Down Home with the Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook

Down Home with the Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook

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by Patrick Neely, Paula Disbrowe, Gina Neely

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Meet the Neelys: Pat and Gina, husband-and-wife team, hosts of their own television show, and proprietors of the celebrated Memphis and Nashville eateries, Neely’s Bar-B-Que.

The Neelys’ down-home approach to cooking has earned them the highest accolades from coast to coast. It has also won them millions of viewers on the Food Network. Simply put,

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Meet the Neelys: Pat and Gina, husband-and-wife team, hosts of their own television show, and proprietors of the celebrated Memphis and Nashville eateries, Neely’s Bar-B-Que.

The Neelys’ down-home approach to cooking has earned them the highest accolades from coast to coast. It has also won them millions of viewers on the Food Network. Simply put, the Neelys are all about good food and good times. In this, their eagerly awaited debut cookbook, the Neelys share the delicious food they have been cooking up for years both at home and in their restaurants.

Pat and Gina hail from families with a boundless love of cooking and bedrock traditions of sharing meals. At the Neelys’, mealtime is family time, and that means no stinting on “the sauce.” Indeed, that’s one of the Neely secrets: the liberal application of barbeque sauce to almost anything—spaghetti, nachos, salad, you name it. Of course, there are other secrets as well, and you will find them all in the pages of Down Home with the Neelys, along with more than 120 mouthwatering recipes.

Here are the tried-and-true southern recipes that have been passed down from one Neely generation to the next, including many of their signature dishes, such as Barbeque Deviled Eggs, Florida Coast Pickled Shrimp, Pat’s Wings of Fire, Gina’s Collard Greens, Grandma Jean’s Potato Salad, Nana’s Southern Gumbo, Memphis-sized Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Slaw, Get Yo’ Man Chicken, and Sock-It-to-Me Cake. Certainly, no self-respecting southerner would dream of offering a meal to a guest without a proper drink, so Pat and Gina have included some of their favorite libations here, too.

The Neelys work, laugh, love, and play harder than any family you’ll ever meet. Their love for good food is infectious, and in Down Home with the Neelys, they bring their heavenly inspired cooking down to earth for all to share.

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Publishers Weekly
Husband-and-wife television personalities with their own Tennessee chain of barbecue joints, the Neelys unveil their first cookbook, full of 120 recipes that pull back the curtain on their award-winning seasonings, sauce, and fixings. Emphasizing their personal story and family recipes, this cookbook is brimming with down-home personality ("Girl, my favorite nut is the pecan!") and dishes that are "simple, stylish, and not too fussy." Those include tweaked standards like Warm Artichoke and Collard Greens Dip, Southern Crostinis featuring pimento cheese, Broccoli Cheddar Cornbread, and sweet potatoes with Marshmallow Streusel. Entrees include the expected (Pat's Wings of Fire, Spicy Fried Chicken, Old-Fashioned Glazed Ham, barbecued ribs, chicken and fish), the unexpected (Barbecue Spaghetti, Deep-Fried Pork Chops) and the playful in-between (like Get Yo' Man Chicken). They don't skimp on desserts either, including Momma Neely's "calling card," Sock-It-to-Me Cake, a yellow cake with streusel filling perfect for ending a meal or starting the day. Family stories, wise sourcing tips and plenty of commentary from Pat and Gina make this a warm, welcome addition to any cooking library's Southern shelf.
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The Neelys are the owners of Neely's Bar-B-Que, which has several locations in Memphis and Nashville, and are also hosts of a popular Food Network show, Down Home with the Neelys. Their first cookbook includes more than 120 recipes for the classic Southern cooking they both grew up with, with lots of family stories and memories. They have a lively, engaging style, and fans will love this.

—Judith Sutton

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Pat: When I was growing up in Memphis, everyone had their own special mac-and-cheese recipe. Traditionally, the matriarchs used elbow noodles, but my girls love experimenting with different pasta, and we fell in love with cavatappi, because its tubular spiral shape holds plenty of cheese sauce, making every forkful a delight (of course, old-fashioned elbows will also work just fine.)

A piquant, cheesy white sauce and a crispy topping made from potato chips and bacon creates the best—and most indulgent—version of mac and cheese that we have ever tasted. Served alongside roast chicken, or with a simple green salad and a glass of great red wine, this is the ultimate comfort food.

Cheese Corkscrews with Crunchy Bacon Topping
SERVES 6 to 8

Cheesy Corkscrews
6 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing
Kosher salt
1 pound cavatappi (or other tubular pasta)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups whole milk, warmed
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Dash hot sauce
Dash Worcestershire sauce
4 cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cups grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Crunchy Bacon Topping
1 1/2 cups crushed potato chips
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
5 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
3 tablespons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

   1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish.

   2.  Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil, and cook the pasta until it's al dente.

   3. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in the warmed milk, and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly (the mixture will thicken as the heat increases).

   4. Stir the dry mustard, salt, black pepper, cayenne, nutmeg, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce into the thickened milk. Stir in 3 cups of the cheddar, and the Pecorino Romano, until the cheeses melt.

   5. Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce, and toss to combine.

