Sunday, August 17, 2008
My Favorite Meal
It doesn't get any better than a dinner of fresh vegetables from the garden. This is my favorite combination -- crowder peas, cream-style corn, fried okra, sliced tomatoes, a slice of Vidalia onion, and a wedge of cornbread. The okra was dipped in egg and a mixture of equal parts of cornmeal and flour, seasoned with salt and fried in canola oil until golden brown. The cream-style corn is a combination of Trucker's Favorite and Silver Queen white corn. This is a messy, time consuming process, but definitely worth the effort. Cut the kernels from the cob, not too deep, and scrape the cob to render all the goodness from the ears. To cook the corn, we started by frying streak of lean (often labeled salt pork) and add the drippings to the corn. Cook over low heat with the drippings from the streak of lean, stirring frequently. Add water as needed to thin the corn. Season with salt and pepper. This simple meal is a real Southern favorite!