Food always seems to taste better when someone else cooks it, no matter if the meal is a quick weeknight dinner of salmon patties and put-up green beans or a leisurely weekend breakfast with sunny-side-up eggs and hand-rolled biscuits. In that spirit, we’ve assembled a trio of exclusive recipes from The Southerner’s Cookbook to help you treat Mom on her day off: classic pimento cheese, grillades and grits, and a light and airy squash casserole.
Each recipe is make-ahead friendly, so with a little prep work on Saturday you’ll be set to put together a truly memorable meal to enjoy on Sunday with the woman who loved you first. Here’s the game plan:
– Make the pimento cheese a day or two ahead and refrigerate. Serve it with crackers on Sunday while you make the main and sides.
– Pound the grillades the night before. Wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
– Do the same for the squash for the casserole—parboil it, cool to room temperature, pat dry, then seal in a zip-top plastic bag and refrigerate.