Essentials of Southern Cooking: Techniques and Flavors of a by Damon Fowler

By Damon Fowler

An actual number of recipes celebrating Southern traditions. Southern cooking as most folk think about it doesn’t exist. in the end, there are as some ways to make genuine corn bread, gumbo or fried poultry as there are chefs. rather than residing on traditional notions of authenticity, Essentials of Southern Cooking honors the spirit, the background, the folks, and the flavor of the vintage Southern desk through concentrating on the essence of serious Southern nutrition and mixing conventional constituents in clean methods. during this tempting selection of over 2 hundred recipes, writer Damon Lee Fowler balances the long-lasting attraction of rural Southern flavors with the trendy sensibilities of today’s cook dinner. It’s a fascinating and informative examine the history of Southern cuisine.

Sampling of recipes:

Creamy chook Pot Pies
Sweet Potato Cobbler
Scalloped Oysters
Lowcountry Crab au Gratin
Baked Vidalia candy Onions with Ham
Bourbon-Grilled Flank Steak
Shrimp Étouffée
Pecan-Crusted Cat Fish
Butter-Bean and Okra Ragout
Old-Fashioned Southern Shortcake  

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Gradually and carefully roll the cheese in the pecans, pressing the nuts gently but firmly into the entire surface until the cheese is completely coated. and softened and the pecans are lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Do not overcook or the cheese will melt altogether. 3. Transfer the cheese to a serving plate or individual salad plates. Heat the chutney over low heat (or at medium power in the microwave). When it is just beginning to bubble, remove it from the heat and spoon it evenly over or to one side of the cheese.

Bake for about 18–20 minutes, being careful not to let the straws brown on top. The bottoms should be golden, but the tops and sides should not color. Cool on the pan before transferring them to an airtight storage container. indd 45 10/1/13 1:13 PM blue cheese straws Clemson University, where I studied architecture some of the time and subjected dozens of my classmates and professors to my early attempts at cooking and baking for the rest of it, is the birthplace of one of the Southeast’s oldest regional cheeses—a creamy, richly blue-veined cow’s-milk cheese known simply as Clemson Blue.

Position a rack in center of the oven and preheat to 400°F. Whisk together the meal, salt, pepper, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Stir in the onions and lemon zest. Whisk together the egg, buttermilk or yogurt, and fat in a separate bowl. Make a well in the center of the meal and pour in the liquids. Quickly stir the ingredients together, using as few strokes as possible. The batter can be a little lumpy. 2. Lightly grease two mini madeleine pans or a large baking sheet with drippings or butter.

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