Biscuits to Banana Pudding: The Best of Southern Cooking

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Are you craving some southern cooking, like a homemade buttermilk biscuit and gravy or creamy cheese grits? Or are you just looking for some good old-fashioned southern recipes to add to your repertoire?

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These classic comfort food recipes are sure to be a hit with the whole family and bring a bit of southern charm to your home, wherever you are!

Southern Cooking Breakfast Favorites

Hosting a brunch or kid’s sleepover? Want to make your morning coffee feel a bit special? These southern dishes are always crowd-pleasers, even before the rooster crows!

  • Buttermilk biscuits are especially delicious soaked in sausage gravy or smothered in butter and honey.
  • Creamy grits add an equal amount of chicken stock to your grits for a special touch. Easily turn this into some authentic southern Shrimp and Grits for a delicious brunch dish.
  • Crispy southern fried breakfast potatoes are a great breakfast side option.
  • Pecan praline French toast will satisfy any sweet tooth!
  • If pecans aren’t your thing, try whipping up some Johnny Cakes (also known as fried cornbread). If you take out the sugar from your recipe, they become hoecakes!
  • Fried chicken and waffles are a favorite for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! You can always make the fried chicken by itself as an entree as well. 
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Southern Cooking for Supper Time

Whether you call it supper or dinner, a few good southern dishes will keep your whole family happy. Here are a few classics, with everything from soul food to cajun. 

  • Serve up some country ham and red eye gravy with a side of collard greens and some leftover buttermilk biscuits and you’ve got a delicious meal for all ages. 
  • Tired of biscuits? Try out some Southern cornbread with your gravy or serve it up with a bowl of flavorful New Orleans gumbo.
  • Kids and adults alike will love a hot serving of mac & cheese.
  • Fried okra is an easy side dish! Serve with some Southern Hot Fried Chicken for a yummy comfort meal.
  • Creamy cajun shrimp pasta will add some serious spice to your life.
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Southern Cooking Sweets

No southern meal is complete without dessert! From pecan pie to banana pudding, we have all of your old-fashioned favorites covered. 

  • Strawberry cobbler will remind you of afternoons spent picking berries, but without the summer heat. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
  • An old fashioned classic, Kentucky butter cake with rum sauce will be a hit at any gathering.
  • For chocolate lovers, serve up a yummy chocolate chess pie with some homemade whipped cream with only three ingredients. Chill a bowl and your mixer beaters in the freezer for 5-10 minutes first. Add heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract as you mix on a low setting. Mix until you reach stiff peaks!
  • Pecan pie is a southern classic, but if you’re looking for a creative spin on a classic, try out some Pecan Pie Bread Pudding that blends two old fashioned favorites into a new dish. 

Southern Banana Puddin’

This classic southern dessert will surely thrill. I could eat this every day if I could… enjoy!

southern cooking banana pudding

Simply Southern Banana Puddin’

This classic southern dessert will surely thrill. I could eat this every day if I could… enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 237 kcal


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large bananas sliced
  • 1 container whipped topping or homemade whipped cream recipe above
  • 1 large box vanilla wafers save 1/2 cup crushed wafers and extra cookies for garnish. Can sub with homemade wafers.


  • In a saucepan mix together your milk, sugar, cornstarch, salt, egg, and egg yolk.
  • Heat on medium whisking almost continuously until bubbly and thick.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted.
  • Cover with Saran Wrap, pressing the wrap onto the top of the pudding to prevent a film from forming, and place in refrigerator and let cool to room temp.
  • Once cooled in a 9″x13″ baking dish layer 1/2 box of vanilla wafers and then layer with 1 1/2 of your bananas. If you prefer, you can add pudding and wafers to individual pudding cups, instead.
  • Spoon 1/2 of your pudding mixture over the top then layer again. Finish your layers with sliced bananas. Top with whipped topping and crushed vanilla wafers.
  • Chill 2-3 hours before serving.


Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 7gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 122mgPotassium: 398mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 536IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 1mg
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Southern cooking is comfort food. From a warm flaky biscuit to a cheesy casserole, it just makes you feel good. Even vegetables taste delicious cooked up with some ham fat and salt. Try out these down-home favorites, from Cajun to Creole.

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