Here in Mississippi, we love to eat. And with so many state specialties and local creations, who can blame us? From the ultimate southern comfort foods to perfectly fried…anything, here are 17 iconic foods that are enjoyed by most Mississippians.
1. Cornbread Dressing
In the north, it’s stuffing, but here in Mississippi, it’s dressing – and it’s amazing! Aside from the name, dressing differs from its northern counterpart in several ways, including the process used to make it as well as the addition of several ingredients, which usually include boiled eggs, onion, celery, and sage.
2. Pimento Cheese
Whether served as a dip or on finger sandwiches, no get-together would be complete without this southern classic.
3. Pecan Pie
Pecans are abundant here in Mississippi, so why not make a pie out of them? A true southern classic, pecan pie can be made several different ways with some variations including bourbon and chocolate.
4. Fried Catfish
Since Mississippi is the largest producer of farm-raised catfish in the United States, it only makes sense that locals love the perfectly battered and fried fish. Catfish Charlie has some of the best!
5. Fried Chicken
Until you’ve tried Mississippi fried chicken, you haven’t lived. Enough said.
Whether slathered in gravy or overstuffed with seafood, the po’boy makes a regular sandwich look like child’s play. Kellie's Poor Boy is a great spot to get one.
7. Boiled Peanuts
Seasoned and boiled peanuts may sound unusual to some but not to Mississippians. This addictive snack is a favorite among many.
No Mississippi breakfast would be complete with a serving of creamy grits.
9. Fried Okra
Any kid who won’t eat their vegetables clearly hasn’t tried fried okra. Pure perfection.
10. Biscuits with Gravy
If you’re a native Mississippian, you most likely have a biscuit recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. And in true southern form, you eat your biscuits, which are covered in gravy, for breakfast.
11. Fried Pickles
Everything is better fried, and pickles are no exception! Add some Ranch dressing for dipping, and you have the perfect snack.
Whether served with greens or in a glass with milk, Mississippians can’t get enough of this southern staple.
Barbecue may not have been invented in Mississippi, but it sure was perfected here. Whether you’re in the state’s Northern Hills region, on the Gulf Coast, or anywhere in between, delicious barbecue is never too far away.
14. Hot Tamales
In the Delta, staple foods include catfish, barbecue, and hot tamales. That’s right; hot tamales. The local specialty is so popular, in fact, that there is an entire trail dedicated to the cuisine. Follow the Tamale Trail, which runs along historic Highway 61, and indulge in the dozens of different types of tamales the Delta has to offer.
Given Mississippi’s close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, it should come as no surprise that residents love their seafood - and shrimp is no exception. Whether boiled or fried, shrimp is a major part of local cuisine.
16. Fried Green Tomatoes
Seasoned, battered, and cooked to perfection, fried green tomatoes are a popular appetizer in Mississippi, and, just like the delicious ones pictured from Mary Mahoney’s, are often topped with lump crabmeat and a béarnaise sauce. Who could resist?
17. Chicken and Dumplings
Known as the “ultimate comfort food,” chicken and homemade dumplings are a without a doubt a state favorite.
One look at this list and it’s clear why Mississippi has become synonymous with great food! What are your favorite iconic state foods?