Paula’s Southern Brunch Recipes

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Brunch is a wonderful meal for entertaining. It’s the perfect way to gather your close friends and family for a decadent feast consisting of the best meals of the day – breakfast and lunch!  Last year Paula hosted Oprah at her house and served a brunch fit for a queen- and it wasn’t your typical menu of quiches and egg benedicts! This brunch was inspired by some of Paula’s most classic Southern dishes. 

The next time you have a very special guest of honor, knock their socks off with this fantastic menu.  It’s a lot of food so make sure to use all of the prep tips to help manage your time.

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Shrimp and Grits
Creamy and delicious, nothing says Southern cooking like shrimp and grits. 

Test Kitchen Tip: Make your grits ahead of time, they can be held in a slow cooker to keep warm or just re-heat them in the pot over low heat and add more butter and cream to loosen them up.

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Fried Catfish
A delicious, flaky filet with a perfectly crisp crust.

Test Kitchen Tip: You can bread the catfish ahead of time and hold it in the refrigerator on a wire rack atop a sheet tray.  It will be ready to throw in the hot oil when you are ready to serve.

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Fried Green Tomatoes
This was Oprah’s favorite dish of the day so don’t leave it off your menu.  She even followed Paula into the kitchen for a private fried green tomato lesson. 

Test Kitchen Tip: Slice and salt your tomatoes ahead of time to help them release water.  Don’t leave this tip out or your tomatoes will be soggy and the breading won’t stick.

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Baked French Toast Casserole
A sweet and delicious twist on everyone’s favorite breakfast item. 

Test Kitchen Tip: This casserole can be fully assembled and refrigerated over night, just bake it off before you are ready to serve.

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Honey Mustard Glazed Ham
Sweet and salty, making this ham will leave you with plenty of leftovers for the week ahead. 

Test Kitchen Tip: The ham can be fully cooked the day before.

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Cheese Biscuits
Light and flaky with a delicious cheesy flavor, these are the perfect biscuits to serve along side your ham. 

Test Kitchen Tip: Biscuits can be made the day before, make sure to store them in an airtight container.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake
A real showstopper! This cake tastes as good as it looks.

Test Kitchen Tip: This dessert can be made the day ahead.

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Peach Cobbler
Doughy peachy goodness this dessert is irresistible. 

Test Kitchen Tip: Make the cobbler the day before and warm it up in a low heat oven, be sure to serve it with high quality vanilla ice cream and or homemade whip cream.

Mix up a batch of Paula’s Tuner Creek Bloody, brew a fresh batch of coffee and make some tea and your brunch is complete. 

No one will go hungry at your star-studded buffet!

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I am trying to print youe recipe for the Twinkie Pie and am unable to find the recipe. Can you help me? Thanks I LOVE YOUR RECIPES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Gayle S. on January 15, 2014

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I just want you to know I don't watch the Food Network any more since they took you off the air! Don't buy Smithfield hams either!

By Doris Bratton on November 14, 2013

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Paula and family, I am on your side. My husband & I eat at The Lady & Sons and visit your gift shop every year when we come down to Savannah. I am looking forward to seeing your gift shop makeover. We have met Bobbie years ago in the restaurant and met Jamie in the gift shop. They are both so polite and personable, that comes from good raising. I am floored at how businesses/companies are treating you. They need to grow up and apologize to you for how they are treating you, how's that for flipping their hoe cake. You and your family are the nicest, caring people. We hope to get to meet you on our trip down this November 2013. Have a blessed day. Brenda Myers, West Chester, Ohio just north of Cincinnati

By Anonymous on August 15, 2013

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HANG IN THERE PAULA. I JUST WROTE A LETTER TO FOODNETWORK LETTING THEM KNOW WHAT I THINK OF WHAT THEY DID TO YOU. SORRY BUT IF WE ALL LOST OUR JOB BECAUSE OF WHAT WE SAID 30 YEARS AGO WE WOULD ALL BE OUT OF WORK. INCLUDING THOSE SNOTTY NEW JERKERS. ASK THE JEWS AND IRISH HOW NEW YORK TREATED THEM. EVERYONE HAS SAID THINGS WAY BACK THEN, THAT WERE WRONG, HOWEVER WE DON'T TALK LIKE THAT TODAY. THINGS ARE DIFFERENT NOW. I KNOW YOU WILL COME OUT WITH YOUR HEAD HELD HIGH AND KEEP ON TRUCKIN....GOOD LUCK AND I'M WITH YOU.

By pdgolden on August 07, 2013

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Hi Paula I have been waching wahcing your cooking shows all the time and have three cook book of Paula Deens and I love to cook. your, JordanButlaff

By jordanButzlaff on February 14, 2013

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm