Can You Name these Southern Dishes?

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Every region has its own distinct cuisine. Depending on your palate the offerings are either appealing or cringe-worthy. Chefs in the southern United States have their specialties too. Much like the French, these dishes often involve butter, butter and more butter. But, no matter your taste preferences or whether you are trying to lose weight or gluten-averse, you can still enjoy this quiz testing your knowledge of southern fare. We’ll give you an idea of the food you’d see on your plate. Your job is to match it to the familiar name for the dish. Note: we said “familiar.” We can’t begin to predict what your Great Aunt Ethel or Cousin Willie would have called it any given Sunday on the patio with a great big glass of sweet tea in hand.

Did you know?

One of the most familiar southern foods is fried chicken.

Pieces of chicken, typically still on the bone, are floured or battered and then fried. Cut at the joints with the bones and skin still intact; fried chicken is typically made from a broiler chicken. The batter and the method of frying make all of the difference in just how crunchy, crispy, and downright delicious the chicken will be.

Fried chicken became popular among enslaved Africans and African-Americans in the American south during the American Civil War. Some soak the chicken in buttermilk before battering, others in salty brine. The chicken can be pan-fried, deep fried, or pressure fried. There’s even an approach that sees people refrying cooled deep fried chicken for extra crunch.

Many people in the North associate fried chicken with Colonel Sanders, but he is just one of many famous folks who have made a name for themselves in the south with delectable fried chicken. Plus, this soul food staple is making its way into chef’s restaurants across the United States as there is a resurgence of love for cooking that feels homemade and heartfelt.


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