Dolly Parton Named the Perfectly Southern Dishes She’d Cook if She Had Her Own Show

by Clayton Edwards

Southern food is a little different than what you’ll find in other places. We eat things in the South that you won’t find in any other region. Well, you won’t find them made correctly in many other places.

For instance, have you ever tried to find decent sweet tea or biscuits and gravy in the North? Bless their hearts. Like any other region, our food comes from our roots. Dolly Parton is a lady who knows all about her roots. At the same time, it sounds like she knows her way around a kitchen.

Dolly Parton is many things to many people. To some, she is a country music icon. After all, she has been in the business for decades. She has written and recorded some of the most memorable tunes in the genre. For instance, where would we be without “I Will Always Love You,” “Jolene,” or “9 to5,” or any one of her other massive contributions?

However, that is far from the width and breadth of Dolly’s impact. She is also a beacon of hope to people in East Tennessee. When wildfires burned down a chunk of her stomping grounds, she donated millions of dollars to help out and the list goes on. In short, she’s a national treasure.

Dolly Parton on Southern Cooking

It turns out that Dolly Parton isn’t just the Patron Saint of the South. She also loves some Southern cooking. Back in 2008, The Boot asked Dolly “If you were a guest on a cooking show, what would you cook?” You don’t get much more southern than Dolly’s answer.

Dolly Parton said that she would start with a southern staple, chicken ‘n’ dumplings. Or maybe she would fry some green tomatoes. Whatever she chose, Dolly said it would be, “Something greasy and definitely something Southern.”

Then she added a few more ideas. “Maybe some possum or squirrel,” she laughed at that. However, in the right parts of the South, you can’t go wrong with fried squirrel alongside some homemade biscuits and gravy. Then, she jokingly mused about taking her Southern kitchen skills to Martha Stewart’s cooking show.

“Here’s how to cook a Parton Pie, Martha,” she laughed. “You’ve gotta put some sweet potatoes and bacon grease…” She joked that it would probably give Stewart a heart attack.

As it turns out, Dolly Parton was a guest on a cooking show in 2016. She was a guest on the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family. Unfortunately, she didn’t fry up a squirrel or possum for the good folks at Hallmark. Instead, she made a dish from her childhood: stone soup.

Check out the video below of Dolly Parton explaining what went into her mother’s stone soup and why it is special to her.