If you are living in southern United States or visiting there as a tourist then be informed that the food there is simply delicious and one of the key reasons why you might want to come down here again and again. The Southern chefs and cooks relish the fresh flavors of each season whether it is from the garden or from the sea. We have compiled a list of top 10 Southern foods that will leave your tongues wagging.
1) Chicken and waffles
What will surprise everyone is the type of waffle used in this Southern delicacy. When you order chicken and waffles you will probably expect the potato variety. Poultry and potato do go hand in hand but in dish, it doesn’t. Here you will get a wonderful mishmash of deep fried chicken, sweet waffles & maple syrup.
2) Braised Rabbit Leg with Red Quinoa
The braised hind leg of the local rabbit is one of the most beautiful Southern dishes. The braising liquid is infused with smashed seasonal berries and fresh thyme and then it is poured over the lush meat, slender carrots & huge pile of quinoa.
3) Fried chicken
In deep South, fried chicken is no longer available only at the grab-and-go fast food joints. It has reached almost each and every restaurant in the south where you will get crispy chicken on top of waffles. Do order a set of napkins and a full glass of sweet tea with your plate of fried chicken.
4) Beef Jerky
Beef Jerky is a Southern delicacy that is traditionally prepared from buffalo meat. The meat is smoked and then the meat is cut into long strips. In modern day parlance, beef jerky refers to strips of lean meat which is cured, smoked and then flavored. The meat has low fat content but high in protein and, of course, very delicious.
5) Fried Catfish
This is a real delicacy in the South especially in Arizona. The fillets of young catfish are fired in very less oil with a beautiful golden outside but no greasy crust. The flesh is very crisp and the dish becomes perfect with a drop of lemon juice.
6) North Carolina Mountain Trout
The rainbow trout is raised in clear mountain streams. The fish, which is red-fleshed, is dipped in roasted almond flour and then dabbed in aromatic sourwood honey. Garnishing is very important here and this is done with the help of sweet potatoes and crisp spinach leaves.
This Louisiana Creole rice dish tastes like Spanish paella but it is actually much better. Chicken, prawns and smoked sausages are cooked in a gooey mess of rice and vegetables stock and spice. There are a whole of ingredients but this pot dish is not very difficult to prepare.
Believe it or not, cornbread is considered to be a “sacred’ part of Southern US cuisine. Cornbread refers to any type of bread that is made from cornmeal. The cornbread’s in the South are no way similar to their counterparts in the North as the ratio of sugar and eggs are different. The cornbread is sometimes eaten as cereal and served with cold milk/buttermilk.
9) Shrimp and grits
although it started in Charleston, it has now become a favorite breakfast dish in the South. A bowl of grits is topped with sautéed fresh shrimps and is very delicious. It is sometimes eaten in lunch and dinner also but people in New Orleans and Houston prefer to have it for breakfast.
10) Chess pie
It is basically a simple custard pie that has added cornmeal with any of vanilla/lemon/chocolate. The dish has high sugar content and there is no need to keep it refrigerated. The Southerners simply are in love with this sweet delicacy.