Friday, November 25, 2005

Cornbread Dressing

1 pan cornbread, crumbled (you could buy or use a mix, but it can't be sweet cornbread! The best cornmeal mix is 3 Rivers)
2-4 slices white bread, torn into pieces
1 package Jimmy Dean hot sausage
2 yellow onions,chopped
5 stalks of celery, chopped
1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
1 stick butter
2-3 tsp thyme
1-2 tbl sage
salt (don't use a lot if you're using canned chicken stock)
black pepper
3 eggs
3-4 cups turkey or chicken stock

Cook sausage, crumbling until brown. Add to breads and remove grease. In the same pan saute chopped veg in butter. Add to breads and season with thyme,sage, salt & pepper. Add 3
cups of stock and taste. Correct seasoning. Add 3 beaten eggs and mix well. Place in greased
casserole, add 1/2-1 cup stock and bake 1 hour,uncovered, at 350 or until browned and bubbling.

Cornbread for dressing
2 cups 3 Rivers cornbread mix
1/4 Cup Crisco
1 1/2 Cup buttermilk
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 500. Mix cornbread mix, buttermilk and eggs together. Melt Crisco in iron skillet on top of stove. When hot, add to batter and beat. Add back to HOT skillet. Bake about 15 minutes, until beginning to brown on top. Turn out onto plate and slide back into pan so top side is down. Bake 5 more minutes and turn out onto plate.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Mimoi's pecan pie

This is the best--my grandmother's recipe. Alaga syrup gives you that real old-timey Southern flavor. It wasn't available (Alaga stands for Alabama and Georgia) when I first started cooking, so I substituted a mixture of light and dark Karo. This is what my husband and sons like, so I still make it this way.

Preheat oven to 350

1-9" pie plate lined with pie crust

1 cup Alaga cane syrup or 1/2 Cup light Karo & 1/2 Cup dark Karo
3/4 cup white sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 stick butter
1 Tbl vanilla extract
1 cup whole pecans

Bring syrup and sugar to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Add hot syrup to beaten eggs, beating constantly. Add butter, let melt. Add vanilla and pecans. Pour into pie plate lined with pie crust. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

Pie Crust

For 1 9" single crust pie

1 Cup White Lily Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 Cup Crisco
3 Tbl cold water or enough to form dough

Mix flour & salt together in a bowl. Add Crisco and cut in with 2 knives or your fingertips. When it looks like course meal begin adding cold water and mixing gently with your fingers. Move pieces of dough that are sufficiently damp to hold together into a plastic bag. Continue adding a little bit of water until all the dough is moistened. Put all in plastic bag and form into a disk. Refrigerate for a least a 1/2 hour before rolling out. May be frozen.