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Pirates House Cookbook for a real taste of Savannah! To view the
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(Page 60 of the Pirates House Cookbook)
2 (1 lb.) cans tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 small bell pepper, coarsely chopped
2 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
3 ounces ham, diced
5 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon Angostura bitters, optional
1 pound frozen sliced okra (or fresh!)
Combine all ingredients except okra in a soup pot. Bring to a boil, lower
heat, and simmer 1 hour. Add okra and simmer for 20 minutes more. Serves 6
to 8. Note: Angostura bitters add a certain something, but dont go out
and buy a bottle just for this recipe.
(Page 63 of the Pirates House Cookbook)
1 recipe Okra Gumbo Soup (see above)
1.5 cups cooked and peeled baby shrimp (frozen are fine, but thaw and rinse
1 pound crabmeat, picked over for shells.
5 minutes before serving, add seafood and heat through. Serves 6 to 8.
(Page 35 of the Pirates House Cookbook)
1 bell pepper
2 ribs celery
1/2 pound raw bacon
1 (2 oz.) jar pimientos
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon Tabasco
Chop everything fine in a food processor. Process until topping is well-blended
and holds together.
2 dozen shell oysters or 1 pint oysters, drained
Preheat oven to broil. Lay oysters on the half shell on a bed of rock salt
on a metal baking dish with sides. Cover each oyster with 1 tablespoon topping.
Or place several oysters in individual scallop shells or metal crab shells.
Spread a layer of topping over oysters and place on rock salt. Broil 4 to
5 inches from heat until topping is browned and bubbling, 10 to 12 minutes.
Drain off any grease. Serve immediately. Note: Besides natural oyster shells,
metal crab shells work best. The topping sits above the edge of the shell
and as it cooks, the accumulated fat runs off into the rock salt. If the sides
of the baking dish are too high, the grease pools on top of the oysters, and
the topping will not get crisp.
Frozen Lemon Pie
(Page 284 of the Pirates House Cookbook)
30 vanilla wafers, crushed
1/2 cup blanched almonds, ground
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
Mix cookie crumbs, ground almonds and almond extract with butter or margarine.
This can be done in a food processor. Press into a 9 inch pie pan. Bake at
375° for 8 minutes. Cool on a rack.
4 eggs, separated
1 (15 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (6 oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
Grated rind of 1 lemon
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
Beat egg yolks with a whisk. Add sweetened condensed milk, lemonade and lemon
rind and whisk until smooth. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold
whipped cream into lemon mixture. Fold lemon mixture into egg whites. Pour
into pie crust and freeze 8 hours or overnight. 10 to 15 minutes before serving,
remove pie from freezer. Garnish if desired with sweetened whipped cream,
twisted lemon slices and maraschino cherries. Serves 8.
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