   6. Pour the cheese-apalooza mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

   7. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, combine the potato chips, Pecorino Romano, crumbled bacon, parsley, and the remaining cheddar. Sprinkle the crumb mixture on top of the macaroni and cheese, and bake for 35 minutes. For a crunchier topping, finish under the broiler for 3 minutes, until golden brown and crisp. Remove from the oven, and cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Down Home with the Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
AKMan More than 1 year ago
This is more than a cook book. It is the story of the Neeley's life and the food that is so much a part of it. Thier family biography is interspersed throughout the book. Each recipie has a comment about where they got it or how they developed it. If you're looking for a health food book, look elsewhere. Your arteries will clog just reading some of the recipies. Never the less, I think I will wind up trying almost every entry (even the barbeque spaghetti!). The Cheesy Corkscrews with Bacon Topping was a big hit with my casserole-shy family. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hardly every pre-order any book or DVD, but made an exception in the case of Down Home with the Neelys. I watch their new shows every Saturday on Food Network. Food Network offers the viewer a wide variety of cooking shows, that cover every food style or manner of preparation. I can get cooking tips or try new recipes from any one on Food Network, but what made the Neelys my favorite is that they are like FAMILY. I had a "tiff" with my real family during Christmas last year, and I remember watching the Neelys Christmas special with their family members. I cried because even though I could not be able to be with my real family, I had somewhat of a Christmas dinner with the Neelys via the TV. Pat and Gina Neely have such a special show because they talk about how food affect family and vice versa. It's not just about learning to cook a certain dish, it's more about the memories that you share with special people in your life when family and food come together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book that gives you background to the Neeley's as well as there innovative southern, down-home cooking style.
TD205 More than 1 year ago
I have watched the Neelys on The Food Network and tried a few of their recipes prior to purchasin their cookbook. I am glad I have added to my cookbook collection
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, every much. tried recipes, which was very easy to follow.I would by this book for anyone who loves to cook.
Rudi More than 1 year ago
Reading the book is just like watching the show on the Food Network. It's almost like actually being on the set and watching and smelling recipes being cooked. This is an easy and fun book to read even if you can't cook.I've tried some of Pat and Gina's chicken and barbque dishes to what I think is perfection. No complaints yet. Next meal will be barbqued turkey meatloaf. Not only a great read with a word from another one of my faves, Paula Deen, you will also get some great tips on grilling. One of my wishes? Visit one of their restaurants for a big rack of the Neelys ribs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cookbook reminds me of the way I cook. Love the stories of the Neely's and their family and the photos are great too. The food is so good and it is "Down Home" cooking for sure. If you want to cook "Southern", then get this book and try out these recipes.
Saspants More than 1 year ago
I love southern cooking, described by some as "soul food" or "comfort food" since it brings comfort to the soul. I came across this book and immediately recognized the Neelys from their show on Food Network. I have watched a few episodes and found them entertaining and the food always looks good, so I decided to buy the book and try out some of the recipes myself. So far everything I have tried has come out looking and tasting wonderful. It will be a keeper in my cookbook library, right beside Shelia Ferguson and Mama Dip's Cookbook, which are two of my most splattered, dog earred and used cookbooks out of over 300!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love the show and was not disappointed when ordering this book. Was easy to follow the recipes and fun to read the back story of Gina and Pat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The receipes are easy to follow and they come out tasting great!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a FN Down Home With The Neelys fan, you'll like this book. There are good recipes in there (Pat & Gina refer to some of them on the show)--and they seem pretty user-friendly--I haven't tried them all yet. The book also gives insight about Pat & Gina's lives--how they met, etc, etc. If you are looking for a book with nothing but recipes, then you may want to head to your local B&N to look at the book before purchasing.
irnbtrfly More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to get this book. I am a big fan of the show and love their recipes. The stories with the recipes are great. The recipes are easy to follow and prepare.
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MissParker More than 1 year ago
I thought I would thoroughly enjoy this cookbook and this cookbook just reminded me of why I DONT buy cookbooks. There were not enough pictures of the recipes and some of them were just too elaborate. Simple recipes are great. However the backstory to their history and how they got into the business they are in was very very interesting. not interesting enough for me to keep the book though. I returned it a few days after getting it. I will stick to their dvd's because they are a lot more entertaining!
Farmlady2 More than 1 year ago
The Neelys have a sense for what great food is. I love the recipes and the ease of prep. I got this book for mothers day..It couldn't have been a more thoughtful present.
Lynn4099 More than 1 year ago
This book shares their life history along with all the fabulous recipes from their show. If you love Memphis Barbeque - you have to have these recipes.
jac57 More than 1 year ago
What a great and unusual cookbook. Not only do we get the fantastic recipes, but a great insight on the Neelys as a family.
MrsW_33 More than 1 year ago
This cookbook has some wonderful, delicious, recipes that are easy. I would recommend this book for a new Bride or someone that already knows how to cook. I hope there are more cookbooks to come from the Neely's. I love the show and their chemistry!
Zaythar More than 1 year ago
I love watching the Neelys on Food Network and have tried many of their recipes. Some of those recipes are in their new cookbook. I have tried four out of the book so far and and loved them! I have to say is every recipe I try from them has been added to a list of our favorites. They also included one of my favorite things in cookbooks: memories and anecdotes about the recipes. Don't forget to read the introductions from Pat and Gina, too. I highly recommend this cookbook for your collection
Lovestocook More than 1 year ago
With beautiful pictures,mouth-watering recipes,and stories that will delight all,this book is a hit!Gina and Pat really make you feel like family and I love all of the stories about their family,friends and experiences.They make you want to become a family member yourself! I tried the chocolate chip muffins today,and they were wonderful.Keep the recipes coming because I am already looking forward to a second book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will have you laughing at every page turn. The recipes are authentic to Southern cooking--(from a girl raised & living in the South). There is so much personality and realness in this cookbook. Who knew a cookbook could capture love, deep family feelings, and good times at the Southern African American table--that my and many other families have. Great job Pat & Gina. We love you. Continued success.
Sophie10 More than 1 year ago
This cookbook is full of easy recipes! I love the shrimp!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AmazingIneptitude More than 1 year ago
NOT FOR NOOK HD (no PagePerfect, i.e. graphically enhanced, books are).   They don't tell you this when you purchase a NOOK HD - which is the updated version of the Nook Color. The newest reader gets fewer compatible books, and none with enhanced graphics!  Nice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago