The following come of Joe Bailey’s manuscript, North Georgia JAY Food? It’s Growing, Harvesting, Preparation and Other Interesting Stuff with his permission.
The first food that comes to my mind is “Mamma’s” FRIED POTATOES AND ONIONS. I have had this dish many times, cooked in a black iron skillet on a wood stove, in Dawson County, GA on the War Hill Rd. It consists of 3 – 4 Irish potatoes cut up into ¼” – ½” cubes. The cubes are dropped into about a ½” of hot “hog lard grease” (HLG) and fried until they are about ½ done. Then you add 1 – 2 cups of coarsely chopped onions and cook until the onions and potatoes are done. Turn out onto a paper towel to soak up the grease (I don’t believe Mamma ever did this). These are better than “Waffle House” scattered and smothered”.
HOE CAKE. This is biscuit dough that was never made into biscuits. You make biscuit dough and shape it into something resembling a big pancake. This is placed in a black iron skillet with a light coating of HLG and baked in the oven till done. This is served on a platter and everyone picks up the hoe cake and “tears him off a piece the size he wants”.
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