Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

A diner classic and a long-held family favorite, Salisbury steaks made from ground beef and a few seasonings, takes a shortcut with mushroom soup for gravy.

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Salisbury steak is another one of those classic, old fashioned, dishes that we Southerners love and is comfort food at it's best. This recipe is one that has been around my kitchen for a very long time.

Yes, y'all. It utilizes our good old southern béchamel {that's Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup for those of y'all with a more sophisticated palate}, but of course, if you like, simply substitute a gravy mix, onion soup mix, or make up your own homemade version of cream soup or gravy - with or without the mushrooms - just please quit yakking about it to those of us who are endeared to our cream soups, alright?


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Monday, September 27, 2010

Crockpot Beef Tips and Rice

Braising beef, cut into meaty chunks, slow cooked in a well seasoned gravy and served over rice or egg noodles.

Crockpot Beef Tips and Rice

If you have a meat eater in your family, they will love these beef tips and so will you since the slow cooker does the cooking.


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Saturday, September 25, 2010

O'Brien Style Cast Iron Skillet Fried Potatoes

Red skin potatoes are fried up in a cast iron skillet with sweet Vidalia onion and bell pepper and nicely seasoned for a take on Potatoes O'Brien. Great for any meal - add bacon, ham, sausage, fresh herbs and mushrooms if you like!
Red skin potatoes are fried up in a cast iron skillet with sweet Vidalia onion and bell pepper and nicely seasoned for a take on Potatoes O'Brien. Great for any meal - add bacon, ham, sausage, fresh herbs and mushrooms if you like!

Potatoes O'Brien - Skillet Fried Potatoes

Skillet fried potatoes, also known as home fries and cottage fries in the north, are such an easy side dish, that goes well with breakfast, but also as a dinner side dish. For my classic skillet potatoes I use peeled russets, some onion and that's about it other than the delicious fat used to cook them in - for me, I love using bacon drippings for the extra richness it provides - and the very specific method.

For this version of skillet potato, I prefer to use the smaller, unpeeled red-skinned or new potatoes. The skin is tender, and to me tasty, and they cook up nicely without the steaming process that is necessary for our beloved fried taters and onion. If you prefer to use a russet, rather than a red skinned potato, you certainly can, though I'd click over to that other recipe, because I think that method works best with russets.


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Southern Sweet Potato Bread

A tender quick bread made with sweet potatoes, raisins, orange juice, cinnamon and pecans, with an oatmeal crumble topping. Serve with my whipped honey butter with cinnamon.

Southern Sweet Potato Bread

So, the calendar says that we've reached the Autumnal Equinox, meaning summer is now officially over and that it's finally fall. Somebody needs to tell Mama Nature to hurry on up and turn on the air conditioning down in this part of the good ole U.S. of A. because the heat is definitely still on. That's typical though, while a lot of y'all are enjoying nice, crisp seasonal changes, we're still in beach weather for awhile. We're pretty accustomed to it being this way, but at least its a good excuse to start featuring a few fall dishes.


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Monday, September 20, 2010

Oven Baked Louisiana Hot Wings

Oven baked hot wings made with a buttery Louisiana hot sauce and garnished with sliced green onion and chopped jalapenos.

Oven Baked Louisiana Hot Wings

This hot wing recipe came about when I happened to have a couple pounds of wings to use but wanted to do something different. I remembered back around St. Patrick's Day flipping through my copy of Food Network Magazine and seeing a St. Patrick's Day wing recipe. I know ... Wings? St. Patrick's Day? Well, in my opinion wings are great anytime, and though their wings were done with a green hot sauce for the upcoming holiday, I thought why can't I do a hot wing in the oven with regular ole Louisiana hot sauce?  This was the result - another one to add to the wing collection and just delish!


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Shrimp and Iceberg Lettuce Salad

A very simple salad made with cooked shrimp, iceberg lettuce, fresh tomatoes and dressed with mayonnaise.

Shrimp and Iceberg Lettuce Salad

This is my version of what my mother and father in law and The Cajun call shrimp salad and I absolutely love it, even though I struggled with what to call it myself, since when I think of shrimp salad, I think of the shrimp and egg salad I grew up with and love so much.


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Friday, September 17, 2010

Pappy's Jalapeño Pepper Spread Review


The giveaway is closed. The winner of the Pappy's Pepper Spread and T-Shirt is Nan, whose email addy starts with nono at gmail.  I've sent an email to you Nan. Respond to that email within 48 hours and let me know your mailing info. 
Thanks everybody for participating!

I recently had the opportunity to try a new-to-me product that originated right here in my home state in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It's called Pappy's Jalapeño Pepper Spread and it's a great versatile spread to use as a mayonnaise substitute in just about anything, or as a dip straight out of the jar for corn chips, potato chips, tortilla chips, and even for raw vegetables.  If you love the addition of jalapenos to your recipes like I do, you are gonna absolutely love this product!

The story behind Pappy's Jalapeño Pepper Spread is classic. A hot mayo recipe that was born out of a grandpa's kitchen and a well loved family favorite, it was soon passed down to the grandchildren, who then shared it with friends who also loved it and encouraged that it be produced for the masses.  Soon the company behind Pappy's Jalapeño Pepper Spread, Mile Post 16 LLC, was born. You'll even love the story of how the company name came to be.

