Can You Identify These Soul Food Dishes?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

Soul food is a type of American cuisine that originated in the south. This food has ties to the slave communities in the southeastern states of the country and got its name during the '60s when the likes of Malcolm X walked this earth. It was primarily eaten by the black community, but has since transcended race and is eaten throughout the nation. 

Not only are these foods extremely delicious, but they also make you feel good. And while most of them aren't the healthiest of options, they're still consumed very frequently. But are you a fan of soul food? Can you name some of the most famous dishes if we showed you some pictures?

We want to know how much you've been paying attention to this food movement. We know that you know the ever-popular fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuits. But could you tell us what hoecake, chitlins, hog jowls and jambalaya look like? Well, you'll get the chance to, in this quiz.

If you're enough of a foodie, you'll ace this test and prove that you really know your soul food like we think you do, let's get started!

Fried chicken is a dish made from seasoned chicken pieces which have been battered or floured, then fried in a frying pan, deep fryer or pressure cooker. The dish is a combination of West African seasoning techniques and Scottish frying techniques and has been associated with stereotypes of African-Americans.

Collards are typically seasoned with diced onions, black pepper, white pepper, salt, smoked and salted meats such as ham hocks and smoked turkey drumsticks.

Peach cobbler is made from a savory, peach filling which is poured into a large baking dish and then covered with batter, dumpling or biscuit before being baked.

Cornbread is a quick bread made with cornmeal, typically leavened with baking powder. English southern settlers learned corn dishes recipes from Native Americans, later incorporating it into their European bread recipes.

Grits is an oatmeal-like corn soup which is ground into a coarse meal and then boiled. The dish originated within the Native American Indians and was later adapted in the southern United States.

Chicken fried steak is a breaded cutlet dish composed of a piece of beefsteak which has been coated in seasoned flour and then pan-fried.

Mac & cheese, also called macaroni and cheese, macaroni pie or macaroni cheese, is comfort food of English origin. The dish is composed of cooked macaroni and a cheese sauce (commonly cheddar), but may include other ingredients such as breadcrumbs, vegetables or meat.

Okra, also known as okro or ladies' fingers, is a flowering plant valued for its edible green seed pods which result in a slimy texture when cooked.

Pork ribs are a cut of pork which is commonly used in several Western and Asian cuisines.

Fatback is a cut of meat from the domestic pig which is made up of a layer of subcutaneous fat under the skin of the back, with or without the pork rind. In southern U.S. cuisine, it is used to prepare fried pork rinds, and for flavoring stewed vegetables such as black-eyed peas, leafy vegetables and green beans.

Pecan pie is a pie of southern United States origin which is commonly served at holiday meals. It is made of pecan nuts mixed with a filling made of butter, eggs, sugar (usually corn syrup), vanilla, salt, chocolate and bourbon whiskey as flavorings.

Hoecake, also known as johnnycake, is an unleavened cornmeal flatbread which originated from the Native American Indians. Hoecakes are prepared by mixing cornmeal, salt and water.

Hushpuppy is a small, cornmeal-based deep-fried ball which is typically served as a side dish for seafood and other deep-fried foods. Hushpuppies are made using cornmeal, wheat flour, baking soda, milk or buttermilk, eggs, salt and may include scallion, garlic, pepper and whole kernel corn.

Chitlins, also called chitterlings, is a dish made from the small intestines of a pig and occasionally cattle. In addition to being a comfort food in the southern United States, chitterlings is also prepared and eaten in the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Ham hock, also known as pork knuckle, is a cut of pork of the joint between the fibula/tibia and the metatarsals of the pig's foot. In soul food, it is used as an essential ingredient for flavoring many dishes and may be cooked with various vegetables or added to soups and sauces

Gravy is a thick liquid which is made from the juices left over from cooking meats and then thickened with cornstarch or wheat flour. Gravy is generally served with mashed potatoes, rice, meatloaf or roasts.

Corn on the cob is the culinary term used for sweet corn eaten on the cob. It is also referred to as sweet pole, cornstick, pole-corn, butter-pop or long maize.

Mashed potatoes is a dish prepared by mashing peeled, boiled potatoes, seasoning it with butter, cream and garlic and then whipped. It is generally served as a side dish to vegetables and meat and is commonly associated with holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Fried fish is the general name for any fish or shellfish which is prepared by frying. Like fried chicken, the fish is covered in a batter, flour, spices or herbs before being cooked. In the southern U.S., fried fish is generally served at social gatherings such as churches or fundraisers.

