If you have never had the opportunity to try old school southern cooking, then you really have no idea what you have truly been missing. This cooking is all about patience, and taking your time with the recipe. If you rush it, you are surely going to ruin it. In the south they have an opinion that it is suppose to be bold and robust, and this is projected in just about each and every find old southern meal that you can find. Finding a city slicker in the south enjoying a meal today is a very common sight.
Odds And Ends
One of the most interesting things about southern cooking is that much of it is basically odds and ends that have been thrown together over the years. A little of this and a little of that is what these great recipes are based on, and this is what makes these dishes so wonderful. It is because they have been refined by family cooks that keep doing it, until they finally have it down right. This is when the recipe goes from a great family secret, to a town classic right before your very eyes. There are several dishes that actually originated in other countries, and when they reached the old south they were completely revamped and brought new life into them. Much of what is found in Louisiana is actually from Italian foods filtering their way down. Whatever you find down there, there is a chance that it did not even originate from there at all.
Deep Fried Pickles
A perfect example of odds and ends in southern foods would have to be deep fried pickles. These pickles are cut and battered, and then they are placed in a deep fryer for a few moments. While this may seem unappealing to some, the old saying still stands true, “don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it”. This treat is actually very popular down south, and it is now making its way to the mid states and even as far as New York. Whatever the reason for the pickles being fried is a mystery, but one thing is for sure you will not see many left on the plate at the end of a meal. They are usually served with a great dip such as ranch or blue cheese, and this brings out the brilliant flavor of the pickle and the batter combined.
Another great recipe that is making a great name for southern food today is known as Turduckin. This is when you take a deboned turkey and you stuff it with a deboned duck, and finally a chicken is stuffed within all of this delightful poultry. When they are all stuffed with a great homemade stuffing, the birds are sewn up and baked. This turns out to be an exquisite meal when served with grilled veggies and biscuits. Old south has its place in the culinary world, and you might want to try some of the great dishes that they have to offer before someone else snatches them up.