Pappy's  Jalapeño Pepper Spread is made with jalapenos, green onion, garlic and lemon. If you need a little inspiration they have a few recipes at their site, but really just think of it any place you'd normally use mayo.  I've used it as a spread to bump up the boredom of a plain turkey sandwich and added it in place of mayonnaise to a juicy grilled burger. I've tried some in my fabulous shrimp salad when I made a shrimp salad stuffed tomato recently, simply substituting some of the mayonnaise with a very generous dollop of Pappy's for an extra yummy pop!


This spread is also a great addition to any ole egg salad, including plain egg, tuna, and ham salad, and it's great even in pasta salads. Just add a spoonful to your usual dressing to give it a delicious zest, like I did with the ham and macaroni salad here recently. Add some into your favorite dip, try stirring a bit of it into rice, or even smudging some on a piece of cornbread.

Making a batch of nachos, tacos, tortilla soup, or chili where you normally like a little dollop of sour cream? Try a dollop of Pappy's Pepper Spread instead like I did with this batch of chili cheese fries. Talk about good!


Look for Pappy's to be showing up at your local grocery store in the near future, but in the meantime you can pop right on over to their website where you can order by the jar and by the case. And, get this y'all - if you want to excite your taste buds even further, check out the other spreads they carry. Coming soon is a green bell pepper spread, as well as some products coming up that will be made using extra virgin olive oil.

Wanna give 'em a try now? Grab this special code for Deep South Dish readers and you'll receive 15% off your purchase.  Just enter DSD2010 at check-out. You can order up to 3 jars for a flat shipping rate of only $4.95, so serve some Pappy's up at your next party or game day gathering and everybody's gonna love it!  Check 'em out y'all!
The folks at Pappy's Pepper Spread are offering one of my readers the chance to try Pappy's for themselves! And, just to make it fun, they are gonna throw in a Pappy's t-shirt too!


"Like" Pappy's Pepper Spread on Facebook and come back here and leave a comment that you did and you have an entry! That's it.  (P.S. they have their own monthly giveaways to followers too!)


Don't have a Facebook account? Then pop over to the Pappy's Pepper Spread website and come back to leave a comment, letting me know which product is your favorite, and what you think you'd do with it.




Share this giveaway on your own Facebook page, Tweet about it on your Twitter account, share it on your blog, Stumble it, whatever - just leave a separate comment here to let me know what you did, and that'll earn ya a bonus entry!


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The Rules:


➮Giveaway closes on September 24, 2010 at 12:00 noon CST.
➮Open to residents of the United States only please.
➮You must leave an email address in your comment, or be linked to a public profile containing your email address, or provide some way for me to contact you, should you win.
➮The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours from the time of that sent email to reply and claim their win before an alternate winner will be selected.


Disclosure: Pappy's Jalapeno Spread provided me with the products described, both for me to try and to giveaway.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Basic Meatloaf

My meatloaf standard, made with lean ground beef and finely minced veggies. Shown here baked with slices of bacon on top and finished with a brown sugar and tomato glaze.

Basic Meatloaf

Don't believe for a minute that you cannot get a nice, moist meatloaf without using a high fat ground beef like ground chuck. I love ground chuck and use it exclusively in burgers for the best flavor, or in recipes where I can drain off the excess fat. Is it tasty and delicious? Yes! But, let's face it.


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ham Pasta Salad

A classic ham and pasta salad that begins with your favorite pasta, ham, shredded or cubed cheese, celery, onion, and a Ranch dressing. From there you should make it your own!

Ham Pasta Salad

This pasta salad made with ham is a southern classic for sure and great for a potluck or church supper any time of year. Very simple, but a true favorite of mine.


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Monday, September 13, 2010

Smothered Okra with Bacon and Tomatoes

A southern favorite, okra is sliced and cooked in bacon drippings and Vidalia onion, garden or canned tomatoes and a can of Rotel tomatoes for a little extra kick.
A southern favorite, okra is sliced and cooked in bacon drippings and Vidalia onion, garden or canned tomatoes and a can of Rotel tomatoes for a little extra kick.

Smothered Okra with Bacon and Tomatoes

Definitely another southern favorite for us veggie lovers that's made in a variety of ways depending on the household - though I'll betcha a dollar that soon as I post this link over on the Facebook page I'll get a few proverbial "yucks". There's always at least one person who feels a need to express their dislike of okra, one of those veggies folks seem to either love or hate. Seems there's not much of an in-between. Me? I happen to be a lover.


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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mississippi Sin Dip

Another fabulous dip made with cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, ham, green onion, jalapenos and green chilies.

Mississippi Sin Dip

As far as I know, this Mississippi Sin Dip recipe got its start just being called plain ole Mississippi Sin because of it's cheesy richness, but along the way, it apparently became a tailgate favorite of the fans of Mississippi State Bulldogs and has since become known as Mississippi State Sin. I notice a few other states seem to have picked it up over time and renamed it as their own, but as far as I know it originated right here in some kitchen in my home state. Far as I know, this is pretty true to the original recipe with the exception of jalapenos, which I added.


