Showing posts with label southern cooking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label southern cooking. Show all posts

Friday, February 14, 2014

Potato Dumpling Pie

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Wanting for comfort food? Maybe, you're yearning for some Potato Dumpling Pie!
This Potato Dumpling Pie recipe can be cooked in a pie dish, iron skillet, or a casserole dish. Slices of potato and onion seasoned up with garlic and black pepper enveloped in a thick, creamy texture,all along with spoonfuls of rolled buttermilk dumplings simply beckon you to the supper table.
Very few ingredients and a simple technique make this recipe a winner. 

Let's get started and gather up some ingredients!

Total Cook Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (approximately)
Bake Time: 1 hour
Preheat Oven: 425 degrees

4-5 medium size potatoes
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
2 cup Self-rising flour(Martha White or White Lily)
3 tablespoons shortening(I prefer butter flavored Crisco)
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt for dumpling plus approximately 1 tablespoons to flavor potatoes
black pepper season to taste
water-enough to boil potatoes in

1. Slice potatoes into disc and onion into rings
2. Place potatoes, onions, salt, and pepper in a medium pot. Fill pot approximately 3/4 full with water.

3. Bring to boil. Turn temperature down to a rolling boil for about 15 minutes.
4. Prepare dumplings by combining flour and salt in mixing bowl. 
5. Cut-in shortening.
6. Add buttermilk a little at a time while stirring with a fork. When dough will follow fork around the bowl there's enough milk.
7. Turn out on board, kneading just a little. Roll out and cut into squares.

6. Add dumplings to potatoes. Be very careful not to get burned by bubbling. Turn down the temperature on the potatoes if there's a danger of getting burned. The mixture will get quite thick and extremely hot.
7. Turn temperature down to a simmer after adding all your dumplings. Simmer approximately 5 minutes or until thickened.

These potatoes & dumplings could be served as is and be quite good but to achieve the brown crust you'll want to pour it in your dish to bake.

8. Pour in dish.
9. Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour or until top is browned over.

Do enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Happy Day Cake with Coffee Icing

If I knew you were coming I'd a' baked a cake...baked a cake..

Cake from Scratch

There's no special occasion or birthday today. 
We just like cake!
I'm glad to share my version of Grandma Hylton's Happy Day Cake.

Happy Day Cake with Coffee Icing

Preheat oven: 375 degrees
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45-60 minutes (approximately)

2 Cups Self-Rising flour(sifted)
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/3 Cup Shortening(I use Crisco Butter Flavored)
1 Cup Milk
2 Teaspoon Vanilla flavoring
2 Eggs

1. Sift all dry ingredients into mixer bowel.
2. Add shortening and 2/3 of milk, then add vanilla.
3. Beat 1 minute on low speed.(I use speed 2 with Kitchen Aid)
4. Add remaining milk and eggs, beat 30 seconds. Stop & scrape bowl.
5. Beat 1 minute  on high(I use speed 6 with Kitchen Aid)
6. Pour batter into prepared pan.
7. Bake 375 degrees for 50 minutes or until cake pulls away from pan.

Coffee Icing
2 Cups Confectioner's Sugar
1/4 Cup Margarine(softened)
1 teaspoon Vanilla flavoring
3 Tablespoons of Strong Coffee

1. Cream  sugar into margarine.
 2. Add vanilla and coffee creaming until smooth.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Turkey Dumpling Casserole

This Turkey Dumpling Casserole Recipe is a delicious remedy for leftover turkey.
Turkey can be so under appreciated but it's as delicious as you choose and many times it is the forgotten meat. After the holiday's, many grocers  will have deep markdowns on the excess turkey they have in stock, making it the frugal cook's  choice.

Chicken Dumpling

Turkey Dumpling Casserole

Prep Time:1 hour and 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
* Prep Time is to indicate approximately and hour to stew the turkey off the bone and 30 minutes to prepare your dumpling's.
*Cook Time indicates the time casserole is baked in the oven.

Preheat oven at 400 degrees

Leftover Turkey on the Bone(you could substitute chicken or boneless turkey)
1 Can Chicken broth
16 ounce bag of frozen Peas & Carrots (2 cans of Peas & Carrots)
2 Cups Self-Rising Flour
1/3 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Milk
2 Teaspoons Pepper plus a dash for the top
1 Teaspoon Salt
4. Directions:
1. Remove meat from bone.

2. Cover bone and meat with water in a large pot. Bring to a rolling boil for approximately 1 hour or until all the meat has fell off the bone. 

While turkey is boiling prepare your dumplings.

3. Place 2 cups of flour in a large mixing bowl.
4. Cut-in shortening.
5. Make a well in flour.
6. Slowly add milk until flour will follow fork around bowl. You might not need the entire cup of milk. If you have left over milk save it to add to your dumpling mixture later.
7. Roll out dumplings and cut into small rectangles.

