Sunday, October 31, 2010

South Georgia Cookin'

My boys are very happy with me because since moving to South Georgia a few years ago I've been learning to cook the food of the deep south.  (I'm making progress, but I have yet to cook collards or to boil peanuts!!!)    ;)

Would you like to know how to prepare a good southern meal??  I'm going to share some of the recipes with you from the menu that I prepared Friday night:  Barbequed Pork, Brunswick Stew, Rice, and Pound Cake.

First for the Brunswick Stew.  Brunswick Stew is said to have originated in Brunswick, GA  back in the late 1800s.  It usually contains some combination of wild game, pork, chicken or beef, along with tomatoes, onions, and corn.  It is cooked for a long time at a low heat, and is thick and stew-like.  Beyond that, there is no exact recipe, and the dish varies widely depending on the region and the cook and what is available to "throw in the pot!"  According to Georgia humorist,  Roy Blount Jr., "Brunswick stew is what happens when small mammals carrying ears of corn fall into barbeque pits."   :)

Anyway, here is the recipe I followed for Brunswick Stew.  It is from the classic Southern cookbook -- Mrs. Wilkes' Boardinghouse Cookbook.

2 pounds pork or chicken, cooked and chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup bacon drippings
1/2 cup vinegar based barebecue sauce
1 1/2 cups catsup
2 cups diced potato, cooked
3 (12-ounce) cans cream-style corn

Note:  I used a bunch of leftover chicken for the meat.  After the meal, I threw in the leftover pork barbeque.  I also threw in a few pieces of chopped bacon, some chunks of summer sausage, a can of whole-kernel corn, one chopped onion, and the remains of a bottle of barbeque sauce.  Next time, I will reduce the catsup used by half.   I love knowing that I can personalize this recipe to my heart's content!  :)

Place all of the ingredients in a dutch oven; cover, and heat slowly.  Simmer for several hours.  If desired, serve over rice.

This turned out Delicious!!!  In fact, I'm about to go reheat a bowl of it for my supper!  YUM!  :)

After supper was eaten and cleared away, I served the pound cake.  Pound Cake is a staple of the South!!  This recipe, which is from a lady that my husband used to work with, is the best pound cake recipe I've ever tried.

Miss Mary's Cream Cheese Pound Cake

3 sticks butter
1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese
6 eggs
3 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond flavoring

Set out eggs, cream cheese and butter, so they come to room temperature before starting on the cake.

Cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy.  I beat for about 5 minutes while measuring out the remaining ingredients, greasing the pan, and pre-heating the oven.  It should look like this:

Add eggs and flour alternately into creamed mixture, beating after each addition.  Add flavorings and beat well, scraping bowl as needed. 

Pour into well greased and floured tube pan.  Unless you have a very large pan, you may have too much dough.  I always seem to have a bit more than will comfortably fit into the pan, but I have many willing bowl lickers!

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes.  Test for doneness with a toothpick; however, it is better to remove cake before the toothpick comes out totally clean to keep it from being too dry.

Let cake cool in pan, and turn out onto cake plate.  (The top becomes the bottom.)

This is Delicious served warm from the oven!  Pound Cake is great served with ice cream, with strawberries, or with fresh sliced peaches -- but it is never iced!!  :)

If you try one of these recipes, let me know how it turns out!


Noel said...

My husband wants to eat supper at your house :) Having been raised in other parts of the country, Brunswick Stew is NOT one of my specialies!

Rebecca's Refining said...

Looks yummy! I made that cake for Audrey's birthday! (mom must have that recipe too!) Of course, mine had icing all over.....

I may have to try your stew, though I don't know that my "northern" family would appreciate it as much!

Donna G. said...

I used the link on your blog and ordered the book at a reasonable price! Thanks! Your blog today featured two of my favorite foods. But not even a glaze on the pound cake?

Julie said...

Pound cake is one of the first things I leaned to make when I was young. My grandmother always made a plain pound cake with cream cheese icing for my uncle for his birthday and chocolate pound cake with chocolate icing for my mom for her birthday. Personally, I prefer my pound cake for breakfast! I get a good size, spread butter on top then pop it in the oven under the broiler just until the top is toasted. There are just so many ways to enjoy pound cake! Gotta love it : )

mommyx12 said...

I'm on my way to Georgia!! What a fabulous meal. Especially the pound cake. That's my all time favorite and with cream cheese. What more could I ask for?

Gayle said...

Ooooh, those look YUMMY! Thanks for sharing the recipes.
I had to learn to cook Southern foods when we moved there from PA a million years ago.. now my family gets the best of both worlds. I was raised eating PA Dutch, but most of my married life has been in the South.

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Pat Fenner said...

Love this southern recipe! I've never actually made Brunswick stew myself (although that will be changing soon, thanks to your easy-to-follow instructions!), but I've eaten plenty of it over the years.
We'll be linking to your post in an upcoming article featuring hearty fall soups. :)
Thanks for sharing!

busymomof10 said...

Thanks Pat! :)

I'm headed to the Brunswick Stewbilee this Saturday to sample some of the best stews around! :)

busymomof10 said...

Thanks Pat! :)

I'm headed to the Brunswick Stewbilee this Saturday to sample some of the best stews around! :)

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