Today we are celebrating Southern Food Heritage Day! This holiday is sponsored by The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, out of New Orleans. This fun museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage!
In honor of the day, I’ve put together a few classic southern recipes and some fun facts for you!
Root Beer Pulled Pork BBQ from Suzy’s Sitcom
Southern cuisine developed slowly.
Early European settlers starved until they finally listened to their Indian neighbors and learned to enjoy corn, squash, pumpkins, beans, wild onions, blueberries and blackberries, native plums and cherries.
Eventually lima beans, chocolate, white and sweet potatoes and peppers made their way to the south from Latin America.
Southern Style Bacon Wrapped Slaw Dogs from Suzy’s Sitcom
Corn was not always appreciated.
Early settlers had issue when forced to use gritty meal for bread instead of their good white wheat from France. But they soon developed a taste for corn made into ashcakes, hoecakes, and johnnycakes.
Chicken Fried Steak from McCormick
Fried Green Tomatoes
Ever since Fanny Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe” was made into a motion picture, fried green tomatoes became not only fashionable, but they are the main Southern vegetable dish that everyone knows about.
Easy Crock Pot Jambalaya from Suzy’s Sitcom
Sweet tea is a long-time staple of the South. It is made with black tea and is always served cold over ice. Sugar is added while the tea is still hot, creating a sugar syrup that diffuses throughout the tea.
Southern Buttermilk Biscuits from Smitten Kitchen
What is a traditional Southern Meal?
A traditional Southern meal is pan-fried chicken, field peas, greens (such as collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, or poke salad), mashed potatoes, cornbread or corn pone, sweet tea, and a dessert that is usually a pie (sweet potato, chess, shoofly, pecan, and peach are traditional southern pies).
Cornmeal Catfish Fingers from Whole Foods Market
Southern-style 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.
Southern-style Skillet Cornbread from Bakingdom
A traditional Southern holiday get-together sometimes features a whole hog barbecue, known in Virginia and the Carolinas as a “pig pickin'”.
Homemade Blackberry Jam from Suzy’s Sitcom
Don’t feel like cooking?
For a southern-style version of dinner, you can always go to: Cracker Barrel, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Waffle House, Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits, Chicken Express, Church’s Chicken, Mrs. Winner’s, Sonny’s, Tudor’s Biscuit World or Popeye’s!
Monkey Bread from Suzy’s Sitcom
Some other foods and beverages commonly associated with the South are grits, country ham, hushpuppies, succotash, mint juleps, chicken fried steak, buttermilk biscuits (may be served with butter, jelly, fruit preserves, honey, gravy, boiled or baked sweet potatoes, pit barbecue (especially ribs), fried catfish, fried green tomatoes, bread pudding, okra (fried, steamed, stewed, sauteed, or pickled), butter beans, pinto beans, and black-eyed peas.
Shrimp and Grits from Steamy Kitchen
Celebrate the day with some yummy southern fare!
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