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Recipes - "Southern-Style"

Boiled/Roasted Chestnuts

BOILED: Cross-cut chestnuts on flat side; bring to a boil and simmer 15min. Peel chestnuts 2 or 3 at a time. If hard to peel, boil 5min more. Boil again 40min after peeled.

PEELED & SAUTEED: with butter and melted cheddar or American cheese, cooking 40 min more.
OVEN ROASTED: Cross-cut on rounded side; lay on flat side on cookie sheet in one layer. Bake at 400 for 20min.

ROASTED OVER COALS: Cross-cut on rounded side; lay flat one layer on metal pie plate (punch holes in bottom of pie plate). Place on grill over coals; cook until tender.

Grits was made the official prepared food of Georgia in 2002. Grits are bits of ground corn or hominy which constitute a uniquely indigenous Southern food first produced by Native Americans many centuries ago. Corn is a preeminent Georgia crop grown throughout the state. Grits can be a pure and simple breakfast dish or can be incorporated into gourmet cooking through countless recipes.

I found a recipe that fits right in with my idea of a "southern" breakfast custom ...  I will have to ask my friends living near Atlanta if they have ever eaten this for their breakfast!

Baked Oatmeal

A delicious hot treat on a cold morning. Convenient to prepare ahead of time.

2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup chunky or regular applesauce
1/2 cup brown sugar

Topping
1 cup vanilla yogurt

Preheat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl combine the oatmeal, baking powder and salt. Mix in milk, eggs, applesauce, brown sugar. Stir and pour into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes. Serve hot, topping each with vanilla yogurt. Serves four.

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Sour Cream Corn Bread

1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp rosemary (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour Cream
1/3 cup milk
2 TSP melted butter

Mix together all the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix all the other ingredients. Then mix both together until just combined. Pour into a well greased 8 inch square baking dish. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven of 20 to 25 minutes.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients
4-6 firm green tomatoes sliced about 1/2-1 inch thick,
put in cold tap water to cover up.
1 egg
2 cups of yellow corn meal
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper

Directions
In a large skillet, use 100 percent vegetable oil, heat oil.
Make sure your oil is hot enough before your start frying
Mix up egg to wash the tomatoes. Mix the flour in the
corn meal. Coat the tomatoes with the cornmeal and flour
mix. Add your salt and pepper as you fry the tomatoes.
Drain on a paper towel.

Old Southern Recipe for White Fruit Cake

1/4 lb. candied Cherries
1/4 lb candied pineapple
1/4 lb candied citron
1 lb pecans
1 lb butter
1 can coconut shredded
2 cups sugar
6 egg whites
3 cups self rising flour
1/4 c milk
1 t. vanilla

Chop fruit and nuts fine.
Cream butter and sugar.
Add milk, vanilla, egg whites, and flour.
Fold in fruit and nuts.
Add a little more milk if batter is too stiff to stir but it should be thick.
Spoon into bunt pan and cook in slow oven (275-300) until toothpick comes out clean (about 1hr)
This cake will not keep like regular fruit cake. Make not more than two days before Christmas.

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Hershey's Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

[I remember my Mom making this fudge every year at Christmastime. Mom was a Texas native - and a true Southern Lady! I have never been able to make fudge as good as this.]

2/3 Hershey's cocoa
3 cups sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups milk

Combine cocoa, sugar and salt. Add milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook to 235* degrees (on candy thermometer( or when when syrup is dropped into very cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water) WITHOUT STIRRING AT ALL! (stirring makes a grainy fudge. SO does stirring BEFORE it cools to lukewarm). Remove from heat. Add 4 1/2 tbsp butter and Vanilla. Cool at room temperature to 110 degrees F. (lukewarm). Beat with a wooden spoon until fudge thickens and loses some gloss. Quickly spread in buttered 8-9 inch square pan that has been buttered all over. Cool. Then cut into about 3 dozen squares.

Southern Pecan Pie
[I've made this many times & never knew it was "Southern"!]

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 slightly beaten eggs
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla1 cup chopped pecans
1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

Directions
Chill pie shell while making filling.
Cream butter adding sugar gradually until fluffy.
Add remaining ingredients and blend well.
Pour into pie shell.
Bake at 375 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes.

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This has nothing to do with Southern Recipes... other than I just found out that resourceful southerners have managed to create recipes from this vine!!

This vine is believed to cover more than 7 million acres in the South. That 'Kudzu covers Dixie like the dew' is no idle statement. Propagating at the rate of a foot (or more) a day, kudzu is like a runaway locomotive. I've heard it said that Southern mothers will keep a close eye on their children while they sleep in the summer to keep them from being choked to death by the night creeper vine...... It's said that a country family went on a two week vacation, and when they returned, the country road which had not been traveled while they were away, was covered with kudzu and they lost their way home...... An escaped prisoner fled into a kudzu patch and is still unaccounted for....


It's not uncommon to see entire trees or telephone poles completely covered by kudzu. Abandoned cars, sheds or even houses can become victims of this powerful parasite. Spanish Moss can't even begin to compete. If the vines were not killed by the frost, the entire South would become a single kudzu field.
So, what good is it? The vine is very popular for basket weaving. It is now 'chic' to display handmade Kudzu art....Kudzu plants produce large ,wisteria like, purple flowers on long racemes, and beans in flat, papery pods covered with a tawny down. The plant is edible, and can be used to make jelly from the flowers, wine, or fried leaves.... The Japanese make a Tofu from the tubers of the root.....Cows love it. Goats love it. We Hate It..

For more information [and recipes!] for the Kudzu...
Click here - "Southern Delights"

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