Quiz: Do You Know All Of These Southern Foods?

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The South is known for many things and one of those things is its food. From shellfish to mashed potatoes and jambalaya to creamed corn, the flavorful foods of the southern United States attracts and inspires millions every year. But are you familiar with this kind of cuisine? Enough to ace this test? The only way to find out is to put your knowledge to the test in this quiz. How many of the southern foods can you really name?

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1. Which southern (and Thanksgiving) favorite is this?

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  1. Ambrosia
  2. Etouffee
  3. Burgoo
  4. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a staple in southern cuisine. It can be prepared in a variety of ways, some of which include being boiled, baked or mashed.
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2. Do you know the name of this southern staple?

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  1. Fritters
  2. Cornbread
  3. Creme puffs
  4. Tipsy cake
Cornbread is a Native American dish that was taught to English settlers in the south. Today it is still a southern favorite.
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3. Which worldwide classic is pictured here?

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  1. Cracklin'
  2. Deviled eggs
  3. Plantains
  4. Mac & cheese
Mac & cheese is a dish that can be prepared on a stovetop or as a pie. The most important ingredients are the macaroni and you guessed it, the cheese.
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4. Do you know what this dish is called?

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  1. Ham hocks
  2. Salmon croquettes
  3. Souse
  4. Fried turkey
A ham hock or hough is often referred to as the knuckle of a pig. This cut of meat is usually cooked with greens or is used in soups.
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5. What's the name of this popular side dish?

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  1. Mashed potatoes
  2. Apple butter
  3. Chow-chow
  4. Pho
Mashed potatoes are one of the most universal side dishes in existence. It's made by mashing a boiled, microwaved or baked potato and adding ingredients like salt, butter, milk and more.
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6. What's the name of this nutty dessert?

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  1. Trifle
  2. Pecan pie
  3. Mille-feuille
  4. French toast
Pecan pie is a southern and Thanksgiving favorite that is served frequently in the fall. Optional additions to this dessert include alcohols like whiskey, vanilla extract, chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
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7. This cake seems basic, but tastes amazing. What is it called?

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  1. Cherry pie
  2. Pineapple upside down cake
  3. Pound cake
  4. Red velvet cake
Pound cake was so named because four of its main ingredients are added in one pound increments. That is a pound of flour, eggs, butter and sugar.
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8. This food adds moisture to other foods that it is placed on. What do you think it is?

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  1. Ponzu
  2. Gravy
  3. Salsa
  4. Coulis
Gravy is a rich kind of sauce that can be made from a variety of ingredients- some meat-based, others, vegetable-based. In southern cuisine, gravy goes hand in hand with biscuits and mashed potatoes.
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9. Which veggie dish do you see here?

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  1. Collard greens
  2. Nicoise salada
  3. Lechon
  4. Cobb salad
Collard greens are a leafy side dish that's made with the collard plant. It can be prepared similarly to other leafy vegetables. Meat and other ingredients can also be added.
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10. This is commonly served with shrimp. What do you think it is?

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  1. Chips
  2. Grits
  3. Turkish delight
  4. Rock candy
Grits is a dish made from boiling cornmeal. This food can be eaten as a breakfast dish and can also be paired with a meat (like shrimp) to elevate it.
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11. Which of the options is the name of this complicated dessert?

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  1. Eclair
  2. Peach cobbler
  3. Whoopie pie
  4. Coconut custard
Peach cobbler is a dish that was brought over by the British who settled in the New World. It is usually baked as a deep dish pie.
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12. This food can be eaten alone, with gravy or with jam/jelly. What is its name?

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  1. Boston cream pie
  2. Chocolate chip cookie
  3. Yaka mein
  4. Biscuits
Biscuits are a southern staple that can be eaten alone, dipped in gravy or used as buns with some meat in between.
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13. What do you think this dish is called?

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  1. Fatback
  2. Chili
  3. Fajitas
  4. Peking duck
Fatback is exactly what the name suggests- fat from the back of a pig. It can be served salted, as pork rinds or as the meat in a soup.
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14. This is a classic southern dish which hails from New Orleans. What is it known as?

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  1. Jambalaya
  2. Crab cakes
  3. Buffalo wings
  4. Clambake
Jambalaya is a dish that came straight out of New Orleans, although it has European elements (Spanish and French). It is a dish consisting of rice, meat and vegetables.
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15. This dish is almost always made with a healthy serving of butter. What do you think it is?

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  1. Hamburger
  2. Cawl
  3. Corn on the cob
  4. Philly cheesesteak
Corn on the cob is the name given to corn that has been cooked on its cob, for lack of a better explanation. The corn can be boiled, grilled or roasted and served with a variety of sauces and toppings.
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16. What's the name of this food that is an acquired taste for some?

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  1. Okra
  2. Yorkshire pudding
  3. Irish stew
  4. Cornish pastry
Okra is known for many things and one of them is how slimy it can get. When cooked properly, it is a delicacy that pairs well with other southern foods.
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17. This dish's name is a bit misleading. Which option do you think it is?

