Can You Name These Southern Foods From an Image?

Kennita Leon

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About This Quiz

The food of the South is not only one of the best kinds of cuisine one can find in the United States, but it's also one of the most diverse. This food takes its influence from a number of continents, mostly Africa and Europe, with emphasis on countries like Spain, France and Ireland. It makes use of a variety of cooking techniques, which include but are not limited to frying, barbecuing and stewing. And although Southern food is known for its rich flavors, it's also known for not being one of the healthiest food options. Nonetheless, these foods are here to stay, and ingredients like corn, okra, rice and black-eyed peas will forever frequent the recipes. 

But it takes more than knowing what kind of foods are usually served to call yourself an expert when it comes to Southern food. First, you need to know what the dishes are called. And that's what we're here to find out today. Do you know enough about the food of the South to name all these dishes correctly?

We're going to show you some of the most popular Southern foods, and it's your job to name them correctly. Prove to us and everybody else that you know your stuff. Prove it to us in this quiz. 

This meal does not contain one of the meats its name suggests. What is it called?

This meal partly gets its name from the cooking style rather than ingredients - chicken fried steak contains no chicken. Instead, it is steak, breaded or coated with seasoned flour and pan-fried; it is also very similar to country fried steak.

What do you think this starchy side dish is called?

Long believed to be gifted to the U.S. by early German settlers, potato salad has many variations. This side dish is made with potatoes and various other ingredients, such as chives, onions, red peppers and mayonnaise, to name a few.

A favorite meat at barbecues, can you tell us what this is?

Also referred to as "red links," these are made using a blend of pork and beef. Hot link sausages are just as the name says - hot. Along with meat, additional ingredients include spices, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper and paprika.

A New Orleans favorite, what name was this classic given?

Quite similar to gumbo, jambalaya originates in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is prepared in much the same manner as gumbo, but without the use of a thickener. Common ingredients are chicken breast, sausage, rice, Cajun seasoning and shrimp.

Said to have been created by Native Americans, what do you think this dish is?

This oatmeal-like dish is made with corn, which is ground into a coarse meal and then boiled. Grits has its roots with the Native American Indians and was later adapted in the Southern United States.

A worldwide favorite, what's the name of this comfort food?

Mac and cheese, which is also called macaroni and cheese or macaroni pie, is a classic comfort food of English origin. The dish is made with boiled macaroni and a cheese sauce (commonly cheddar), but may include other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, vegetables or meat. It's often baked as a casserole, but a simpler version can be made on the stovetop.

Also called pork knuckle, what is this dish?

Ham hock, also commonly known as pork knuckle, is the joint right above the pig's foot. In Southern cooking, it is used as an essential ingredient for flavoring many dishes and may be cooked with various vegetables or added to soups and sauces.

A liquid used to give meat moisture - what is it called?

This savory liquid is made from the juices and brown bits left over from cooking meats, often thickened with cornstarch or flour. Gravy commonly accompanies mashed potatoes, rice, meatloaf or roasts. Southern U.S. variants include cream gravy and brown gravy.

Also called butter-pop or long maize, what's the more common name of this food?

Corn on the cob is the culinary term used for sweet corn eaten on the cob. It is also referred to as sweet pole, cornstick, pole-corn, butter-pop or long maize. Corn on the cob is seasoned with salt, butter and black pepper and may be roasted, grilled, fried or boiled.

Served with icing or without, what's the name of this dish?

A caramel cake is usually a cake that has been smothered in, you guessed it, caramel. Sometimes bakers add more caramel in as a filling. It can take quite some time to make, but it's more than worth it.

The shorter version of its name is "chitlins," but what is the more formal one?

Often pronounced as "chitlins," this delicacy is made from the small intestine of a pig, or sometimes made with the intestines of cattle and other animals. Chitterlings were eaten by slaves during that time in history, but are now considered to be a special-occasion dish by many.

Often associated with the island of Jamaica, what is this meat known as?

Formerly used to refer only to the tail of an ox, "oxtail" has evolved from just oxen to describe the tail of any cattle. Due to its gelatin-rich composition, it is often used in soups and stews as a thickener.

Leafy foods are a must in Southern cooking, but which one is this?

In Southern cuisine, the greens of turnips are harvested and prepared with bacon grease or ham. Often the greens are seasoned with onion, black pepper, red pepper flakes, kosher salt and sugar.

The body part of an animal, it is more appetizing than it sounds. What is it?

Considered unpalatable to some, chicken liver can also be a delicacy to others. Despite being unpopular, it is rich in iron and can be prepared tastily. It can be battered and fried or served as pate, among many options.

Also known as goat peas, what's the more popular name of this dish?

Also called black-eyed beans or goat peas, these were first cultivated in West Africa. A main ingredient in many soul food meals, black-eyed peas are also seen as a good luck food that brings prosperity if eaten on New Year's.

Commonly called lady fingers in other parts of the world, what's the Southern name of this vegetable dish?

Otherwise known as okro or lady fingers, okra is an edible green pod that becomes very slimy when cooked. It is a main ingredient in gumbo and is used in many other dishes, in baked, pickled, fried or sauteed form.

It is an unleavened bread, but what is its name?

Also known as a Johnny cake, a hoe cake is an unleavened flatbread made by mixing cornmeal, salt and water, along with perhaps some eggs and milk. The thick dough is then grilled over an open fire or fried in a skillet.

A holiday favorite, what is this baked dessert called?

This sweet treat is of Southern origin and is a holiday must-have. It is made by mixing pecans with a filling made of butter, eggs, sugar (most often corn syrup), vanilla and salt, and perhaps some bourbon whiskey. Pecan pie can be served with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or hard sauce.

This has the name of an animal in it, despite not having meat. What is this dish?

