Soul Food Recipes

Grits, gumbo, and greens. Fried chicken and sweet potato pie. Add some soul to dinnertime with top-rated Southern classics.

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Burton's Southern Fried Chicken with White Gravy

Rating: 4.6 stars
Breaded buttermilk fried chicken and a pan-drippings gravy with milk or cream. The gravy is great on the chicken, but mash up some potatoes with some butter and cream and bake up some cornbread or biscuits and you have the quintessential southern meal with some northern urban twists.

Dave's Georgia Black Eyed Peas

Rating: 4.82 stars
Enjoy and serve with cornbread.

Shrimp and Cheesy Grits with Bacon

Rating: 4.61 stars
Lowcountry style shrimp and grits at its best!

The RIGHT WAY To Cook Greens!

Rating: 4.45 stars
There's a short way and a long way, so no excuses will be accepted for tough, bitter greens!

Southern-Style Neck Bones

Rating: 4.71 stars
Neck bones are great with greens or cabbage. They can be baked or boiled, this recipe can be fixed either way. It depends upon how much attention you want to give the dish. I think this is one of this meals that takes you back to your mother's kitchen.

Hibiscus Mint Tea

Rating: 4 stars
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!

Olde Tavern Spoon Bread

Rating: 4.43 stars
Good ol' Southern style spoon bread made with a cornmeal mush which adds extra moistness.

Georgia Country Ham and Redeye Gravy

Rating: 4 stars
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.

Sparkling Hibiscus Cooler

Rating: 4 stars
This hibiscus cooler is a super refreshing drink on a hot summer day.

Slow Cooker Collard Greens

Rating: 4.61 stars
Got this from a coworker who made these for the office holiday potluck. Collard greens are cooked all day with ham shanks and pickled jalapeno. Yum!

The Best Chicken Fried Steak

Rating: 4.45 stars
I received this recipe from a co-worker about 5 years ago. This is by far the best chicken fried steak I've ever had. I've made this numerous times for my picky eater son and my southern-raised better half, as well as other family and friends. I get nothing but rave reviews each time.

Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits

Rating: 4.88 stars
Great recipe for shrimp and grits.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Sausage Biscuits and Gravy

Rating: 4.6 stars

Often imitated, never duplicated. Just make sure that after you make this for breakfast, you have a window of opportunity to go back to bed, because you won't be able to do much after consuming this. Cast-iron skillet is preferred. I prefer the taste that the maple sausage lends to the dish, however you could easily substitute regular or sage sausage in lieu of the maple. Single ladies, sit back and wait for proposals of marriage!