Smothered and Sensational

Smothered and Sensational

Abundance is a hot meal ready to eat. ~ Candy Paull

What does “abundance” taste like?

The smothered pork chops of the deep south and the Brooklyn home I grew up in. Chicken fried steak smothered s-l-o-w-l-y in gravy. Vegetables, too . . . like zucchini smothered in a pan with onions and garlic . . . you know what I’m talkin’ about.

Smothered dishes are the RICH foods we pine for. Especially on cold winter days, they fill us up and make us feel cared for. Every tenderized cutlet and veggie yells out the subliminal message “Eat me NOW” and we’re obliged to obey.

Chicken fried steak

True, human beings don’t care much for the idea of “smothering” stuff ~ it typically means the end of a thing.

But when you throw a lid over shrimp or andouille sausage in savory liquid, you give it life.

Smothered food is hearty food.

Smothered burritos have become a favorite comfort food of mine this second winter of living in chile country. Now I seek out shredded chicken burritos smothered with cheese and green chile salsa to reboot me in the middle of the day.

Green Smothered Burrito

And sometimes, beef brisket burritos smothered in red chile salsa.

If you’ve spent any time in Louisiana, you know how insanely off-the-hook Creole and Cajun cooking can be. Chefs of both cuisines regularly employ smothering as a cooking method in their kitchens to prepare . . .

Étouffée (meaning “suffocated”) ~ a dish of smothered shellfish served over rice.

Crawfish étouffée

And smothered potatoes. Smothered cabbage with bacon. Smothered duck. (Sorry Donald.)

Has all this talk of smothered awesomeness left you as . . . breathless as it has me? 😉

Smothered or “wet” burritos abound in New Mexico. What and where is your smothered food of choice?

Leave a comment ~ I’d enjoy hearing from you!


Photo of crawfish étouffée courtesy of Wikipedia.

  • Ellie

    Ah… Smothered Christmas enchiladas. Thoughts from home!

    • Melodie

      Ah . . . is right. But MUST we wait for Christmas?

  • Sherry

    Growing up in California has left me without a history of food — it is so wonderful to read about all the tastes and smells that I have been missing — Thank You!!!

    • Melodie

      Hope you can travel here and “taste” New Mexican history some day!

  • Melissa

    Mmmmmm, enchiladas smothered in sauce is one of my favorites that I can make. When I was in Maui, I had the most wonderful fish smothered in a white sauce. I don’t know what kind or even remember the taste- I only remember that it was THE best fish I had ever had, all because of the sauce it was smothered in! Thank you for the memory-retrieving post!

    • Melodie

      You’re welcome! Happy this triggered a fond memory for you, especially one from beautiful Maui!