After living in Virginia for the past two decades, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve learned a few things about southern cuisine. Furthermore, we don’t just live in the south. We live out in the boonies, in a little house nestled in the mountains that doesn’t even have cell phone service. So if these days most of my recipes seem a little out there, you have to take those things into account.
So, the first thing I’ve learned is that: you eat from the land. That means whenever possible, grow your own, forage for fresh, and hunt what you eat. There’s no such thing as a bad cut of meat, because you can make anything fresh taste good if you know how to treat it right!
The next thing I’ve learned is that you can, and should, fry anything. That’s just science.
The last thing I’ve learned is that you drink sweet tea. No ifs, ands or buts.
I don’t think that I’ve ever cooked a “technically correct” dish in my life. So technically, this probably isn’t a French Dip, but technically this is an easy, delicious lunch that requires barely any hands on time, and it’s a great way to use up cuts of meat that you don’t know what to do with otherwise. To me, it really represents all that is southern. Especially because this is the PERFECT way to cook up a large cut of venison or an otherwise lean piece of steak.
Because you’re cooking it for so long, you’re guaranteed that the end result is moist and flavorful and you truly can’t overcook it. (Ahem. I’m talking to you, mom.)
And since it cooks for so long, you also get this delicious sauce to serve it with. The au jus.
And then you top it fried onions, because the’s the southern way. And then you serve it with a big cup of sweet tea –and yes, we really do drink out of Mason Jars–because that’s the southern way!
Lipton Iced Tea Raspberry flavor iced tea is all reimagining the classics, which makes them the perfect pairing for this southern meal! I love them as a staple in our house because, like us, they like to put fun twists on the regular to kick things up a notch.
So today we’re enjoying the White Tea Raspberry blend. And unlike my steak, which takes a day to cook, you can just pop these open anytime and enjoy them on your own schedule!
Looking for more great pairings for Lipton Tea? Check out the Lipton Bright Bites page on Food Network!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton. The opinions and text are all mine.