Can You Identify These Soul Food Dishes?

By: Kennita Leon
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Can You Identify These Soul Food Dishes?
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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 Which classic soul food was it?
Popcorn
Paella
Fried chicken
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.
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Collard Greens What's this food's name?
Marzipan
Collard greens
Collards are typically seasoned with diced onions, black pepper, white pepper, salt, smoked and salted meats such as ham hocks and smoked turkey drumsticks.
Tacos
French toast

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Peach Cobbler Which food is this?
Paella
French toast
Pho
Peach cobbler
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.

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Corn Bread Tell us which soul food this is.
Cornbread
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.
Fajitas
Lasagna
Shish kebab

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Popcorn
Grits
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.
Marzipan
Croissant

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Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy Identify the dish shown here.
Hummus
Tacos
Chicken parmesan
Chicken fried steak
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.

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Mac and Cheese What name does this food go by?
Poutine
Paella
Mac & cheese
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.
Potato chips

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Okra Pick the option that best matches the food shown in the picture.
Croissant
French toast
Okra
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.
Pho

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Pork Ribs Tell us the name this soul food was given.
Pork ribs
Pork ribs are a cut of pork which is commonly used in several Western and Asian cuisines.
Shish kebab
Popcorn
Marzipan

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Fatback Which option matches the food shown?
Poutine
Paella
Potato chips
Fatback
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.

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Slice of Pecan Pie Do us a solid and tell us the name of this food.
Hummus
Chicken parmesan
Fajitas
Pecan pie
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.

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Hoecakes Which of these names corresponds with the picture?
French toast
Croissant
Hoecake
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.
Shish kebab

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Pho
Hushpuppies
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.
Tacos
Poutine

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Chitlins What's this food's name?
Chitlins
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.
Marzipan
Popcorn
Potato chips

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Ham Hock Can you tell us the name of this soul food?
Paella
Lasagna
Ham hocks
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
Fajitas

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Gravy Which food is this?
Gravy
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.
Chicken parmesan
Hummus
Shish kebab

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Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob Tell us which soul food this is.
Corn on the cob
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.
French toast
Pho
Croissant

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Mashed Potatoes What is this food called?
Marzipan
Mashed potatoes
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.
Tacos
Poutine

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Southern Fried Catfish Identify the dish shown here.
Donuts
Hamburger
Popcorn
Fried fish
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.

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Buttermilk Biscuits What name does this food go by?
Potato chips
Paella
Biscuits
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.
Fajitas

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Red Drink Match this soul food to its name.
Croissant
Red drink
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.
Tacos
Lasagna

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Sweet Potato Pie Pick the option that best matches the food shown in the picture.
Sweet potato pie
Sweet potato pie is a traditional American dessert which is commonly served during the holiday season such as Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Hummus
Lasagna
Shish kebab

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Hog Jowl What does one call this dish?
Hog jowl
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
Poutine
French toast
Chicken parmesan

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Hoppin' John Rice and Bean Dish Match this soul food to its name.
Croissant
Marzipan
Pho
Hoppin' John
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.

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Black Eyed Peas What does one call this dish?
Fajitas
Donuts
Black-eyed peas
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.
Hamburger

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Jambalaya Tell us the name this soul food was given.
Potato chips
Jambalaya
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.
Tacos
Popcorn

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Pound Cake Which option matches the food shown?
Donuts
Pound cake
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.
Fajitas
Hamburger

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Gumbo Do us a solid and tell us the name of this food.
Paella
Gumbo
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.
French toast
Hummus

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Creamed Corn Which of these names corresponds with the picture?
Shish kebab
Lasagna
Creamed corn
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.
Poutine

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Ox Tails Which classic soul food was it?
Ox tails
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.
Potato chips
Chicken parmesan
Marzipan

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Collard Greens What's this food's name?
Hamburger
Pho
Donuts
Mustard greens
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.

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Candied Yams Can you tell us the name of this soul food?
Hummus
Croissant
Popcorn
Candied yams
Candied yam is a classic American dish of southern origin which is commonly prepared during Thanksgiving.

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Blackberry Cobbler Which food is this?
Lasagna
Blackberry cobbler
Blackberry cobbler, which resembles a thick-crusted, deep-dish pie, is a baked dish which is made with blackberry filling, biscuits or dumplings.
Tacos
French toast

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Banana Pudding Tell us which soul food this is.
Marzipan
Banana pudding
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.
Paella
Poutine

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Southern Iced Sweet Tea What is this food called?
Sweet tea
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.
Chicken parmesan
Pho
Potato chips

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Pigs Feet Identify the dish shown here.
Shish kebab
Pig's feet
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.
Fajitas
Croissant

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Cornbread Dressing What name does this food go by?
Hummus
French toast
Cornbread dressing
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.
Chicken parmesan

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Sweet Potato Can you tell us the name of this soul food?
Chicken parmesan
Poutine
Hummus
Sweet potatoes
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.

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Bread Pudding Pick the option that best matches the food shown in the picture.
Marzipan
Poutine
Potato chips
Bread pudding
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.

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Turnip Greens What does one call this dish?
Paella
Popcorn
Turnip greens
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.
Tacos

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