8. Remove turkey pot from heat and let cool. Remove bone and any skin or unappealing gristle from pot.
9. Return pot to heat bring back to a rolling boil.

10. Add broth, salt, pepper, peas and carrots. Also add any remaining milk but let milk come to room temperature and pour in slowly while stirring.
11. Add dumplings to pot a little at a time. I add about a row that I've cut out then gently push them down into mixture so they cook a little. When they float back to the top, I add another row until all my dumplings are in the pot.

12. Simmer at low to medium-low for 2 -3 minutes.

13. Pour into 9 x 13" casserole dish. Move dumplings around evenly in dish. Pepper top of casserole.

14. Bake 45 minutes.


Chicken Casserole

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Pawn of Southern Cornbread

Southern Cornbread

Southern Skillet Cornbread

In the south, some foods just call for a golden pawn of cornbread
this is how I do it!

Nothing much beats bread out of a wood cookstove. If you are going to use your woodstove get your fire going good & hot before mixing up your cornbread. 
In my opinion, it takes a hot oven to bake a good pawn of bread.

If you will be cooking this in your regular electric stove go ahead;
  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

After, I have gathered my ingredients
2 Cup Corn Meal Mix
1/2 Cup Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Egg
1 Cup Milk
1/3 Cup Oil(for cornmeal mixture)
3 Tablespoons oil for skillet

 I heat a stove eye a little past medium while I mix my ingredients together and pour enough oil in my pan to well cover the bottom of your skillet letting it get hot on the eye before pouring your batter into your pan.

We like the bottom golden and crusty!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 or until bread is a golden brown color

1. Combine all dry ingredients.
2. Stir with wisk.

3. Stir in egg.
4. Add milk. If mixture is too thick add a little tap water until batter is thin enough to pour.

5. Pour batter into oiled skillet. Cut heat to skillet off and let batter set on eye 1-2 minutes.

6. Bake in oven for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown.
If you begin smelling your bread check it may be done.

Smellin' Good!

Many times I leave my cornbread in the pan and serve it from there.
If you want to turn it out onto a serving plate take a serrated knife and trim the top even
 so as to set on the plate nicely.

Oh yum! Cornbread's Callin!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

White Chicken Chili

It is the season for chili!
Are you looking for a different twist on one of the seasons favorites?
Maybe, you should give White Chicken Chili a try.
It's oh so easy!
Prep time: approximately 10 minutes.
Cook time: at least 30 but the longer this simmers the better it gets

2 Large cans  Great Northern Beans(40.5 oz)
1 can Chili Ready dices Tomatoes
2-3 lbs. fresh Chicken Breast(diced)
1/3 Cup chili powder
1 clove of garlic or Knorr's mini garlic cube
1 Tablespoon chopped onion or Knorr's mini onion cube
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Habenaro Pepper or Jalapeno Pepper(chopped, no seeds) 
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1. Pour beans and tomatoes into large pot.
2. Bring to a rolling boil.
3. Add chili powder, onion, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to a simmer.
4. In a skillet brown cubed chicken and habenaro pepper in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
5. Put browned chicken mixture into your pot of beans.
6. Simmer for about 30 minutes.

Around here chili requires Frito corn chips & a dollop of sour cream.
This White Chicken Chili is wonderful with Toasted Mozzarella French Bread.
Go ahead and toss a little mozzarella in the chili while you're at it.

Oh up!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Southern Fried Apple Pies

If you take a drive along our beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway
and start getting a craving for something yummy it won't take you
long to find yourself a
Fried Apple Pie.
The best things in life are simple and so is this little treat. 
You will get a good taste of southern home cookin' with a Fried Apple Pie. 

Let's make ourselves some Fried Pies.

To get started you will want to make a batch of pie crust.

Set your crust aside and will fry up our apples.

Now we need to fry up some apples.
When I fry apples:
1. I  peel & slice my apples into thin discs.

2.  I prefer a iron skillet when frying apples. I just cover the bottom of my skillet with water place my apples in skillet, add a sprinkle of salt, dob butter or margarine all a top my apples, 
cover with brown sugar and cinnamon. I really don't measure; I just eyeball it. 

3. Cook apples medium-high heat. Stirring often until apples are cooked down.
By that I mean cooked down tender and syrupy but not turned to 
applesauce or mush.

It's time to put this together and fry 'em up.
1. Roll out you pie crust. I'm going to use a large biscuit cutter
 but you can cut out you discs with a large cup or saucer

2. Heat 1/2 inch to 1 inch of oil in a pan on medium-high heat.
3. Take one pie crust, roll a little thinner, add about 2 heaping spoons of apples.
Fold over and mash ends together. 
If your crust is a little dry wet it with your finger.
You can also use a fork to really close it good.

4. Place in hot oil.

Turn in about 1-2 minutes. Cook another minute or two.
Remove and repeat until you're out of apples and crust.

That's all she wrote.