Comforting recipes don’t get better than top Southern dishes. It doesn’t matter where in America you are; Southern cooking is sure to send your kitchen soaring and go down well with everyone.

The trouble is that, if you haven’t grown up in the South, it isn’t always easy to get these dishes right. Your nan didn’t teach you all the tricks, after all, and all you have to go on right now is guesswork,

Lucky for you, getting a grip on good Southern cooking isn’t all that tricky. In fact, it comes down to a few essential recipes that are sure to go down a treat every time you serve them. The question is, what are they, and how can you perfect them?

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Southern Recipes To Send Your Cooking Soaring
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This post wouldn’t be possible without a southern fried coating. People across the world go wild for this, and it’s the epitome of Southern cooking. Obviously, this recipe will taste amazing on chicken, but you could also pair it with catfish for a less well-known tasty Southern creation. Even better, this recipe couldn’t be simpler. All you need is –

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried tarragon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano

Just blend all that good stuff together and use eggs and milk to bind it to your meat of choice. It couldn’t be easier, and it couldn’t taste better, either.

The right sides
A lot of Southern cooking comes down to the sides. The most comforting thing about these meals is, after all, their sociable laid-back vibe. A traditional Southern meal will be like one big feast for everyone to help themselves, and the sides typically make that happen. There are a whole host of classic options, but some that you might want to pay attention to include –

Anything with corn – Corn always goes down well. Whether you want to make cornbread or try this recipe for Southern fried corn, it’s guaranteed to work as a beautiful accompaniment for your main dish.

Black-eye peas are another classic. You could slow cook them or serve them with ham for flavor.

We couldn’t mention Southern sides without talking about Hush Puppies. These deep-fried onion treats are guaranteed to go down well.

So, what about Southern desserts?
Southern desserts get a little less attention elsewhere, but they’re just as vital to a hearty warming meal. We won’t go through all of them here, but some top options that you might want to pair with the recipes mentioned above include –

Cornbread waffles
Bread pudding
Peach cobbler
Pecan pie
Chess pie

The good news is that desserts like these are dishes most of us are familiar with, even if we don’t realize their southern origins. That means you should be able to get this right with reasonably little effort, finishing your Southern dishes with a bang every time.