Celebrate the state we call home by bringing these 7 classic Georgia recipes to your family’s table.
There are many things to love about living in Georgia, but we can all agree that Southern cooking and the delicious recipes that get passed around is right there at the top of the list!
Southern cuisine is all about gathering with family and friends over a hearty spread of delicious dishes that often feature locally sourced produce and meats. If you’re in the mood for some heartwarming Georgia classics, here are 7 go-to recipes that never fail to impress.
1. Georgia Peach Ice Cream
There’s nothing like cooling off after a hot summer day with a bowl of homemade peach ice cream. Georgia is famous for its sweet, aromatic peaches that are in season all summer long. We enjoy a fairly simple recipe that lets the peaches speak for themselves.
All you need for a perfect creamy peach ice cream is a few pounds of fresh peaches, sugar, cream, milk, and vanilla extract. This recipe is a real winner and includes a few extra ingredients, like sweetened condensed milk, to really boost its richness.
2. Southern Fried Chicken
If one thing is for certain, it’s that Southern fried chicken is in a league of its own! While it’s hard to dislike any decent fried chicken, fellow Georgians will agree that traditional Southern recipes are certainly something special.
A delicious Southern fried chicken recipe is all about the brine, the batter, and the fry. For an authentic experience, you want to brine the chicken for at least a few hours, season it before battering it with a buttermilk base, and double-fry it for the most crunchy finish.
Here is a basic but very tasty recipe to try at home.
3. Southern Buttermilk Biscuits
Warm, fluffy Southern buttermilk biscuits straight from the oven are one of the most delicious side dishes you can offer at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
A great batch of biscuits relies on high-quality ingredients, using cold butter, and taking care to never overwork the dough. The good news is once you’ve made a few batches, Southern buttermilk biscuits are a breeze to make and turn out delicious every time.
This page has a great recipe and plenty of helpful tips for anyone who is new to making biscuits from scratch.
4. Low-Country Boil
A good ol’ fashioned boil is always a crowd-pleaser, whether you’re at a huge family gathering or just catching up with friends in your backyard. A proper boil is usually done in an outdoor cooker, but it’s also possible to scale it down to work with a very large stockpot on your stove.
Many families end up creating their own boil recipes, but this recipe is great all on its own or as a base to create your own version. All you need is potatoes, fresh corn, shrimp, crab, and sausage. Don’t forget the Old Bay seasoning!
5. Georgia Cracker Salad
Georgia cracker salad is a popular side dish to bring to potlucks and gatherings. Being delicious and quick to make, cracker salad is great for pairing with a Southern fried chicken dinner, barbecue, or a boil.
Most Georgia cracker salad recipes are very similar to egg salad, just with the addition of soda crackers. This recipe is basic but perfect for trying out and adding your own touches, like pickle relish or a little spicy brown mustard. Many homecooks swear by using only the original Saltine brand in cracker salad. It’s also a good idea to add the crackers right before serving to keep them crisp.
6. Brunswick Stew
Although there’s the argument of whether or not Brunswick stew truly originated in Georgia or Virginia, we can all agree that this Southern dish is very popular. It’s also fairly easy to make, and you can tailor many recipes to even be done in a slow cooker if you don’t have a Dutch oven.
This traditional recipe is authentic and loaded with plenty of vegetables, meats, and beans. It’s said that Georgia-style Brunswick stew is often a simpler recipe. If you prefer fewer ingredients and no beans, this recipe might be a better choice.
7. Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake
Coca-Cola Cake is another uniquely Southern recipe that can seem a bit odd to newcomers. However, a great chocolate Coca-Cola cake is incredibly delicious, moist, and rich. In fact, it just might end up being your family’s favorite cake recipe.
This recipe is a great introduction to Coca-Cola cake. The most important thing to remember when making the Coca-Cola glaze is to boil down the cola as directed; otherwise, your cake may end up being a squishy wet mess. Also, though this particular recipe does say you can use diet cola, be aware that others have found Coca-Cola Zero and Diet Coca-Cola don’t work nearly as well as the classic.
What are your family’s favorite dishes? We’d love to know!
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