Southern Casseroles: Comforting Pot-Lucky Dishes

Southern Casseroles: Comforting Pot-Lucky Dishes

Denise Gee

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 1452112282

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This tantalizing cookbook brings the irresistible charm and comfort of Southern culture to the dinner table by way of mouthwatering casserole dishes. Denise Gee presents 55 beloved classic and contemporary casserole recipes bubbling with traditions that stretch from the Bayou to the lower Appalachian Mountains. To complement the chapters covering basics, easy recipes, party recipes, and side dishes, dozens of luscious photos showcase the delicious attributes of a perfect casserole. Southern Casseroles brings together the tried and true casseroles of the South and the endearing stories behind them.

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few drops of malt vinegar or Worcestershire sauce for oomph. Grind some sea salt (including flavored ones) and peppercorns (including mixed ones) instead of using iodized salt and standard pepper. Speaking of the latter, my food-writing muse, Eugene Walter of Mobile, referred to basic pepper as “dead pepper,” and in restaurants would make a waiter or dining companion hide it from sight. Add a splash of sherry or wine to the sauce while sautéing seafood, chicken, or vegetables. Cook rice in

cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano Green onions: Thinly sliced or cut on the bias Lettuce: Shredded Olives: Kalamata, green, or black; sliced Peppers: Rings of small green, red, and/or yellow bell peppers; one or more whole jalapeños placed decoratively at the center or sliced and placed strategically near sour cream dollops Seasonings: Paprika, Southwest, or Cajun (but watch the salt in the latter two) Sour cream: A dollop or more Streusel: For sweet casseroles PLAYS

in a medium heavy-bottom saucepan, adding extra chicken broth or half-and-half if necessary. Cooked and tightly covered, the finished casserole will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To freeze a cooked casserole (which should be done the day you cook it or the shrimp will have an “off” flavor), don’t add the bacon or green onions. Mix the shrimp so that they’re covered by the grits and freeze in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight. See

the show’s longest continuing sponsor. GOT YOU COVERED The kitchen is where all of us head for immediate comfort—not just for ourselves, but also for others. We cook there in times of joy and also in times of sorrow. It’s the heart and hearth of Southern graciousness—which, at its best, is shared with others. POT LUCKY Potlucks, covered-dish dinners, church suppers, office parties—we’re all asked to take something to one every now and then. Other than the person who brings a bucket of

8 to 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices, using kitchen shears to cut up any large pieces of tomatoes if using a stewed variety. 7 Drain and discard the liquid from the plumped currants and add them to the tomato mixture. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the curry powder, butter, and bay leaves. Stir often but carefully (so as not to break up the bay leaves), until the sauce begins to thicken, 9 to 11 minutes. Adjust the seasonings as desired. 8 Add the reserved chicken to

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