Southern U.S. Food

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas - Is there anything better than sour cream enchiladas? I just love this Tex Mex dish. It reminds me of a meal I like to order at my favorite Tex Mex restaurant, Chuy’s. Started in Austin, Texas, this (now crazy successful chain) restaurant is known for funky and flavorful twists on Tex Mex favorites. Their enchiladas … Continue reading Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
Shrimp Etouffee - I love cajun food! I love this dish! I love that even in Scotland we can eat this dish and feel like we’re home! Is there anything better than a slightly spicy and totally irresistible etouffee served over rice?
Toffee Chocolate Bars - Growing up, we just called these toffee…things. My mom made them all the time for family gatherings, parties, and to give to friends around the holidays. They are always a huge hit and they could not be easier to make!
Monster Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie for Two - Can you really go wrong with a huge cookie? I make this Monster Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie for my husband and myself all the time. Sometimes we get a chocolate craving in the evenings and I really don’t want to whip up an entire batch of cookies (we also don’t need the temptation of a plate of … Continue reading Monster Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie for Two
Dark Chocolate Praline Brownies - A batch of these brownies is how I roped my husband into marrying me. I’m not going to say that these are the only reason he married me, but not even a week after I baked praline brownies for him he asked me out and the rest is history. Call it fate or an incurable sweet tooth, … Continue reading Dark Chocolate Praline Brownies
Tex-Mex Rice - Pretty much every plate at a Tex-Mex restaurant comes with a side of rice and beans. As a kid, I always ordered double rice. I just couldn’t get enough of the stuff. The only problem was, I couldn’t have Tex-Mex rice at home! The horror! The spanish rice mix that comes in a bag doesn’t taste as … Continue reading Tex-Mex Rice
Sizzling Beef Fajitas - Growing up in Texas, Tex-Mex food was my life. Who am I kidding, even living in Scotland, Tex-Mex food is still my life. Probably the king of all Tex-Mex food is fajitas. I mean, come on, who can resist that sizzling plate of goodness accompanied by fresh tortillas, melty cheese, and sour cream? It’s a … Continue reading Sizzling Beef Fajitas
Southern Style Seafood Boil - It’s that time of the year! If you live in the southern United States, odds are your Facebook newsfeed is filled with pictures of crawfish boils and the all day parties that surround these events. Crawfish boils are one of the staples of southern life in the spring and summer. If you don’t live in … Continue reading Southern Style Seafood Boil
Apple Oatmeal Cookies - I love everything about oatmeal cookies. I love their flavor, their texture, their little bit of spice, but I HATE their usual filling. Raisins. I hate raisins with a passion. I hate their shriveled, chewy texture, but mostly I hate that they sometimes trick me into thinking they’re chocolate chips. Biggest let down of my … Continue reading Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies - This week’s “Sunday is for Baking” recipe is peanut butter cookies! Peanut butter cookies are one of those treats that define childhood for me. There was at least one plate of these at every birthday party, family reunion, church potluck, and holiday party I can remember. With peanut butter cookies, people fall into one of … Continue reading Peanut Butter Cookies
Banana Bread French Toast with Caramelized Bananas - I can’t imagine a more decadent and delicious breakfast treat. As much as I love banana bread all by itself, turning into french toast takes it to a whole new level of scrumptious.  Add on some caramelized bananas and you have a breakfast built for royalty!
Homemade Flour Tortillas - Homemade tortillas… just saying (or typing) those words makes my mouth water. If you’re not lucky enough to live somewhere where hot, freshly made tortillas are available at the local grocery store, this recipe will become a staple in your life.
Banana Bread - A loaf of banana bread is the best use for bananas on the brink. We buy bananas pretty much every week to eat with breakfast, but they all don’t always get eaten. Whenever we have a few left at the end of the week, I always turn to this recipe. I love it for many … Continue reading Banana Bread
How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese - This sandwich will change your life. If the only way you’ve ever had grilled cheese is a kraft single between two pieces of sandwich bread, this grilled cheese will make you weep tears of joy. It is everything you’ve dreamed that grilled cheese could be, but what no grilled cheese has ever lived up to.
