Top Country Recipes and Runners-Up

Here are some of our favorite winning country recipes, including Southern staples, holiday favorites, and just plain down-home delicious country cooking.

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    Southern Buttermilk Biscuits
    Southern Buttermilk Biscuits. Diana Rattray

     These fluffy buttermilk biscuits are light and delicious. Use them for little breakfast ham sandwiches or with bits of fried chicken or sausage gravy, or serve them with a family dinner.

    See Also: 20 Light, Flaky Homemade Southern Biscuit Recipes

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    Easy Fried Green Tomatoes
    Easy Fried Green Tomatoes. Diana Rattray

    These delicious fried green tomatoes are coated with cornmeal or bread crumbs. Fry them in bacon drippings for amazing flavor!

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    Classic Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
    Creamy Macaroni and Cheese. Diana Rattray

    This has to be everyone's favorite comfort food, served as a main dish or side dish. This delicious casserole is topped with crispy, buttery bread crumbs.

    You Might Also Like: Top 11 Main Dish Macaroni and Cheese Combinations

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    Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler
    Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler. Diana Rattray

    Definitely a major star on the Southern dessert table, this cobbler is made with fresh peaches and a buttery crust. Brush an egg wash over the crust and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar before baking.

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    Southern Fried Chicken
    Southern Fried Chicken. Diana Rattray

    If your fried chicken isn't quite there yet, practice (or rehearsals) makes perfect. Here's one of our most popular recipes.

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    Bread Pudding with Raisins
    Bread Pudding with Raisins. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Bread pudding is such wonderful comfort food, with a caramel, vanilla, or whisky sauce. If bread pudding is on the menu at a restaurant, it's always my first choice.


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    Southern Cornbread
    Classic Southern Cornbread. Photo: Diana Rattray

    A typical Southern cornbread, which is almost an essential to serve alongside greens, black-eyed peas, pinto beans, and chili. Or, use all or part of this cornbread to make a great cornbread dressing for the holidays.

    You Might Also Like: Top 12 Cornbread Recipes

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    Pulled Pork Barbecue
    Pulled Pork. Diana Rattray

    An easy slow-cooked version of tender pulled pork shoulder for sandwiches. Delicious served with a topping of coleslaw and baked beans on the side.

    See Also: 9 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Pulled Pork

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    Seven Layer Salad
    Layered Salad. James Baigrie/The Image Bank/Getty Images

    This delicious salad is layered with lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, peas, bacon, cheese, mayonnaise, and other ingredients. It almost always shows up at our big family dinners and holiday menus.

    See Also: Basic Tossed Salad With Homemade Croutons and Dressing

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    Chicken and Dumplings
    Adding the Dumplings to Chicken. Brian HagiwaraYou Might Also Like

    One of the South's favorite one-dish meals, this recipe was recommended by Liz Ellis.

    See Also: Chicken Stew with Cornmeal Parsley Dumplings

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    Simple Meatloaf
    Simple Meatloaf. Diana Rattray

    This delicious classic homemade meatloaf can be topped with the optional barbecue sauce glaze. It's one of my favorite comfort foods, and this is an easy and flavorful version.

    See Also: Meatloaf Muffins


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    Crispy Fried Okra
    Crispy Fried Okra. Diana Rattray

     Fresh sliced okra pods are fried to perfection with  a crusty cornmeal coating. This okra is a must for a classic Deep South meal.

    See Also: Shrimp and Okra With Tomatoes and Rice