Fried Okra: One of my favorite Southern veggies!
I hope everyone had a great weekend. We arrived back in town from south Georgia yesterday, late afternoon. Needless to say, today involves laundry, errands, cleaning up and catching up! After eating some delicious Southern cooking this past weekend, I couldn’t resist adding the newest list to my compilation of Southern foods, that I found on Wikipedia. Here are the Southern veggies and salads. Are these all familiar to you? What is left off the list?
We eat ambrosia every Thanksgiving and Christmas at my in-laws. It’s a Southern tradition.
- Beans – often cooked down with chunks of ham, bacon grease, or onions
- Butter or Lima beans
- Pole beans
- White or great northern beans
- Green beans
- Pinto beans
- Baked beans
- Greens – seasoned with some kind of meat or meat grease. The liquid left after cooking is known as pot liquor
- Collard greens
- Turnip greens
- mustard greens
- Poke salad – cooked pokeweed
- Carrots – often “candied” with butter and brown sugar
- Carrot raisin salad
- Congealed salad
- Corn on the cob – boiled, steamed, or grilled; usually served with butter or mayonnaise
- Corn pudding
- Creamed corn
- Shoepeg corn
- Hoppin’ John – a traditional Low Country dish of black-eyed peas served with rice
- Limpin’ Susan – a traditional Low Country dish made with okra, rice and black-eyed peas
- Macaroni and cheese – usually prepared with fresh eggs and baked en casserole
- Mashed potatoes – called “creamed” in some regions
- Rutmus – potatoes boiled and mashed with turnip bottoms and butter
- Okra – flour-battered and pan-fried or boiled, stewed, or steamed
- Onion – Sliced Vidalia, whole green onion, and onion rings
- Peas – often cooked with chunks of ham or onions
- Black-eyed peas
- Crowder peas
- Purple hull peas
- Field peas
- Potato Salad – usually made in the South with egg, mayonnaise, prepared mustard and pickle relish
- Purloo – a traditional Low Country dish made with ham, bacon, peppers and okra
- Ramps – wild leeks popular in the mountains
- Red beans & rice – the rice is often some kind of dirty rice, a longstanding favorite in Louisiana
- Seven-layer salad
- Swamp cabbage (heart of palm)
- Summer Squash – often cooked down with onions or fried like okra
- Tomatoes – sliced ripe, also eaten at breakfast
- Sweet potatoes – often “candied” with butter and brown sugar
- Tomato aspic
- Vidalia onion – a sweet onion grown only in the state of Georgia, sold and popular throughout the South (Of course my husband’s grandmother would say that they should really be called Metter onions because that’s where they truly originated – Metter is one small town over from Vidalia, and that’s where she’s from.) 🙂
- Wilted lettuce– with dressing, an Appalachian speciality
- Yams: see Sweet Potatoes
Happy Monday! Hope it goes well for you! We meet W’s preschool teachers for the first time this week, and I get my permanent cap on Thursday, FINALLY! This temporary one is about to drive me crazy!
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13 thoughts on “Monday Manners: Southern Vegetables and Salads”
YUM! Of course I love the Fried Okra, Mac and Cheese, and the Fried Green Tomatoes!
Effie taught Amy how to make healthy "fried" okra. And Amy taught me. Made some yesterday and it was so good…you just use cooking oil, spray butter, and cornmeal and put it in the oven. Tastes just as good as the real thing! Might have to try it with the tomatoes as well!
Mmm….fried okra – love it!
Also, I'd have to argue for cheese grits as a vegetable. 🙂
Oh my goodness, those fried green tomatoes made my mouth water! They look perfect!
Our okra plant is out of control. We are pickling okra this week…mmm, mmm!
I love your list. I think it sums everything up. My Mamaw makes Watergate salad which I suppose would be similar to ambrosia. Of course, Watergate salad isn't a southern specialty either. LOL
Oh wow!! You are making me hungry!! Fried green tomatoes are my absolute favorite too!!!!! I think the best ones I've had were at Lulu's in Gulf Shores. YUMMM!!!!!! 🙂
Also, I love getting the carrot salad from Chik-fil-A. I may have to get some now that you reminded me!
Ooo, I love me some fried green tomaters! 🙂
Yum!! Whats funny is, my family (And extended family) eat most of those things anytime we have a family gathering. Ambrosia is the best! And fried okra is a staple. 🙂
This makes me miss Georgia so much. It's terribly difficult to find proper Southern food in Boston.
My favorite is the Hoppin' John. We have a southern style restaurant up here in Chicago that makes these and even my m-i-l who is a 100% southern belle said they were some of the best she has ever had! I would love to learn to make those. Delicious!
Oh my, this is a fantastic post!:D Thanks for giving me ideas!:D
***** Marie *****
Mmmm it all looks so yummie.HHL
I am so craving some fried okra now. hmmmm! That is my favorite food.
Yum yum yum!! I'll have one of nearly everything you mentioned!
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