5 Dishes That Make You Wish You Were Southern

A few favorite Southern dishes you can make at home
5 Southern Favorites

You can feel like a Southerner no matter where you live with these five recipes.

Collard Greens. These tough greens are normally slowly stewed with ham hocks or bacon for a flavorful side dish. Potlikker, or the nutritious liquid left behind after boiling collards, can be used as the base for soup or gravy.

Collard Greens

Tina Rupp

Cornbread. Fluffy and slightly sweet, cornbread is a favorite at the table. Don’t forget to slather it with a bit of extra butter.




Pimento Cheese. Possibly the greatest thing that’s happened to shredded Cheddar. Start your foray into pimento cheese (also spelled pimiento cheese) with a dip or sandwich. And then? Put it on everything. Specifically, this pimento cheese burger.

Pimento Cheese

Justin Fox Burks

Pimento Cheese

Shrimp and Grits. Grits are the polenta of the South: fine cornmeal cooked with flavorful stock and made rich with a healthy handful of cheese. Add some spicy, garlicky shrimp and you’re in comfort-food heaven.

Shrimp and Grits

Robert Peacock

Pecan Pie. Pecan pie is one of the easiest pies to make. All you need are some pecans, corn syrup, and a great pie dough.

Pecan Pie


Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal and believes she should have been born in the South due to a strange affinity for grits. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.