Southerners are known for their hospitality, undeniable accent and some pretty spectacular food. From fried catfish Plano to pecan pie, there’s something truly special, comforting and memorable about southern cuisine. While many options have made their way to menus across the United States, some southern staples are a little rarer outside of their home towns. Whether you spot it at a new restaurant or plan a trip to the south, these three iconic southern dishes are a must for every food lover.
Fried Green Tomatoes
It may sound strange, but this southern classic has been around for years for a reason. The tart, firmness of slightly unripe tomatoes works perfectly with a crispy, deep fried coating. For a twist on the original, try an Italian mashup by enjoying them with fresh mozzarella, a balsamic drizzle and ribbons of sweet basil.
Biscuits and Gravy
You can find biscuits pretty much anywhere these days, but a good southern biscuit is a little harder to come by. The right recipe is light and flaky yet leaves you feeling oh so satisfied. But what really sets this dish apart is the fact that it’s smothered with a hearty, creamy gravy. There are plenty of options out there, from chicken gravy to the traditional breakfast white gravy made with spicy sausage. You can even enjoy biscuits with chocolate gravy for a sweet treat that only the south could dream up.
Chicken and Dumplings
Take traditional chicken noodle soup to the next level by enjoying a hot comforting bowl of chicken and dumplings instead. Slow roasted chicken is surrounded by a thick, creamy broth and filled with soft, tender pillows of delicious dumplings. Sometimes called chicken and pastry, this dish can be prepared with flat, thin sheets of dough for noodle-like dumplings or rounded scoops for a larger, more traditional shape.
Without a doubt, these delicious southern foods are something everyone should sample in their lifetime. So, add them to your bucket list and start savoring!