Sweet Musings with a Bitterly Sharp Wit

Southern Fried with All the Fixin’s


Southern food is not a subject I can speak about with any authority, but I’d like to believe that I make up for such an absence in knowledge with enthusiasm and curiosity. Though I can count the number of times I’ve eaten the cuisine on one hand, thanks to the dearth of vegan options in general, the comforting, straightforward flavors always resonate. Given the opportunity to explore this uncharted culinary territory with the sage wisdom of The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook, it was an edible adventure I couldn’t resist. Though the pages are still packed with recipes calling for eggs, cheese, and butter, there are enough solid ideas here to provide the inspiration for vegan adaptations. Take, for example, the infamous Chicken-Fried Portobello with Mushroom and Shallot Gravy, originally appearing on the authors’ blog years ago to great acclaim. It’s no surprise; between the crisp, lightweight breaded exterior and the inherent umami depth of the mushroom, such a deceptively simple preparation can do no wrong. Similarly, that gravy could just as easy coat a used dish sponge, and I would happily wolf the whole thing down, as long as I could use a spoon to catch every last drop.

Swap out the egg for ground flaxseeds mixed with water, and the cream for any unsweetened non-dairy milk, and you’ll be in business too. Paired with sauteed, smoky beet greens and lightly charred corn, it was the perfect summer dinner, complete with a comforting southern accent.


Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

14 thoughts on “Southern Fried with All the Fixin’s

  1. Looks and sounds great! Thanks for sharing the photo and link to the recipe, Hannah.


  2. What a ebautiful & festive vegan dinner, Hannah! It looks smashingly wonderful too! ;) Yummo!


  3. I grew up in the south and have such a deep affinity for all things southern. While it’s been years since I’ve had most of my favorite foods, I still get a longing for deep fried anything once in a while. Add some hushpuppies and I will never leave the table! Going to try to recreate this, looks incredible!


  4. Isn’t it exciting to veganize Southern dishes? I’m also doing the same thing, veganizing Taiwanese dishes and I hope to share couple of recipes. The Chicken-Fried Portobello with Mushroom and Shallot Gravy looks amazing… I love Southern foods including mac n’ cheeze.


  5. That looks like something that would dazzle vegans and omnivores alike! And shallot gravy sounds like a recipe everyone needs.


  6. That looks amazing Hannah! The flavors must meld perfectly.


  7. Chicken fried portobellos?? YUM. I really need to try my hand at some Southern US cooking.


  8. Wow, what a great take on southern cooking!


  9. Delicious! I’ve never had a proper southern fried chicken meal (KFC is as close as you get over here!). Definitely trying the yummy additions soon. Love your photo! xx


  10. The photo’s amazing! I’m getting hungry looking at it!


  11. Seeing and reading about a plate like that glory makes me want to take a certified vegan road trip to the South. ASAP.


  12. Chicken-fried with gravy will always be a winner in my book. I like your southern sides of beet greens and charred corn too. :-)


  13. That’s a mushroom? I can’t get over how amazingly delicious it looks!


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