This week's menu is almost as Southern as it gets. Make this dinner for your grandmother, and see if she doesn't light up with pride. We have just about everything you need for this feast at Freshfully Market, a lot of it organic, and all of it local. Show your Southern pride in a modern way – by supporting local farmers and food producers – all while making your tummy happy!
Bayou Catfish Fillets: This spicy catfish offers the crunch of fried food without the accompanying health sucker punch since, the fish is lightly breaded and broiled. The Alabama farmed catfish has a great mild flavor, and by using Mr. P's Cajun seasoning you'll save time measuring multiple spices (Mr. P's is known for their savory Cajun seasoning, if you don't know).
Creamy Grits Casserole: My family has a never ending debate about whether savory or sweet grits are better, but this cheesy, comforting casserole might just settle the debate once and for all. McEwen and Sons' grits are fast becoming the gold standard of grits, and if you want to fancy things up a bit you could use their blue grits. Kids would love this. If you manage to save any for leftovers, this casserole would be great for breakfast the next day. Tip: Prep this dish first, and let it bake while you prepare everything else. Then, it can stand as required while you broil the fish.
Spinach-Mushroom Saute: This side dish is a snap to prepare and nutritionally makes up for all that cheese from the casserole above, if you're feeling guilty. We have some awesome garlic varieties in the market, and the Luddite Farms garlic is the perfect note to complement the hydroponically grown Owl's Hollow spinach.
Granny’s Bread Pudding: Bread Pudding is usually only something I get to enjoy at fancy restaurants, but this recipe is so simple even my one-year-old daughter could make it. Well, almost. Maybe next year. G's Apple Dreams applesauce muffins replace the bread from traditional recipes and are moist, delicious, and do 90% of the work for you. Don't tell anyone and pretend you're a wizard, or come clean so your dinner companions can make it for you next time or just help pay your good-dessert-karma forward.
Freshfully shopping list:
1 bag McEwen's white cornmeal
1 bottle Mr. P's cajun seasoning
2 lbs. Alabama farmed catfish
1 bag McEwen's grits
1/2 gal. Alabama's Organic milk
1 doz. farm eggs
1 bottle Herb Inc. olive oil
1 or 2 Heron Hollow onions
1 head Luddite Farms garlic
1 bag Owl's Hollow spinach
1 pkg. G's Apple Dreams mini applesauce muffins
And the rest:
Lemon wedges (optional) + 2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup + 3 tbsp. butter
10 oz. Cheddar cheese
4 oz. Gouda cheese
8 oz. fresh mushrooms
1 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup brown sugar
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Photo credit: Jennifer Martinez
As a freelance writer and copy editor, Emily Brown gets to juggle many roles, including work-at-home mom. She likes to cook more than she likes to follow recipes, and she likes her vegetables extra crunchy – no beets allowed. If she could make you anything, it would be a roasted chicken. Her baby is beyond adorable.
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