A man holding tongs in front of a skillet making southern pan-fried chicken, which is bubbling in the pan
Christopher Hirsheimer
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Southern Pan-Fried Chicken

This Southern pan-fried chicken is the classic, crispy fried chicken of your dreams. The chicken is brined, soaked in buttermilk, and coated. It's then fried in a skillet in a mixture of lard, oil, ham, and butter. The results? Crisp, juicy, perfectly seasoned fried chicken.
A slice of sweet potato pie on a large metal plate with a napkin and a knife.
Squire Fox
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Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie is a classic holiday favorite in the South. A brown sugar pie crust holds the sweet, festively spiced, custard filling perfectly.
A cast-iron skillet filled with a tomato ricotta pie, one slice missing. Next to it, a white plate with a half eaten slice of pie.
Evan Sung
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Tomato Ricotta Pie

Guests swoon at the sight and sigh with delight at the taste of this simple tomato, ricotta, and Manchego pie filling in a flaky cream cheese crust.
A tray of unbaked bbq meatballs with a set of measuring spoons beside it and a bowl of barbecue sauce in the background.
Jerrelle Guy
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BBQ Meatballs

These BBQ meatballs are tossed in the crockpot or oven (translation: no stovetop spattering to clean up) and slathered in a homemade molasses barbecue sauce. Here's how to make them.
A close up of two serving spoons in a bowl of corn, lima beans, chopped peppers, red onion and cherry tomatoes, dressed with parsley, mint, and dressing.
Beatriz da Costa
5 of 7

Succotash Salad

The dressing is a moment to create flavor. The heavy cream is for texture, the Champagne vinegar for taste. It lends itself well to the many components that make up the salad itself.
A round glass baking dish filled with peach nectarine cobbler and a spoon on the side.
Jody Horton
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Peach Nectarine Cobbler

This peach nectarine cobbler combines lightly spiced stone fruit filling and cakey biscuit topping for a classic easy summer dessert.
A red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting on a cake stand
Kate Whitaker
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Red Velvet Cake

This red velvet cake is the best rendition of the southern classic we’ve experienced. Buttermilk and cocoa give it the classic flavor, while a lighter mascarpone and cream cheese icing modernize it. It’s also simple as can be to make.

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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