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  1. Chicken fried steak
  2. Chicken tikka masala
  3. Christmas plum pudding
  4. Shepherd's pie
Creating chicken fried steak requires a piece of beefsteak (most often tenderized cube steak) then coating it with seasoned flour and pan-frying it.
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18. Which classic southern stew is being shown in the picture?

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  1. Gumbo
  2. Callaloo
  3. Shawarma
  4. Fish and chips
Gumbo is a dish that hails from New Orleans. It is a stew that has two variations: Creole gumbo and Cajun gumbo.
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19. Some would say that this is a pancake. What's an alternative name for it?

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  1. Hoecake
  2. Beef noodle soup
  3. Fondue
  4. Pad thai
A hoecake can also be called a johnnycake, a shawnee cake or spider cornbread. It originated from the indigenous people of North America.
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20. What is the name of this dessert, whose primary ingredient is actually stale?

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  1. Butter pecan
  2. Lemon drop
  3. Bread pudding
  4. Rosette
Bread pudding is a dessert that is made using stale bread. It is baked after other ingredients like eggs, butter and milk are added.
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21. Which legume do you see in this picture?

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  1. Black-eyed peas
  2. Rice and curry
  3. Paella
  4. Empanada
Black-eyed-peas, which are actually beans, are a subspecies of the cowpea. Just like other legumes, they can be cooked alone or as part of another dish.
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22. What is the name of this side dish that has nothing to do with baby dogs?

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  1. Gazpacho
  2. Goat stew
  3. Chili crab
  4. Hushpuppies
Like many other southern dishes, the main ingredient in hushppuppies is cornmeal. This deep-fried food is often served as a side dish.
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23. What is this peas and rice dish called?

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  1. Hoppin' John
  2. Stuffed peppers
  3. Meat patty
  4. Bean stew
Hoppin' John is a dishes with two primary ingredients: rice and black-eyed peas. It can be seasoned as desired, as well as spiced with with slices of meat.
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24. What's the name of this dish that is usually made from a pig's intestines?

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  1. Chitlins
  2. Bat soup
  3. Greenfig and salt fish
  4. Stamppot
Chitlins are usually made from the intestines of a pig, although they are not limited to that animal. The stomachs of other types of cattle can also be utilized.
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25. This is a classic dish in countries all around the world. Can you tell us its name?

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  1. Fried fish
  2. Tagine
  3. Taco
  4. Octopus curry
Fried fish, similar to fried chicken, is the frying of fish that has been battered or breaded; the type of fish does not matter.
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26. This dish is sometimes baked, with marshmallows added on top. What do you think its name is?

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  1. Candied yams
  2. Potato pancake
  3. Tabbouleh
  4. Kimchi
Candied yams aren't actually made with yams, but with sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes are cooked with butter, cinnamon and sugar, primarily, and extras like marshmallows and orange juice.
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27. This side dish is a must-have at any barbecue. What is it called?

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  1. Potato salad
  2. Ramen
  3. Pasta
  4. Tempura
Potato salad is a dish with ties to Germany. It is traditionally made with cubes of potato and mayonnaise and seasoned with onions, salt and herbs.
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28. This meat is also common in Caribbean cuisine. What is it called?

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  1. Sushi
  2. Lamb's Heart
  3. Oxtail
  4. Pizza
Oxtail is a southern and Caribbean dish that is made from the tail of certain cattle. It can served alone when stewed or star as the meat in a soup.
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29. What's the name of this very sweet dessert?

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  1. Nougat
  2. Rock candy
  3. Turkish delight
  4. Caramel cake
Caramel cakes are complicated southern desserts that are known for being technically diificult to create and that includes its freshly-made caramel frosting.
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30. Also known as trotters, what's another name for this dish?

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  1. Polenta
  2. Pig's feet
  3. Goulash
  4. Risotto
Pig's feet is an ingredient that can prepared in a variety of ways. Usually, they are seasoned and boiled and eaten as is, or they're added to a soup.
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31. Which popular vegetable dish is this?

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  1. Pepperpot
  2. Red beans and rice
  3. Roti
  4. Creamed corn
Creamed corn is made from adding sweetcorn to a milky soup. It's common to find chunks of pureed corn in the dish.
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32. This drink is enjoyed by adults and kids alike. Can you tell us its name?

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  1. Sweet tea
  2. Shirley temple
  3. Fruit punch
  4. Diet Soda
Traditional sweet tea is made by adding a sweetener (sugar, honey or simple syrup) to tea that's still brewing. Fruits can also be added in later on.
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33. What's the name of this food which resembles kale and has a distinct taste?

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  1. Coq au vin
  2. Mustard greens
  3. Bouillabaisse
  4. Pig roast
Mustard greens are very similar to collard greens in that they are cooked in a similar way and looks almost the same when prepared.
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34. This dish is usually the star of the show at Thanksgiving dinners. What is its name?

