16 Down-Home Foods Loretta Lynn Loves

Updated: May 03, 2024

Loretta Lynn has been making beautiful music and delicious food for years! The accomplished Southern lady knows her way around the kitchen, and these are the dishes she loves to cook and eat.

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Loretta Lynn backstage at the Country Music Festival, Wembley, Britain - 1977
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Loretta Lynn has sixteen #1 hit songs to her name–and even more hit dishes! Like Dolly Parton, Loretta loves the Southern classics. Here are some of her favorites, from cathead biscuits to lemon whippersnappers.

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Chicken and Dumplings

The dish that Loretta most often names among her favorite foods is chicken and dumplings. She starts with a whole chicken and makes the dumplings from scratch.
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Blackberry Cobbler

There’s something special about making cobbler out of blackberries you’ve picked yourself, and Ms. Lynn knows it! (Here are more of our best cobbler recipes.)
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Homemade Bread

Jack White of The White Stripes often works with Loretta, so he knows first-hand how good her food tastes. His favorite dish from her kitchen? Homemade bread.
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Peanut Butter Fudge

Loretta’s favorite sweet is fudge, particularly peanut butter fudge. What’s not to love about this creamy, melt-in-your-mouth delight? Here are 10 equally delicious fudge recipes to try.
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Fried Catfish

Fried catfish is a quintessential Southern dish, and though it was once considered poor people’s food (even according to Ms. Lynn), you can find it on the menu at many restaurants today.
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Loretta loves to can and she has a cellar full of garden vegetables that she’s processed. Out of all of them, she reaches for the dill and sweet pickles most often.
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“Cathead” biscuits are named as such because they’re so huge. Loretta makes hers with buttermilk and shortening, which leads to an amazing texture. (We know she’d love all our best biscuit recipes, though!)
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Lemon Cookies

One of Loretta’s favorite cookies is the lemon whippersnapper, which is essentially a lemon cookie rolled in powdered sugar before baking. Sounds pretty incredible to us!
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Country Sausage Gravy

Using sausage drippings to make gravy is not only efficient but also delicious! Loretta knows from experience how important it is to use everything and waste nothing–she had four kids to feed before she was 20 years old.
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Venison is a staple of country life, and Loretta has been cooking with it for many years. Her go-to preparation is country-fried, and that’s ideal for such a lean meat.
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Fried Okra

No one said Southern food was light on calories! The country singer unashamedly loves fried okra, as does almost everyone who tries it. Loretta could probably teach a course on how to deep-fry at home.
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Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is as Southern a dish as they come, whether you start with a mix or make it from scratch. No cookbook about Southern food is complete without it, so we’re happy to see it in Loretta’s book, You’re Cookin’ It Country!
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A Southern breakfast isn’t complete if there aren’t any grits on the table! Ms. Lynn adds plenty of cheese to her pot.
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Barbecued Beef

Slow-cooking chuck roast in barbecue sauce makes it so flavorful and satisfying; it truly is one of the best things you can for that cut of meat. Loretta has been making it this way for years.
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Cucumber Salad

Loretta often sets out cucumber salad as a side dish at her table. Using garden-fresh cucumbers to make this bright and refreshing salad is ideal.