SOUTHERN LIVING: Must Eat Foods

When our crews go home each night, they chow down on some true soul food. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve tried some of the mouth-watering foods that you can only find south of the Mason-Dixon line. But, there are some foods that are quintessentially southern. So, we’ve put together a list of must-eat southern cuisine and Good Guys favorites.

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

This is a classic dish that’s been served in Dixie for more than a century. The best part of it is, there’s really only one ingredient, but there are several ways to jazz up your traditional fried green tomatoes like adding cornmeal and mozzarella.

CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS

It’s almost as if someone turned a pot pie inside out and put it in a bowl. If you haven’t gotten your hands on some chicken and dumplings, you are missing out!

CHICKEN FRIED STEAK

You’re going to see a lot of fried foods on this list. But we southerners like a little crisp to our cuisine. Chicken fried steak is never complete without some white gravy on top. Which brings us to…

BISCUIT AND GRAVY

The standard when it comes to breakfast in the south. We know a thing or two about biscuits and when paired with creamy sausage gravy, it’s a combination that cannot be beat.

FRIED CHICKEN

Another simple dish that’s too good to pass up. While we don’t have definitive proof, we would bet that southerners eat a disproportionate amount of chicken compared to the rest of the country. And if you’ve had good southern fried chicken, you would know why!

BANANA PUDDING

A staple of family reunions, weddings, and holidays. It’s rare you’ll find a bowl of banana pudding without those signature vanilla wafers on top. Still the best use of bananas known to man.

PECAN PIE

We can thank our friends in Georgia for this one. Whether you say PEE-CAN or PUH-CON, it all tastes the same going down!

FRIED OKRA

We would seriously like to know who came up with the idea for this. Was someone just throwing random vegetables into the fryer? Regardless of how it was conceived, fried okra is a tasty side you’ll find on a lot of plates in the south.

BOILED PEANUTS

If you’ve driven through the rural south, you may have passed a lone vendor selling boiled peanuts. These inexpensive, yet delicious peanuts come in all types of flavors like jalapeno and cajun.

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