Soul Food

Add some soul to dinnertime with these top-rated Southern classics.

Staff Picks

Fresh Strawberry Layer Cake

Rating: 5 stars 1
This is a light, fluffy, layer cake with a definite strawberry flavor. Decorate with fresh strawberry slices.

Shrimp and Cheesy Grits with Bacon

Rating: 4.5 stars 59
Lowcountry style shrimp and grits at its best!

The RIGHT WAY To Cook Greens!

Rating: 4.5 stars 32
There's a short way and a long way, so no excuses will be accepted for tough, bitter greens!

Southern-Style Neck Bones

Rating: 4.5 stars 106
Pork neck bones cooked until tender and succulent — delicious with greens!

Hibiscus Mint Tea

Rating: 4 stars 1
Hibiscus is a beautiful flower that does so much for our health and it tastes great! This tea is a phenomenal summer tea and is excellent served iced. It's also good to have warm before bed. This tea is great no matter how it's served, so sit back and enjoy this easy-to-make herbal tea!

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Rating: 4.5 stars 3976
I've been experimenting with cobbler for some time and this recipe is the final result. Loved by all. Use fresh Georgia peaches, of course!
By aeposey

Georgia Country Ham and Redeye Gravy

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
As a child, I remember my grandparents having a smokehouse. In the dead of winter, when it was well below freezing, a hog would be slaughtered and no part of it wasted. The fresh hams were then covered in a dry salt mixture, wrapped, and hung up for several months to cure. To cook, they were sliced and pan fried, sometimes with a tiny bit of lard, in a hot, black iron skillet. Hot, usually breakfast, coffee was poured into the skillet to deglaze it, making red eye gravy. Redeye Gravy gets its name from the appearance of the gravy after the coffee sinks to the bottom. Serve over biscuits or grits.

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 1288
Potato salad the old-fashioned way, with eggs, celery and relish.
By jewellkay

Barbecue Ribs

Rating: 5 stars 1045
This recipe is easier than it sounds. I usually cook the ribs the day before and grill them for a quick dinner the next night. FYI: the sauce is much better after it is cooked. It is not a dipping sauce.
By SEEsign

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 128
This salad goes great with barbeque and, of course, New Year's Day.

Inspiration and Ideas

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