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Smothered Pork chops


4 Thick bone in pork chops
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cayenne
1 onion diced
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 Tbsp hot sauce
3 Tbsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp mustard powder
1/4 cup oil

dissolve the salt in 3 cups of water
add the mustard
place the pork chops in the brine for 2 hours or so,remove and pat dry

in a bowl mix the flour,onion powder,garlic powder,paprika and cayenne
set aside 3 Tbsp of the flour mixture
dredge the pork chops in the flour
heat the oil in a cast iron skillet until hot
add the pork chops and cook 5 minutes per side
remove and set aside
add the onion and mushroom to the pan
saute 5 minutes
stir in the reserved flour mixture
slowly whisk in the chicken broth making sure there are no lumps
heat to a slow boil and cook until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon
stir in the buttermilk and the hot sauce
return the pork chops to the pan and simmer 15 minutes,until th epork chops are cooked through


Shrimp and Grits


The southern classic. rich and creamy and oh so good.

5 cups water
1 1/2 Tbsp Better than bouillon clam base
the shells from 1LB medium shrimp (you will use the shrimp later)

3 strips bacon diced
2 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp franks redhot sauce

3 Tbsp butter
3 cups stock
1 1/2 cups quick cook grits (not instant)
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 /12 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese

1 Tbsp cajun seasoning
1 Tbsp  sweet paprika
1 tsp italian seasoning
ground pepper
3 cloves garlic minced
2 Tbsp butter
1 lb shrimp (the shrimp you used the shells for in the stock)

First make the stock
bring the water to a boil.
add the shrimp shells and simmer 30 minutes.
remove the shells and discard
add the clam base and stir to dissolve
set aside

Next make the sauce
in a medium saucepan cook the bacon until crispy. remove the bacon and reserve for later
pour off all but 2 Tbsp bacon grease
stir the flour into the bacon grease.
cook over low medium heat,stirring continuously until medium brown (5-10 minutes)
stir in the stock and the cream. bring to a boil and stir until thickened slightly (10 minutes or so)
stir in the worstershire and hot sauce.
set aside and keep warm

The Grits
add the butter to the stock. bring to a boil
stir in the grits and simmer 5 minutes,stirring often
add the cream,tomato paste and cheese.
cook another 3 minutes,stirring continually
set aside and keep warm

the shrimp
combine the cajum seasoning,paprika and italian seasoning in a bowl. add a few turns of fresh ground pepper. put the shrimp you shelled into a bowl. add the spice mixture and stir to mix well. Melt the butter in a 12″ skillet over medium heat. add the garlic and saute until fragrant. add the shrimp in a single layer. cook 2 minutes. flip the shrimp and cook more minutes or unitl the shrimp are cooked through. transfer the shrimp to a plate and add the pan drippings to the sauce.

divide the grits onto 4 plates. add 1/4 of the shrimp to each plate. drizzle the sauce over the shrimp. sprinkle with the reserved bacon

Serves 4

Shrimp and Grits


before I moved to the south I’d never had shrimp and grits. If you’ve never tried it you don’t know what your missing. Try it.

1lb large shrimp (20-24 count) peeled and deveined
3 cups milk
3 cups water
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups quick cook grits
1 onion diced
3 cloves garlic chopped
4 bay leaves
1 cup white wine
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup parmigiano cheese
1/4 cup chopped basil
5 sprigs fresh thyme chopped
2 Tbsp oil
For the sauce

heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet. add the onion and cook over medium high heat 5-7 minutes until beginning to brown. Add the garlic and continue cooking 45 seconds. Add the wine and cook until the wine mostly evaporates. Add the tomatoes,bay leaves and cayenne. bring to a boil,reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. remove from the heat and stir in the herbs. set aside and keep warm
For the grits

in a saucepan bring the milk ,water and salt  just to a boil. reduce heat as it comes to a boil so it doesn’t foam over. whisk in the grits. reduce heat to low and cook 6 minutes,remove from heat,cover and let sit 5 minutes. the grits should be think at this point. stir in the cheese
For the shrimp.

in a skillet heat 1 Tbsp oil until hot . add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. saute the shrimp about 3 minutes a side,until pink and firm

to serve.
spoon out some grits on a plate. place the shrimp on top of the grits and spoon the sauce over all.

serves 4