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Top 5 Florida Cracker Dishes

conch chowder


Three ground up conchs

 One large onion

 One clove garlic

 One sweet pepper

 One can of tomato sauce

 1 lb potatoes


Cover conch meat with water and let them boil for about one-half hour. Cut up onion and add to conch with garlic, sweet pepper, and tomato sauce. Dice potatoes and add to chowder, adding three more cups of water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until potatoes are cooked.

Here is a tutorial video on how to cook conch chowder

fried green tomatoes


Four large green tomatoes

 Two eggs

 1/2 cup milk

 1 cup all-purpose flour

 1/2 cup cornmeal

 1/2 cup bread crumbs

 Two teaspoons salt

 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

 4 cups vegetable oil


Slice tomatoes into 1/2 inch thick slices. Stir eggs and milk in a bowl. Scoop flour onto a plate. Get another plate and put cornmeal, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper on this plate. 

Roll tomato slices around in the flour to coat them. Then dip the tomatoes into the bowl of eggs and milk. Roll around in bread crumbs to thoroughly coat. 

Pour vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet, so about 1/2 inch of oil and heat over medium heat:

  1. Place 4 or 5 tomato slices in the skillet.
  2. When tomatoes are browned, flip them and fry the other side.
  3. Drain the fried tomatoes with a paper towel.

spam breakfast hash


12 ounce can of Spam Classic, diced into cubes

 Two tablespoons vegetable oil

 One onion, finely chopped

 Two large potatoes, peeled and diced

 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


In a cast-iron skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Cook onions for 3 minutes, then add potatoes and cook 7 to 10 minutes until nicely browned. Stir in the Spam, red and green peppers, and cook until thoroughly heated and browned. Add parsley and pepper. Poached or fried egg optional.

key lime pie


1 Ritz graham cracker pie crust

 Brush with butter and bake 5 minutes or so – Remove from oven and cool. (for family pies, make your crust from ground grahams)

 Three eggs – separate

 1 14 OZ can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

 1/2 cup KEY LIME lime juice (We have a tree and freeze the juice in 1/2 cup containers.


Using an electric beater, beat yolks and sweetened condensed milk; add lime juice a little at a time until it is well incorporated, then pour into the cooled pie crust. Cook about 15 minutes in a 400-degree oven. While pie is cooking, beat egg whites on high, adding white sugar to taste – some like the meringue sweeter, others less sweet. Remove pie from oven, top it with the meringue, and return to oven until lightly browned – KEEP YOUR EYES ON THIS PART!


stewed okra and tomatoes


2 pounds fresh okra (or three 10-ounce packages of frozen okra)

 Three 16-ounce cans of chopped tomatoes

 1 cup chopped onions

 1/4 cup bacon drippings

 Salt and pepper to taste


Wash, trim and slice the okra. Combine all the ingredients. Do not saute’. Simmer it on top of the stove in a covered saucepan or skillet, or bake in a 350-degree oven in a tightly covered casserole for 30 to 45 minutes. Check okra for desired tenderness. Serves 8-