Southern Memories


I was talking to my Mama about recipes that were handed down to her from her mother. Grandmother was a great home cook. Nothing complicated but a lot of goooood food. Grandmother knew how to stretch a dollar but still create flavorful meals.

Here are a couple of our favorites:

Hamburger Steak
Breaded and fried=down home goodness

Form ground beef (also known as hamburger meat) into thick patties. If you want to add chopped onion and Worcestershire sauce before you form the patties that is also good.

Mix together an egg and some milk in one bowl and put flour seasoned with salt and pepper in another bowl.  Dip the hamburger patties in the egg mixture and then the flour mixture.

Fry the breaded hamburger steaks in hot oil until done.

Grandaddy Potatoes
These were Grandaddy’s favorite potatoes. We always call them Grandaddy Potatoes.

Boil small potatoes (either red or small russet) in salted water. Serve the boiled potatoes whole. Serve with butter and sour cream. You can mash them with your fork at the table and add the butter and sour cream and salt and pepper. Simple and good.

Plum Dumplings
My mother tells me that when grandmother canned plums that she saved the juice from canning to make these plum dumplings. Just in case you don’t happen to be canning plums, you can use this recipe.

Make the dumpling batter:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup milk

Stir flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl. Cut butter into dry ingredients, using a pastry cutter or fork. Add milk to form dough. Set dumpling dough aside.

Prepare Plums:

1 lb of plums pitted and diced
1/2 cup sugar
spices to taste if you like (such as nutmeg or ginger)
2 cups water

Combine all of the above and bring to a boil. Drop dumpling mixture by tablespoons into the boiling plum mixture. Cover the pot and cook for 20 to 30 minutes.

Actually, grandmother rolled out her dumpling dough and cut it into squares. You could always do that if you like as well.

I love recipes that are passed down. My grandmother loved to cook for her family and I remember many happy times at her table. No, none of these recipes are fancy or complicated. They are just simple and good.

Today’s Lagniappe: How to pick out good plums
You have to have good plums for good plum dumplings. I would love to tell you how to can plums, but, haven’t done that yet. I’ll do some research and let you know!

If you want to purchase plums that are ripe and ready to eat, look for ones that yield to gentle pressure and that are slightly soft at their tip. While you can also purchase plums that are firm and ripen them at home, avoid those that are excessively hard as they will be immature and will probably not develop a good taste and texture profile. Good quality plums will feature a rich color and may still have a slight whitish “bloom,” reflecting that they have not been overhandled. They should also be free of punctures, bruises or any signs of decay. Plums are generally available in the marketplace from May through the early fall.

Plums that are not yet ripe can be left at room temperature. As this fruit tends to mature quickly, check on them in the next day or two to ensure that they do not become overripe. Once they are ripe, plums can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. While plums can be frozen, to ensure maximum taste remove their stone pits before placing them in the freezer.

For the most antioxidants, consume plums when fully ripened


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22 responses to “Southern Memories”

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  3. angie Avatar

    oh it sounds like home cooking and rumors I heard from my mom do exist I am going to try that hamburger patty recipe

  4. Tammy Avatar

    You should have put her recipe for hamburger stew. Call me and I will share it with you. It could also be, ‘let’s clean out the refrigerator stew!’

  5. Brenda Avatar

    I think I can remember my grandmother making hamburger steak. Now I do something like it with meatballs. Those potatoes look good too.

  6. darnold23 Avatar

    My husband LOVES smothered hamburger steak. I will be hosting Crock Pot Wednesdays beginning August 5, and I hope you will join in. There will be prizes:)

  7. denisemarie Avatar

    Love the recipes and intend to copy the potato and meat recipe…thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Lisa@Blessedwithgrace Avatar

    What a great post and great way to honor your Grandmother. I love old home-cooking recipes. You know it is good when someone says, “My grandmother used to make this.”
    Thanks for sharing your memories with us a TMTT this week.

  9. Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage Avatar

    That is my favorite way to eat potatoes! Hmm…. now I’m actually gonna have to cook tonight. Thanks for the great inspiration!

  10. Jane Avatar

    My mother used to make potatoes like that. They were delicious!


  11. Chris Avatar

    Hi Christi!

    I LOVE good ‘ole fashioned home cooking! We used to do potatoes that way. Think I’ll give it a try again. In fact, all the recipes sound yummy! Thanks for sharing them.


  12. Stacey Avatar

    Sounds like the kind of food I grew up eating too. You can’t beat it!

  13. The Desperate Cook Avatar

    I have never had hamburger steaks, but the sure do sound good.

  14. Sally Avatar

    Thanks for sharing. Happy 2nd Time Around Day. Here’s mine:

  15. mub Avatar

    These all look yummy! I’m excited to try the hamburger steaks, I’ve not made anything like that before =)

  16. Poppedijne Avatar

    These old recepies from grandma are always the best.I have one or two like that too.

  17. Ave Avatar

    Grandaddy Potatoes are so so good. I should make them for today. =)

  18. bj Avatar

    O, yes…I love the old fashioned way of cooking..I still do quite a bit of it as I am pretty old fashioned myself !! I’m just old enuf to remember how it was in the “old days” cause…I was there!! heh heh…
    Thanks for the recipes.

  19. Rhonda Avatar

    I have never heard of plum dumplings, but I sure would like a bowl right now!

  20. Melissa Miller Avatar

    Mmmm…Christi you have the most delicious sounding recipes. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  21. Angela Avatar

    Mmmm – boiled potatoes with butter and sour cream – how bad could that be??? I am a carbo-holic, and this is right up my alley. 🙂

  22. Lori E Avatar

    3 interesting foodie items. My mom used to can plums and I can almost taste them just thinking about them.

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