M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I! These recipes showcase just some of the foods that Mississippi is famous for. "The Magnolia State" was the 20th state to join the U.S.A in 1817. It's well-known for its blues and bluegrass music, magnolias, and southern hospitality and charm.

Home to the the largest river in the United States, the Mississippi River, Mississippi is the birthplace of such famous Americans as Oprah Winfrey, Elvis Presley, Jim Henson, and Britney Spears. It's also where root beer was invented in Biloxi, Mississippi back in 1898 by Edward Adolf Barq Sr. (as in Barq's Root Beer).

More than 90% of all farm-raised catfish in the United States comes from Mississippi, so it's unsurprising that Fried Catfish is one of their most popular dishes.

More food that Mississippi is known for and you are likely to see if visiting the state includes Southern Collard Greens, boiled peanuts, Fried Pickles, and caramel cake.

Fried catfish on a wire rack over a baking sheet with hush puppies.