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35+ Easy Southern Recipes: Country Cooking for All Occasions

Cookstr's favorite Southern and country recipes are right at your fingertips!

Updated September 25, 2017

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Prime Publishing LLC

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Old-Fashioned Southern Pecan Pie

Sometimes you need a little down-home flavor in your life. These 35+ Easy Southern Recipes: Country Cooking for All Occasions will be just what you need to take any meal to the next level. You don't need to have a cow-print apron or start driving a truck to get that country feeling — just these easy Southern recipes! Capture all the feel of country living: the slower pace, the close-knit family, and the smell of something delicious cooking on the stove or baking in the oven. Whether you need a hearty and easy breakfast recipe to start your day or are craving something sweet, we have you covered in this collection of recipes.

These Southern food recipes evoke an image of a simpler time, when cooking was an art form and brought the whole family together. You can bring that feeling to your own home by getting the kids to help prepare dinner and sitting at the table together to eat it. Your family will be thrilled to sample these Southern and country favorites, and if you cook them for anyone who's from the South, they're sure to get a burst of nostalgia for these much-loved dishes.

Southern Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day

Country Skillet

You can practically hear the rooster crowing for these Southern breakfast recipes! These country classics and new twists on old favorites are just the thing to start the day off right and keep you full until lunchtime. Whether you work in an office or out in the fields, you'll love these comforting breakfast dishes that are hearty and filling, too. In addition, these easy breakfast recipes can be served on a busy weekday morning or incorporated in the menu of your next weekend brunch at home with family and friends. 

Regardless of when you plan to serve these recipes, there is no denying they will be crowd pleasers with everyone gathered around the breakfast table. In addition, some of these recipes can be made right in your favorite cast iron skillet, making it even easier to serve the entire meal. Serve up these Southern recipes as a change from the usual breakfast fare of a bowl of cold cereal or slices of toast — you will be glad you did!

Easy Southern Recipes for Side Dishes

Crispy Fried Okra

The main course is one thing, but these Southern side dish recipes are what really bring the meal to life! From corn bread to collard greens, these easy side dish recipes will tie everything together in an authentic way that everyone will love. They're also no-fail hits to bring to a potluck or serve at a casual party with family and friends! These Southern recipes are the perfect accompaniments to just about any favorite main dish, including fried chicken, meatloaf, or fish. For a truly fresh taste, purchase your ingredients at your favorite farmers market. From the classic mac and cheese to biscuits and beyond, these side dishes are worth a look. 

With a taste of comfort in every bite, these recipes for side dishes are sure to be a hit at your next barbecue or weekend dinner with loved ones. Keep these easy and filling recipes right at your fingertips the next time you want to make a side dish that's delicious and inspired by the cuisine of the South. 

Southern Dinner Recipes the Family Will Love

Granny's Fried Chicken

These Southern dinner recipes are staples at any down-home restaurant. Re-create them in your home with these recipes — they're popular with adults and kids alike, so you'll find something for every member of the family to enjoy! If you're looking for classic and easy Southern recipes to serve at your next family meal, then you'll need this selection of dinner recipes in your repertoire. From the beloved fried chicken to the classic barbecue dishes, there is little doubt these recipes will become part of your favorite meals. You can serve these delicious dinner recipes with a fresh salad and your favorite potato side dish or other favorite side dishes from the South for a meal that will fill you up. 

If your to-do list includes a litany of chores, then you'll be pleased to learn there are a few easy slow cooker dinner recipes included below for additional convenience, too. It will be so much easier to get dinner on the table with the added convenience of using your trusted slow cooker! 

Southern Dessert Recipes You Should Make

Smoked Bacon-Bourbon Apple Crisp

Don't fill up on dinner — finish your meal on the right foot with these Southern desserts! These old-fashioned favorites are tradition for a reason. Sweet and scrumptious, these Southern dessert recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more. If you'd like to make these already-decadent recipes even richer, then top each serving with a generous scoop of ice cream, or perhaps even a dollop of your favorite vanilla yogurt. You and your guests will love these delightful Southern recipes that are the perfect end to any meal. They can be served at almost any occasion, too, including your next block party or holiday meal with the family.

Whether you're looking for a recipe that's just like a dessert your Grandma used to make or you want to try something new, these easy dessert recipes will be just what you need. You will serve up a bit of nostalgia and comfort every time you make these dessert recipes.

How to Maintain Your Cast Iron Skillet

If you're serious about Southern cooking, then it is likely that you have a cast iron skillet in your kitchen. This indispensable kitchen tool is a great way to cook and bake your favorite dishes to uniform perfection. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining your cast iron skillet. With a little bit of extra preparation, your cast iron skillet could last a lifetime.

* Know how to clean it: Whatever you do, don't immerse your cast iron skillet in your kitchen sink or put it in the dishwasher. West Virginia Department of Agriculture recommends cleaning your skillet with hot water and using a plastic scrub brush to remove food particles.

*Let it dry: After cleaning your cast iron skillet, you might be tempted to simply leave it in the dry rack overnight or place it in the cupboard for the next use. However, doing so may result in a skillet coated with rust. Instead, Real Simple recommends drying the skillet completely, then applying a light coat of cooking oil to the skillet.

* Keep using it: Your cast iron skillet only improves with use, so plan to use it every time you plan to get cooking.

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