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24 Southern recipes that even a Yankee would love

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

Even if you're not from the South, these comforting recipes will give you a sense of heartiness and home as you eat them.

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.

1. Sparkling ginger mint julep recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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Start your Southern celebration with these sparkling ginger mint juleps.

2. Lavender mint julep recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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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!

3. Southern-style black-eyed peas recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

Southern-style black-eyed peas are the perfect side dish to any Southern meal.

4. Chipotle-cheddar shrimp and grits recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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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.

5. Grandma's perfect buttermilk biscuits recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

Tender and oh so light, Grandma's perfect buttermilk biscuits are best when slathered with salted butter and local honey.

6. Chicken and andouille sausage gumbo recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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The trick to making this rich chicken and andouille sausage gumbo is cooking the dark roux the day before.

7. Oven-fried Southern chicken with sweet honey-bourbon sauce recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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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!

8. Chicken fried steak recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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It's steak fried like chicken! We are huge fans of the Southern favorite chicken fried steak.

9. Mini chicken and waffles sandwich recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

These mini chicken and waffles sandwiches would make the perfect Southern party appetizer.

10. Spicy mac 'n' collards recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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Serve up this spicy mac 'n' collards as your main dish — no salad on the side needed!

11. Southern skillet corn recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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Southern skillet corn, a classic favorite, is the epitome of comfort food.

12. Beer-braised pulled pork recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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Tuck this beer-braised pulled pork into a soft potato bun, and you're well on your way to Southern food heaven.

13. One-skillet biscuits and gravy recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

This one-skillet biscuits and gravy is a great dish to whip up on a cold winter day.

14. Oven-"fried" pickles with skinny herb-buttermilk ranch dip recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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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!

15. Pepper jack and ham deep-fried cornbread recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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Pepper jack and ham deep-fried cornbread — a twist on the traditional hush puppies we see everywhere down South.

16. Fried green tomatoes recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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Tuck these fried green tomatoes into your classic BLT, and you've got a good thing going for you.

17. Spicy beer shrimp with smoky, creamy saison polenta and lime crema recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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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.

18. Sweet potato corn cheddar fritters recipe

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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.

19. Pumpkin-honey cornbread recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

Add a seasonal kick to the regular old cornbread by making this pumpkin-honey cornbread.

20. Mountain-fresh peach pie recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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Georgia is known specifically for its peaches, so make this mountain-fresh peach pie, and celebrate the gorgeous produce from the South.

21. Mini sweet potato pie bites recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

These mini sweet potato pie bites would make a great dessert for a dinner party.

22. Kentucky Derby mini chocolate-pecan cakes
with vanilla-bourbon smash ice cream recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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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.

23. Fresh nectarine pie à la mode recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

Substitute nectarines for the classic peaches in this fresh nectarine pie à la mode.

24. Homemade Southern banana pudding recipe

Get a taste of the South even if you live up North with these incredible recipes

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Nothing says Southern dessert more than this homemade Southern banana pudding. Rich, creamy and oh so sweet.

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