Need some examples of soul food
At work we are having crock pot Friday this week, and the theme this month is soul food. Now I am a southern cook, but I am having a problem with this one. I can't seem to think of anything to make except, various beans/peas and rice and greens. There are at least 10 different pots of beans and rice coming, and I wanted to avoid being one of the many. I know soul food originated with families using local vegetables and cheaper cuts of meat... I need some inspiration with one, any help would be appreciated.
What about grits baked with cheese and garlic - they travel well and are always scarfed down as quickly as possible when we carry them anywhere.
Other ideas: succotash, sweet potatoes, biscuits or corn bread. Of course any kind of fried vegetable (like okra) would be suitable - but they don't work well unless you can serve them right away.
I have to admit I am old school when it comes to collards and turnips, I do cook them for an hour or two with a couple of hamhocks and chopped onion thrown in to the pot. For me the pot liquor is almost as good as the greens. Just the way I was raised eating them at my mom's and grandma's tables...definitely comfort food for me. Although, this winter I started braising greens and we have eaten quite a bit of swiss chard and others. Thanks for the info...
Macaroni and cheese or chicken and dumplings would be crock-pot friendly soul foods.... Not necessarily for the crock pot, but fried chicken is a good standard soul food.
lots of beans and greens, and no sweets?
take a chess or buttermilk pie!
better yet, a pecan pie! see the karo syrup bottle's recipe. ;-).
sweet potato pie, http://www.chitterlings.com/ppie.html
or a (real) casserole with the sweet 'taters (not that gooey, sweet, "stuff").
in this wonderful thread on "regional cakes" : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/464253
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