What's the ideal southern brunch menu?
I must qualify that I am not from the south and I have no history with southern cooking. However, I thought I might try to cook a southern style breakfast. What would be your typical menu for brunch? Is there a typically southern way of cooking any particular dish? Links to online recipes would be appreciated as well.
It's been posted that there are different regions to southern cooking. What southern cooking I've had in restaurants were labeled as "southern" cuisine, nothing else. I had no clue there were muliple regions. As stated above, I am a southern cooking virgin. That said, I think I'd be mostly interested in creating a menu from the "biscuts and gravy" or the "shrimp and grits" variety. (Thanks to Lemons for specifying the possible regions.)
I'll say right off the bat - I am a Yankee, born & bred. I currently live in New England again, but I did spend 6 years in Kentucky ( & miss it dearly!). In my (transplant's) opinion, a good Southern breakfast or brunch would have: biscuits with sausage gravy, buttery grits (maybe with cheese, but more likely without), bacon, eggs scrambled with cheese, a hashbrown casserole (we used to have a great one with sour cream & cheese), and ham (often country ham, which is incredibly salty and good). Not a fancy meal, but a very filling one, with a big emphasis on the meats & carbs.
I was back there visiting recently, and had the best breakfast of biscuits & gravy and a bowl of buttery, salt & pepper grits. I rarely eat like that (I'm a yogurt for breakfast person now) and it was HEAVENLY.
It depends on what part of the south you are talking about. I'll give you what I think is a list of dishes typically seen in North Carolina.
Country Ham w/ Red Eye gravy
Eggs fried or scrambled
Sliced fresh tomatoes when in season
I'm sure some of you other good North Carolina folks can add to this list as I'm sure I have missed many things.
Biscuits for sure, but you don't necessarily have to serve them with gravy. Homemade preserves -- say, peach and blackberry -- and real butter go great on biscuits. For a real southern touch, serve blackstrap molasses too. 8<D
I'd want to see some grits too!
Biscuits & Gravy Brunch
Buttermilk biscuits with red eye gravy
Mixed vegetable "hash browns"
Soft scrambled eggs with roasted red pepper and cheese
Shrimp and Grits Brunch
Bacon fried shrimp with smoked cheddar grits
Poached eggs on split English muffins with roasted green chilis and spicy hollandaise
Hot sauce on the side