River Watch Week – Memphis District Munchies

09 May
River Watch Week – Memphis District Munchies

With the Army Corps of Engineers taking the Flood Fight 2011 – Operation Watershed downriver we will take a culinary tour of the affected areas:

Monday – Memphis District Munchies – Elvis Meatloaf
Tuesday – Vicksburg District Vittles – Mississippi River Chicken & Dumplings
Wednesday – New Orleans District Nosh
Thursday – BBQ Byway
Fishy Friday River Style

Elvis Meatloaf Lunch

Elvis meatloaf with a Paula Dean twist for a light and cheesy lunch.

From Cairo, Illinois in the North to the mouth of the White River in Arkansas the Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District is the center of  as levees are blasted and the Mississippi spills from its banks.  Here are some suggestions on local fare you might find as you travel the Great River Road.


Regional Recipe Guides

Southern Illinois Outdoor Magazine

Elvis Recipe Postcard Collection – 13 recipes published as a series.  There are other places on the web that the recipes are easier to read, but this is the only place that may have all of them in one place.


Cheeseburger Meatloaf and Sauce – Paula Dean’s spin on Elvis’ recipe.

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Style Memphis Chicken – Spiced whole chicken cooked dry on aluminum foil balls in a slow cooker.

Memphis Style Turkey Leg – Alton Brown recipe based on a Memphis restaurant he visited during his Feasting on Asphalt series.

Side Dish

Hueys Potato Soup – Creamy soup garnished with cheddar and bacon.

Pancho’s Dressing – Served with an avocado salad at the West Memphis, Arkansas restaurant of the same name.

Fried Sweet Onion Rings – The next best thing to sitting at the Anvil Restaurant even if it isn’t their exact secret recipe.

Deep Fried Pickle – Some restaurants offer ranch… other honey mustard,


White Pie – From Buton’s Cafe in Southern Illinois this white vanilla custard is made with only egg whites and includes blanched almonds.

Berry Best Fried Pie – another southern staple with a variety of local flavors made with frozen fruit.

Half Moon Pie – A fried pie variety filled with cocoa and sugar.


Take a drive through Cairo Illinois on You Tube and see the Victorian architecture and well manicured lawns of the city at the center of the first levee breach debate.

Hickman, Kentucky – Photo gallery of the flood of ’37.

Lewis and Clark on the Great Road – Great pictures and information on what the river was like when the explorers passed through the area.

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