Southern Side Dish Recipes

Looking for Southern side dish recipes? Allrecipes has more than 190 recipes for grits, fried green tomatoes, okra, collard greens, and chow-chow complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Okra and Tomatoes

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This is a very simple recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

Southern Macaroni and Cheese

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Rib sticking macaroni and cheese.

Braised Collard Greens

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My Grandma Ollie-Belle made the best 'greens.' This recipe is as close to hers as I could come. The 'pot-liquor' is the key to great greens!! Serve with fresh green onions and black-eyed peas with rice.

Southern Comfort Sweet Potatoes

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This is a vegetable dish that tastes more like a dessert. When done, it will have the consistency of pumpkin pie. I personally am not fond of yams and sweet potatoes, but I love this dish.

Cottoneyed Peas

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Years ago a friend gave me her black-eyed pea recipe that was not your usual black-eyed peas. She called them Cottoneyed Peas. It was a spicy and warm welcome into the New Year. I now get requests for it all the time. You can make it as spicy as you like or, if you don't like spicy, use the peas without jalapeno.

Texas Ranch Potato Salad

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This is not your usual mustard mayo potato salad. These potatoes are slathered in a rich ranch dressing and bacon pieces. My family and friends love this potato salad! It is requested at every cook-out.

Al's Sufferin' Succotash

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A great side dish for any occasion, using store bought items and a minimum of effort and time! Fordhook lima beans, corn, and green chile peppers combine to make a tasty addition to any meal.

Southern Green Beans

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I just love these beans! What could be better than green beans, potatoes, and bacon, all in one dish?!

Baked Cream Corn

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Learned from my godmother who was a chef, this recipe brings back a special Southern nostalgia. Simple yet flavorful, a wonderful side dish for any meal. Play with the spice and sugar measurements to suit your own taste.

Roasted Vidalia Onions

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Roasted in the oven or on the grill, these onions are simple and tasty. They taste like French onion soup, and smell great. In college I used to put it on the top of my gas stove! Still delicious just the same. Very very easy and loads of flavor.

Southern Fried Cabbage

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This dish was always a favorite at Mammaw's house. Cabbage is fried with onion and bacon in this simple quick side dish. Terrific with cornbread.

Southern Butternut Squash

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My mother made this dish every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now I make it for my family every year. Whenever we get together for a big meal, they always request I bring it! Delicious!

Inspiration and Ideas

Best Fried Green Tomatoes

"Yum! Served with a remoulade. Even my two-year-old gobbled this up." – BBHOLT

Country Fried Squash

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This recipe was my Grandmother's and it actually won a Blue Ribbon in the Tennessee State Fair! Be sure to use fresh squash, I use butternut but other squash would also be good.

Breakfast Grits

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If you've never tried grits...you haven't lived!