Southern Cooking in the United States covers many types of food such
as soul food, Creole cooking/Cajun and barbecue. In Florida you will
hear of the popular key lime pie whereas Texas is known for great
steaks and chili.
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Food Facts about Southern USA
Collard greens, turnips and okra are popular vegetables eaten
in the Southern USA.
Boiled peanuts are a favorite snack. Another name for these
are goober peas.
Biscuits with a milk gravy is a favorite breakfast food in the
Some Famous Things about the Southern United States
Growing Cotton, peanuts, pecans
Coca Cola was invented in Georgia
American Civil War
Blues, Jazz and Country music
Common Ingredients or Special food in Southern USA
Black eyed Peas
Southern Cooking Recipes
1-2 lbs. Chicken pieces, cut up
2 Cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 ¼ Cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons seasoned salt
1 lb. Vegetable shortening or vegetable oil
½ Cup butter
Combine buttermilk, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and salt. Add chicken pieces
and refrigerate overnight. Combine flour, seasoned salt and ¾
teaspoon pepper in baking dish. Heat shortening and butter in pan
until it reaches 365 degrees on a thermometer. Take chicken out of
buttermilk and coat in flour mixture. Fry until golden brown and
A common Southern cooking recipe in the southern USA is grits.
2 cups water
1/4 cup quick cooking grits
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg, separated
1/4 cup milk
In a saucepan boil 2 cups water then stir in grits. Turn heat down
and cover with a lid. Cook about 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
After 5 minutes add butter and cheese. Separate egg yolk from egg
white. Set aside egg white for later. In a small glass beat egg yolk
with milk. Add into grits mixture. Stir to combine. In a mixing bowl
whip egg white until stiff peaks form. Stir into grits. Pour grits
into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. You
can also add cooked crumbled sausage to the grits before baking.
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Peaches grow in Georgia making peach cobbler a common southern
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
4 cups sliced peaches
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons shortening
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon milk
In a mixing bowl blend together flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking
powder and salt. Mix until flour mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir
in ½ teaspoon milk and set aside. In saucepan mix ½ cup sugar,
cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Add peaches and lemon
juice. Cook over medium heat and constantly stir until mixture
thickens and comes to a boil. Allow to boil about 1-2 minutes. pour
into a small casserole dish. Spread flour mixture over the top of
peaches. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
This southern cooking recipe uses pecans that grow in Texas.
Pie crust for one layer pie
2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup corn syrup
½ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup pecans
Prepare pie crust for bottom of pie. Set aside and preheat the oven
to 375 degrees. In mixing bowl, blend sugar, melted butter, corn
syrup, salt and eggs together. Stir in pecans. Pour into prepared
pie crust. Bake for 40-45 minutes until center is set.
Barbecue beef or pork is famous in Southern Cooking and contests are
often held to see who has the best barbecue recipe.
Beef or pork roast
2 onions, chopped
½ Cup water
Place meat, onions and water in crock pot and cook 6-8 hours. Drain
and set broth aside for later. Shred meat with a fork. Prepare
Southern Cooking: Barbecue Sauce
¾ Cup meat broth (broth you drained and set aside from above)
2 Cups ketchup
2 teaspoon mustard
2 Tablespoons vinegar
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon liquid smoke
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl. Stir shredded meat into the
sauce and pour back in the crock pot for about 20 minutes. Serve
shredded meat on buns or rolls.
New Orleans Cooking -Cajun Cooking- Creole Cooking
In the New Orleans, Louisiana area southern cooking can be called
Cajun cooking or creole cooking.
1 pound catfish filet
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
If you have Cajun seasoning spice substitute that for the paprika
and chili powder. In shallow dish or pie plate add cornmeal, bread
crumbs and seasonings. You can also season with salt and pepper if
desired. Cut catfish into small strips. Coat both sides of fish in
cornmeal mixture. Place on cookie sheet or casserole dish and broil
at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes until a fork inserted in the
fish shows it is done. (it will be flaky)
1 package polish kielbasa or sausage, whatever your family
1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
Green pepper or other color, chopped
One carrot, grated
1 small onion, quartered
1 can chopped tomatoes, undrained
Cut sausage into slices. In large skillet, cook sausage flipping
over and browning each side. Set aside and wipe out grease from pan.
Add uncooked rice, chicken broth, thyme, chili powder,chopped
pepper, grated carrot, quartered onion and chopped tomatoes with
juice to your skillet. Stir all together and add sausage back to the
pan. Cover with a lid and simmer on medium about 10-15 minutes until
rice is done.
are using brown rice keep in mind the cooking time will be different
as brown rice takes much longer than white rice.
**If desired, add quick cooking shrimp along with the southern
cooking ingredients before simmering.
Red Beans and Rice Soup
You'll often see this Southern Cooking recipe called Red beans and
rice. This recipe is a kid friendly version for soup.
4 slices of bacon
2 celery stalks
1 green bell pepper
2 cans red kidney beans, drained or equivalent to 2-3 cups
1 teaspoon thyme
1-2 bay leaves
6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 Cups rice, cooked
Cook and chop bacon. Cut leek, celery and bell pepper in small
pieces. Combine vegetables, beans, thyme and water in large pot.
Cook covered on medium-low until vegetables are soft. Season with
salt and pepper and stir in cooked rice. Top each serving with bacon
See more Cajun foods such as Shrimp Po Boys, King Cake and Dirty
Rice on our our Mardi
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