True Southern Dinner

 

 

The heart of a true southern family is in the kitchen. We all know that when you go to a southern woman’s home, she’ll for sure offer you something to eat. That’s certainly the vibe I aspire to have for my home. Everyone is welcome and not only will your body be fed, but your spirit also.

Nothing unifies family more than the dinner table in my opinion. Growing up, my family was the type of family that would prepare and eat the food together. Even now we gather together about once a month, and we all end up in the kitchen eating brunch or dinner with one another. It has always been a great way for us to stay nourished and connected. Feeding not just our bodies, but our souls.

Louisiana Style Dinner

I remember as a kid always seeing my grandmother or my mother in the kitchen cooking. It seemed as if they’d been cooking all day, while we were outside playing or watching television sometimes. However, no matter what when they were finished we all knew it, and we’d gather around the dinner table and eat together. I know these days, to have dinner as  family like that is considered “old school.” I can admit that we hardly do it in my house.

Work life and the everyday “busy bee syndrome” can take a toll on us and peel us away from those core family values that we once cherished. Every now and then I like to disconnect and focus on just my family, no work, no friends – just the contents within my home. Building a bond and rapport with each other is consequential to the binding force of the “family” dynamic.

frie chicken dinner

If you don’t have dinner with your family regularly, its okay. It’s not as if you’re bringing ruin upon you alls connection. Nonetheless, I recommend at least putting aside one day a week to indulge in a meal and in each others presence to build that bond. Trust me you’ll be surprised by the bond you all begin to develop with one another.

Try this traditional southern dinner the next time you all eat together.

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What’s a fried chicken dinner without biscuit?! Try this yummy Buttermilk Biscuit recipe!

buttermilk fried chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. Whole Chicken Wings
  • 3-4 Sprigs of Rosemary
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes, optional
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

For Breading

  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • salt, to taste

Directions:

Combine buttermilk, rosemary, paprika, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt & pepper. Then add chicken wings. Marinate in the fridge for about 20-30 mins or overnight.

Preheat oil to 350ºF

Combine all of the ingredients for the breading into a large tray or paper bag. Add chicken wings (about 3-4 wings at a time) and coat the chicken in the flour until completely covered.

Fry chicken wings in preheated oil for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from fryer and drain on cooling rack or parchment paper. Repeat these steps with remaining chicken.

Serve immediately.

garlic butter green beans

Garlic Butter Green Beans

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs Fresh Green Beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. Sliced Almonds, optional
  • 1 small Onion, sliced
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375ºF

Mix together butter, garlic, onions, salt, and pepper. Coat green beans in garlic-butter mixture. Lay the green beans on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 10-15 mins, or until tender.

Garnish with sliced almonds.

Serve Hot.

louisiana style red beans

Louisiana Style Red Beans & Rice

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Camilla Red Beans
  • 1/2 lb Smoked Turkey Necks, optional
  • 8-10 cups Stock or Water
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 cups Holy Trinity
    • 1/2 cup Onions, diced
    • 1/4 cup Celery, diced
    • 1/4 cup Bell Peppers, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic, minced
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 lb Andouille Sausage, halved & sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. Parsley, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup Green Onions, sliced – seperated
  • 2 cups Cooked Rice

Directions:

In a deep heavy bottom bottom pot, melt butter and sauté holy trinity for about 1-2 mins or until slightly tender. Next, add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add bay leaf, turkey necks, and red beans. Stir until coated with holy trinity and butter, then pour in water. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low-medium. Let simmer for about 45-50 mins, stirring occasionally.

Once beans are slightly tender, add sausage and let simmer for an additional 30-45 mins, or until sausage and beans are both tender. Stir in parsley and 1/4 cup of green onions.

Serve with rice and more green onions on top.

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Here’s a fun suggestion – assign each family member their own recipe to prepare for dinner that way you all can cook together and enjoy each others yummy creation at the dinner table.

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