Soul Food
From Their Kitchen to Yours
Recipes from the Old Mill Restaurant, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Pigeon Forge's Old Mill Restaurant is one of the Great Smoky Mountain region's most unique dining destinations. Serving up old-fashioned southern cuisine in a tourist mecca where chain restaurants and fast food joints line the main thoroughfare, the Old Mill Restaurant is a comforting alternative, harkening to a bygone era in which delicious, homemade food and gracious, southern hospitality always went hand in hand. Situated on the bank of the Little Pigeon River adjacent to the historic Old Mill, the restaurant is a popular stop for hungry pedestrians exploring Old Mill Square, a complex that includes a pottery, candy shop, creamery, toy store and, of course, the Old Mill's General Store.

Corn Chowder

1 Tbs. margarine

3 cups diced onions

3/4 cup crumbs (from unsalted oyster crackers)

1/4 cup flour

2 cups water

1 cup clam juice

2 cups chicken, beef or ham broth

3 cups diced potatoes

2 cups half and half

2 cups frozen corn kernels, defrosted

1 red and 1 green pepper, chopped and sauteed briefly in butter, add salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste.
Mix liquids and butter, add potatoes and onions, and cook until done. Mix cracker crumbs, flour and seasonings. Add to potato and onion mixture. Add red and green peppers, mix well, bring to a boil, add cream and corn, and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
We use special chowder seasoning which is not available at grocery stores. To compensate for this ingredient, season to taste with garlic powder and onion powder.
(Makes 2 quarts)

Corn Fritters

1/2 cup bread flour

1/2 cup self-rising flour

2 Tbs. milk

1 Tbs. melted butter

1/4 cup frozen cream style corn

2 Tbs. sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Mix milk, egg, butter, and corn. Stir in dry ingredients, mix well. Drop by spoon-full into hot oil, (350 degrees) fry until golden brown.

The Old Mill Restaurant

 3344 Butler Street
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Tel: (865) 429-3463

Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

2 cups Old Mill all purpose Flour

2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup Old Mill Cornmeal

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup whole buttermilk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup fresh blueberries, washed and dried

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 12 cup muffin pan and set aside. Combine flour, brown sugar, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, butter, and eggs in a small bowl. Add to flour mixture, stirring until just combined.Gently add in blueberries. Pour into muffin pans. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pans, let cool on wire racks.Yeilds: 12 Muffins.

Special thanks to Old Mill Marketing Director Laurie Faulkner for her assistance and permission to use the accompanying recipes, photographs and illustrations.

Author:  Greg Freeman. Recipes & Illustrations provided by the Old Mill Restaurant.  Published November 30, 2007.

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