Alabama is a state that is home to rich farmland and game hunting and also bordered by the Gulf of Mexico - food and mealtime are a semi-sacred part of life. In Alabama, people love to eat! Alabama never let anyone go hungry! There are so many delicious food options in Alabama, it’s hard to pick a favorite. From the coastline to the highlands, from the big cities to the small towns, Alabama cuisine offers something for each and every food lover. Instead of taking on the difficult task of selecting a favorite Alabama food, let’s take a look at 11 most popular foods in Alabama that are enjoyed by most Alabamians.
Goat Cheese is cheese made from goat's milk. Goat Cheese is soft, creamy is having high protein and little tangier than cheese made from cow’s milk. Belle Chevre is an internationally acclaimed creamery making fine goat’s milk cheeses in Elkmont, Alabama.
Belle Chevre's variety of products has the classic goat cheese and Fromage blanc, as well as a quartet of sweet breakfast cheeses like cinnamon, fig, honey, and coffee, olive oil-marinated chevre, grape leaf-wrapped chevre, pimento chevre, with herbs and sun-dried tomatoes, walnut-topped goat cheese and cranberry.
A must-try food when you are in Alabama!!!
Banana pudding is a typical Alabamian dessert, popular for its creamy texture and soothing qualities. Here in Alabama, nearly every family has their own spin on the crowd favorite and there’s not a church potluck, tailgate party or family gathering without it on the menu. Alabamians started incorporating bananas into fruit pudding around the turn of the 19th century — and the earliest versions consisted of custard-based pudding, bananas, and meringue.
A usual way of making Banana pudding is to repetitively layer the bananas, custard, and wafers into a dish and toppings like whipped cream or meringue can be added. The wafers will absorb the custard as time progresses and the layers will press together causing the flavors to intermingle.
If you’re looking for a simple Alabama favorite dish to satisfy your sweet tooth, you have to try banana pudding...
9. Boiled Peanuts
Boiled peanuts are quite prevalent in some places where peanuts are common. Fully mature peanuts do not make good quality boiled peanuts; rather raw or green ones are tender and tasty..
Boiled peanuts are extensively consumed and commercially available in the region of the Southern United States from North Carolina, south to central Florida, as far north as Ohio and west to Mississippi.
The peanuts are sold in the casing and either boiled with only salt or with a piquant spice mixture. The latter is usually called Cajun boiled peanuts. They are an acquired taste, but according to Alabamians, they are totally addictive
Without a doubt, this is the BEST way to eat peanuts. Don't you agree?
8. Fried Dill Pickles
Dill pickle slices are breaded and then deep-fried in peanut oil. They’re crispy crunchy and loaded with that dill pickle flavor A great snack...
Fried dill pickles are served at food festivals and menus of individual and chain restaurants throughout the United States and elsewhere. Fried dill pickles can be eaten as an appetizer or as a garnish to other dishes. Fried pickles are typically served with a ranch dressing or other creamy sauce for dipping.
If you've never tried fried dill pickles you're truly missing out!
7. Pimento Cheese
In the cuisine of the Southern United States, pimento cheese is a spread or relish made with cheese, pimentos, and mayonnaise. It is served on crackers, bread, and vegetables or in sandwiches.
Pimento cheese can be served in different ways as desired. It can be served as a spread on crackers and celery, scooped onto corn chips and tortilla chips, mixed in with mashed yolks for deviled eggs, added to grits, or slathered over hamburgers or hotdogs. If you like cheddar cheese, pimento cheese will be your new favorite party dip and sandwich spread.
A pimento cheese sandwich can be a quick and budget lunch, or it can be served as a cocktail finger food or rolled up and cut into pinwheels.
6. Fried 'Taters
Fried potatoes are classic comfort food. Whether you're making a special weekend breakfast or you need a hearty dinner side, this is the food to avail. People call them fried potatoes, home fries, home-fried potatoes, or cottage fries, they all mean the same thing -- essentially consisting of potatoes which have been fried, or deep-fried, in hot cooking oil, usually with the addition of salt and other seasonings.
Onions, bell peppers, and some garlic flavor (which is optional though) these skillet fried potatoes. These home fries are the excellent side dish to serve with a hearty breakfast or brunch. They're a perfect dinner side as well.
5. Brunswick Stew
Brunswick stew is a dish typically involving a tomato base, vegetables, local beans, and originally small game meat, though today often chicken, but usually smoked pulled pork. Brunswick stew recipes have many variations, but it is typically a tomato-based stew, in combination with okra, corn, butter beans, other vegetables, and a variety of meat.
Chicken is the most commonly used meat in modern versions but traditional stew uses squirrel, rabbit or possum meat. Brunswick stew is served up best when it comes to the local church. Usually, many churches around the Southern states sell this delicious stew.
4. Fried Okra
Golden brown with a little fresh green showing through, these okra nuggets are crunchy and addicting... Fried Okra is the perfect crispy, savory appetizer to serve at your next party. Made with okra that is soaked in buttermilk, then tossed in cornmeal& seasoning & fried until it turned golden brown. This okra recipe is a popular dish in the south.
Summer will be incomplete without a few batches of homemade fried okra, dredged in flour and fried until golden. There’s no need to add anything to them except a light dusting of salt. Fried okra pairing with other southern side dishes like fried green tomatoes, collard greens and southern fried corn for a soul food vegetarian treat that will knock your socks off!
A casserole is a unique dish cooked using a big, deep-pan in the oven and also as a serving vessel. The cookware is termed as a "casserole dish" or "casserole pan".In Alabama, casseroles typically consist of: pieces of fish or meat, a starchy binder such as flour, potato or pasta, several chopped vegetables, and also a crunchy or cheesy topping.
While cooking, liquid in the form of stock, wine, gin, beer, vegetable, cider or even water may be added for a great flavor and taste. Casseroles are generally cooked slowly in the oven, often uncovered. They may be served as a main dish or side dish, and conveniently, may be served in the vessel in which they were cooked.
2.Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried green tomatoes in Alabama during the summer months is a must-have dish in the menu. It’s almost impossible to skip over this popular dish that sings summertime in this area... The cornmeal and flour crust is what sets this recipe unique from others. When you place an order for Fried green tomatoes, in a short span of time tomatoes will be battered, fried and perfectly crispy. Fried green tomatoes are iconic southern dishes and would certainly be on top of the list of dishes from the south. Fried green tomatoes are a traditional dish and Southerners have been frying their green tomatoes for ages. The dish gained national popularity in the late 1980s.
Fried green tomatoes are extremely good served as a side dish or snack. Or we can add them to a special breakfast or brunch menu.
Cobbler is a kind of dish containing fruit (Peach) or savory filling transferred into a large baking dish. Before it's been baked, the fillings are covered with a biscuit, batter or dumpling. Cobbler recipes, especially in Alabama, resemble a thick-crusted, deep-dish pie with both a top and bottom crust. Cobbler is part of the cuisine of the United States and some parts of the United Kingdom.
In the United States, cobblers most commonly come in single fruit varieties and are named as such, e.g., blueberry, blackberry and peach cobbler. The Deep South tradition also gives the option of topping the fruit cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.