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How to Make Homemade Shrimp Stock

A rich seafood stock is made easy with shrimp shells and a few aromatics.
A rich seafood stock is made easy with shrimp shells and a few aromatics.

How to Make Homemade Shrimp Stock

Homemade shrimp stock adds amazing flavor to so many seafood dishes and it is super easy to make. I've included instructions on how to make a homemade stock from shrimp shells in many of my recipes here, but I figured it was time to give it a spot of its own for the how to tip section of my site.


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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Spicy Marinated Shrimp Appetizer

A spicy marinade of chili sauce, hot sauce, citrus vodka, horseradish, celery, garlic, sweet onion, and Cajun seasoning, tossed with shrimp for a fantastic appetizer.

Spicy Marinated Shrimp Appetizer

This Spicy Marinated Shrimp Appetizer recipe is another great adult appetizer for a party, where you can serve it in tall shooter glasses, on a bed of lettuce in martini glasses as pictured above, or simply scoop it over crackers for yourself.  If you tailgate with it, or serve it at a party, just be sure that you are clear with your guests that it contains vodka! As always, consume responsibly.


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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese

Layers of mozzarella and provolone cheese, pepperoni, and a bit of marinara sauce and fresh basil are tucked into an artisan bread and grilled. Shown here with my fresh homemade tomato soup for a classic supper.
Layers of mozzarella and provolone cheese, pepperoni, and a bit of marinara sauce and fresh basil are tucked into an artisan bread and grilled. Shown here with my fresh homemade tomato soup for a classic supper.

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese

Now, I'm the first to admit I love a good grilled cheese, made on white bread slathered with butter, sandwiched around plain ole American cheese and browned in a skillet. Serve it with a bowl of good ole Campbell's tomato soup {and I like to drop a slice of American cheese into that soup as it's warming} and you got yourself a mighty fine meal there.  But every once in awhile I like a nice change too.


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Monday, September 6, 2010

Homemade Fresh Tomato Soup

Tomato soup made from fresh garden tomatoes and sweet Vidalia onions. It's a light meal even on a hot summer day.

Fresh Tomato Soup

I threw this Homemade Fresh Tomato Soup together recently and was just thrilled with the results. I'm not one to knock the red and white can of Campbell's tomato soup, because that is what I grew up on and have fond memories of - and it'll always have a place in my pantry. This homemade version is sure a nice change of pace when you want something a little more homemade however, and the flavor is just outstanding because it comes from fresh tomatoes.


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Friday, September 3, 2010

Cookout and Party Food Menu Ideas

Your favorite menu ideas, cookout and BBQ recipes from Deep South Dish for Labor Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July or for any day, all in one place!
Your favorite menu ideas, cookout and BBQ recipes from Deep South Dish for Labor Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July or for any day, all in one place!
Here's my collection of Best of the Best from Deep South Dish cookout and party food recipes, all tried and true, just in case you're still looking for some menu ideas. Some of these are outdoor recipes, some are "cheater" style crockpot and some are for the oven. There are beverages & cocktails, appetizers and dips, salads of all kinds, chicken, pork, a little seafood and even steaks, and of course there's always room for dessert. I hope you find some inspiration here - enjoy!

My classic barbecue menu - get all the recipes right here on the blog - just click on the links! Grilled ribs, classic southern potato salad, southern baked beans, corn on the cob, marinated tomatoes and old fashioned macaroni salad. Yum y'all!
My classic barbecue menu - get all the recipes right here on the blog - just click on the links! Grilled ribs, classic southern potato salad, southern baked beans, corn on the cob, marinated tomatoes and old fashioned macaroni salad. Yum y'all!



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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast

Chuck roast, slow cooked in beef stock, onion soup mix, onions, mushrooms, Rotel tomatoes, served over rice.

Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast

On my last trip to the grocery store I found myself in the mood for beef apparently, because beef cuts were all that I picked up that trip. Guess after all the chicken and shrimp lately, my body was looking for some meat!


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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Texas Caviar Salsa - Mississippi Style

Texas Caviar, done up my way, Mississippi style. Sort of a take on a bean salad really, it's simply a mixture of your favorite canned beans, usually the addition of corn, and a variety of chopped raw vegetables, all tossed in a vinaigrette.
Texas Caviar, done up my way, Mississippi style. Sort of a take on a bean salad really, it's simply a mixture of your favorite canned beans, usually the addition of corn, and a variety of chopped raw vegetables, all tossed in a vinaigrette.

Texas Caviar Salsa - Mississippi Style

Fall is around the corner y'all - and thank goodness at least for a couple of days here, our temperatures have been much milder.  I said on Twitter the other day that you know you're a southerner when you think the thermometer reading in the 80s is "cool." It'll be awhile before things really cool down seasonally down here, but one thing is certain - football and party foods are just around the corner, and this salsa is perfect for tailgating or hanging around the big screen tv, come kickoff time. It's also great for holding back the troops for that last Labor Day cookout.


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