Biscuits and Gravy - Biscuits and gravy are just about the most southern dish in existence. Every diner, cafe, and hometown restaurant is basically required by law to have this dish on the menu, and for good reason. It’s absolutely delicious! Here’s my version of this southern favorite:
Old Fashioned Southern Biscuits - There really is nothing better than hot homemade biscuits. After you try this recipe, the canned biscuits just won’t quite do it for you anymore. This is a really old recipe and the classic way to make southern biscuits. It’s surprisingly easy and the biscuits come out perfect every time!
Pecan Tassies - Starting this week, I’m instituting a weekly “Sunday is for Baking” post on Southern Abroad. Each Sunday, I’ll be posting a new recipe for a delicious baked good. Our friends and coworkers in Scotland, who will be receiving many of these sweet treats, are very excited about this new development. Who am I kidding, I … Continue reading Pecan Tassies
Southwest Salad with Spicy Homemade Ranch Dressing - It’s finally starting to feel like springtime in Scotland! The days are getting longer, the sun shows its face more days than not, and flowers are beginning to bloom on the hillsides. Maybe it’s me trying to make up for all of the Pot of Gold Cupcakes I consumed earlier this week for St Patrick’s Day, … Continue reading Southwest Salad with Spicy Homemade Ranch Dressing
Chewy Chocolate Chip Blondies - These blondies always disappear really quickly. Whether I’m taking them to a church function or just baking them for home, they are always gone in no time. A good blondie recipe is essential to have in your recipe box. This one will not disappoint!
Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies - It’s no secret among my family and friends that I have a chocolate problem. I absolutely LOVE chocolate. I could live off of it. I think that I would be perfectly happy eating only chocolate for the rest of my life. Totally chocolate breakfast anyone? Chocolate is the highlight of my day.
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup - I think many people have this idea that soup takes a long time to prepare and is not feasible for a quick family meal. This really could not be further from the truth. While certain soups do take a while (beef stew for example) many can be put together quickly and very easily. This creamy chicken … Continue reading Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Roasted Brussels Sprouts - I know that they get a bad rap and are the focus of every child’s vegetable nightmare, but brussels sprouts really are my favorite vegetable. I feel that the reason many people don’t like them is because they’ve never had them cooked properly. Roasting is one of the best ways to really bring out their … Continue reading Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Perfect Roasted Broccoli - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love all things roasted. This broccoli is no exception. Not only does roasting add a crazy amount of flavor to this side dish, but it is also incredibly easy to make. That makes it a winner in my book.
Fall Apart Beef Pot Roast - Pot roast is one of those dishes that brings me back to my childhood. My mom didn’t cook often, but when she did it was almost always pot roast. Both of my parents had 8-5 jobs so my mom would start the roast in the crockpot before she left for work and when we got … Continue reading Fall Apart Beef Pot Roast
Homestyle Pot Roast Gravy - Gravy. Oh man, I am in love with gravy. Being from the south, I’m pretty sure I have gravy running through my veins. There are many different types of gravy; cream gravy, brown gravy, sausage gravy, pot roast gravy, turkey gravy, the list goes on and on. The good news is that while each of … Continue reading Homestyle Pot Roast Gravy
Easy Roasted Kale - This recipe takes a total of about 10 minutes. It’s super fast, super easy, and super cheap. It makes a great side for any meal.
Classic Roast Chicken - This roast chicken recipe is about as classic as they come and it is to die for. There is nothing better than popping a chicken in the oven on a Sunday afternoon. Well maybe there is something better…pulling the chicken out of the oven and enjoying it for Sunday dinner! This chicken recipe is delicious, … Continue reading Classic Roast Chicken