( 1 ) Old - Fashioned Mint Julep
Did you know? Mint juleps have been dubbed the official drink of the Kentucky Derby!
- 1 Cup brandy or cognac
- 1 Ounce Jamaican rum
- 2 1/2 Tablespoon water
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- Several fresh mint leaves
Step 1:Dissolve one tablespoon of white pulverized sugar in two and one-half tablespoons of water.
Step 2:Take two sprigs of fresh mint and press them well in the sugar and water, until the flavor of mint is extracted.
Step 3:Add one wine glass of Cognac brandy, and fill the glass with fine shaved ice, then draw out the sprigs of mint and insert them in the ice with the stems downward, so that the leaves will be above, in the shape of a bouquet.
Step 4:Arrange berries, and small pieces of sliced orange on top in a tasty manner, dash with Jamaican rum, and sprinkle white sugar on top.
Step 5:Place a straw (across the top of the glass), and you will have a julep that is fit for an emperor.
( 2) Hushpuppies
- 4 cups vegetable oil
- 2 cups yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup water
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, egg, salt, baking soda, milk, and water. Mix until batter is smooth and free of any lumps. Batter should be stiff (if batter is too dry, add milk; if batter is too thin, add cornmeal).
Step 2: In a cast iron skillet or a large heavy fry pan over medium-high heat, heat vegetable oil to 350° F or until a small amount of batter dropped into the hot oil sizzles and floats. Do not let the oil get too hot or the center of the hushpuppies will not cook thoroughly.
Step 3:Using two spoons, push a small amount of batter into hot oil (370° to 380° F). After about 10 seconds, hushpuppies will float to the top and begin to brown. Fry for approximately 5 minutes or until golden brown, turning to brown all sides.
Step 4: Remove from oil and place hushpuppies on paper towels; continue cooking the remaining batter (fry in small batches, adding 4 to 6 hushpuppies to the oil at a time). NOTE: They can be held in a 200° F oven until serving time (approximately 30 minutes). Serve hot.
Makes 2 dozen hushpuppies.
( 3 ) Creole Jambalaya
I found this lovely scanned image of an original creole jambalaya recipe below...
(4) Sweet Potato Pie
- 3 small to medium sweet potatoes
- 3 eggs, slightly beaten
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 stick of butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup of evaporated milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons of finely grated orange peel (don't leave out)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
Step 1:Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Clean and rinse sweet potatoes. Place into deep cooking pot and boil until tender. Drain and remove skin. OR you could bake potatoes in oven until fork tender.
Step 2:Place mashed potatoes in large mixing bowl. Add eggs and butter. Blend for 2 minutes with electric mixer. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, and milk. Continue beating then add cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and vanilla. Blend well.
Step 3:Prick bottom and sides of thawed crust with fork; sprinkle lightly with 1 teaspoon sugar. Place pie crust in over for 5 minutes or until crust rises or is lightly browned, let cool.
Step4:Pour pie mixture into pie crust and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until done. Cool for 30 minutes, then refrigerate.
Yield: 12 to 14 servings for 2 pies.