Fun Son’s birthday meal that I used to commemorate our beach trip included his favorite entrée and other foods chosen as reminders of the beach. Last week’s Beach Escape Tablescape was a fun backdrop for our beach escape memory meal.
Here’s the menu starting with the entrée, going counter-clockwise around the plate above:
Bubba’s Country Fried Steak and Gravy (a Paula Deen recipe)
Since making Paula Deen’s country fried steak and gravy recipe several years ago, Fun Son requests it every time I ask what he wants me to cook. Here’s the link to print the recipe for yourself.
I learned a lesson with this meal. Note to self (and you): don’t buy meat from grocers with pre-packaged meat. Get the tenderized round steak at a grocer that butchers their own meat. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and it’s delicious with little to no gristle.
15-Minute Garlic Cheddar Grits (my recipe)
Nearly every meal we ate at restaurants while on our beach trip included garlic cheese grits. And they were good – as good as the recipe we like at home.
Here’s the link for my 15-Minute Garlic Cheddar Grits recipe.
Turnip Greens (my recipe yet to be published)
After using the Viking Cooking School’s recipe for over a year now, I’ve tweaked it to be more to our liking. That said, now that it’s tweaked, it’s my recipe! I’ll share it when I make turnip greens again and take pictures to share with you.
I included greens in the menu to represent seaweed. It does look very much like seaweed, don’t you think? Ha!
For some reason, there was more seaweed along the shoreline at Panama City Beach than I’d seen at any beach in the past. It wasn’t horribly gross and didn’t ruin our week – only a minor nuisance that caused an occasional “Ewe!”
Baked New Potatoes
New potatoes cooked in crab boil were often a part of our vacay seafood meals. Bake these, smothered with melted butter, kosher salt and minced garlic, wrapped in foil for about 45 minutes in a 350-degree oven. So easy!
Mr. Crabs Crescent Rolls (I saved the best for last!)
Mr. Crabs was my favorite part of the meal and the part I was most excited about. In the Beach Escape Tablescape post, I showed you our Mr. Crabs friend. I still laugh when I remember our hard-working friend. Ha!
Slice a canister of crescent roll dough into eight sections.
With a second canister of dough, separate each perforated section into two long pieces and shape into crab legs. Attach to the back of the body. Have fun with it.
Playing with food is fun!
To complete the look, add two peppercorns for eyes.
Are you laughing? I was, too…still am.
Bake according to package directions.
That concludes FS’s birthday and beach memory meal.
Does this give you ideas for a beach-themed meal you might plan in the future? Are you as smitten with Mr. Crabs Crescents as I am?
Sharing at Metamorphosis Monday.