Feel good with Southern tastes
Go South with some delicious comfort food with “Southern Living: Feel Good Food.”
This warm, Southern cookbook brings all the comforts of home and delicious flavors in a vibrant book with colored photos, eye-catching text and pages and more. This book’s welcoming vibe will have you cooking in no time.
The book is divided into chapters: Rejuvenated, Nostalgic, Gracious, Refreshed, Warmth, Indulgent and Celebratory.
Rejuvenated is breakfast foods that are filling like Spicy Ham-and-Eggs Benedict with Chive Biscuits, Okra-Shrimp Beignets, Up-a-Notch Sausage and Gravy and Strawberry-Lemonade Muffins.
Nostalgic are updated “classic” dishes like Zucchini Bacon Spoon Bread, Home-Style Green Bean Casserole and Baked Smokin’ Macaroni and Cheese.
Gracious is dishes for entertaining like Strawberry Margarita Spritzers, Loaded Baked Potato Dip, Deviled Eggs with Assorted Toppings, Chicken-and-Tortellini Salad and more.
Refreshed is salads and sandwiches like Panzanella Salad with Cornbread Croutons, Mango-Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette, Mini Muffulettas, Flank Steak Sandwiches with Brie and BLT Benedict with Avocado-Tomato Relish.
Warmth is main dishes like Texas-Style Barbecued Beef Brisket, Grilled Fillets with Pecans and Green Bean Ravioli, Roasted Pork Belly with Peaches and Arugula and Pepper and Chicken Nachos.
Indulgent is desserts like Sweet Tea Icebox Tart with Gingersnap Crust, Chocolate-Pecan Chess Pie, Easy Skillet Apple Pie, Creole Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce and Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Celebratory is dishes for special occasions like Stuffed Mushrooms with Pecans, Pimiento Cheese Rolls and more.
I decided to make Hamburger Steak with Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy, as it was billed as a dish that can be made on busy weeknights. And indeed, it was a quick to prepare and satisfying dish. The patties cook with mushrooms and onion, and then a gravy is added to the mix. It made a delicious dish that I served along with potatoes and green beans to make an all-around meal. I really enjoyed the flavors of the gravy along with the mushrooms and the onions, as did the oldest. The picky youngest actually ate a bit too, so long as I didn’t give her any mushrooms or onions. I enjoyed this play on Southern comfort foods and will be sure to use the recipes in this book again.
“Southern Living: Feel Good Food” is published by Oxmoor House. It is $24.95.