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Air-Fryer Okra with Smoked Paprika

Smoked paprika gives this air-fryer okra even more roasty oomph. When you want to cook okra without frying it, roast it with lemon juice for a lighter version. —Lee Evans, Queen Creek, Arizona

Lima Bean Okra Soup

3 reviews

This soup's unique flavor comes from the wonderful combination of allspice, okra, tomatoes, corn, pepper and cloves. Every serving is...


Southern Vegetable Soup

3 reviews

This chunky, vegetable-filled soup is a surefire way to warm up those cold winter nights. —Christy Hinrichs, Parkville, Missouri


Okra Medley

2 reviews

My husband, Charles, came up with this recipe. Pair it with a crispy pan of hot corn bread and you...


Grilled Garlic Cheese Grits

"Grits are an everyday food here in the South, I came up with this easy recipe one day when I...

Fried Green Tomatoes

2 reviews

"EACH TIME I fix these tomatoes, it takes me back to the Ohio farm where I grew up. I savor...


Jalapeno Hush Puppies

2 reviews

Whenever we have a neighborhood fish fry, these hush puppies are part of the menu. They're crisp and golden with...

Old-Fashioned Fried Green Tomatoes

3 reviews

When I was growing up, these were a summertime favorite with my family. Back then, we just dipped the tomato...


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Creole Cornbread

9 reviews

Cornbread is a staple of Cajun and Creole cuisine. This version is an old favorite, and it really tastes wonderful....


Cajun Spiced Broccoli

5 reviews

I usually make this minus the Creole seasoning, but a few weeks ago, I decided to try adding a different...


Quick Fried Green Tomatoes

3 reviews

"My grandmother came up with her own version of fried green tomatoes years ago. Our family loves it," says Melanie...

Southern Okra Bean Stew

When this spicy stew's simmering on the stove, my family has a hard time waiting for dinner. It's much like...


Sweet Potato Wedges with Chili Mayo

5 reviews

Cajun spices bring the zing to roasted sweet potatoes—a side dish my family eats frequently. We dunk them in chili-spiced...


Southern Okra

3 reviews

This recipe dates back generations in my family. I enjoy it so much because I can use the fresh vegetables...


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Vegetable Chili

3 reviews

This chili, packed with beans and vegetables, has an appealing red color and fabulous flavor. I always make a large...


Zesty Corn and Beans

1 review

When you're in the mood for Mexican food, reach for this recipe. The tomato, corn and bean mixture can also...

Roasted Fresh Okra

3 reviews

If you have picky eaters who worry about texture, roasted okra is marvelous. It's OK to crowd the pan. Okra...


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Southern Fried Okra

11 reviews

Golden brown with a little fresh green showing through, this fried okra recipe is crunchy and addicting! My sons like...