Fried Chicken, Grits and Oysters: Ultimate Deep South Food Quiz
by Staff
From the coast to the mountains, swamps to fields, every place has its own little twist on traditional Southern cooking. Take our quiz to see how much you know the area's distinctive food flavors and traditions.

When did okra first arrive in North America?

  • It's native to North America.
  • Christopher Columbus brought it in 1492.
  • the 18th century

Yellow barbecue sauce is found in which Deep South state?

  • Alabama
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

How might you hear Southerners refer to soft drinks?

  • coke
  • cola
  • soda

Which very popular vegetable in Southern cooking did early American colonists think was poisonous?

  • tomatoes
  • corn
  • summer squash

Gumbo traces its roots back to ______.

  • West Africa
  • Choctaw Indian tribe
  • both

What's a roux?

  • a thickener made of flour and fat
  • a variety of tomato chutney
  • a nickname for the red-flowered runner bean

What are grits made from?

  • wheat
  • corn
  • barley

What's the key ingredient in red-eye gravy?

  • beet juice
  • bacon fat
  • black coffee

If you order tea in the Deep South, how will it most likely be served to you?

  • sweetened and iced
  • warm with lemon
  • room temperature with mint

Which one of these is considered a type of cornbread?

  • johnnycakes
  • hush puppies
  • hoecakes
  • all of the above

What's a unique way Southerners like to eat peanuts?

  • raw
  • fried
  • boiled

What Deep South cuisine has its roots in the Canadian Maritime provinces?

  • Cajun
  • soul food
  • low-country

Where is low-country cuisine is typically found?

  • coastal Mississippi and Louisiana
  • coastal Florida and Alabama
  • coastal Georgia and South Carolina

Which one of these is NOT a fictional style of cuisine?

  • Biscuitteague
  • Floribbean
  • Collardian

What dairy product is most frequently used to marinate chicken before it's fried?

  • buttermilk
  • sour cream
  • cottage cheese

Which food, traditionally eaten on New Year's Day, is thought to bring good luck?

  • collard greens
  • rice
  • black-eyed peas

What seafood do Southerners frequently eat raw?

  • crab
  • tuna
  • oysters

If your order barbecue chicken in northern Alabama, what type of sauce might you get with your meat?

  • vinegar-based
  • mustard-based
  • mayonnaise-based

What's another name for coleslaw?

  • cool slewe
  • kale slaw
  • koosla

Dirty Rice is a typical dish in Louisiana. What makes it "dirty?"

  • liquid smoke
  • paprika
  • chicken liver