Quick-Fix Southern Classics

Comfort food your family loves requires surprising little preparation.


: At Southern Living, we think supper should be quick, easy, and delicious. Here's what's for supper. Hi, I'm Shirley, Senior Food Editor at Southern Living. In my opinion life is complicated enough, so if supper can offer an oasis of comfort food that's great tasting and easy to prepare, I've really done my family a favor. Quick Southern classics do the trick every time. Catfish has always been the cool dish to make in the South. Our recipe for classic fried catfish can be fried in two inches of oil for supreme crispness or in a small amount of oil for very good weeknight results. Check the labels when buying corn meal, look for plain yellow, not corn meal mix, which includes leavening agents. For an easy tartar sauce stir together mayo and sweet, hot pickle relish. Put out baked beans and coleslaw and call everyone to the table. Most Southerners have grown up with chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and cream gravy, yet wished for a version with less calories and fat. So here it is. Start with budget friendly cube steaks, which are thin cuts of round steak that are run through a tenderizing machine. Our slimming cooking method calls for a non-stick skillet, but you can add a smidge of oil if you like. Steamed green beans keeps the supper easy on the waistline. [MUSIC] Our food staff loves this recipe for shrimp and grits. It's one from our buddy Bill Smith, a chef in North Carolina. He uses garlic, mushrooms, green onions, hot sauce, and lemon to perk up sauteed shrimp. The shrimp and the Parmesan cheese grits take about 45 minutes start to finish, but you could knock off at least ten minutes by purchasing peeled and deveined shrimp. Toss a salad, warm a loaf of french bread and remember to sprinkle crumbled bacon over the shrimp before serving. That's a wonderful supper. Hand fried pork chops are another classic Southern dish, but instead of predictable gravy, we offer you a pepper jelly sauce. It's cooked in the same skillet as the pork chops in about 10 minutes. Red pepper jelly is the star ingredient supported by white wine, chicken broth, a jalapeno pepper, and butter. It's not that spicy hot, but plan a side that's tame such as a sour cream topped baked potato. Add a side of broccoli or green beans for a picture perfect Southern meal. Find more quick Southern classics in Southern Living and on SouthernLiving.com
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