Summer is around the corner, and we’re looking forward to backyard cookouts and bright, flavorful cuisine.
This season, Central Market is celebrating the South with its “Taste the South” event from May 17 to 30.
In stores, you’ll find a curated selection of artisan products from the Southern United States — from Carolina Blue Crab to Carolina Gold Rice Pudding.
In addition, the Chef’s Case will be transformed into a Southern showcase featuring Brunswick Stew, Hoppin’ John with Carolina Gold Rice, collard greens, Southern ham, pickled okra, boiled peanuts and Frogmore Stew just to name a few.
The event will also bring an incredible lineup of James Beard Award-winning chefs to the Central Market Cooking School. You can find a schedule of classes here.
To get in the spirit, we’re sharing with you a couple of Southern recipes that are perfect for your next summer potluck.
*1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
*2 tablespoons sugar
*1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
*1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
*1/4 teaspoon celery seed
*2 tablespoons canola oil
*1/4 large green cabbage (about 1 lb) cored and finely shredded (about 3 cups)
*1/4 large red cabbage (about 1 lb) cored and finely shredded (about 3 cups)
*1 large carrot grated
*1 green onion trimmed and chopped
*1/2 jalapeño cored, seeded, and chopped
*2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
*Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard, mustard powder, and celery seed. Heat over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool slightly. Add the oil and whisk to combine.
2. In a large bowl, combine the green and red cabbage, carrot, green onion, jalapeño, and parsley and toss to combine. Pour over the reserved slightly cooled dressing. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes. Toss, taste and adjust for seasoning again, then serve immediately.
*1 9-piece canning kit, including canner, jar lifter, and canning rack
*7 1-pint canning jars
*2 1/2 pounds fresh okra
*7 small green chile peppers
*7 cloves garlic
*2 tablespoons dill seed (plus 1 teaspoon)
*4 cups white vinegar
*1/2 cup salt
*1/4 cup sugar
1. Bring canner half-full with water to a boil; simmer. Meanwhile, place jars in a large stockpot with water to cover; bring to a boil, and simmer. Place bands and lids in a large saucepan with water to cover; bring to a boil, and simmer. Remove hot jars, 1 at a time, using jar lifter.
2. Pack okra into hot jars, filling to 1⁄2 inch from top. Place 1 pepper, 1 garlic clove, and 1 teaspoon dill seeds in each jar. Bring vinegar, salt, sugar, and 4 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour over okra, filling to 1⁄2 inch from top.
3. Wipe jar rims; cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands (snug but not too tight). Place jars in canning rack, and place in simmering water in canner. Add additional boiling water as needed to cover by 1 to 2 inches.
4. Bring water to a rolling boil; boil 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool jars in canner 5 minutes. Transfer jars to a cutting board; cool 12 to 24 hours. Test seals of jars by pressing center of each lid. If lids do not pop, jars are properly sealed. Store in a cool, dry place at room temperature up to 1 year.
Recipes courtesy of Central Market.