08/15/14

Sweet Southern Oatmeal

Sweet Southern Oatmeal Recipe

If you’re a fan of oatmeal, you’re going to love this sweet, Southern (and healthy) version of this breakfast classic..

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2 Servings
2⁄3 cup old fashioned/steel cut oatmeal
1 1⁄3 cup Water
Dash of salt
1⁄2 cup canned/frozen unsweetened peaches, sliced
2 tablespoon pecan halves or slivered almonds
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1⁄4 cup unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
1-2 packet artificial sweetener (Truvia, Splenda, etc)

Cook oatmeal with water and salt, according to package instructions. Remove from heat and allow to cook until slightly thickened.

Combine with remaining ingredients, stir, and reheat in microwave for one minute.

Stir again, sprinkle with additional almonds or pecans (optional), and serve.

Enjoy!

Chef Perry
SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com

Sweet Southern Oatmeal Recipe

08/12/13

Easy Southern Greens

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m originally from the south, and I love my southern food. One of my favorite is greens and ham.

Served as a side dish with ribs, fried chicken or catfish, you name it, I love it!

Easy Greens RecipeHere’s a super-simple recipe I whipped up the other night. As I didn’t have a handy ham-hock, I substituted by using some Better Than Bullion ham base.

Now, I love BTB, but I’d never used the ham flavor before…lemme tell ya…it’s awesome!

Turned out one of the best batched of greens I’ve ever made, and I didn’t have to cook it 8 hours to get the hocks to cook down.  For this dish I used a combination of kale and red chard…lovely stuff. Oh, and I cooked up a HUGE batch, so if that looks like a lot of bacon in the photos…it is.

If you want a real taste of the south, but are pressed for time, I definitely recommend this recipe…look for it on an upcoming hautemealz meal plan!

Enjoy,

Chef Perry
SimplySmartDinnerPlans

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Serves 4
4 slices thick bacon
1-2 lbs greens (collard, kale, chard, or a mix)
1 tsp. black pepper
4 cups water
5 tsp. Better than Bullion Ham Base

Optional
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes for an extra zing.
1/2 cup chopped white onions
4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
Hot sauce

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Mise en Place

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Rinse greens thoroughly, remove tough ribs and stems, and chop leaves. Cut stems into 1 inch pieces. Combine water and ham base to make ham broth. Chop onions. Slice bacon.

Prepare the Dish

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Cook the bacon in a skillet until the fat renders and bacon becomes translucent. (Do not drain!)

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Transfer bacon and dripping to a large pot over medium heat, add the onions and cook until softened.

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Add greens, stems, pepper flakes (optional), pepper, and ham broth.

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Simmer over over medium heat for 45-60 minutes.

Serve greens drained (or not) with minced onion, vinegar and Tabasco, if desired. You can also add a splash of red wine vinegar of hot sauce (or both!)

LikkerPS – Half of the awesomeness of southern-style greens is the potlikker.

Potlikker is the amazingly flavorful broth of the ham stock and cooked down greens. You definitely want some crusty bread or (preferably) a good  savory cornbread to mop it up.

Only a “damnyankee” would throw out the potlikker!