A biscuit is a small, leavened quick bread with a soft interior and a firm browned crust. Biscuits are generally made using all-purpose flour, baking powder or baking soda, milk or buttermilk, and butter or shortening.

Red drink generally refers to a number of southern U.S. drinks. This includes the Alabama Slammer, an alcoholic cocktail composed of sloe gin, amaretto, orange juice and Southern Comfort served in a Collins glass. Other red drinks include cherry or strawberry flavored kool-aid.

Sweet potato pie is a traditional American dessert which is commonly served during the holiday season such as Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Hog jowl, also called pork jowl or jowl bacon, refers to the smoked and cured cheeks of pork. In the southern United States, hog jowl is traditionally eaten on New Years Day for good luck and prosperity. It is prepared with black-eyed peas and greens or with fatback

Hoppin' John, also called Carolina Peas and Rice, is a southern U.S. dish. It is composed of rice, black-eyed peas, sliced bacon, chopped onion and salt.

Black-eyed peas, also called goat pea or black-eyed bean, is a legume which is identified by its pale coloration and prominent black spot. In the southern U.S., it is used to prepare a variety of dishes such Hoppin' John - a meal consisting of rice, black-eyed peas, sliced bacon, chopped onion and salt.

Jambalaya is a dish which originated in Louisiana with French and Spanish influence. The recipe mainly consists of vegetables mixed with rice and meat such as sausage, pork chicken, crawfish or shrimp.

The pound cake, which originated in Great Britain, is a type of cake which is traditionally made with a pound of flour, butter, sugar and eggs each. The batter is then baked in a Bundt mold or loaf pan, and then lightly glazed, dusted with powdered sugar or given a coat of icing.

Gumbo is a famous stew in the United States and the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana. It generally consists of a strongly flavored, roux-based meat or shellfish stock, a thickener such as okra, filé powder or roux, and vegetables namely onions bell peppers and celery.

Creamed corn, also known as cream-styled corn, is a creamed food of Native American origin. It is prepared by pulping the corn and then extracting the milky residue from the corn.

Oxtail refers to the culinary term for the tail of cattle which is skinned and cut into short lengths. In southern U.S. cuisine, it is slow-cooked as a soup and is used as the traditional stock base for soup.

Mustard greens is a popular dish in the southern United States which is prepared similarly to collard greens. This dish is made by cooking mustard green vegetable with bacon, chicken broth, vinegar, onion and seasoning such as salt and ground black pepper.

Candied yam is a classic American dish of southern origin which is commonly prepared during Thanksgiving.

Blackberry cobbler, which resembles a thick-crusted, deep-dish pie, is a baked dish which is made with blackberry filling, biscuits or dumplings.

Banana pudding is a layered dessert which is made from sweet, vanilla-flavored custard, cookies such as vanilla wafer or ladyfingers and sliced bananas topped with whipped cream or meringue.

Sweet tea is a popular style of iced tea which is prepared by adding sugar, simple syrup or artificial sweeteners to black tea while it's brewing or still hot. Baking soda is sometimes added to reduce its acidity and it may be flavored with lemon, mint, peach or raspberry.

Pig's feet, also known as pig's trotter or pettitoes, is the culinary term for the foot of the pig. It is used in a variety of dishes such as Southern American soul food. It is usually boiled and seasoned with onion, garlic, celery, bay leaf, salt, vinegar, black pepper and red pepper.

Cornbread dressing is a traditional southern U.S. dressing which is commonly prepared for Thanksgiving. As the name suggests, it is made with crumbled cornbread, seasoned with onion, celery, sage, pepper, salt, butter and chicken broth then baked in a casserole.

Sweet potatoes are large, sweet-tasting, starchy tuberous roots which are commonly served as a side dish in southern U.S. cuisine. It may be prepared like mashed potatoes in a casserole, fries or chips with sweet ingredients such as brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, orange juice or marshmallows.

Bread pudding is a sweet or savory bread-based dessert which is made with stale bread, milk or cream, eggs, oil, butter or suet. Sugar, honey, syrup, dried fruits and nuts may be used as well as spices such as nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, or vanilla. In Louisiana, it is served with a sweet sauce made of whiskey, rum or caramel.

In southern United States cuisine, the greens of turnips are harvested and prepared similarly to collard greens and mustard greens. It is usually cooked with ham hock, or a piece of fat pork meat and seasoned with onion, black pepper, red pepper flakes, kosher salt and sugar.

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