Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen by Sara Foster and Lee Smith

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    • Categories: Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: pecans; cane sugar; rosemary; ground cayenne pepper
  • Rosemary cheese crackers
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South
    • Ingredients: cheddar cheese; butter; all-purpose flour; rosemary; dried red pepper flakes; ground cayenne pepper
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: eggs; mayonnaise; cornichons; dill; chives; ground cayenne pepper
    • Categories: Salads; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South
    • Ingredients: smoked ham; mayonnaise; dill pickles; sweet pickle relish; Worcestershire sauce; hot sauce
  • Spring pea toasts with lemon olive oil and fresh pea shoots
    • Categories: Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; Spring; American South; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: peas; garlic; mint; chives; Parmesan cheese; crostini; pea shoots; lemons; olive oil
    • Categories: Pies, tarts & pastries; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: red onions; balsamic vinegar; rosemary; frozen puff pastry; goat cheese; parsley
    • Categories: Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South; Italian
    • Ingredients: figs; balsamic vinegar; country ham; crostini; goat cheese; parsley
  • Pimiento cheese with cornbread toasts
    • Categories: Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: cheddar cheese; Parmesan cheese; pimientos; mayonnaise; apple cider vinegar; honey; ground cayenne pepper; cornbread; arugula
    • Categories: Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South; French
    • Ingredients: oysters; shallots
    • Categories: Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South; American
    • Ingredients: oysters; bacon; parsley
    • Categories: Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South; Cajun & Creole
    • Ingredients: oysters; breadcrumbs; heavy cream; lemons; crabmeat
    • Categories: Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South; American
    • Ingredients: oysters; spinach; Pernod; Parmesan cheese
    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South
    • Ingredients: chicken livers; buttermilk; butter; shallots; brandy; parsley; thyme; heavy cream
    • Categories: Cocktails / drinks (with alcohol); American South
    • Ingredients: cane sugar; mint; bourbon
    • Categories: Cocktails / drinks (with alcohol); American South
    • Ingredients: sea salt; pink grapefruits; vodka; limes; seltzer water
    • Categories: Beverages / drinks (no-alcohol); American South
    • Ingredients: Meyer lemons; cane sugar; honey
    • Categories: Cocktails / drinks (with alcohol); American South; Cajun & Creole
    • Ingredients: rye whiskey; cane sugar; Peychaud's bitters; absinthe
    • Categories: Cocktails / drinks (with alcohol); American South
    • Ingredients: tomato juice; vodka; prepared horseradish; Worcestershire sauce; limes; hot sauce
    • Categories: Beverages / drinks (no-alcohol); American South
    • Ingredients: black tea; mint; lemons
    • Categories: Soups; American South
    • Ingredients: onions; tomatoes; chicken broth; bay leaves; dried red pepper flakes; basil; goat cheese
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    • Categories: Soups; American South
    • Ingredients: flageolet beans; onions; carrots; celery; garlic; ham bones; bay leaves; dried red pepper flakes; collard greens
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Stocks; American South
    • Ingredients: shrimp shells; corn cobs; herbs of your choice; onions; celery

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  • Crispy chicken cutlets with a heap of spring salad

    • Breadcrumbs on September 02, 2015

      p. 133 - mr bc pulled some b/s chx breasts out of the freezer yesterday morning so my challenge was to find a Southern recipe to put them to good use. An EYB search landed me here and it was love at first sight when I saw the photo in the book. This recipe was outstanding. The meat practically melted in our mouths. The breading was incredibly crisp and adhered perfectly to the chicken. A quick spritz of lemon and little sea salt scattered atop was all we needed to take this dish from amazing to perfect. Loved this!! mr bc ate 3 pieces! Photo here:

    • sturlington on March 25, 2013

      I really love this method of cooking chicken cutlets. It is like fried chicken without all the work and mess. The salad can be varied as one likes. This is a good light meal with some crusty bread and berries for dessert.

  • Buttermilk blue cheese dressing

    • Breadcrumbs on May 05, 2015

      p. 285 - An excellent rendition of a classic. I liked the use of sherry vinegar in this one and the technique of mashing cheese into the vinegar. I did this with half the cheese as we also like to have some chunks of cheese in our dressing. I also did this prior to adding the shallots to make life easier. Instead of basil I used dill. I've also made this with red onion vs shallots and with sour cream vs Greek yogurt. In all cases this recipe produces terrific results. I always add chopped garlic. This is one of my go-to recipes for Blue Cheese Dressing as it's easily adaptable.

  • Shrimp jambalaya

    • adrienneyoung on October 10, 2012

      Pretty decent. Not stellar, but good weeknight food. Fast, no weird ingredients, and reheatable leftovers.

  • Memphis-style barbecued spare ribs

  • Quick cucumber pickles

    • JFM on August 06, 2013

      The best pickle recipe I've tried so far - so easy, so delicious.

    • sturlington on August 24, 2013

      This recipe is quick and easy, and can be used to make any kind of quick, vegetable pickle, not just for cucumbers. Keeps 1 month in the fridge. p87

  • Skillet-fried corn

    • sturlington on July 31, 2014

      Super simple and really delicious with fresh corn. Add zucchini/summer squash or leave it out. P230

  • Summer squash casserole

    • sturlington on March 26, 2013

      I had to admit that I was very skeptical about this recipe. Squash is not one of my favorite things, and this recipe includes a healthy amount of mayonnaise, among other not-good-for-you ingredients. Was I wrong. The casserole is sweet, creamy, but not overrich, with the bacon providing just the right contrast in terms of crunch and saltiness. This would definitely be a hit at any potluck. p257

  • Roxy's grated coleslaw

    • sturlington on February 15, 2015

      It was difficult to cut this recipe down and maintain the correct proportions. Mine came out a little too sour.