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  1. Turkey
  2. Gyro
  3. Oil down
  4. Jollof rice
A turkey is usually the star of the show at Thanksgiving dinners where meat is allowed. The preparation, seasoning and cooking process takes hours.
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35. Which meaty and hearty breakfast favorite is this?

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  1. Pot-au-feu
  2. Mountain chicken
  3. Hot links
  4. Peppersoup
Hot links are sausages. They can be made using almost any kind of meat and cooked and seasoned to the eater's taste.
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36. This food can be fried, stewed and even barbecued. What do you think it is?

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  1. Fish broth
  2. Chicken liver
  3. Ceviche
  4. Succotash
Chicken liver is exactly what its name suggests. It's not eaten by a very large population outside of the south.
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37. Which beautiful fruit dessert is this?

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  1. Banana pudding
  2. Tea loaf
  3. Mooncake
  4. Caramel apple
Banana pudding is a southern dessert that doesn't need to be cooked. After the dish is layered, it is simply placed in the refrigerator until cold.
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38. What's the name of this refreshing southern cocktail?

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  1. Tequila sunrise
  2. Mint julep
  3. Cosmopolitan
  4. Amaretto sour
A mint julep is a southern cocktail that is made with four ingredients; mint leaves, crushed ice, bourbon and simple syrup.
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39. This side dish is available at many fast food restaurants. What is its name?

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  1. Ginger beed
  2. Coleslaw
  3. California roll
  4. Peanut soup
A coleslaw is a type of salad made with shredded vegetables. Traditionally, those vegetables are cabbage and carrot. Mayonnaise or a vinaigrette serves as the dressing.
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40. This dish transcends cultures and most religions. What is it called?

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  1. Rum Cake
  2. Fried chicken
  3. Beef brisket
  4. Boudin
Fried chicken is an easy, yet classic dish that is made by frying pieces of chicken (typically the leg, thigh, breast and wings) that have been seasoned, battered and/or dipped in flour.
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41. Some would say the marinating process is the most important part when preparing this dish. What is it called?

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  1. Fish chowder
  2. Poutine
  3. Pork ribs
  4. Butter tart
When one sees ribs on a menu, there's a high chance that they're pork ribs. They're best cooked by smoking and grilling.
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42. This dish is popular in Latin culture. Can you tell us its name?

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  1. Red beans and rice
  2. Flying fish
  3. Chicken korma
  4. Corn salad
Red beans and rice have heavy Latin influences. The dish was usually made on Mondays with leftover pork bones from the previous Sunday.
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43. What's the name of this dish, which is actually pig stomach?

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  1. Roast lamb
  2. Wiener schnitzel
  3. Hog maw
  4. Fried chicken
Hog maw is made using the stomach of a pig. The meat can be prepared in many different ways and served with other southern side dishes.
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44. This side dish is a good source of of vitamin A. What is its name?

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  1. Kabuli
  2. Couscous
  3. Meat pie
  4. Turnip greens
Turnip greens are very similar to, you guessed it, collard and mustard greens. The greens are actially the leaves of a turnip plant.
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45. This is a fall favorite. Can you tell us its name?

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  1. Pumpkin bread
  2. Rock cake
  3. Coconut bread
  4. Devil's food cake
Pumpkin bread is a kind of quick bread that uses pumpkin as one of its main ingredients. Nuts are usually added for texture.
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46. This traditional dessert is usually served as an alternative to pumpkin pie. Do you know what it's called?

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  1. Opera cake
  2. Sweet potato pie
  3. Gingerbread
  4. Rum cake
Sweet potato pie is a holiday favorite that is served in all areas of the country. Usually, marshmallows are placed on top for more sweetness.
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47. This liquid is a primary ingredient in pancakes of the same name. What is its name?

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  1. Buttermilk
  2. Caramel latte
  3. Hot chocolate
  4. Frappuccino
Buttermilk is a milk drink made by churning butter from cream. It can be used in cooking or consumed as is.
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48. What's the name of this nutty, sugary treat?

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  1. Angel delight
  2. Pralines
  3. Genoise
  4. Fudge
There are different kinds of pralines. The American kind is softer and a lot less perfect-looking than its French and Belgian counterparts. Its ingredients include a combination of nuts mixed with cream.
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49. What's the name of this pie which happens to be the official state pie of Florida?

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  1. Pumpkin pie
  2. Apple pie
  3. Cherry pie
  4. Key lime pie
Key lime pie is so named because it is traditionally made with Key limes. Those limes originated in, you guessed it, Key West, Florida.
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50. This cake is laced with bourbon. What do you think it's known as?

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  1. Lane Cake
  2. Marble cake
  3. Chiffon cake
  4. Red velvet cake
Lane cake is a traditional southern dessert that also goes by the names "prize cake" and "Alabama cake."
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