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Hit the Spot With 10 Southern Comfort Recipes
When a food craving strikes, it tends to be relentless. Luckily, in the case of Southern comfort food cravings, you can make the dishes below at home, or simply visit Lady Luck Casino Caruthersville. We're serving up classic Southern comfort dishes at our very own Otis & Henry's Bar & Grill. Try your hand at cooking Southern comfort dishes with these recipes.
1. Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried green tomatoes are a great start to any meal, and this recipe allows them to be an easy addition to any meal. Be sure to drain the fried slices on paper towels to avoid greasy stacks. Finish off the dish with a healthy drizzle of hot sauce, a spoonful of pimento cheese, or even a balsamic vinegar glaze. Take the fried green tomatoes a step further by serving on top of burgers or grilled chicken for a satisfying meal.
2. Classic Shrimp and Grits
Most Southerners have their ideal grits recipe right down to the toppings: butter, sugar, hot sauce, cheese, or simply served with a few shrimp. The idea is to begin with a good grits recipe then add ingredients accordingly. These creamy grits are elevated with lemon-spritzed shrimp and a cool, summery salsa verde. Feel free to adjust as desired, but the shrimp and salsa combination make for a refreshing summer meal.
3. Country Fried Steak
The classic country fried steak is a favorite among not only Southerners, but also Midwesterners and folks in the Southwest. In this foolproof recipe a quick buttermilk soak adds tang to the meat while an even coating of cornmeal ensures each piece comes out crunchy. Serve alongside mashed potatoes, green beans and plenty of brown gravy.
4. Fried Catfish
Super crispy catfish is achieved with a bit of patience. Let the coated catfish fillets sit for a few minutes before frying. This ensures the crust is really adhered onto the fish. Here's a quick and easy recipe for homemade fried catfish. Serve alongside fried onion rings and a simple summer salad.
5. Chicken-Andouille Gumbo With Roasted Potatoes
If your idea of Southern comfort involves spoonfuls of flavor and heat, then this gumbo is for you.
Simple ingredients of chicken; andouille sausage; and the well-known trinity of onion, bell pepper, and celery simmer together to make this hearty, thick gumbo. The recipe instructs to serve over potatoes, but rice works in a pinch.
6. Chicken and Dumplings
There's nothing quite like rich, silky chicken and dumplings. This easy recipe begins by simmering a whole chicken. The time tenderizes the meat, making for easily shredded pieces. Bacon drippings in the dumplings add another level of flavor while the self-rising flour makes for an airy texture. If you don't have self-rising flour on hand, make your own: the ratio is 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
7. Tender Pulled Pork
Dripping with flavor, this tender pulled pork pairs well with a cool, crisp slaw or piled inside a soft roll. The recipe uses a pressure cooker, but if you don't have one, pull out a 6-quart slow cooker. Sear the meat in a skillet before placing in the slow cooker along with the other ingredients. Set the cooker to low for 7-9 hours then shred and enjoy. Don't forget pickles on the side!
8. Fried Chicken
The perfect fried chicken is crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. Achieve the delicious balance by marinating and using a breadcrumb coating, as described in this recipe. Don't skip the two hour buttermilk marinating, as it'll tenderize and flavor the meat. If time is an issue, it's ok to begin marinating in the morning, say before work, then frying up in the evening.
9. Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding
Gooey bread pudding studded with raisins is quite possibly the ultimate Southern comfort dessert. This bread pudding recipe makes it easy to recreate the dish at home. Feel free to use day old stale bread, it'll soak up the custard mix and create a few crusty bites on top. Shower with powdered sugar and serve warm alongside scoops of vanilla ice cream.
10. Southern-Style Collard Greens
Smokey bacon and ham kicks up ordinary collard greens in this classic recipe. The dish comes together quickly, but needs a couple of hours for the greens to soften and allow the flavors to meld. Be sure to periodically check the liquid level and give the greens a stir.
If you're craving tasty Southern comfort food, but want to leave the work for someone else, come visit Otis & Henry's® Bar and Grill at Lady Luck® Casino Caruthersville. We've got all your Southern comfort favorites, including fried green tomatoes, country fried steak, fried catfish, and even a classic St. Louis style gooey butter cake. It's everything you're craving with none of the work!