April 20, 2020
The Old Mill Restaurant and Pottery House Cafe and Grill serve delicious food in Pigeon Forge. It’s true southern dishes, sometimes with a unique flair, that keep you coming back for more. When you can’t make it to the restaurants, try making these dishes at home so you feel like you’re in town! Check out these 4 recipes from the Old Mill restaurants to try at home:
1. Heat a pancake griddle to medium-hot, about 375 degrees. Lightly grease with oil or butter.
2. Place the mix in a large bowl, and stir in the egg, buttermilk, and oil until ingredients just come together and are smooth. Pour less than 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto the griddle, and cook until bubbles form, then flip to cook on the other side, cooking until golden brown, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side.
1. Place the onion, peppers, and butter in a large soup pot over medium heat, so that the butter melts and cook until the onion and peppers get soft, about 3 to 4 minutes.
2. Stir in the chicken broth, water, clam juice, and potatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer, covered, until the potatoes are tender about 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Combine the cracker crumbs, flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Whisk into the hot soup mixture until smooth. Bring to a boil again, over medium heat, and stir in the half-and-half and the corn. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer until thickened and well combined, about 15 to 20 minutes.
1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the peeled shrimp in a bowl and toss with olive oil, garlic, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
2. Place the butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat until melted. Add the onion and pepper and stir until soft, 3 minutes. Add the water, cream, and hot sauce, and stir to combine. Increase the heat to bring to a boil, then when boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and whisk in the grits. Stir and cook until the grits thicken, about 5 to 7 minutes. Turn off the heat, and stir in the cheeses until melted.
3. Arrange the shrimp in the middle of the grits mixture, pushing them down into the grits. Place the skillet in the oven. Bake until the shrimp have just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and serve warm.
1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Set aside a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan.
2. Drain the cherries and place in a large bowl with dried cherries and sugar. Toss to combine, and set aside.
3. For the topping, place the flours, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine. Or, place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse to combine. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch size pieces and distribute over the top of the bowl. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with two knives or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. (Or, if using a food processor, pulse until combined.) Stir in the oats and pecans. Work the mixture with your hands until it comes together into loose pieces. Set aside.
4. Turn the cherries and any juice that might have seeped from them into the reserved pan. Cover the cherries with the topping, using your hands as needed to distribute it over the top. Place the pan in the oven.
5. Bake until the crumble is golden brown and the filling is bubbling around the edges, 38 to 42 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool 20 minutes before serving warm in bowls with ice cream.
Now you can make some of your favorite dishes from the Old Mill restaurants at home! Ready to start planning your next trip to the Smokies so you can enjoy the delicious food at these restaurants? Take a look at our Freedom Fun Pass you’ll get access to once you book a cabin with us to see all kinds of great deals!