Meal Planning Monday ~ Country Cooking

             This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

            There’s nothing better than a spontaneous road trip during the summer!  After dealing with sewage backup in our condo and having the whole first floor under construction for a month to fix the problem, I desperately needed a get-away.  My husband and I decided last Thursday that we would take a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for the weekend.  We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to go back!  (Yes, that’s our family pictured above.)  While we were down in Gatlinburg, we ate some nice country cooking.  Chicken and dumplings, country fried steak, and pancakes. I thought I’d share with you my top five favorite down-home country recipes.

Chicken and Dumplings ~ These are so easy in the crockpot.  Put in two cans of cream of chicken soup, a little water, uncooked chicken breasts and a little salt and pepper.  Cook on low 5 to 6 hours.  The last half hour, tear up a small can of biscuits and throw them on top.  This is one of my favorite meals to make.

Country Fried Steak ~ I haven’t perfected my recipe for this yet, as I’m still learning how to make the pan gravy.

Turnip Greens ~ On the way home we stopped at Cracker Barrel and I had some greens.  I love, love, love their turnip greens.

Fried Chicken ~ Nothing says country cooking like some fried chicken!  I have finally perfected my fried chicken.  It took me years to get it right and I had to consult my husband’s grandma on how to do it.  That woman makes the best chicken!

Meatloaf ~ I love meatloaf.  Lately I’ve been experimenting with different kinds, like taco and turkey meatloaf.  They’re good but nothing beats good classic meatloaf.

And of course, to go with all my favorites, I always make homemade mashed potatoes and gravy.  What’s your favorite Country Cooking dish?