You're going to have to give us a little more info on what you want to make - main dish, side dish, dessert, salad, etc. I've got 3 Southern Living annual cookbooks, a copy of Southern Cooking by Henrietta Dull, and a few more. Don't mind helping you with one but Don't have the time to type in probably 3,000+ recipes.
Southern food to me means fried or with bacon or some other vile thing called fatback. =/ I can't even safely order green beans around here. hahaha
Ok, I guess I should at least give a half-way serious answer. I'll brainstorm ~ Blackeyed peas! Collard greens! Grits! mmm Pecans! okra!? Collard greens! red velvet cake! Southern Comfort & Jack Daniels! Sweet tea! (ewww) and ummmm oh, spicey good Cajun food with crawfish!
I've got a cook book called The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook and looked through it but didn't come up with as many good ideas as you all tossed around. I haven't been assigned to make anything specific yet. Whatever I want. I will have to call the host and find out how many people are coming. Thanks for all of the ideas! So far I'm leaning towards: corn bread, red velvet cake or collard greens. Those all seem like dishes I can make the night before.
Stewed okra and tomatoes, chicken & dumplings, salt and pepper catfish, collards with fatback, black-eyed peas, country ham, fried chicken, chlitlins, and of course cornbread. Can ya tell I'm from the south?
I've been on a 'succotash salad' kick lately - it's great, pretty, and easy to make - and you can do it the day before!
1 pkg. frozen baby lima beans
1 pkg. frozen butter peas or butter beans or crowder peas
1 pkg frozen baby sweet corn (I use the white and yellow mixed)
1/2 cup each minced green, yellow and red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red onion or scallion
1/3 cup sherry or apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
Whisk all that up well to dissolve the honey and salt, then add 2/3 cup olive oil, and whisk to emulsify. Pour over the veggies, toss well, cover and let sit overnight.
How about pecan pie,I have a strawberry pie recipe from a restaurant in Shreveport Louisiana, Mississippi Mud Cake, cucumber tea sandwiches, Pimento Cheese sandwiches, Frozen Fruit Cup Salad, Millionaire Salad.
Most of these recipes are from my grandma who lived in Louisiana. If you are interested in any of the recipes let me know and I will post them for you.