The Deen Bros. Take It Easy: Quick and Affordable Meals the Whole Family Will Love
Jamie Deen, Bobby Deen, Melissa Clark
If you haven’t got time to waste, Jamie and Bobby Deen have the meals to make. Imagine getting dinner on the table for your family in forty-five minutes or less. In this inspired and indispensable new cookbook, Paula Deen’s sons show you how to whip up 125 delicious Southern-style recipes quicker than you can say, “Come and get it!”
The Deen brothers know a lot about cooking good food fast. They hosted the Food Network hit Road Tasted, appear regularly on Good Morning America, and are co-owners (with their mom) of Savannah’s famous The Lady & Sons Restaurant. Their fast-paced lifestyles require no-fuss meals without a lot of prep. Jamie’s a family man who’s got to work, serve supper, and still chase after his three-year-old son. Bobby, one of People magazine’s most eligible bachelors, appreciates a good meal before heading out to work at his restaurant or for a night on the town. They’re the perfect guys to write a guide to swift dishes that don’t stint on taste or Southern authenticity.
This mouthwatering collection offers dishes that really deliver on flavor yet can be prepared within a budget. There are no hard-to-find ingredients or tricky techniques to follow, just the tasty, irresistible cooking that the Deens have come to be known for. For lunch, dinner, or late-night snacks, if you’ve got meat in mind, how about Speedy Mini-Meat Loaves with Baked Sweet Potato Wedges? If chicken’s your choice, Broiled Pesto Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes is a satisfying possibility. And if you’re really on the go, there are whole chapters devoted to simple grilling and crockpot cooking.
Lighter fare includes Turkey and Black Bean Burgers with Corny Salsa and Jerk Shrimp Kebabs with Tomatoes, Onions, and Peppers, and main-course salads such as Jamie’s Nutty Orange Chicken Salad. If you have kids, they will love Yummy Orange Beef Fingers. In fact, in honor of Jamie’s son, there’s a whole chapter devoted to kids’ food called “Jack’s Favorites” (which might become your kids’ favorites too!). And what’s a meal without dessert? Jamie and Bobby offer their favorite temptations, ranging from Chocolate Peanut-Butter Malteds to Quick Blackberry Cream Pie.
Seasoned with wonderful never-before-seen color photos of the entire Deen family and sprinkled liberally with Jamie’s and Bobby’s down-home charm, and including signature dishes from The Lady & Sons Restaurant, The Deen Bros. Take It Easy is a treat in itself for anyone with a full life and an empty stomach.
minutes total. Transfer the turkey to a platter and cover loosely with aluminum foil. 3. Add the chicken broth, vinegar, and the remaining ½ teaspoon pepper to the pan with the onion. Turn the heat up to high and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Return the turkey, along with any accumulated juices, to the skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about
pimiento 2 teaspoons grated onion ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon garlic powder Freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 pound macaroni, cooked and drained 1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. 2. Process the cream cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add 2 cups of the cheddar cheese, the Monterey Jack cheese, the mayonnaise, pimiento, onion, salt, garlic powder, and pepper and pulse to combine. 3. Transfer the pimiento cheese to a large bowl and stir in the macaroni. Spread the mixture into a 9
cucumber, peeled and diced 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro ½ cup chopped roasted salted peanuts ¾ pound cooked steak, sliced into 1- to 1½-inch strips 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the rice noodles according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Drain well. 2. To make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, canola oil, vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice, Tabasco, honey, and garlic. Reserve 6
Let the salad stand for 10 minutes before serving. “Down South, we season with salt, pepper, and pork.” —Jamie Mama’s Hamburger “Hobo Sacks” As kids growing up, we always loved Mama’s tasty “hobo” dinners. Super easy to make—she would just throw everything together in an aluminum foil packet—and easy on the wallet, these complete meals in a pouch were on the table each and every week. To dress up these humble-as-a-hobo meals for company, try adding baby carrots, fennel, and other root
cut into 1-inch pieces Cooked white rice, for serving 1. In a medium bowl, combine the beef and ¼ cup of the teriyaki sauce. Cover and let marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 4 hours. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ¼ cup teriyaki sauce and the cornstarch and stir until smooth. 2. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the broccoli for 20 seconds. Drain and run the broccoli under cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well. 3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable