wild Rice Waffles with Pink Peppercorn Sauce
This delicious twist on the comfort classic features crispy buttermilk fried chicken atop fluffy wild rice waffles. If that doesn’t pack enough Southern charm for you, the addition of homemade sauce seals the deal. Short on time? Try one of these easy ramen recipes.
Texas Eggs Benedict
This monster Southern-inspired brekkie boasts creamy poached eggs, perfectly grilled steak, thick Texas toast, steak sauce hollandaise and a black bean tomato relish that makes for a mouth-watering final touch.
Mac 'n' Cheese with Bacon and Cheese
Does it get any more comforting than this? Ready in an hour, this one-pot cheesy masterpiece calls for sharp white Cheddar, bacon slices and fresh thyme leaves. Find more inspiration with these crazy-delicious ways to eat mac and cheese.
Southern Fried Chicken Wings with Jalapeño Cornbread and Honey Butter
We’re licking our chops at the thought of these beautifully crisped fried chicken wings gracing our dinner tables. If you’re looking for an even more delicious fall-off-the-bone experience, brine the meat overnight for optimal Southern flavours. Find more inspiration with these cauliflower wings.
Mega Pulled Pork Sandwich
What’s better than a pulled pork sandwich? (Short answer: nothing). The sweet, sesame-scented pork is braised in a tangy homemade rhubarb sauce and topped with crunchy Asian slaw. Once you’ve stuffed all that Southern goodness into the giant round loaf, all you have to do is devour and enjoy! Find more of our favourite pulled pork recipes.
Jalapeño ’n’ Cheese Cornbread Waffle Burgers
We all know Southern comfort and chicken-topped waffles go hand-in-hand. This time around, reinvent the wheel with juicy sausage and bacon patties instead and set them atop a spicy cornbread waffle bun you’ll want to make on repeat.
The secret ingredient to The Pioneer Woman‘s fan-favourite Southern dressing? Herbed cornbread, which is used as the hearty base. You can also warm up with her best soups and stews.
Southern Chicken 'Criscuits'
A croissant-biscuit hybrid (we love it already!), this recipe is brimming with seasoned ground chicken, mashed potato, corn, kale and gravy. Once you’ve served it up once, we guarantee it’ll become a staple in your household.
Slow-Cooked Collard Greens
This almost entirely hands-free savoury side is an absolute crowd-pleaser, from its fresh greens to the smashed garlic and smoked ham hock. Bon appetit! Find more inspiration with our top 100 slow cooker recipes.
Southern Banana Pudding
Perfectly sweetened vanilla custard is blanketed with soft toasted meringue in this Southern-style banana pudding that will wow your guests. Ready in 30 minutes, it requires only 10 common ingredients – including vanilla wafers that add the perfect amount of crunch to every bite. Find more brilliant ways to use overripe bananas.
Southern Lane Cake
One of the Southern states’ grandest (and most unique) desserts, this Anna Olson interpretation stands almost 10-inches tall and boasts three layers of vanilla cake filled with a gooey caramel, crunchy pecans, candied orange peels and coconut flakes. It’s finished off with a light and airy meringue frosting. For more, check out Anna Olson’s best new dessert recipes.
Honey-Citrus Southern Iced Tea
Pour yourself a glass of this refreshing iced tea that is jam-packed with honey, lemon, lime and kumquats for a sweet, robust drink that will transport your taste buds to the American South.