11 Southern Dinner Ideas That Pair Perfectly With Cold Weather

The South is a dominating region. It is the largest unified area of the country, complete with distinct borders, culture, and cuisine. The latter is so popular that it has adopted its own endearing label as comfort food. Of course, other dishes can be comforting, but none quite achieve the same effect as fried or creamy or spicy goodness.

The South is a dominating region. It is the largest unified area of the country, complete with distinct borders, culture, and cuisine. The latter is so popular that it has adopted its own endearing label as comfort food. Of course, other dishes can be comforting, but none quite achieve the same effect as fried or creamy or spicy goodness.

Influences on Southern cuisine, like most of America’s foundation, came from many diverse places. Slavery had an undeniable effect on the region, and ingredients native to various parts of Africa, like okra and red beans, were fundamental in the development of Southern cuisine. French emigrants settled first in Quebec, then made their way down the Mississippi to Louisiana, which you will recall was once a French territory. They left their mark in the form of Cajun (or, less accurately, Creole) culture. There are also influences that traveled north from Central America, the Caribbean islands, and Cuba that give some dishes a Latin flair. No matter what, you can always be sure to find starchy, creamy menu items like biscuits and gravy, or hushpuppies and butter.

If you are looking for some new dinner ideas, try this regional variety of meals. There should be a meter to determine how comforting a meal is, but the scale would be too subjective. Still, find your most belly-warming choice from our selections below and make it part of your go-to meals. You may even be able to keep the cook time short enough for your long nights.