Southern Comfort Food... MMMMM!
Mmmm. I'm a Southern girl, so there's nothing quite like Southern comfort food to hit the spot after a long day. I want to share with you some of my favorite dishes from the South as well as some family recipes/meals.
It's a big cliché that Southern food is dipped in butter and deep fried. It's not far from the truth, though I've never had chicken-fried bacon like I saw posted on Facebook the other day.
These are my favorite (deep) fried foods:
Fried chicken (duh!) with nice, creamy, calorie-filled white gravy.
Chicken fried steak - also with white gravy and mashed 'taters'
Fried green tomatoes which I haven't had in YEARS. Drool.
Hush puppies- especially with fish
Cornbread, the savory kind (NO sugar, NO flour) with the crust fried crispy brown in a cast iron skillet
Fried macaroni and cheese bites, YUM!
And I'll admit it... I've eaten a deep-fried Twinkie. It was delicious, lol.
Now... For some family meals from my childhood.
Fried (lol!) potatoes, mac & cheese, soup beans (PINTO- no substitutes! Get outta here with your white beans and candied cornbread, haha) with fried 'hot dogs' (ie- weenies) Nothing like it.
Another that my grandmother and my father makes is hamburger turnovers. Oh my gosh, yummy. You just fry up the hamburger with some onions and add salt and pepper, maybe a little spices. Then you take canned refrigerated biscuits or croissants and roll them out. Put the hamburger meat on top the dough, sprinkle on cheddar cheese. Take a little bit of egg and brush on the edge of the dough, crimp it down with a fork, and pop them in the oven. Take them out when the dough is done. It's like a homemade Hot Pocket, kid and budget friendly, and super yummy with some yellow mustard.
Reuben sandwiches... I don't know if this is a Southern thing because they seem awfully German. Rye bread + roast beef + sauerkraut + Swiss + Thousand Island dressing. Delish.
Shephard's Pie (I think this might be British? But it's served commonly in the South)
And for dessert...
How about some pineapple upside down cake, icebox cookies, 7-layer bars, or tin roof sundaes?
Don't forget to wash it all down with tea sweet enough to put you in a diabetic coma!
And if you want to get more Southern than my neck of the woods, I do like gumbo and all sorts of Cajun food, but that's not what I think of when I think Southern food.
What about you? Do you have any southern comforts when it comes to food?