Whether it's Kansas City barbecue or Creole shrimp and grits, Southern food has a place in our hearts even if we're not from the region. The first time you had a bite of those perfect ribs or that one time in the middle of the summer that you had a sip of sweet tea, you discovered that Southern food has a special something that is unlike any other regional cuisine.
Start your Southern celebration with these sparkling ginger mint juleps.
Want a twist on a classic julep? These lavender mint juleps are the perfect drink for a brunch with the ladies — slightly floral and still pack a boozy bang!
Southern-style black-eyed peas are the perfect side dish to any Southern meal.
Dig into a bowl of these chipotle-cheddar shrimp and grits, and you'll know why they say the South has some of the best food.
Tender and oh so light, Grandma's perfect buttermilk biscuits are best when slathered with salted butter and local honey.
The trick to making this rich chicken and andouille sausage gumbo is cooking the dark roux the day before.
There's nothing like fried chicken, and this oven-fried Southern chicken with sweet honey-bourbon sauce takes it over the top with the bourbon sauce!
It's steak fried like chicken! We are huge fans of the Southern favorite chicken fried steak.
These mini chicken and waffles sandwiches would make the perfect Southern party appetizer.
Serve up this spicy mac 'n' collards as your main dish — no salad on the side needed!
Southern skillet corn, a classic favorite, is the epitome of comfort food.
Tuck this beer-braised pulled pork into a soft potato bun, and you're well on your way to Southern food heaven.
This one-skillet biscuits and gravy is a great dish to whip up on a cold winter day.
These oven-"fried" pickles with skinny herb-buttermilk ranch dip make the perfect game day snack — doesn't matter whether or not you're rooting for a Southern team!
Pepper jack and ham deep-fried cornbread — a twist on the traditional hush puppies we see everywhere down South.
Tuck these fried green tomatoes into your classic BLT, and you've got a good thing going for you.
A twist on the classic shrimp and grits, this spicy beer shrimp with smoky, creamy saison polenta and lime crema makes for a fantastic dinner idea.
Another twist on the classic hush puppies, these sweet potato corn cheddar fritters are on the healthier side because of the use of sweet potatoes.
Add a seasonal kick to the regular old cornbread by making this pumpkin-honey cornbread.
Georgia is known specifically for its peaches, so make this mountain-fresh peach pie, and celebrate the gorgeous produce from the South.
These mini sweet potato pie bites would make a great dessert for a dinner party.
Kentucky Derby mini chocolate-pecan cakes with vanilla-bourbon smash ice cream — also known as the dessert we will be drooling over all week long.
Substitute nectarines for the classic peaches in this fresh nectarine pie à la mode.
Nothing says Southern dessert more than this homemade Southern banana pudding. Rich, creamy and oh so sweet.
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