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What do mac and cheese, fried chicken and corn bread have in common? They’re all ridiculously delicious comfort foods our friends from the South have pretty much perfected. We’ve rounded up the crispiest, cheesiest recipes on the planet for your enjoyment. All that’s left for you to do? Whip up a big pitcher of sweet tea (or better yet, Arnold Palmer) and enjoy.

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One-Pot Mac and Cheese

Everything is done right on your stovetop—and in 30 minutes, to boot.

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Mini Chicken and Waffles

You have permission to have seconds (er—fourths). 

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Fried Green Tomato Sliders

The only thing that’s better than crispy battered heirlooms is sandwiching them with spicy slaw and Cajun sauce.

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Buttermilk Skillet Corn Bread with Tomatoes and Green Onions

Best eaten outside on a checkered tablecloth.

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Shrimp Boil Skewers with Corn, Sausage and Potatoes

All the yum of a classic backyard seafood boil, without the mess.

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Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders with Garlic Chili Dip

Boneless means extra kid-friendly.

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Skillet Peach Cobbler

Great news: Thanks to this skillet upgrade, you can satisfy your pie craving in under an hour (no rolling or cutting necessary).

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Shrimp with Cauliflower “Grits” and Arugula

Just as smooth and creamy as the OG version, without all the carbs.

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Frito Corn Salad

Basically taco salad on steroids.

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Spicy Orange-Glazed Ham

Our go-to meal for parties. (And did we mention the amazing sandwiches you can make with the leftovers?)

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The Ultimate Chicken Potpie

Ready thy skillet (and thy appetite).

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Easy Homemade Pickles

Do it yourself for the crispest, freshest cukes you’ve ever tasted.

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Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

It’s half veggies, so you can have seconds (and thirds, and fourths).

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Apple Pie Biscuits

We can eat these for breakfast, right?

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Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches

What do you get when you combine fried chicken and cheese waffles? The best open-face on the planet.

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Savory Tomato Tart

Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Light and Tangy Coleslaw

Hear that noise? It’s your slaw calling out for a big plate of fried chicken.

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Seven-Layer Dip

What do all parties have in common? They're the perfect opportunity to make this dip.

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Homemade Cheese Crackers

Best served with a dollop of 7-Layer Dip (see above).

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New Orleans Gumbo with Shrimp and Sausage

Make a batch on the weekend and enjoy it all week long—the flavor just gets better.

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Waffle Breakfast Sandwich with Chorizo

Pro tip: If you don’t feel like frying chicken, chorizo is just as tasty.

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Cheese and Bacon Baked Potatoes

Bacon + cheese + butter = just like home.

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Mega Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

It’s a precise science, people.

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Classic Hushpuppies

They come together quickly (just 25 minutes) and disappear even faster.

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Hot Ham AND PIMENTO CHEESE Sandwiches

Hawaiian rolls, ham, pimento cheese and sweet-and-savory poppy-seed butter. Who could ask for anything more?

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Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwiches

You’ll want to dip everything in the citrusy rémoulade sauce.

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