From Penny's Table
Our traditional meal is one of my favorite to prepare. This
year, we've a lean boneless pork loin roast and a beautiful head of cabbage with
dark green leaves. I always include the dark outer leaves in my cabbage dish,
for the beautiful color they add. If I were a purist when it comes to
traditions, we'd be having turnip or collard greens and dried black eye peas
with rice. Granny would have tomato jam and freshly chopped onions as a relish
for the peas, Daddy adds a vinegar pepper sauce for the greens. And all provide
a pan of the best crispy baked corn bread. This year, I'm experimenting for our
dessert. I've discovered some peaches processed without sugar, and I'm planning
to make a cobbler using some rather unique low carb ingredients... I won't post
the low carb recipe until I work it out, but I will add Mr. H's famous peach
cobbler recipe. Mr. H was Chance's dad and we eagerly invited him and his peach
cobbler to every family meal!
Roasted Pork Loin
1 boneless pork loin roast(4-5 pounds)
2 cloves garlic cut into slivers
salt and pepper
fresh rosemary leaves (about two sprigs worth or 2 tbsps)
Line baking pan with foil, place pork loin on pan. Cut slits into meat and pack
with rosemary leaves and garlic pieces. Salt and pepper well. Bake at 325F for 1
hour. Turn off oven and leave roast in place for another half hour. (Or use slow
cooker on HI setting. I don't add liquid to my cooker when preparing this roast.
Cook about 4 hours).
I'm not sure where I came across this method of preparing cabbage. Chance and I
love it, the cream adds another dimension of flavor and the long cooking process
sweetens the cabbage nicely.
1 onion chopped coarsely
1 head cabbage coarsely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup bread crumbs
In large deep pan, melt butter and add onion and cabbage. Cook over medium heat,
stirring frequently until cabbage is just tender. Remove from burner. Pour
cabbage mixture into a large casserole dish. Pour cream over top and add bread
crumbs. Dot with butter. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes.
Tomato Jam was on the table anytime Granny served fresh black eye peas. This jam
is also good on a hot buttered biscuit.
Granny's Tomato Jam
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup sugar
Place tomatoes and sugar in saucepan. Cook on medium heat until liquid is
reduced by half and tomatoes look glossy and thick.
Real cornbread starts with pure cornmeal and a hot cast iron skillet. You can
make good cornbread with out the skillet, but the crust won't develop as it does
when you use cast iron.
Real Southern Cornbread
2 cups finely ground self-rising cornmeal
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup oil (bacon grease is incredibly good, but in favor of lowering
cholesterol I use olive oil)
Preheat oven to 425. Pour oil into large cast iron skillet and place in oven.
Place cornmeal in bowl. Add beaten egg and buttermilk, stirring well. Remove hot
pan from oven (careful!) and pour hot grease into batter. Stir well and then
pour batter into hot pan (this is what forms that wonderful crust). Bake in 425F
oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and flip cornbread out onto warmed serving
plate. Cut into wedges and serve.
Mr. H's Peach Cobbler
1(16 oz) can peaches, packed in water
1 cup flour, self-rising
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 stick melted butter
Pour drained peaches into 9 inch square baking dish. Mix flour, sugar and milk
until well blended. Add melted butter and blend well. Pour over peaches. Bake at
350F for 45-60 minutes until puffy and golden brown. Serve with a generous
dollop of whipped cream. If calories aren't a concern, add a dollop of vanilla
ice cream instead.
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