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Martin Luther King Jr Day is Monday and We're Talking His Favorite Foods

Martin Luther King Jr. Beautiful, bright card

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Sometimes people who have accomplished amazing things seem super human. Knowing their favorite foods make them a little more relatable. Taste of Home tells us all of Martin Luther King's favorite foods!

He loved Southern Food. He loved fried chicken, pecan pie, quilly, and picked eggs. Here is the complete.

Fried Chicken

It’s not surprising that a native of the South was a big fan of fried chicken. Those who knew MLK Jr. claimed he particularly enjoyed it as part of a big Sunday meal. (Read our fried chicken tips before you start frying.)

Pecan Pie

Dr. King’s dessert of choice was pecan pie, holding him true to those Georgia roots. People celebrate his life by eating this pecan dessert on his birthday each year.


This light dessert with a made-up name comes from Dr. King’s mother’s recipe box. It consists of gelatin, whipped cream, marshmallows and fruit salad all molded together. It sounds just like our beloved retro dessert salads.

Pickled Eggs

One of Dr. King’s favorite travel snacks was pickled pigs feet, and he never shied away from pickled eggs, either. The list of things you can pickle goes on and on!

Smothered Steak

Dr. King reportedly loved smothered steak. He might have liked these Salisbury steak recipes, too.

Macaroni and Cheese

As far as Southern Comfort Foods go, nothing can top homemade macaroni and cheese. It was a Dr. King favorite.

Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler was a runner-up to pecan pie on Dr. King’s list of top desserts, and he loved his mother’s version most of all. How many of theseSouthern dessertshave you tried?

Get Our Recipe for Peach Cobbler

Collard Greens

Dr. King would’ve undoubtedly enjoyed this classic recipe for collards as part of a big family meal. Pair this dish with a piece of warmbuttermilk cornbread.

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