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13 Southern Foods That Will Make Northerners Jealous

Give it up, Yankees — you know you want to put this kinda south in your mouth. Get an even better taste of wild Southern livin' by checking out Party Down South 2 all new on Thursdays at 9/8c!

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2. Corn Chip Pie

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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

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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

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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.

7. Pecan Pie

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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.

9. Boiled Peanuts

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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

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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.

12. Shrimp and Grits

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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.