In anticipation of our annual Kentucky Derby Party on the 1st, I decided to give authentic (according to Trisha Yearwood anyway!) Southern cooking a shot. So I ordered her latest book, Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood, from the library and chose a few recipes that looked party friendly.
First up was the Hot Corn Dip, which was basically canned corn and green chilies floating in mayonnaise and some melted cheese.
When Trisha was on The View to promote the book, the ladies had gone NUTTY over this dip, but I have to say that I don't see the appeal. I guess if you luuurrve mayonnaise and corn, this would be right up your alley. But for me (and my step-mom and Hubby) it mostly just made us feel a little queasy. I guess we're not used to eating mayo as a meal!
Next up were Warren's Chicken Bites, which were chicken tenders combined with a dollop of cream cheese and jalapeno all wrapped up in bacon. The instructions said to grill them, but it wasn't grilling weather around here, so I tried frying some and baking others. Baking worked better, but I had to tell you that they all came out so ugly that I didn't even take a picture! The cheese leaked out and burned, the bacon crisped on the outer layer, and not at all in the center... I think I failed this recipe! Nonetheless, Hubby enjoyed it for the jalapeno kick, though he ended up pulling the bacon off after the first couple because combined with the cheese, it was a bit heavy! I again, experienced queasiness more than pleasure on this one.
Third and last, I gave the Vegetable Pie a shot.
Finally, a winner! The recipe is quite simple and called for onions, garlic, zuchinni and yellow squash all sauteed and layered on top of raw sliced tomatoes in the prepared pie crust, topped with water chestnuts. In lieu of a top crust there is a coating of mayonnaise (more!) and cheddar cheese. In the intro, however, she mentioned this recipe has worked equally well with whatever vegetable happened to be taking over the garden at the moment, so I used what I had in the fridge! Mine was tomato, zucchini, eggplant, portabello mushrooms, onion and garlic with the water chestnuts on top. This one was by FAR the best! Sweet from the tomatoes, fresh and light (especially if you scrape off the mayo topping!), Hubby and I both enjoyed this. The best part is that the recipe actually makes two pies, which is also how many crusts come in a box from the store making it an easy party addition! I think next time, though, I'll leave off the mayo entirely and just sprinkle the top with cheese.
Mmmm... cheese.... I guess we all have our weaknesses!