The Essential Southern Larder

13 must-have pantry items for a proper taste of the South

Given that the immense popularity of Southern cuisine stretches from Coastal California to well north of the Mason-Dixon Line, home cooks are hoping to recreate its iconic dishes in their own kitchens now more than ever.

But in order to do that pot of chicken and dumplings justice, you've got to first start with the best regionally sourced ingredients.

We've rustled up 13 must-have Southern pantry staples, so you'll be ready when it comes to making those platters of fried chicken, deviled eggs, collard greens and cast-iron corn bread. Here's how to properly stock your larder.