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Traditional Southern Breakfast
In the South, homemade biscuits served with country-style gravy (also called sawmill gravy), country ham and red eye gravy and grits are one traditional breakfast menu; the Southwest has huevos rancheros and spicy breakfast burritos; scrapple is a favorite in the Mid-Atlantic states-  Many Soul food breakfast menus across the country include fried chicken wings, catfish, pork chops and salmon croquettes.

Coffee is the most common breakfast beverage. In the United States, 65% of coffee drunk during the day is with breakfast.. Also common are tea, milk, hot chocolate, orange juice, and other fruit juices (grapefruit, tomato, etc). Occasionally, caffeinated carbonated beverages may be substituted for the more traditional coffee or tea. Espresso drinks such as cappuccino and latte have become increasingly popular since the 1990s.

The mother of Southern cooking
Impoverished whites and blacks in the South prepared many of the same dishes stemming from the soul tradition, but styles of preparation sometimes varied. Certain techniques popular in soul and southern cuisine like frying meat and using all parts of the animal for consumption, have a long history of which evidence occurs in ancient cultures all over the world, including Rome, Egypt and China. Whichever way it was introduced to the American South, fried meat became a common staple. To this day it is popular among Southern Euro and African-Americans.

Many people in the south debate over what the difference is between soul food and Southern cooking. Before the 1870s, the south was made up of a predominately Anglo and black population. During the 1870s, Irish, German and Czech immigrants started to come into the south bringing their own traditions coupled with soul food. Such as the creation of southern fried chicken, which is of Scottish origin from Scots-Irish immigrants to the south. The African-americans contributed some of the spices and this became a southern fusion dish. Many dishes were made by both Blacks and Whites of the south. Many Whites grew eating many of the items that is classified as Soul food, because many of the dishes in Soul food are part of White southern food as well.

It is also important to note the Native American influence on soul cooking at a time when Black Indians was relatively common. Indigenous peoples had been cultivating beans, strawberries, maize, and chili peppers; and for years, they prepared hominy (also the source of hominy grits), hotwater cornbread and strawberry bread, which Europeans appropriated as strawberry shortcake. wikipedia soul food

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Southerners love fried food! Some unique soul food and southern cooking shared with other cuisines.

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See Also:
Coffee Break or Tea Break? / Bubble and Squeak / Traditional Southern Food /
Chicken Dishes / Waffle Recipes /

External Links:
Home of Chicken and Waffles / The Hen House Chicken and Waffles /
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