23 Best Southern Recipes to Try in 2021
If you're tired of serving the same old recipes year after year, why not switch things up a bit? Whether you're a Southern resident or just missing down-home cooking, you can liven up your dinner (or breakfast!) table with a few Southern-inspired dishes. Sure, they might not be "traditional," but who knows—you could end up starting your own traditions, too.
Here are 23 Southern recipes to try this year. And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.
Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes
Start your day off the right way: with a stack of Southern-style pancakes. Fluffy flapjacks? Sign us up.
And as you make your flapjacks, make sure to avoid these 13 Common Pancake Mistakes.
Smoky Deviled Eggs with Bacon
Deviled eggs are a Southern delicacy, and there's no reason not to include them on your dinner table. They're the perfect appetizer to your main course, and they'd be just as tasty for breakfast, too.
And for more ideas, check out these 12 New Twists on Deviled Eggs That Are Deliciously Different.
Smoked Paprika Potato Chips
Paprika is delicious atop deviled eggs, but it's also great in other appetizer recipes. Top some homemade potato chips with the seasoning for a tasty homemade appetizer.
Smoky Baked Beans with Bacon
Serving a spiral ham for dinner? These baked beans would be a delicious side dish.
Southern-Style Shrimp and Grits
Southerners love grits, and if shrimp is included, that's even better. As an appetizer or a main course, this is a lively way to add some seafood to your dinner spread.
And if you're from the South, shrimp and grits may be one of the 35 Classic Southern Dishes Your Grandmother Used to Make.
Southern-Style Cornmeal Catfish With Tomato Gravy
Sure, catfish isn't something everyone enjoys on a regular basis. But it's delicious, and your family might be happy about the change to the typical menu.
Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
North Carolina's state vegetable is the sweet potato, and you can bring a taste of the Tar Heel state to your dinner table with this recipe. It's delicious as a side to ham, turkey, or whatever else you might be serving.
Smoky Paprika Roast Chicken with Savory Green Beans
Paprika again! The spice is perfect on roast chicken, and this recipe isn't too complicated to make. Just season the chicken, put your roasting pan in the oven, and watch it crisp up to perfection.
Crispy Crumb-Topped Mac and Cheese Cups
Southerners know that mac and cheese comes from the oven, not a box. These individual mac and cheese cups put a fun spin on the classic side dish.
Boneless BBQ Ribs
These aren't the ribs you'd find at a barbecue restaurant—they're baked "ribs" from boneless pork chops. Sure, they can't compare to slow-smoked meat, but we'd like to think they're pretty good for an at-home recipe without a smoker.
Swap out dinner rolls for biscuits—we guarantee they'll be a hit. Who wouldn't love these buttery, doughy bread bites?
Add some Southern charm to your appetizer spread with these pickled onions. Atop meat or on their own, they're a memorable and tangy way to add some veggies to your meal.
If pickled onions aren't enough, kick things up another notch with these pickled jalapeños. They'll add a kick to any dinner spread.
Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings
Take a cue from the Southern-inspired chain restaurant with these tasty chicken and dumplings. Whether you serve this as a side dish or a main course, it's a nontraditional way to get in some Southern goodness.
Whether atop a whole hog barbecue sandwich or a burger, coleslaw is a winning addition to any meal. It's just as delicious as a side dish in its own right, and there's no reason it can't grace your dinner table this year.
Potato salad is one of the best ways to cook up a bag of spuds. It's perfect for any dinner spread, and it's sure to please even picky eaters.
The Crispiest Oven-Fried Chicken
OK, so this isn't a box of Popeyes chicken—but it's still pretty darn delicious. You'll have everyone asking you to use this recipe again once they've tried this tasty bird.
Whip up a batch of buttermilk to use on that oven-fried chicken. It works great in a stack of pancakes, too.
Chicken Pot Pie
Why serve roast chicken when you could serve chicken pot pie instead? This comfort food would be delicious for your family to enjoy any time of year.
No Southern table is complete without a pitcher of sweet tea! This iced tea recipe has just the right amount of sugar to please even the most Southern person at your table.
And if you can't get enough of Southern cooking, don't miss the 50 Foods You Can Only Find In the South.
Northerners may scoff at the idea of chocolate cake made with soda. But Southerners know that the sweet, carbonated beverage is a delicious ingredient in desserts.
Sure, banana pudding is delicious with a plate of slow-smoked barbecue. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it with other meals, too. This delectable recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Blueberry Peach Cobbler
Is there anything sweeter than a Georgia peach? Wherever you live, bring a little bit of the South to your dinner table with this dessert.
Whatever you decide to serve, you can't go wrong with these out-of-the-box Southern recipes.