Culture, Food, Living

5 Foods You Only Find In The South

There are many things that are signature to the South. The South is full of traditions, qualities, and values that you just can’t find anywhere else. This also goes for things you can find in the store or in the cabinet in just about any home. Simple recipes are essential for a busy family in the South. They also do not like to waste. They find a way and a recipe to use everything.

Red Eye Gravy

Red Eye Gravy is an incredibly easy thing to make. It is a very common breakfast item in the South. My mother makes hers with just coffee and country ham drippings. No need to add anything else. It makes use of that leftover coffee that no one wants to drink and those country ham drippings that would just be disposed of and there you go! You have gravy. I know it sounds gross, but it is popular for a reason. Just drizzle it on your biscuits and you have a signature southern dish.

Chocolate Gravy

Are you sensing a pattern here? Gravy is a go-to food item to make any meal better. Plus, who doesn’t love biscuits? This recipe is simple and great for those with a sweet tooth. It makes a nice treat for everyone to enjoy.

Fried Green Tomatoes

This is an amazing dish that many people enjoy. It is vert common in the South and can still be somewhat hard to come by in a restaurant. Even in the area where I am from I know of only one restaurant that makes fried green tomatoes. Like the other recipes listed, they are incredibly easy to make. Just follow this recipe and you cannot go wrong.


This is an another easy dish and a common breakfast item. This is sort of like oatmeal but it’s not. It can be eaten with just about anything you want. You can buy Quick Grits at the store and follow the recipe on the back, or you can use Paula Deen’s recipe.

Fried Chicken

This is my personal favorite. It is super simple to make and takes no time at all. Just have chicken breasts that you can cut into slices, eggs, flour, and oil to cook it in. Seasonings such as salt and pepper are usually used as well, however you can use whatever spices and seasonings you want. I tried a new recipe the other day, using all organic products. This is just because I am on a strict paleo diet and wanted some of my comfort foods back. I mixed coconut flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and allspice in one bowl and the eggs in another bowl. Make sure you whisk the eggs. Coat the chicken with egg, then cover it with the flour. Then toss it in the pan and cook until done. In the frying pan I used a bit of coconut oil and fried the chicken instead of using the typical vegetable or canola oil.

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