Southern Living Says These 2 North Carolina Dishes Are The ‘Most Iconic” Recipes
When you think of quintessential North Carolina foods what is the first thing that comes to your mind? I’d say barbeque is the most well known at least in my opinion. In other states, there are things like Key Lime Pie (Florida), Jambalaya (Louisiana), and Crab Cakes (Maryland). But in North Carolina, I’d probably say the most iconic recipe is for BBQ. That’s not what the experts at Southern Living said, however.
Southern Living editors recently created a list of “signature state recipes” for many of the southern states. This list included iconic dishes like Nashville Hot Chicken, and the aforementioned Louisiana Jambalaya de Covington, and Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes. They say that while it’s nearly impossible to choose favorite dishes these are the ones that “won over their hearts and taste buds”.
So what are North Carolina’s most iconic dishes? The first is North Carolina’s Atlantic Beach Pie. Perhaps because I’ve never been to Atlantic Beach but this is a dessert I’ve never heard of before. It is described as a combination of a lemon ice box and Key lime pies with a saltine cracker crust. This does sound right up my alley! Does anyone know somewhere to try this in Charlotte?
The other dish is North Carolina Dipped Fried Chicken and while I’ve certainly eaten my fair share of fried chicken I don’t recall ever having it quite like this. Southern Living says this dish is “A tasty cousin of Nashville Hot Chicken.” It consists of crunchy fried chicken dunked in a sweet, spicy, and vinegary sauce. Sounds good to me! But as a lifelong North Carolinian, I’m not sure either of these dishes are ironically North Carolina. But I’ll accept other opinions on the subject!
Thanks to our friends at Southern Living for sharing their research with us you can read the full article and learn about other iconic state dishes here!