40 Authentic Soul Food Recipes to Honor and Celebrate Black History Month | Arena

40 Authentic Soul Food Recipes to Honor and Celebrate Black History Month | Arena

Cajun Collard Greens

A tasty twist on traditional collard recipes with the addition of Cajun seasoning and smoky bacon.

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Melissa Sperka

Molasses Baked Chicken Wings

Got a jar of molasses languishing in your pantry? Grab it for this simple recipe, from the cookbook Carla Hall’s Soul Food.  

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Related: 40 Addictive Chicken Wings

Gabriele Stabile

Ruth’s Cris Sweet Potato Casserole

The brown sugar and pecan crust make this sweet potato casserole stand above the rest.

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The Girl Who Ate Everything

Smashed Potatoes, Peas and Corn with Chili-Garlic Oil

Soul food with a farm-fresh remix of flavors.

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Sanura Weathers

Black-Eyed Pea Jambalaya

A Cajun classic filled with abundant flavor.

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Teresa Blackburn

Fried Catfish with Hot Sauce

Crispy, southern fried catfish with a hot sauce that will make you want a glass of milk.

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Victor Protasio

‘High on the Hog’ Macaroni and Cheese

This High on the Hog-inspired mac and cheese is perfect for Black History Month or National Soul Food Month in June, especially on Juneteenth.

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Theresa Graco

Collard Greens Recipe

These authentic Southern Collard Greens are braised in savory meat flavored and perfectly spiced pot liquor resulting in an amazing tender silky texture!

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Grandbaby Cakes

Smothered Pork Chops

This Southern Smothered Pork Chops Recipe is pure comfort food. Lightly breaded pork chops are smothered in a rich savory and well-seasoned brown gravy resulting in the perfect Southern classic. 

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Grandbaby Cakes

Southern Cornbread Recipe

Fill your kitchen with the smell of freshly-baked Southern Cornbread in just about an hour! This classic recipe from my Auntie Rose creates a super moist, buttery and fluffy Cornbread that makes for the perfect snack or side.

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Related: 26 Easy and Savory Cornbread Recipes

Grandbaby Cakes

Fried Catfish

This classic southern Fried Catfish recipe is dredged in a perfectly seasoned and spiced cornmeal breading and fried until tender on the inside and crispy golden brown on the outside!

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Grandbaby Cakes

How to Make Southern Peach Cobbler

This easy homemade peach cobbler with canned peaches or fresh peaches is the perfect Southern old-fashioned recipe made with sweet spiced peaches and homemade butter pie crust!

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Grandbaby Cakes

Lemon Pepper Honey Chicken Wings

Lemon Pepper Honey chicken wings where the honey is infused with a nice lemon pepper flavor and then drizzled over extra crispy, lightly breaded chicken wings to create the perfect balance of savory sweet!

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Razzle Dazzle Life

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Grits

Garlic butter shrimp and grits…well not your average shrimp and grits! Loaded with supple shrimp, spinach, and tomatoes. Swimming in a rich garlic butter sauce served over cheesy, creamy grits.

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Razzle Dazzle Life

Soul Food Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

Southern baked macaroni and cheese, also called soul food mac and cheese, is the ultimate in comfort food. Creamy, rich, ooey-gooey, super cheesy, with those crispy browned cheese edges…no one can resist perfectly baked mac and cheese.

Get the Recipe: Soul Food Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

Sweet Tea and Thyme

Homemade Banana Pudding

Homemade Banana Pudding is easier (and tastier) than you can imagine. A layered dessert made with pastry cream and fresh bananas, it’ll be your go-to recipe.

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Sense and Edibility

Southern Cheese Grits

Grits are the perfect example of the weaving and blending of Native American and African American cultures which dates back centuries. These creamy cheesy grits are a great side dish to complement any meal or breakfast!

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Global Kitchen Travels

Cajun Fried Fish and Cheese Grits

Cajun Fried Fish & Cheese Grits are a southern delicacy. Easy to make, this recipe is the perfect option for breakfast, brunch, or dinner. If you are from the south or have ever visited, you’ve most likely heard of fish and grits.

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Dude That Cookz

Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs

Add a tasty twist to your traditional deviled eggs with fresh herbs, lemon and pepper sauce topped with buttered Cajun-Creole shrimp!

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Seasoned To Taste

Braised Smothered Pork and Black Eyed Peas

This easy Braised Smothered Pork + Black-Eyed Peas is 100% comfort food with a bit of luck thrown in for good measure.

