Whether you're looking for fried chicken or country-fried steak, we've got all the ideas for a menu that would make any Southern grandma proud. Fortunately, summer kicks off with June as National Soul Food Month, which means it’s the perfect time to indulge in some Southern dishes. Check out these classic recipes that you're going to want to try at the next family dinner or potluck.
Southern food is often synonymous with "comfort food." While there are nutritious alternatives to many favorite dishes, when you're eating dishes that are battered and fried, smothered in butter and gravy, or covered in cheese, calorie counting isn't your top priority! If you're eating Southern comfort food, you're often enjoying a decadent meal, often followed by an equally rich dessert. Think Cracker Barrel.
"Soul food" makes up a great portion of Southern food, but not all Southern recipes would be considered soul food. So what makes soul food special?
Soul food has strong Cajun and Native American influences, and much of it originated in West Africa, Western Europe, and the Americas. That gives you an idea of the flavors and spices these Southern dishes have. The term "soul food" became prominent in the 1960s and was associated with Black culture and history. While "soul" became a musical genre associated with gospel music, the word came to define various things related to the culture.
Whether you’re indulging in potlikker soup or breaking out the Crock-Pot for some slow cooker pork, there are few foods as comforting as Southern-style! But the following are the best of the best when it comes to a big, hearty dinner that tastes like home:
Delicious southern-style slow-cooker pork your whole family will love!
Place roast in slow cooker.
Combine remaining ingredients (except cornstarch) in a 2-cup measuring cup. Whisk together and pour over roast.
Cook on low 10-12 hours for that fall-apart, insanely tender type of meat. (Or on high 6-8 hours.)
Pork Roast Gravy
Prior to serving, ladle out about 1/4 cup of the juice in the crock pot and strain into a measuring cup.
Whisk in 2 tsp cornstarch. Add in enough juice to make 1 cup.
Microwave on high for 30 seconds and whisk again. Drizzle sauce over meat prior to serving.
Looking for the perfect sides to go with your Southern recipes for Sunday dinner? We've got you covered.
There are plenty of Southern dishes that are easy to make in your own home! If you’re planning a big meal, here are some classics that have been popular at picnics, church social halls, and potlucks everywhere!
Don't forget to pair your meal with sweet tea and end it with a slice of red velvet cake because Southern recipes are all about comfort! What are your favorite Southern dishes? Maybe you love the classic fried chicken and cornbread. Maybe you have fold memories of something your grandma made. Ask your people on FamilyApp and share your favorite recipes!