Southern Weeknight Dinners - Rachael Ray In Season

5 Southern-Style Dinners to Make this Week

There's no denying that the southern portion of the United States has some incredible cuisine. From spicy to soul-warming, take inspiration from this region by cooking up southern creations all week long.
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Monday: Nashville Hot Chicken Legs

nashville hot chicken legs

With a hearty helping of cayenne, this spicy recipe will heat up your average winter Monday. Serve it with white bread and dill pickles for the ultimate homage to music city.

Recipe: Try Matt and Ted Lee's Nashville Hot Chicken Legs

Tuesday: Louisiana-Style Meat Loaves and Mashed Potatoes

Louisiana-Style Meat Loaves and Mashed Potatoes

The greatest comfort food gets southern-ified in this dish. It's got lip-licking Cajun seasoning, crumbly ground beef, and creamy mashed potatoes to balance everything out. What more could you want from a Tuesday?

Recipe: Try our Louisiana-Style Meat Loaves and Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday: Rachael Ray's Chipotle Corn 'N' Chops

Chipotle Corn ’n’ Chops

Take dinner to the southwest with this Tex-Mex-esque pork chop meal. It's smoky, sweet, and tangy—plus, it's got a serving of veggies in it!

Recipe: Try Rach's Chipotle Corn 'N' Chops

Thursday: Chicken Andouille & Shrimp Jambalaya

chicken andouille and shrimp jambalaya

Don't be intimidated by this stunning southern stew. Buy pre-peeled shrimp, chop up all the ingredients before you start cooking, and leave enough time for simmering. You'll be jamba-loving your jambalaya in no time.

Recipe: Try our Chicken Andouille & Shrimp Jambalaya

Friday: White Cheddar Grits with Greens & Bacon

white cheddar grits with greens & bacon

TGIF! Take it easy with this breakfast-y dinner full of cheesy grits, thick bacon, and tender baby kale. And, um, maybe book a southbound plane ticket?

Recipe: Try our White Cheddar Grits with Greens & Bacon

Shopping List

For the Nashville hot chicken legs:

  • 2 to 2 1/2 lbs. chicken legs
  • 1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 3 cups plus 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. ground cayenne
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • White bread
  • Dill pickle slices

For the Louisiana-style meat loaves and mashed potatoes:

  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 2 tsp. granulated onion
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1/2-1 tsp. cayenne
  • 5 medium russet potatoes (about 2 lbs.)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 oz. (6 tbsp.) cream cheese
  • 1/2-1 cup milk or chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 poblano or small green bell pepper
  • 1 rib celery with leafy tops
  • 2 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup light lager or chicken stock
  • About 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. hot sauce, preferably Frank's RedHot or Crystal
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 lb. andouille sausage
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup chili sauce, preferably Heinz

For the chipotle corn 'n' chops:

  • 4 bone-in pork chops (each 1 to 1 1/4 inches thick)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups frozen fire-roasted corn kernels
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 10 to 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 jalapeño chiles
  • 2-4 tbsp. chipotle Tabasco or 1 finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 2 tbsp. light agave syrup or honey
  • 2 tbsp. fresh thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. (about 1/3 palmful) dried oregano

For the chicken andouille and shrimp jambalaya:

  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. EVOO
  • 1 12-oz package spicy chicken andouille sausages
  • 2 bunch scallions
  • 2 large bell peppers
  • 3 ribs celery with leaves
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb. peeled and deveined medium shrimp

For the white cheddar grits with greens and bacon:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp white cheddar
  • 12 oz. thick-cut bacon
  • 2 packages (5 oz. each) baby kale
  • 4 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 red chile