Hello, Dolly, indeed. Today is country legend Dolly Parton’s birthday. The music icon was born in Sevier County, Tennessee and, over the years, sales of her singles, albums/collections and digital downloads combined total more than 100 million worldwide.
In honor of the artist’s music and ever-optimistic attitude, we celebrate this feast fit for a southern queen. Some of the recipes are for traditional Tennessee fare and others are inspired by food served at Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
What better way to start the day than with these delicious blueberry pancakes? Ripe blueberries and a splash of orange zest combined with your favorite pancake or biscuit mix for a delicious start to the day. Recipe here.
For this southern favorite; chicken pieces are first marinated in tangy seasoned buttermilk, then dredged in a blend of buttery crushed club crackers and flour. Pan-fried until golden and crispy, finished in the oven, and topped with a ladle of cream gravy. Recipe here.
Hearty BBQ smoked chicken or pulled pork sandwiches layered on toasted Kaiser rolls with crisp Applewood-Smoked bacon, smoky-sweet cider barbecue sauce and crunchy apple slaw. Recipe here.
We added the bold craveable flavor combination of olive oil-sautéed garlic, aromatic fresh ginger and crushed red pepper flakes to mashed Yukon gold potatoes for this new take on a comfort food classic. Recipe here.
Tomatoes are the state fruit of Tennessee. This hearty side dish features thick slices of fresh green tomatoes dipped into egg, flour and cornmeal mixture and pan fried until golden. Recipe here.
Tennessee is definitely known for its world-class bourbon. This recipe is the perfect end note for any meal. Made with pure maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla, topped with a homemade bourbon-based frosting, these cupcakes are to die for! Recipe here.
Happy birthday, Dolly.