Southern Vittles

You forget about real southern vittles until you go to a small town in the south.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s the farmers’ market offering breakfast biscuits, fried pies and funnel cakes or a roadside cafe touting home cooking,

the menu is full of comfort foods fixed just like grandma used to make.

You can bet fried chicken will be a staple

and sometimes it’s even made to look healthy.

Endless plates of biscuits or yeast rolls are sure to be on the table and unless you have more will power than I, they’ll all be gone before the meal is over.

The decor is not likely to be anything fancy

 and kids are reminded they better behave.  That warning is enough to put them in their place!

I had to try fried okra at every stop, and that’s one thing I can fix as good as any!  If you try it, be sure to start with very fresh okra.

Lulu’s Fried Okra

Cut the pods into 1/2″ lengths and cover with milk or buttermilk.  Remove from milk and dredge in a mixture of 1 c. cornmeal, 1/2 c. flour, salt and pepper.  Fry in hot vegetable oil deep enough to cover the okra until golden brown. (I use an old cast iron skillet for frying.)  Drain on paper towels.

Tell me, what are your favorite comfort foods?


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23 thoughts on “Southern Vittles

  1. I’ve never really had Southern food, but I’m sure I’d tuck in right away. And I love Okra, and who wouldn’t love your simple but tasty recipe! Woul dyou have a dipping sauce to go with it?

  2. Excellent food porn! I love looking at menus from different areas, that stuff looks so good!

  3. Have okra and squash in the garden. Their blossoms are the prettiest in the veggie world.
    Grandma Maggies fresh from the chopping block fried chicken.
    Biscuits and cornbread.
    Gravy on every thing!
    Okra n’ tomatoes
    Squash n’ onions
    Fried baloney sammy w/ fresh tomato and lots of mayo.

  4. Enjoyed this post! Fried okra is the only way I will eat it just can’t eat it too often. My family loves it in their cooked vegetables…too slimy for me. I am southern and so I did enjoy this post. I now follow you thanks for visiting Hibiscus House.

    1. I’m with you when it comes to okra. I can also stomach it in gumbo where it seems not to be so slick.

  5. I just discovered okra not long ago…. must try a ‘southern’ style fry like yours 🙂

  6. I enjoyed reading your “food account” of the south. I must try fried okra. I visited New Orleans in 2000 and ate my breakfast at the airport. I had a fried onion – cut beautifully like a flower. It looked fanastic – but probably not a good breakfast choice. I had no idea what i was getting…. I must add that I did enjoy my visit to Louisiana 🙂 thanks for visiting my blog:)

  7. Not my favorite foods, but love the home style feel! Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – the Tablescaper

  8. Oh my goodness, all this is my favorite foods. I was out of town today and stopped at a roadside for fresh veggies, okra is just waiting to be cooked. I make mine like yours, love it
    Thanks for sharing.


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  10. shirley@housepitalitydesigns July 29, 2012 — 9:47 pm

    Not a fan of Okra…but I will take fried chicken and biscuits any day!!!

  11. After that life threatening triple by-pass you learn that any thing fried and bacon and sausage and such are killers. But I do fudge for a little southern twice a month or so.

    1. A few days of this kind of food was all I could do. Salads have been tasting real good!

  12. My husband’s aunt used to make fried okra and it was the BEST! Also cornbread from scratch with buttermilk. That woman could cook. Stopped by from Sunny Simple!

    1. When fried okra is good, it’s very, very good, especially with cornbread, another of my favorites.

  13. Fixed Fried Okra from my garden for lunch today! Yes, yum!!

    1. From your garden, boy, am I envious!

  14. Fried OKRA?!??!!!! Really?!?!?!!! Mmmmm….I think I’ll pass on that one. I only eat okra if it’s very well disguised and chopped up really, really fine in gumbo. I think it’s the name “okra” that gets to me…and then the slime. I don’t eat foods with funny names like eggplant or radicchio. 🙂 I do like those yeast rolls, though, and the funnel cakes are da bomb!!! 🙂 My Mom used to make fried pies when we were kids. I liked them. I need to try my hand at it some day. My favorite comfort foods are tuna casserole, macaroni & cheese (made from scratch, of course!), and rice pudding. Love that chicken and catfish, too! No wonder I’m big as a house! 🙂 P.S. – I think I will devise a placard for our front door just like the one at Barbara’s! 🙂

    1. Tuna casserole. I have to make it at least once a year for old times sake. It and the green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup and Durkee onions are still among the hubby’s favorites!

  15. Chocolate chip bread pudding 🙂

    1. Yum, that sounds like a recipe to have.

  16. Looks like my kind of comfort food!!

    1. You can’t go wrong, at least not for a few days and then some of the fried foods have got to go!

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