There are only a handful of things better than good ol’ Southern boys. There’s just something about the accent.
So of course when I heard Bobby Deen was doing his own show on the Cooking Channel, I knew I had to watch. But wait, there’s more. He’s taking his mom’s recipes (Paula freakin’ Deen) and making them lighter to fit his new lifestyle (I guess he moved to NYC and he’s super buff now). Who wouldn’t love that?
Originally, her sandwiches were 736 calories and 57 grams of fat per serving. The cake was 330 calories with 15 grams of fat per serving. Those are kind of scary numbers when you stop and think eating the sandwich and a slice of the cake would be half of your calories (if on a 2,000 calorie-diet). Whoa.
This week’s show was actually quite fun because Paula surprised Bobby at his apartment. I love her. If I could take her out for a beer or cocktail, I totally would. This put the pressure on Bobby to make the meals just as good as PD’s.
The biggest takeaway from the show is that you can make lighter food without losing the taste. This is actually a huge thing for me because diet food is the least appealing thing on earth. Substitutions are easy when they make sense.
For the Pimento Cheese sandwiches, Bobby replaced mayo with Greek yogurt and added more fresh veggies including a red and green pepper and a touch of jalapeno to give it some kick. For his Gooey (with Less) Butter Cake, he replaced regular cream cheese with neufchatel cream cheese, reduced the sugar dramatically, added only 1 tablespoon of butter (which made for some awesome Paula reactions) and added Greek Yogurt to the topping.
The result was a sandwich with only 261 calories, 6 grams of fat and a serving of cake with 222 calories and 9 grams of fat.
Bonus recipe! Bobby made spicy sweet potato chips that made me want to bust out my mandolin.
Best of all, Paula seemed to enjoy all of the lightened versions (especially the cake). I really do hope we get to see more of her, or at least big brother Jamie.
- Bobby on Paula using her finger to try the pimento: “Oh, I forgot. You’re Paula Deen, you eat with your fingers.
- Van has a crush on Bobby!
- Paula’s reaction to her original cake’s calorie count: “I need a pants-down spanking, don’t I?” Followed by Paula slapping Bobby.
The episode ended with Bobby and Paula passing out box lunches outside Bobby’s apartment. I was terrified they’d get mobbed! Then we got some history on The Bag Lady, Paula’s first business. It really did leave me wanting more. I’ll be making the spicy sweet potato chips tonight!
Back with another recap this Wednesday!