Since my recent trip to Nashville, I've become more and more fascinated with the culinary history of the South. So it seemed high time I tried my hand at whipping up some Dixie fare in my very own Brooklyn kitchen. Dinner party invites went out.
In support of my efforts Keith, a Louisiana born-and-bred pal, lent me his Momma's well-worn and much beloved Cotton Country Collection and Celebrations on the Bayou cookbooks to start me off on the righteous path of Confederate cookery.
Let's just say that the Cotton Country's recipe for Horseradish Salad, including lemon and lime jellos, condensed milk, fresh horseradish, crushed pineapple and pimentos, didn't sound too righteous to me!
Still, the cookbooks offered me some guidance as I crafted my menu for last night's dinner:
*A pitcher of Pimm's Cup, scented with Cucumber, Lemon and Mint
*Crisp Potato Chips topped with Creme Fraiche, Tennessee Paddlefish Caviar and Snipped Chives
*Creamy Deviled Eggs
*Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade (pictured above)
*Roasted Mixed Sausages served on top of a Summer Salad
*Peach-Pecan Crisp with Ricotta Sorbet
Not everything went as planned.
I had an egg incident.
Yankee that I am, I had no idea that you need to use week old eggs to make Deviled Eggs. It was a disaster. Those shells did not want to go off easy. After fretting with them unsuccessfully, I acquiesed to the Dixie food gods and gave up the ghost on the Deviled suckers. Thankfully, I had some homemade Asparagus Blue Cheese Roll-Ups in my freezer to save the day.
However, there was no saving the Corn Pudding. I followed the Cotton Country Collection's instructions to the letter and it was still soup after an hour in the oven. Ultimately, it ended up taking a full two before it set.
We'd already finished up dessert by the time it made its golden brown appearance.
Wondering if I can somehow turn it into Corn Pudding Ice Cream. Besides, its creation would be the perfect excuse for another Southern supper. And, this time I vow to not to let the Deviled Eggs get the better of me!