In today’s post, you will most likely identify delicious and diverse southern comfort that you’ve heard so much about.
From sweets and seafood to meats and sides to dig in, southern comfort is all about the high and the low. On one side, you will get pig ear sandwich devoured underneath the glare of overhead fluorescents at stand up counters in Jackson Mississippi. In other areas like southern Charleston, South Carolina you will get a plate of chicken liver savored with bourbon tumbler at damask draped table. And it all works.
Here are the 5 best-known comfort foods:
At first, corn bread was very popular in southern United States because corn was cheaper than wheat. Today it is a very common side dish in the southern and the natives commonly serve it with accompanying barbecue, butter, chili, rice and beans. They also use cornbread as a stuffing for poultry including thanksgiving turkey.
2. Green bean casserole
Campbell Soup Company invented the Green bean casserole in 1955 as part of their marketing campaign. This company challenged its teams to create a recipe using green beans and its Mushroom soup cream which most Americans kept on their hands at that time. To date, the casserole is a very popular southern comfort side dish that you should not miss.
3. Collard greens
Even though people in southern America eat collard greens throughout the year, they also popular during holiday season. They generally cook them with salted fatty meats like pork or ham hocks. On a New Year’s Day, they eat collard greens with black eyed peas and cornbread to ensure their prosperity in the year ahead.
4. Deviled eggs
Often, you will get this dish served as hors d’oevres on holidays and gatherings. The main ingredient are the eggs, the common kind distributed prepackaged in most supermarkets.
The suppliers make the eggs by first removing the yolks from hard boiled eggs. They then mix them with some other ingredients which include spices, mayonnaise and mustard.
5. Sweet potatoes
The sweet potato is also among the southern comfort foods, and one of the more popular, too. You can get them as hashed sweet potatoes, sweet potato biscuits, sweet potato pies and candied yams.
You can get sweet potatoes at almost every southern’ holiday table. North Carolina is widely known for producing the highest percentage of sweet potatoes in United States followed closely by Louisiana and Mississippi. Most southern cities even dedicate festivals to the potatoes. For the South, the potato is what a cow is to India.
People from the south knows that nothing says home like sweet potatoes, deviled eggs, collard greens, corn bread and green beans casserole.
And while southern cuisine is very rich in tradition and taste, it also involves swimming in fats, salt and sugar.
A study published in the American Heart Association journal, in the year 2015 associated the southern comfort dishes with higher risk of heart diseases which is a common cause of deaths in men and women.
However, your favorite southern comfort dishes should not necessarily be loaded with sodium, sugar and calories for them to be tasty like your family fare.
And yes, it doesn’t have to be every day, but you can treat yourself with one of these rich dishes. It will be a thing to remember, believe me.