From crispy fried chicken and smoky barbecue ribs to creamy mac and cheese and fluffy biscuits, we’ve rounded up the best southern comfort food to satisfy your cravings. Whether you’re a born-and-raised southerner or just a fan of good ol’ southern cooking, these recipes will surely transport you to the heart of Dixie with every delicious bite. So grab your apron and prepare to bring a taste of the south to your kitchen!
Sweet Potato Casserole
It’s filled with creamy mashed sweet potatoes and topped with a sweet, crunchy oatmeal topping. Drizzle it with maple syrup, and you have a winning side dish.
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Sausage and Bean Soup
Craving soup to warm your bones this winter? Try this easy Sausage and Bean Soup for a quick, healthy weeknight dinner that comes together in less than 30 minutes. It’s full of protein, spices, and vegetables.
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You don’t have to give up classic comfort food just because you are gluten free. This Gluten Free Corn Casserole is a simple side dish that will be a hit on your Thanksgiving or Christmas table and no one will know it’s gluten free.
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Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
This easy Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Brisket will be a dinner home run. Cooking brisket in the slow cooker with salsa verde makes the meat tender and juicy.
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Delicious Air Fryer Honey Mustard Pork Chops
This air fryer honey mustard pork chops recipe is the latest recipe I’ve made, and it’s so good! This 30-minute meal is perfect after a busy day at work. Making a tasty honey mustard pork chop sauce is super easy, too!
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Air Fryer Bacon Loaded Cornbread Pudding – Corn Casserole
Bacon loaded cornbread pudding pairs with everything from chicken to ham or steaks. It’s a wonderful potluck dish, and this is the best corn casserole I’ve made. It’s easy to put together this air fryer cornbread pudding made with Jiffy cornbread mix.
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The Best Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe
With a perfectly seasoned, golden brown coating and mouthwatering toppings, this fried chicken sandwich will satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more. Don’t settle for ordinary; elevate your sandwich game with this finger-licking deliciousness! Once you’ve tried this crispy chicken sandwich, you might definitely prefer it to the fast food version.
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Butter Herbed Shrimp and Juicy Pan Seared Pork Chops
Pan seared pork chops make a wonderful dinner. But if you want a ‘surf and turf’ twist on easy pork chops, consider adding shrimp! There are many meat dishes, which also include seafood. Even if it doesn’t sound like a good match, this shrimp and pork chops recipe works beautifully.
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Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
It’s sure to warm you up on the inside and make you come back for seconds! Make the rice separate when you have returned home for dinner. If you like the thicker recipe, add the rice in, and you are all done with dinner!
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Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak
This homemade Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak is one of the best recipes ever. This southern cooking style dish is a family favorite and easily made in the air fryer. No deep fryer is needed!
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This is a great recipe and one of my favorite one-pot meals. It’s creole cooking at its finest with a New Orleans twist. If you’ve never enjoyed a chicken and sausage jambalaya recipe before, you’re definitely in for a treat.
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If you love a good Southern meal and you like etouffee, then I have THE perfect recipe for you. Made with delicious crawfish tails, the trinity vegetables, butter, flour, and more.
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Southern Keto Gumbo
Savor the flavor of this delicious Gumbo; it’s made with a low-carb and gluten-free roux! It has all the aroma and spicy kick you’d expect from traditional Gumbo.
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Baked Gouda Mac and Cheese
Indulge in a creamy, delicious homemade baked gouda mac and cheese for the ultimate comfort food! This easy-to-follow recipe has a rich, creamy texture and is ready in just 45 minutes!
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Cajun Oyster Mushroom Pasta
This oyster mushroom pasta is a flavor-packed delight that you won’t be able to resist. The recipe has crispy oyster mushrooms, vibrant bell peppers, sweet onions, and juicy chopped tomatoes, all tossed in a blend of aromatic Cajun seasonings and rich coconut cream.
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Gumbo, a hearty dish hailing from Louisiana, is a delightful medley of flavors you’ll want to savor again and again. This recipe, filled with an array of spices, meats, and veggies, is more than just a meal—it’s a culinary journey through the rich and vibrant culture of the South.
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Green Rice Casserole
This green rice casserole is simple, easy to make, and loaded with flavorful ingredients. Plus, it’s perfect for busy weeknights since it’s ready in under 35 minutes!
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Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders
Nashville Hot Chicken is loved globally! It’s fried chicken with a major kick! The famous chicken is coated in a cayenne spice blend and drizzled with spicy oil.
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Beans and Cornbread Recipe
This classic Southern comfort food is perfect for a cold winter day. Made with simple ingredients and spices, it’s hearty and delicious, easy to make and can be customized to your liking!
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Vegan Chicken and Dumplings
This thick and creamy vegan chicken and dumplings are packed with chewy king oyster mushrooms, nutritious veggies, and natural flavors that will make you crave for seconds before you finish the first bowl! It is also easy to make and ready in 40 minutes, perfect for a filling and satisfying weeknight dinner.
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Karen Kelly, a food and travel writer, is the founder of Seasonal Cravings. She is also a health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the AP Wire and MSN.