Southern Coastal Cornbread Skillet

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Southern Coastal Cornbread Skillet

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of chorizo, sliced and chopped
  • 1 cup of crab meat, chopped
  • 1/2 pound of raw shrimp, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 2 tablespoons of seafood seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cups of self-rising corn meal
  • 1 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of chopped chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

How to make:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

In a large cast-iron skillet or oven proof skillet, heat the olive oil over medium.

Saute together the first four ingredients until onions are translucent and shrimp are pink. Add in the seafood seasoning and corn. Remove from heat.

In a large mixing bowl, combine corn meal, milk, vegetable oil, and eggs until well blended. Pour corn meal batter over sauteed skillet ingredients.

Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

In a small bowl, combine sour cream, chives, and black pepper.

Slice and serve. Top with sour cream mixture.

Serves 6-8.

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Southern Chicken Salad

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Southern Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of chicken, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 cup of grapes, sliced in quarters
  • 1/2 cup of pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large croissants

How to make:

In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, celery, grapes, pecans, mayonnaise, pepper, and salt.

Slice the croissants in half, or use bread of choice.

Serves 4.

Chicken and “Dumplins”

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Chicken and “Dumplins”

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken, cut up
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stalk of celery, sliced
  • 1 medium sized onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • Parsley

How to make:

Stew chicken three hours until shreds a part by putting it in a dutch oven and covering it with water. Add salt to the water, onion, and celery. Add one tablespoon of chopped parsley to the broth.

Remove chicken from broth and allow to cool. Debone meat.

To make the dumplings, in a bowl mix the egg and the flour, add drops of water until dough forms a ball. On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough and cut into squares. Drop the squares into the broth and cook for approximately 30 minutes.

When dumplings are done, add chicken and serve.

(Optional, sliced carrots are a nice addition, too.)

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon coffee cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of salted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

How to make:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. In a medium bowl, blend together flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt. Combine the two mixtures until smooth. Pour half of the batter into a greased 9 x 13 dish.

In a medium bowl, blend brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle half of the streusel mixture on top of the batter.

Top with the remaining cake batter and sprinkle the other half of the streusel mixture on top. Drizzle with melted butter.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Can be made the night before, or served warm. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Fried Green Tomatoes

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 green tomatoes
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Vegetable oil

How to make:

Three bowls: In the first bowl, combine the egg and buttermilk. In the second bowl, put the flour. In the third bowl, combine the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, paprika, and salt.

Cover the bottom of a large cast-iron skillet with vegetable oil, about half an inch. Heat on medium, no higher than 375 degrees.

Slice the tomatoes quarter inch thick. Dredge in flour, dip in egg mixture, dredge in cornmeal mixture.

Drop each slice into oil and cook for one and a half to two minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

Sprinkle hot tomatoes with salt and serve.

Blackberry Cobbler

Marionberry cobbler with crossed crust

Blackberry Cobbler

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups of fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch

How to make:

To make the pastry, in a large bowl sift together the flour and the salt, then add the shortening. One tablespoon at a time add ice water, until the dough forms into a ball. Refrigerate until chilled.

On a floured surface, roll out 2/3 of the pie pastry and press it against the sides of a lightly greased baking dish or cake pan.

In a large saucepan, add berries with two cups of water. Carefully stir in sugar and cornstarch until the mixture starts to thicken.

Pour into the pastry-lined dish.

Roll out the remainder of the pastry and cut into 1/2-inch strips. Lay them crisscross over the top of the cobbler.

Bake for 45 minutes to one hour, or until the top is browned and berries are bubbling.

Serve warm as is, or pour milk or half and half over the top. Also great with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped topping.

Pecan Pie

Pecan pie with whipped cream

Pecan Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of dark cane or corn syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • pinch of salt

How to make:

Preheat over to 325 degrees.

Press uncooked pie crust into a pie dish.

In a mixing bowl, whip butter, and brown sugar together until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat eggs with a fork or wire whisk and then blend into sugar butter mixture. Sift cornstarch and salt into the mixture, and stir in vanilla. Blend in syrup and pecan pieces.

When all ingredients are thoroughly mixed, pour into the pie crust.

Bake for 30 minutes. Then lower the heat to 300 degrees and bake for 30 more minutes, or until the center is firm.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.