southern food

Beans That Taste Like Beef: Sean Brock Explains The Wonderful Leather Britches

Made using an old Appalachian technique
Oct 21, 2014 2:00 pm

Back in June, chef Sean Brock dropped by the Food Republic test kitchen to cook and chat about Southern cuisine. We asked him about his family's signature dishes and he brought up this "really cool" technique of preparing beans particularly, the greasy beans that are indigenous to his native Southwestern Virginia. Grab a needle and thread and follow along.

What Is Hot Chicken, And Can Carla Hall Make It The Next Cronut In New York City?

A look at a storied Nashville dish and what's ahead
Oct 16, 2014 1:00 pm

In theory, hot chicken is simple to prepare. It is, however, a dish that is challenging to prepare well. Around 20 restaurants in Nashville specialize in serving renditions of hot chicken, each altering the ingredients ever-so-slightly to affect the various levels of heat that are offered. Despite hot chicken’s immense regional popularity, the dish has yet to receive much national exposure. Until now. We examine a few restaurants serving the dish outside of Music City.

Fried Catfish With Tartar Sauce Recipe

Crunchy catfish fried up Mississippi-style
Jul 24, 2014 4:00 pm
fried catfish with tartar sauce recipe
Photo: Angie Mosier

World-renowned pro pitmaster and chef Melissa Cookston's new cookbook, Smokin' in the Boys' Room, is exactly what you need to freshen up your grilling repertoire before prime season hits. She's a 3-time world champion, you know. From the cuts of meat you want to eat to sides, marinades and her own time-tested techniques, don't break out the barbecue before digging into this book. Or in this case, the fried fish fixins.

Classic Cajun Jambalaya Recipe

Featuring chicken, shrimp and andouille sausage
Jul 11, 2014 2:00 pm
classic jambalaya recipe
Photo: Laurel Golio

Cajun jambalaya is the love child of risotto and paella. The creaminess of the rice is similar to that of a well-made risotto, while the shrimp, andouille and chicken combination are reminiscent of paella.

Simple Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

The only buttermilk biscuit recipe you'll ever need
Jul 3, 2014 12:00 pm
easy buttermilk biscuits recipe
Photo: Laurel Golio

Every cook needs a delicious go-to buttermilk biscuit recipe. This one yields flaky, pillowy biscuits every time. Be sure not to over-mix the dough as that will compromise their flakiness. If you're feeling ambitious, make your own buttermilk using this simple guide. Make an extra batch or two and store in the freezer until they're ready to be baked. 

Fried Okra with Cumin Yogurt Dipping Sauce Recipe

Crunchy fried okra with spiced yogurt sauce
Jun 27, 2014 11:00 am
fried okra with yogurt sauce
Photo: Laurel Golio

Breathe new light into a Southern classic with golden deep-fried okra dipped in a refreshing cumin-spiced Greek yogurt sauce. This recipe yields a crispy texture your guests will keep enjoying as long as you keep frying up fresh batches. 

Peach Cobbler With Cardamom Whipped Cream Recipe

Sweet peaches & spicy cardamom for a summer dessert
Jun 20, 2014 11:00 am
peach cobbler recipe

Sweet peaches and fragrant cardamom pair especially well in this classic Southern summer dessert. Use fresh summer peaches for best results, and if you're lucky enough to pick up a basket from your farmer’s market, now you know what to do with them. Top each serving with a generous amount of spiced whipped cream (and keep it close by as there will surely be requests for refills!)

5 Chefs On The Past, Present And Hominy Loving Future Of Southern Food In America

With Sean Brock, Rob Newton, Sarah Simmons
Jun 17, 2014 10:00 am

Last week we invited a mess of Southern chefs — both visiting from the South and transplanted in New York City — to stop by the Food Republic test kitchen and talk about the state of Southern food in America. The conversations were enlightening. Read more.

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