Southern Potluck

Another Wipeout night! I hope you haven't been waiting too long for the Southern Potluck menu. Well here it is! For the Mexican Potluck we had all the dishes on a serving table and let everyone assemble their plate and sit down. Well this potluck is Southern-style and therefore we would need all access to our feast again so we put everything in the middle of our dining table!
Feast Line-up [L to R]: Potatoes and Onions, Savory Biscuits, Mac-n-Cheese,
Creamed Corn, Black Eyed Peas, and Fried Fish.
Potatoes and Onions: Of course fried potatoes and onions would have been the more Southern preparation of these vegetables but I decided to save us a few calories plus I knew the fish would be fried. I used very small fingerling potatoes. They called to me in the grocery store because they were miniature and super cute. Anyway peel a stripe around the potato and then cut each one in half; meanwhile slice up one onion. Then saute the onion in a pan with evoo until softened and add the potatoes. Season the potatoes and onions with salt, pepper, and parsley. I let the onions get a little to brown so watch out for those. Continue stirring over medium heat until potatoes are warm. Prepared by myself.
Cheesy Biscuits: Dry ingredients: 2 c all purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1.5 tsp salt
Add 12 tsp cold cubed butter and knead to make dough.
Wet Ingredients: 1/2 c buttermilk, 1 cold egg
Add wet to dry ingredients.
Fold in 1 c smoked cheese, garlic, chives other whatever savory ingredients you prefer.
I was supposed to roll out the dough and cut them into even pieces, but I didn't. Instead, I balled them up like meatballs and formed them into biscuit rounds.
Bake them at 425 for about 20 to 25 min.
Prepared by Richard. Richard made us two versions of biscuits--these savory biscuits and sweet biscuits for dessert!
Mac-n-Cheese: Velveeta [whole-wheat rotini and cheese] helped out a little bit here. Still yummy and still Southern. Prepared by Tim & Ryan.
Close up: Potatoes and Onions, Savory Biscuits, Mac-n-Cheese
Creamed Corn & Black Eyed Peas: Each vegetable was cooked on the stove top. Add a little butter to the creamed corn and garlic salt to the black eyed peas. Prepared by Holly.

Fried Fish: Decided to go with frying some flounder fillets. Sliced the fillet into 3-4 inch chunks. To prepare for frying: dip in beer to moisten fish then bread in a fish fry bread mixture. (We used store bought McCormick Fish Fry mixture.) Heat vegetable oil to 375F in a deep fryer and proceed to fry fish until golden brown. Keep fried fish in a 200F warm oven until ready to serve. Prepared by Patrick.

After our feast we break for Wipeout and then come back for dessert. Unfortunately I was a little excited our Berry Biscuits and Pecan Pie that I forgot to take pictures. :-(

Berry Biscuits: These biscuits are inspired by the amazingly delicious Bojangles BoBerry Biscuit.
Dry Ingredients: 2 c all purpose flour, 1/3 c sugar, 4 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 3/4 c dehydrated berries (mine had blueberries, cherries, and strawberries)
Add Wet Ingredients: 1 c milk (I used buttermilk)
Fold in 5 tbsp cold cubed butter.
Refer to Cheese biscuits for rolling the dough; may roll out or form into biscuit rounds.
Bake at 450 for 7 to 12 minutes... times may vary
Glaze: Mix 1 c powdered sugar, 1/8 c water, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp lemon juice
Pour the glaze over the finished berry biscuits!
Pecan Pie: Here it is. The epitome of Southern desserts--pecan pie. A Southern potluck would not be complete without this... or a recipe by Paula Deen! This was prepared with homemade crust and her Bourbon Pecan Pie recipe. This will be separately posted so keep an eye out. Prepared by Patrick and Whitney.

Happy Southern Feasting!

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