Fried Chicken Breast with Sawmill Gravy, Sweet Potato Casserole and Country Green Beans

Move over, Paula Deen!  Okay fine, so maybe she’s ten million times better than I am at this stuff, but she is who I think of when it comes to good ole southern country cookin’ as being an expert.  I’m determined to meet her one of these days, she’s just all kinds of awesome.  I’ll have to admit, while planning this meal out, buying the ingredients and getting started with the cooking process, I was excited to make all of these things.  With the chicken, the thought of using Ritz crackers as part of the breading sounded crispy, crunchy and a little salty.  Sawmill gravy goes wonderfully on biscuits, but also on fried chicken.  My husband absolutely loves sweet potato casserole, and I’ve been searching for a green bean recipe that soars above anything I’ve tried before…  And I hit the nail on the head with this recipe.  Normally, my husband doesn’t gush about green beans…until he ate these.  When I heard him mumbling, “Mmm!” at the table, it was right after he’d taken a bite of the green beans.  Success.  I will definitely be making the sweet potato casserole and green beans for Turkey Day.  Gobble Gobble.

Fried Chicken Breast Recipe:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 egg, beaten

30 Ritz crackers, crushed into crumbs

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine dry ingredients in plastic bag.  Dredge each piece of chicken in egg before coating with dry mixture, place chicken in bag and shake to fully coat.  Preheat frying pan or skillet filled with oil to 350 degrees.  Fry chicken in oil for 15-20 minutes, or until juices run clear.

Sawmill Gravy Recipe:

1/4 cup oil

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 cups milk

Whisk together oil and flour in saucepan until smooth.  Add salt, pepper and milk, whisking constantly on medium heat until gravy becomes thick.

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe:

6 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes

1 stick butter, softened

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup milk

8 regular size marshmellows, sliced in half

Cook potatoes in pot filled with boiling water for approximately 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.  Drain and mash.  Add remaining ingredients and beat well using electric mixture, until smooth.  Transfer to 2 quart casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  (Add marshmellows to top of casserole for the last 10 minutes of baking time)

Country Green Beans Recipe:

1 (12 oz) bag frozen green beans

1/4 cup chicken broth

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon white sugar

In skillet or large saucepan, combine butter, chicken broth, salt, pepper and sugar.  Stir together until butter is melted and spices are combined.  Add green beans, cover and simmer (stirring occasionally) for 15 minutes on medium heat.


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