18 Southern Recipes Dolly Parton Loves
Find out what one of country’s brightest stars eats after the show.
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Country’s favorite diva is more than a talent on stage—she’s known for her love of comfort food, too! From chicken and dumplings to walnut pie, we’ve got the goods.
When PARADE magazine asked Dolly about her signature dish at home, she was quick to say chicken and dumplings. This stick-to-your-ribs recipe is great for a warming, comfort meal.
Corn on the cob accompanies most dishes at Dollywood, Dolly’s theme park. This spiced up version is a tasty twist on the classic.
When the New York Times interviewed Dolly, she claimed that roast pork was her favorite dish for entertaining. You can make Dolly’s pick at home with this lucious recipe topped with gravy.
In addition to a tasty pork roast, Dolly likes to serve up turnip greens for guests.
It goes without saying that a Southern gal like Dolly loves okra. But the singer has confessed it’s one of her favorite sides to a few reporters over the years.
Dolly’s said time and time again that her mother’s banana pudding is one of her faves. Make our version of the Southern classic with this recipe (perfect for feeding a crowd).
Of course Dolly’s got a cookbook! This country queen’s book is packed with recipes for catfish (like this one) and so much more.
Coming from Tennessee, you can bet that Dolly loves country classics like biscuits and gravy.
Dolly Parton is a known lover of the famed cabbage soup diet, but her amusement park Dollywood is famous for its creamy vegetable soup, much like this one!
Any of these Parton-inspired dishes would go well with a good skillet of cornbread. This one has a little heat with the addition of jalapeños.
Dollywood serves up fried chicken daily—one of Dolly’s favorites. Until you make it down to Tennessee for a visit, you can make this version at home.
If it’s Southern comfort food, you know Dollys love it. These biscuits get their great flavor from a healthy dose of buttermilk.
Another classic side dish. This one accompanies many of Dolly’s dishes at her restaurants in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Back on Pi Day (3/14), Dolly shared the recipe for a tasty walnut pie with her fans across the Web. We think this one with bacon praline is almost more Southern than her original!
In the past, Dolly’s shared that chicken salad packed with pecans is one of her favorite dishes to bring around the holidays. We think this one looks so tasty that you could eat it all year long.
Dolly has told reporters that before going on tour, she loads up her tour bus full of Southern-style comfort foods so she can feel a little less homesick. We bet pimento cheese makes it on the list!
Dollywood is known for its tasty cinnamon bread. Make a quick version in your own kitchen and feel like you’re right in Tennessee.
Sweet tea is called the house wine of the south in Steel Magnolias (you fans out there remember Dolly’s iconic role in the flick!). Make an authentic version at home.