The Cuisine of Mississippi

Mississippians enjoy a cuisine of southern food plus certain dishes that have been created in the State itself. This has led to the local population craving for their home food whenever their travels take them away from their region. There is a reputation that Mississippi enjoys, and produces, a great deal of fried dishes. This is not without substance and it is worth a look at some dishes to see why the local population enjoys them so much.

The fried chicken and buffet at the Old County Store

The fried chicken and buffet at the Old County Store

Fried Chicken has a reputation as being cooked as well in Mississippi as it is in any other part of the world. One of the best known places it is served is at the Old County Store Restaurant in Loman Mississippi. It is owned by 70 year old Mr “D” Davis and his chicken is so good that he appeared on the back page of the 2016 Mississippi magazine. He has managed to use his own grandma’s secret recipe for the chicken and serves it up with a delicious buffet and corn bread. On many days the meal is finished off with Mr “D” breaking into song entertaining the unsuspecting diners.

Another popular fried dish in the state is fried okra. The okra is dipped into a mixture of buttermilk, turmeric, cornstarch and rice flour. The okra, fully coated with the tempura batter is then deep fried for 3-4 minutes. Once cooked it is often served with Mississippi comeback sauce. This sauce is a combination of chili sauce and mayonnaise, and as well as going well with okra it also works well as a dip with deep fried pickles. The state has its own unique types of bread. Corn bread is served with many meals and there are many variations of the recipes that are used. The main staples to the ingredients are eggs, buttermilk, cornmeal, baking soda and oil. Another popular bread dish is Biscuits with gravy. The biscuits are similar to European scones and are served in many households for breakfast covered with a gravy. The gravy consists of milk, flour and some type of meat, like sausage which is heated and mixed into a smooth thick sauce. This is then completed by being heavily peppered. Another breakfast favorite are grits. Often served to accompany bacon and eggs, grits consist of coarsely ground corn boiled in water or milk tom produce a form of porridge. With the State being so close to the coastline there are many fish dishes that are enjoyed by the local population. Locally caught Catfish and shrimp are enjoyed and of course the most popular form of cooking is to have the fish deep fried. There are some fine restaurants in the State with Taylor Grocery Restaurant in the small town of Taylor attracts customers from all over the country to taste its delicious catfish.

Abe’s Bar-B-Q in Clarksdale

Abe’s Bar-B-Q in Clarksdale

Just like many other Southern States barbecue is celebrated and enjoyed. In Mississippi many of the barbecue houses are small establishments with many being situated next to gas stations. The slow cooked meats are served with sweet sauces and one of the most famous barbecues, Abe’s Bar-B-Q in Clarksdale specializes with pecan-smoked pork. One of the most famous dishes originating from the State is Mississippi Mud Pie. The dish consists of a gooey chocolate sauce on top of a crumbly chocolate base and although it is now served around the world it is a particular favorite in its home State. The other dessert that is also very popular is Pecan Pie. The abundance of pecans in the State has meant that it is easy to produce the pie. There are now lots of variations of this traditional Texan dish with chocolate, bourbon and other rich ingredients being used. There is an abundance of different foods in the region that are enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.

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