  • Creamy potato salad

    • sturlington on December 23, 2014

      Necessity being the mother of recipe adaptation, I discovered that the salad is just as creamy and delicious with half the mayonnaise, which was all I had. I added 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar to the potatoes right after draining. To the dressing, I added 1/2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard in place of half the Worcestershire, and I seasoned with salt and pepper, not explicitly called for in the recipe.

  • Cucumber and heirloom tomato salad

    • sturlington on July 09, 2013

      P269. Make an entree salad by adding crab or chicken salad. Make a sandwich by stuffing into a wrap with cheese. Can also add avocado to this.

  • Phyllis's comeback sauce

    • sturlington on April 22, 2014

      This is like a russian dressing or Southern-style remoulade. Good for burgers, sandwiches, salads, and dipping. p282

  • Sweet and spicy pecans

    • sturlington on December 24, 2014

      Easy and good. Could use a little more vanilla, I think, but that might have been my extract rather than the recipe. ETA Served these at Christmas and everybody loved them. The whole dish disappeared.

  • Kate's sweet potato refrigerator rolls

    • sturlington on November 24, 2014

      Note: Dough can be made ahead. p66

  • Baked rosemary sweet potato halves

    • julesamomof2 on March 23, 2020

      Easy and a touch nicer than a plain roasted sweet potato. Need to adjust the baking time based on the size of the potatoes. Mine took forever but I liked them better with some crisp almost burnt edges and caramelization.

  • Holiday cornbread dressing

    • lkgrover on November 26, 2020

      Excellent Thanksgiving herb dressing. I used 1 brioche loaf; no cornbread; reduced all other ingredients by 1/2. Fills one 9 x 9 inch baking dish.

  • Fried eggplant with sugared tabasco sauce

    • ellencooks on February 08, 2017

      This was fantastic! The sweet-hot dipping sauce was a hit and we couldn't stop eating these.

  • Braised cabbage

    • ellencooks on February 08, 2017

      This is very simple and very good. The cabbage got done sooner than other dishes but kept well on the stove.

  • Red beans and rice with andouille sausage

    • ellencooks on September 24, 2017

      I made this with canned beans and just simmered them with the ham and onions and peppers about 20 minutes before adding the sausage.

  • Roasted tomato grits with country ham and cracklings

    • foodgloriousfood on April 01, 2022

      Just made the grits without the ham or cracklings. Very good grits!

  • Ham bone soup

    • foodgloriousfood on April 03, 2022

      I had a heap of The Lee Bros Southern Cookbook Sneaky Collards left over (which are great by themselves too) so stirred them all in at the end instead of adding a bunch of collards which was a lot more collards than this recipe called for. We loved it and I would do that again as the Sneaky Collards are cooked with seasonings (they are vegetarian, but have smoked paprika and vinegar) so added a lot of oomph to this recipe. So this is a great recipe to use up a lot of collards if you made too much, or if not, I would add a lot more than the single bunch of collards that this recipe calls for (if you also love collards) and maybe add some smoked paprika and some vinegar in too.

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  • ISBN 10 1299089798
  • ISBN 13 9781299089792
  • Published Apr 05 2011
  • Format eBook
  • Page Count 416
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Random House
  • Imprint Random House

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Sara Foster’s love of Southern fare began in her Granny Foster’s Tennessee kitchen. There, the combination of down-home comfort, fresh-from-the-farm ingredients, and dedicated preparation hooked her for life. Now the award-winning cookbook author and restaurateur serves up nearly two hundred contemporary interpretations of classic dishes—Shrimp Jambalaya, Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork Butt, Cheesy Grits Casserole; refreshing drinks, including Mint Juleps and Sweet Tea; and such satisfying breakfasts as Country Ham and Hominy Hash. And a table wouldn’t be Southern without the sides—Skillet-Fried Corn, Creamy Potato Salad, and Arugula Pesto Snap Beans. Be sure, too, to save room for Molasses-Bourbon Pecan Pie and Freestyle Lemon Blackberry Tart.

From revealing the secret to fluffy buttermilk biscuits to giving us ideas for swapping out ingredients to accommodate any season, from providing tips for frying up chicken like a true Southerner to detailing barbecue fundamentals that put you on par with any pitmaster, Foster’s helpful sidebars ensure that your dishes will turn out perfect every time. You’ll also get expert tips on the essential equipment (cast-iron skillets, griddles, casserole dishes) and the ingredients no Southern pantry should be without (from stone-ground grits to Carolina Gold rice). As a bonus, Foster offers her “Sidetracked” feature, profiles of tried-and-true roadtrip destinations throughout the South where you can find the best fried catfish, barbecued brisket, big breakfast plates, and more. And finally, Foster’s lessons in pickling and canning guarantee that you can enjoy your favorite flavors all year round.

With its handy list of resources and Southern pantry essentials, and entertaining stories, Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen is an all-inclusive collection of Southern cooking in which simple feasts meet artisanal ingredients, traditional tastes meet modern methods, and fantastic flavors make every bite a succulent mouthful of Southern comfort.

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