These little savory treats are made using cornmeal, wheat flour, baking soda, milk or buttermilk, eggs and salt, and sometimes scallion, garlic, pepper or whole kernel corn. They are made into balls and fried, then they are typically served as a side dish for seafood and other deep-fried foods.

Similar to kale, what is this leafy Southern food called?

Similar to kale and broccoli, these short leafy plants are a staple in Southern cuisine. They are typically prepared with diced onions, pepper, salt, onion, garlic, oil and smoked meats like ham hocks or turkey drumsticks.

More of an ingredient than an actual dish, what is this Southern base called?

Many dishes can be made from the large, sweet-tasting and starchy tuberous roots which are commonly served as a side dish. Sweet potatoes may be prepared like mashed potatoes, in a casserole, as fries or chips, as a pie, or even as a spin on the usual potato salad.

Companies like KFC make money selling this dish. What is it?

Ubiquitously touted as a food of choice, this dish is made from seasoned chicken pieces which have been battered, breaded or floured, and then fried. The dish is a combination of West African seasoning techniques and Scottish frying techniques.

This is also called Carolina peas and rice. What is this favorite called?

Also going by the moniker of Carolina Peas and Rice, this is a dish Southerners associate with prosperity. The main ingredients are rice, black-eyed peas, bacon, chopped onion and salt.

It is the mouth of an animal, but what is its name?

A New Year's Day good luck food is hog jowl, which is also called pork jowl or jowl bacon. This refers to the smoked and cured cheeks of pork. It usually accompanies black-eyed peas or greens.

A baked dish with a starchy base, what is this called?

Sweet potato pie is traditionally served as an American dessert, popular during the holiday season. It is made with a filling of mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs and evaporated milk, along with spices such as nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon or allspice, placed in an open pie shell and baked.

Often eaten with gravy or butter, what are these baked items called?

This small, leavened quick bread with its soft, flaky interior and firm browned crust is as Southern as it gets. Made using all-purpose flour, baking powder or baking soda, milk or buttermilk, and butter or shortening, biscuits are often eaten for breakfast alongside gravy, honey or sausage.

One needs to be careful of bones when eating this classic. What is its name?

This tasty source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids is served in many countries. It is dipped in batter or flour after being seasoned, then fried and served with a slice of lemon. Fried fish generally refers to any type of fish or shellfish served in this manner.

It sounds very unhealthy and it probably is. What is this Southern dish called?

Anyone who likes sausage should know that fatback is often added for flavor. Fatback can be salted and cured, becoming salt pork, which is used as flavoring for vegetables, black-eyed peas, green beans and leafy vegetables.

This can be grilled, smoked or baked. What is it?

The ribs of a pig are cooked after being seasoned and sometimes glazed by grilling, smoking or baking, then served with a sauce, typically barbecue. This is one of the most popular Southern classics and is loved in Western and Asian cultures.

It's not really a name because it can apply to so many things, but what is this liquid known as?

The name "red drink" can be attributed to several drinks for Southerners. This includes but is not limited to the Alabama Slammer, a cocktail composed of sloe gin, amaretto, orange juice and Southern Comfort. It may also refer to red Kool-Aid which is either strawberry or cherry flavored, or a carbonated red soda.

Hushpuppies are a variant of this dish. What do you think its name is?

Another quick bread popular in the South is cornbread. It is made with cornmeal and generally leavened with baking powder. This is another dish adapted from Native American recipes - Johnny cakes and hushpuppies are variants. Muffins can also be made from this recipe.

What is this fruit dessert, topped with batter?

While savory cobblers are a thing for a sparse few in the South, peach cobbler is the reigning champion of desserts, often served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. During the Second World War, cobblers were one of the preferred dishes because they require less butter than pastries.

Named after a measurement, what is this one called?

With its origins in Great Britain, this age-old classic is a type of cake which is simply made with a pound each of flour, butter, sugar and eggs. The batter is then baked in a loaf pan and can be lightly glazed, dusted with powdered sugar or given a coat of icing.

Some people call this "Susquehanna turkey," but what is its actual name?

Falling in the category of New Year's Day prosperity food, this dish is made of the external wall of a pig's stomach. It can be stewed, fried or baked. Often the stomach is stuffed with potatoes and sausage. Some restaurants refer to it as "Susquehanna turkey" or "Pennsylvania Dutch goose."

What is this very popular side dish?

This is a relatively easy holiday side dish and is made by mashing peeled, boiled potatoes and mixing them with salt, cream and butter. This accompaniment to meals is a must-have for holidays.

The "national dish" of Louisiana, what do people call this?

The treasure and "national" dish of the state of Louisiana is this heavily seasoned delight. Gumbo is essentially made of a richly flavored meat or shellfish stock, a thickener such as okra, filé powder or roux, various meats and fish, and vegetables - particularly onions, bell peppers and celery.

Some people see it as a really thick soup, but it's not. What is this food called?

This Native American-derived classic is made by extracting milky residue from pulped corn. Alternate recipes include an addition of milk, starch or sugar. It can also be found in a can at most grocery stores.

There's a condiment in its name. What is it?

Similar in preparation to collard greens, this is a well-known product of Southern kitchens. The mustard green leaves are cooked with bacon, chicken broth, vinegar, onion and seasonings, such as salt and ground black pepper.

Made famous by the book "To Kill A Mockingbird," which food is shown in the picture?

Made famous by Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird," crackling bread is simply pork cracklings baked into cornbread. Even more flavor can be added with chives, peppers or cheese.

One of the most classic Southern drinks - what is this one called?

Sweet tea is a popular style of iced tea which is made by adding sugar to black tea while it's in the process of brewing or still hot. Flavoring like lemon or peach may be added as well.

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