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List of foods of the Southern United States:

  Soups and stews


Side dishes and complements

Traditional Southern Food Dishes!
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"The most notable influences of southern dishes, come from British, Scots-Irish, French, Native American, African American , and to a lesser extent Spanish cuisines. Soul food, Creole, Cajun, Lowcountry, and Floribbean are examples of Southern cuisine. In recent history, elements of Southern cuisine have spread north, having an effect on the development of other types of American cuisine."'

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"Many items such as squash, tomatoes, corn (and its derivatives, including grits), as well as the practice of deep pit barbecuing were inherited from the southeastern Native American tribes such as the Caddo, Choctaw, and Seminole. Many foods associated with sugar, flour, milk, eggs (many kinds of baking or dairy products such as breads and cheeses) are more associated with Europe. The South's propensity for a full breakfast (as opposed to a Continental one with a simple bread item and drink) is derived from the British fry up, although it was altered substantially. Much of Cajun or Creole cuisine is based on France, and on Spain to a lesser extent. Floribbean is more Spanish-based with obvious Caribbean influences, while Tex-Mex has considerable Mexican and native tribes touches."
see Southern Breakfast Food         see What is a Barbecue Breakfast

A traditional Southern meal is:
Fried Chicken Dinner: deep fried southern chicken, chicken gravy, Buttermilk Biscuits, mashed potatoes & gravy, field peas, turnip or collard greens, cornbread, and sweet tea. The dessert could be a pie (sweet potato, chess, Pecan Pie (Recipe) and peach (see National Peach Pie Day for Recipe) are traditional southern pies), or a cobbler (peach, blackberry or mixed berry are traditional cobblers). Also fried pies rank high in the south!

"Some other foods commonly associated with the South are mint juleps, country ham, chicken (or country) fried steak, grits, buttermilk biscuits, especially with gravy or sorghum, pimento cheese, pit barbecue, catfish, fried green tomatoes, bread pudding, okra, butter beans, pinto beans, "greens", and black eyed peas (always served on New Years Day). Traditional New Years Food
A common snack food, in season, is boiled peanuts.

Meat in the South
Fried chicken is among the region's best-known exports, though pork is also an integral a part of the cuisine, with Virginia ham being one renowned form. Barbecue is always understood to be pork, unless specified as some other meat, and there are many regional "cookoff" competitions. A traditional holiday get-together featuring whole hog barbecue is known in the Carolinas as a "pig pickin'." Green beans are often flavored with bacon and salt pork, biscuits served with ham often accompany breakfast, and ham with red-eye gravy or country gravy is a common dinner dish. A bit of fatback is added to many vegetable dishes, especially greens, for flavoring.

Veggies with Meat for seasoning
It is not uncommon for a traditional southern meal to consist of only vegetables with no meat dish at all, although meat or meat products are often used in the cooking process. "Beans and Greens," which consists of either white or brown beans alongside a "mess" of greens has always been popular in most parts of the South. Turnip greens are generally prepared mixed with diced turnips and a piece of fatback. It is often said that Southerners tend to cook down their vegetables a little longer and/or use more seasoning than other Americans, but it often depends on the cook. Srce:wikipedia

Boiled peanuts
Peanuts in Coke
Steen's cane syrup
Vienna sausages

Desserts and sweets Cakes
Coconut cake
King cake
Lane Cake
Peach shortcake
Red velvet cake
Stack Cake
Butter pecan cake
Pound cake - See National Poundcake Day.


Peanut brittle (see peanut brittle day)
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Pecan brittle
Moon pies
Goo Goo Cluster
Pecan Divinity
Pralines - a specialty of New Orleans

Apple pie -
Chess pie
Key lime pie
Lemon ice box pie
Mississippi mud pie
Pecan pie
Peanut butter pie
Sweet potato pie
Buttermilk pie
Squash pie
Pumpkin pie

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Pimento cheese sandwiches
Cornbread sunk into a tall glass of milk or               buttermilk.

Tea cakes - similar to sugar cookies
Butter pecan cookies

Banana pudding
Bread pudding
corn pudding

Creme sticks

Benne seed candy - found primarily in the              coastal region of Georgia and South Carolina

Kentucky Cream Candy - a pulled candy that        is made usually during the colder months (40      deg or below) of the year when humidity is           low

Dewberry pie - from the native blackberry             ripening in early summer

Fried pies - peach, apple, cherry and                        chocolate are most common

Shoo fly pie - found in parts of the South                   where Pennsylvania Dutch settled, such as            the valley of Virginia
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