“What is your favorite Southern dish?”

It seems like a simple enough question, but when one of my Twitter followers asked me this last week, I was completely stumped. Not stumped because I couldn’t think of one, but stumped because so many things popped into my head that there wouldn’t be enough characters available to fit them all into my tweet!

So, I didn’t answer. How rude of me. But now I’m answering, just in a much longer way….

I’m  a list-maker, so I made a list. Then, as the days passed, I gradually scratched off a few that I decided weren’t my absolute favorites. What IS my favorite Southern dish? Well, the answer is, I don’t have just one. But I forced myself to narrow it down to 10 that I really, really wouldn’t want to live without:

Pimento Cheese

BBQ and Burgoo

Blackberry or Peach Cobbler

Fried Squash, Fried Pickles and Fried Green Tomatoes

Chocolate Chess Pie



Shrimp n Grits

Fried Apple Pies

Country Ham on an angel biscuit with Peach Butter, Apple Butter, or Pear Butter

Corn Pudding

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy


Okay, so I may have cheated a little and might have slightly gone over 10, but hey, it’s my list, so I can do that!

Now what about you? What are your favorite Southern dishes?


11 Responses to “Favorite Southern Dishes”

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    Steve G — January 14, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    My Top Ten in no real order:
    1. Macaroni Pie – Not mac and cheese, but macaroni pie like the Lee Brothers recipe (look it up)
    2. Fried chicken
    3. Fresh corn on the cob in the summer
    4. Crowder peas
    5. Peach Cobbler
    6. Fried Okra
    7. Red beans and rice
    8. Pulled pork with Carolina style vinegar sauce
    9. Churned ice cream
    10. turnip greens

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    Ingrid — January 14, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy
    Fried okra
    Pinto beans, fried potatoes and cornbread

    Mmmmmm, I’m hungry now.:)

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    Brent — January 14, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    fried chicken
    fried apple pies
    fried chicken livers
    country ham/biscuit
    pulled pork
    green beans w/ smoked hog jowl
    crowder peas w/ chow chow
    fried squash/okra
    sorghum and biscuit

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    Melissa Corbin — January 14, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    I love your list and it seems you and I have similar palates. I believe it would almost be easier to list my not so favorite Southern Dishes. That list would include chitterlings, sweet meats and head cheese. Even those lil bites of fat are palatable when incorporated into a Southern Feast of sides!

    • Beth replied: — January 15th, 2013 @ 8:35 am

      Ha! I think I’m right there with you on my list of “nots” ;-)

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    Angela — January 14, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

    I am a Georgia Peach so of course, Peach Cobbler is on the list!
    Followed by…
    Cubed Steak a.k.a Country Fried steak accompanied by a buttermilk biscuit!
    Fried Okra ( lightly dusted w/ cornmeal)
    Brunswick Stew ( I can only find this in Georgia! The stuff up here is too chunky.)
    creamed corn
    cucumbers and onions in vinegar
    deviled eggs
    my Daddy’s homemade peach ice cream
    Sweet Tea

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    Jenny — January 16, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    “Ditto” most of yours, Beth. Plus…

    Chicken ‘n Dumplins
    Turnip greens with vinegar
    Cheddar Cheese Grits
    Biscuits & Chocolate Gravy OR Sawmill Gravy
    Cornbread mushed up with Buttermilk (I learned this from my Paw Paw. Try it!)
    Fried Potatoes & Onions

    That was fun! Too bad I live in Montana. I guess I’ll put my cravings aside and go eat some elk now…

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    Samantha — January 16, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

    I have a top 3:
    Macaroni & cheese
    Pulled pork
    Biscuits & gravy

    Being a Southern-transplant from the North, I still have many to try including pimento cheese!

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    Eric mc — January 18, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    Potlikker soup! Preferably from Holly’s Eventful in knoxville

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    Jasmin — May 25, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Peach cobbler is the bestttt

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