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This is a list of notable foods of the Southern United States. The cuisine of the Southern United States has many various dishes and foods.


Mint Julep
A mint julep


Skillet cornbread (cropped)
Skillet cornbread

Desserts and sweets



Bourbon Balls
Bourbon balls


Apple cobbler
An apple cobbler






  • Cream puff
  • Hand pie—biscuit or pie pastry filled usually filled with cooked dried apples, peaches and cherries, either baked or fried
  • Fritters—apple, peach, or sweet potato

Meats, poultry and seafood

A pan of beef brisket, fresh out of the oven
Cooking Jambalaya near done
Jambalaya cooking in a pan
Liver Mush
A pound of sliced, pan-fried livermush garnished with parsley

Side dishes and condiments

American biscuits and gravy
Sausage gravy served atop biscuits

Soups, stews and boils

  • Brunswick stew—originated in either Virginia or Georgia
  • Burgoo—served at barbecues in western and central Kentucky, similar to Brunswick stew
  • Chicken sauce-picquante—chicken cooked in a tangy stew with tomatoes and spices, often served over rice, a favorite in southern Louisiana
  • Conch chowder—mainly a specialty of Florida
  • Étouffée—a very thick stew made of crawfish or chicken and sausage, okra and roux served over rice
  • Gumbo—made with seafood or meat and okra; a Cajun/Creole delicacy
  • Hoppin' John
  • Low-country boil—any of several varieties
    • Frogmore stew—made with sausage, corn, crabs, and shrimp; popular in coastal South Carolina
    • Seafood muddle
  • Peanut soup—one of the oldest dishes consumed in the South, brought by Africans, mainly a dish of Virginia
  • Pilau—any number of dishes which combine rice stewed with meat (chicken, sausage, pork, or wild game) usually including onions or bell peppers, most popular is chicken bog. (These dishes are popular in South Carolina due to the influence of rice cultivation on the history of South Carolina)
  • She-crab soup—mainly served in the area around Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia from Atlantic crabs
  • Tomato soup—stewed tomatoes, okra and corn
  • Turtle soup—mainly a Creole dish in Louisiana
  • Terrapin stew—a historical dish of Atlantic Coast states such as Maryland and Virginia

Vegetables and salads

Soul Food Dinner
Collard greens (left), macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, yams and cornbread


Muffuletta sandwich in New Orleans
Cross-section view of a muffuletta sandwich in New Orleans, Louisiana
A shrimp po' boy sandwich
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