It’s about time you fixed yourself some sides of southern staples!

Consider yourself a person with a real personality? Then you need food to match that outsized personality. With cuisine names that command attention, and flavors that tickle your pink, our 3 recipes of Southern staples sides will keep you company when you want something warm and distinct to give you comfort. Allow the magic to waft through your kitchen!

Treat yourself to some southern food on the plate!

Dish #1: Southern black-eyed peas recipe


  • 1 lb dried black-eyed peas
  • 2 lbs smoked turkey, diced
  • 6-8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup bell pepper, chopped (any color)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt, to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat until it becomes hot.
  • Stir in onion and cook until the root vegetable turns translucent.
  • About 3 minutes into the cooking, add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add the thyme, bell peppers, smoked turkey, jalapeño, smoked paprika, and salt.
  • Stir often and continue to cook until the food becomes tender.
  • Add the chicken broth and the peas and cook until the legumes become tender. Stir until creamy texture is achieved, adjusting seasoning if needed.
  • Stir and keep the peas on the stove a little longer, if you want the dish to become thicker.
  • Serve with collard greens and cornbread.