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13 Southern Foods That Will Make Northerners Jealous

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1. Deep-fried Beer

A carnival staple in the likes of Texas, deep-fried beer is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it is the definition of "love it or hate it."
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A carnival staple in the likes of Texas, deep-fried beer is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it is the definition of "love it or hate it."

2. Corn Chip Pie

This behemoth of Southern goodness is comprised of chili, cheese, and whatever else melted over a heapin' pile of corn chips. Traditionally served in the actual corn chip bag.
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This behemoth of Southern goodness is comprised of chili, cheese, and whatever else melted over a heapin' pile of corn chips. Traditionally served in the actual corn chip bag.

3. Chicken and Waffles

It's the most important 2-for-1 south of the Mason-Dixon line! True Southerners find a way to stick even more between those crunchy buttermilk buns, like eggs or gravy. Use of syrup is, obviously, unrestricted.
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It's the most important 2-for-1 south of the Mason-Dixon line! True Southerners find a way to stick even more between those crunchy buttermilk buns, like eggs or gravy. Use of syrup is, obviously, unrestricted.

4. Hushpuppies

Hushpuppies are like corn bread, only a thousand times better. Born from a simple, buttery cornmeal batter, these poppable pups are perfection. If you so choose, you can swap milk for beer in the recipe and end up with a tangier, party-ready dish.
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Hushpuppies are like corn bread, only a thousand times better. Born from a simple, buttery cornmeal batter, these poppable pups are perfection. If you so choose, you can swap milk for beer in the recipe and end up with a tangier, party-ready dish.

5. Cornbread

Cornbread could be the most important food to ever exist. After all, it's the only thing in the world that makes the word "moist" sound good.
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Cornbread could be the most important food to ever exist. After all, it's the only thing in the world that makes the word "moist" sound good.

6. Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese, aka "the caviar of the South," is often spread on crackers, served on burgers or sandwiches, or mixed into a big bowl o' grits.
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Pimento cheese, aka "the caviar of the South," is often spread on crackers, served on burgers or sandwiches, or mixed into a big bowl o' grits.

7. Pecan Pie

You can take pecan pie out of the South, but you can't take the South out of pecan pie. If the classic version bores you, a true Southerner might recommend a touch of bourbon.
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You can take pecan pie out of the South, but you can't take the South out of pecan pie. If the classic version bores you, a true Southerner might recommend a touch of bourbon.

8. Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy: a Southern love affair you best not be comin' between.
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Biscuits and Gravy: a Southern love affair you best not be comin' between.

9. Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts, also affectionately known as goober peas, are another snack staple in the South. These salty, softened, raw peanuts are a symbol of Southern culture, with peanut boils being a popular social gathering event. Party on!
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Boiled peanuts, also affectionately known as goober peas, are another snack staple in the South. These salty, softened, raw peanuts are a symbol of Southern culture, with peanut boils being a popular social gathering event. Party on!

10. Pork Cracklings

If you're fixin' to get yourself a snack that's high in protein and low on carbs, get yourself some pork cracklings! Made of the fried rinds of a pig and high in unsaturated fat, pork cracklings are a smart addition to the Dixie diet.
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If you're fixin' to get yourself a snack that's high in protein and low on carbs, get yourself some pork cracklings! Made of the fried rinds of a pig and high in unsaturated fat, pork cracklings are a smart addition to the Dixie diet.

11. Fried Green Tomatoes

Leave it to the South to make healthy vegetables delicious... by breading and frying the fresh hell out of them.
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Leave it to the South to make healthy vegetables delicious... by breading and frying the fresh hell out of them.

12. Shrimp and Grits

Gaining popularity all around the States for its granny-slappin' good taste, shrimp and grits is a humble, hearty Southern breakfast staple that hasn't forgotten where it came from.
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Gaining popularity all around the States for its granny-slappin' good taste, shrimp and grits is a humble, hearty Southern breakfast staple that hasn't forgotten where it came from.

13. And Moonshine

White lightning, mountain dew, hooch... whatever your colloquialism of choice is for this high-proof whiskey, one thing's for certain: It'll eff you up.
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White lightning, mountain dew, hooch... whatever your colloquialism of choice is for this high-proof whiskey, one thing's for certain: It'll eff you up.