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Related: 10 Best Black-Eyed Pea Recipes To Bring Luck

This Worthey Life

Easy Classic Buttermilk Cornbread

One of my favorite meals that remind me of home, family, and love. Creamy red beans with a bit of spice that can only have been created in a tiny Kitchen in New Orleans.

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The Seasoned Skillet

The Best Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

Creamy Homemade Mac and Cheese with savory butternut squash, a blend of four kinds of cheese, simple spices and gluten-free noodles! This dish is surely one that your family will love!

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Good Food Baddie

Vegetarian Apple Cider Collard Greens

You can still enjoy collard greens without meat with this easy Instant Pot vegetarian collard greens recipe. This recipe still retains the smoky flavor, without meat making it also great for meatless Mondays.

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We Eat At Last

Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Pecan Praline Topping

Sweet Potato gets a major overhaul when it’s taken out of pie dough and baked in a cheesecake, then smothered with a Pecan Praline Topping.

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Sense and Edibility

Soul Food Power Bowl

Soul food power bowls combine favorite soul food flavors like quick-cooked collards, caramelized sweet potato, and spicy okra in one flavorful, healthy package.

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Related: 35 Movies You Should Stream for Black History Month

Dash of Jazz

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Sour Cream and Honey Sauce

This a classic tried and true recipe that everyone knows and loves! This buttermilk fried chicken with sour cream and honey sauce has been passed down in my family and I couldn’t be more excited to share this recipe. It’s utterly delicious!

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Britney Breaks Bread

Red Beans and Rice with Sausage

One of my favorite meals that remind me of home, family and love. Creamy red beans with a bit of spice that can only have been created in a tiny Kitchen in New Orleans.

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Christy Irene

Southern Cornbread Dressing

This Southern-Style Cornbread Dressing is amazing for any occasion, the holidays, Sunday dinner, a Soulfood-themed party, or just a normal Wednesday night. You absolutely won’t regret making this dish and it tastes even better warmed up the next day.

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Cat Will Made It

Brown Butter Black Bottom Sweet Potato Pie

Rich, velvety sweet potato pie, perfectly sweet and spiced, with a boost from brown butter and a dark brown sugar layer, all in a homemade flaky, all-butter pie crust. This is a pie that you can tell is always made with love!

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Chenee Today

Easy Garlic Herb Baked Okra

This easy garlic-herb baked okra recipe is perfect if you are looking for tender, flavorful okra with the perfect crispy garlicky crust. The best way to make crispy okra is in the oven! It’s the perfect texture—not slimy at all—and is great for a healthy side dish!

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Related: 33 Okra Recipes We Can’t Get Enough Of

Good Food Baddie

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

A twist on the classic hummus, with lucky Black-eyed peas in place of the chickpeas. A wonderful appetizer or snack thats gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.

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The Vgn Way

Authentic Southern Green Beans

These flavorful and tender green beans have been a Southern staple for generations. Slow-cooked in a vitamin-rich broth with smoked meat, this cultural side dish is on every Southern holiday table!

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Sweet Tea and Thyme

Easy Vegan Cornbread

Simple and delicious homemade cornbread that’s completely egg and dairy free! 

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I Can You Can Vegan

Southern Potato Salad

This creamy, starchy, and superbly seasoned Southern Potato Salad is the perfect side for any southern meal.

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On Ty’s Plate

Spicy Southern Collard Greens with Bacon

Spicy Southern Collard Greens with Bacon—soulful broth braised collard greens with bacon and a spicy blend of seasoning.

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On Ty’s Plate

Sausage Cheddar Biscuits

These fluffy buttermilk biscuits are studded with crumbled sausage and sharp cheddar cheese. Perfect on their own, with butter or split and topped with a fried egg for a full home-cooked breakfast.

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Big Delicious Life

Jollof Rice and Roasted Lamb

One-pot West African rice dish with roasted lamb and salad.

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The Diasporic Dish

Chicken and Waffles with Honey-Cinnamon Butter

Chicken and Waffles is comfort food! Buttermilk marinated chicken served atop light, airy sweet cream waffles, are the perfect pair.

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Sense and Edibility

Crispy Oven Okra with Lemon Dill and Garlic Aoli

Crispy Oven Okra is roasted to perfection with a flavorful crunch. Served with a delicious, Lemon-Dill and Garlic Aioli and will easily become a family favorite!

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My Pretty Brown Fit

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

As one of the many Black Americans connected to multiple parts of the African diaspora through family and food, these Jamaican Fried Dumplings are what a lot of Caribbean people call a staple. They’re easy to make and pair well with just about any dish!

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Related: 32 Best Creative Dumpling Recipes

Jamieson Diaries