Someone sent me a link to an article recently about Southern food becoming a trend in New York City. (Zagat Diners Love Southern Food…)
My guess is that New Yorkers have discovered what we Southerners have known for a lifetime – there’s nothing like some good ol’ Southern food! In the South, it’s not just about the food, it’s about the time spent with family and friends while you’re cooking the food. You would be hard-pressed to find a Southern food that wouldn’t double as comfort food.
From time to time, I get questioned about how we stay trim and healthy eating all of the rich, Southern food we cook at Masterbuilt. I’m sure you’ve heard it said, but it’s the truth – moderation is key. We do love to deep-fry just about anything here at Masterbuilt, but we also love to put our own modern twist on old Southern favs and substitute lighter ingredients. When may skip the fryer and throw a pork chop on the grill instead. (Which balances the meal out when we throw some fried okra or mashed potatoes on the plate!)
We’ve cooked up Southern Food on the streets of NYC and it always draws a crowd. Like I said, it’s not just about the food. Southern food has a way of pulling folks in. The smell of BBQ or deep-fried turkey is like an elixir to our overstressed souls.
I’m glad Northerners are realizing the value of our dadgum good Southern food. What’s one Southern dish you would tell your Northern friends they have to try? (I would definitely say BBQ ribs and smoked mac n’ cheese!)