Mardi Gras

Two large glass bottles filled with Southern sweet tea.

Southern Sweet Tea

Nothing slakes thirst, quells worries, and comes together with such ease quite like Southern sweet tea.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 40 M
  • 49
Pieces of bayou fried shrimp in a paper towel-lined bowl.

Bayou Fried Shrimp

Say the word “bayou,” and we conjure romantic notions of swampy marshlands and, natch, Cajun fried shrimp.

  • (1)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 16
Glass bowl filled with pecan pie bread pudding, caramel sauce, bourbon-vanilla ice cream on a marble table

Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

When you’ve got leftover bread, sure, you could make bread crumbs. Or you could make this Southern melding of pie and pudding that’s obscenely rich. Tough decision, eh?

  • (1)
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 5 H
  • 10
A white bowl filled with Tennessee shrimp and grits, topped with a sprig of parsley.

Tennessee Shrimp and Grits

Classic shrimp and grits gets a Tennessee facelift with the addition of tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme, and a splash of Worcestershire.

  • (1)
  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 5
A two-handle bowl of seafood gumbo on a piece of wood.

Seafood Gumbo

Seafood gumbo loaded with shrimp, such as this classic Cajun recipe, screams for a cold beer and a lazy weekend afternoon dedicated to nothing but cooking.

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  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 5 H, 15 M
  • 62
A root beer-glazed ham on a wooden cutting board with a fork and knife resting beside it.

Root Beer-Glazed Ham

Ah, sassafras. It plays oh so nicely with ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and anise to enhance the smoky, saltiness goodness of glazed ham.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 4 H, 30 M
  • 1
A chipped white bowl filled with Cajun chicken and sausage gumbo and a scoop of rice with a spoon resting in it.

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

“Your family will think you are AMAZING.” “A straightforward, real deal Cajun gumbo that everyone loved.” “Easy and affordable.” “A keeper!” That’s what folks are saying about this gumbo.

  • (3)
  • 2 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 8
A pile of Cajun fried chicken pieces.

Cajun Fried Chicken

Bathed in buttermilk and spiced ever so slightly, this Cajun fried hen is memorably moist, superlatively crisp, and gosh darn perfect through and through.

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  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • 25
A white plate of pan-fried bananas with brandy that have been drizzle with coconut cream with a fork resting on either side.

Pan-Fried Bananas with Brandy

Boozy bananas are lavished with a cheater’s caramel sauce made with butter, brandy, and brown sugar in this outrageously simple riff on a Southern classic. No flambé required.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 4
Crackers topped with pimento cheese.

Pimento Cheese

You can practice proper Southern gentility, no matter where you’re from, simply by whipping up a batch of this classic crowd-pleasing party must, pimento cheese. Then prepare to be your most gracious self as you kindly accept accolades..

  • (5)
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 189