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4 Recipes That Make You A True Texan

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Want to try a taste of the Lone Star State? These Texas inspired recipes will take your taste-buds on a flavor journey to America's largest state.

From desserts, to drinks and snacks, you're going to love everything about these mouthwatering concoctions. Which one will you try first?

White Texas Sheet Cake

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Frosting:

  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup 2% milk
  • 4 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 13 x 9 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a pot combine the butter and water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir into the flour mixture.
  4. Whisk together the eggs, sour cream and almond extract. Add to the flour mixture and mix until smooth.
  5. Pour into your greased baking pan and bake for 18-22 minutes.
  6. To make the frosting combine butter and milk in a pot and bring to a boil.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar, almond extract and nuts. Spread the icing over the cake and serve!

Sausage Biscuits

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb pork sausage
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cook sausage in skillet until brown and cooked. Drain grease and set aside.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add shortening and cut until mixture is crumbly. Stir in the sausage.
  4. In a small bowl dissolve yeast in water and let stand for 5 min. Add buttermilk and stir into the flour and sausage mixture.
  5. Knead the dough 6-8 times on a floured surface and roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a 2 inch biscuit cutter and place on greased baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes and serve warm.

Fried Okra

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh okra, sliced
  • 3 tbsp buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic herb seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Pour the buttermilk in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, seasoning blend and pepper.
  2. Dip the okra in the buttermilk and then roll in the dry mixture.
  3. In a skillet or deep fryer heat your oil to 375 degrees. Fry the okra for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

Sweet Tea

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 6 black tea bags
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 cups cold water

Directions

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, and cover for 10 min. Discard tea bags after 10 min.
  2. Add the baking soda to a large pitcher.
  3. Pour the tea in the pitcher, add the sugar and cold water; stir. Refrigerate until chilled and serve with a s lice of lemon.

What are your favorite recipes from Texas? Let us know!

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