You know, Deb and I throughout our lives have been just “plain ole folk.” This in regards to our thought process, our lives we lead, and even the groceries we eat. Really, we’re just “down home kinda people.”
Our meals are usually just “straight up” Southern-styled recipes. Very little hoopla or fanfare, so we never really attempt recipes with any type of flair whatsoever. Oh, I take that back…
There are times that we’ll fry chicken, or some pork chops, and Deb’ll holler from the kitchen, “Hey Dub, whatta’ ya’ think about maybe addin’ some hot sauce?” I’m like, “Dern Deb, whatever made you think of that, Honey? Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart, and the “Savannah Queen, Paula Deen,” would SO be proud of you for coming up with that kinda’ a spin on a dish like that!”
Actually we’re not quite that bad…but close to it!
My point with this, is that this past week, Red came by to pick up a few things. When he came in he had a dish in his hand. My first thought I gotta’ admit was, wonder what his Mama had given him to take home and eat? So you can imagine my surprise when he announced he’s brought something for us to try.
Upon looking into the dish, my next question was, “What is it?” He told me, and I’d never heard of them before. It was a meat pie. Now yes, I have heard of meat pies before, but this was something that was interesting to me in their simplicity. Also, it impressed me by the fact that after heating one of them up…the dern things were quite tasty!
Even more important, I felt these things could help out some parents with how quick, and easy these are to make, and they’re very easy on the billfold too. If you’re on a tight budget like so many of us are today, these ought to be “right up your alley!”
Red told us that Shelby Lynn actually loved them, and he thought they were delicious too. At this point they only lacked one thing…”Papa’s approval!” They earned this status right after my first bite. They were quite good!
Red told us that his wife Stacey, whom he calls “his ole lady” when she ain’t around, had been making these for them quite a while. So, with this being the case, we’d like to share with you their recipe today, which is…
Red’s “Ole Lady’s” Meat Pie: (Red’s description of Stacey…not mine!)
- 1 can Pillsbury Grand Biscuits
- Hamburger or Ground Chuck
- Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Chipolte Barbeque sauce
- Onion or any other addition you’d like
Brown your hamburger in the skillet with chopped onion, green peppers, virtually anything you’d like to add. Drain. Put back in skillet and add barbeque sauce. Heat on low for just a minute while stirring to get sauce mixed well.
Put your biscuits into a muffin pan, and once in pan, work and hollow out a hole into your biscuit, making them similar to a pie crust. Once finished add hamburger into the “hollowed out” cups.
Put into oven and bake at the temperature stated on the biscuit package. Once biscuits are browned, or done, take out and serve.
This is how Red’s “ole lady’s” Meat Pie looks after cooking. Again, I was shocked at the taste. I and Deb both really enjoyed this. It was a good, yet simple, change!
You all know that we in the South love swamp cabbage. It is also known in most stores as heart of palm. This we harvest from the cabbage palm, and it is very good. Here’s a couple recipes from a previous article.
This morning we’d like to share a salad recipe made from swamp cabbage.
Heart of Palm Salad:
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 6 cups mesclun**
- 1 medium tomato, cut into thin wedges
- 2 (14.8 oz.) jars heart of palm, drained and sliced into ½ inch rings
Combine garlic, olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl; stir with a wire whisk until blended. Cover and chill for four hours.
Combine salad greens, heart of palm, and tomato in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing over salad; toss gently. Serve immediately.
** Mesclun- Some markets package this calling it gourmet salad mix. It is simply a mixture of tender, young salad greens. It can include arugula, dandelion, sorrel, and oakleaf. Wash well, and blot dry before using.
One for the road…
Posters found on telephone poles, advertising four tickets to an event that the ticket holder was giving away…
I have four extra tickets for the Robbie Knievel (son of Evil Knievel) event at the Ford Center next weekend in Beaumont, Texas , if anybody wants them. Robbie is going to try to jump over 1,000 Obama supporters with a Caterpillar D-9 bulldozer.
Dub and Deb