16 favorite Cooking with Brenda Gantt recipes – new ideas for everyday meals

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Georgie Radu
Georgie Raduhttps://exquisiterecipes.com
I am a medical microbiologist who loves delicious food, writing and lists. :)

Ohhh, we all know it. Nothing beats grandma’s cooking. Even if you did not have one growing up, I am sure you had the chance to taste the delicious meals cooked by some of your friends’ grandmas. Who knows, maybe cooking like a grandmother is a talent you just get the moment you have grandkids. Or it just comes with experience? In my quest of finding great recipes on Youtube, I stumbled upon another amazing channel: Cooking with Brenda Gantt recipes.

You already know, Rachel cooks with love gives me amazing loving aunt vibes, and In the Kitchen with Gina Young is like that big sister everybody loves because she takes care of you when you come home after school. I just adore these ladies!

Who is Brenda Gantt?

Brenda Gantt is a lovely 74-year-old retired school teacher who lives in Andalusia, AL, United States. She started cooking on Youtube during the Coronavirus pandemic and reached great popularity by going viral, but her subscribers’ number is hidden. All we know is that she managed to get over 5 million views in less than a year and that she has already started a second cooking channel where she posted 442 videos. On her Facebook page, she has an impressive 2.9 million followers. Recently, she posted a video on her second channel announcing getting more than 1 million subscribers on the main channel. I am sure the number kept rising over the past few months!

Like all great cooks on Youtube, she learned how to make delicious meals from her mother. Her cooking and personality give amazing “lovely grandma” vibes and just make you want to try all the recipes to check for yourself if the taste really matches the hype (guess what, IT DOES!).

Does Brenda Gantt have a cookbook?

Those of you who prefer having a cookbook instead of watching Youtube videos or reading recipes on my blog should know that 100 Cooking with Brenda Gantt recipes can be found in her volume “It’s gonna be good, y’all”. You can buy the book for 35$ at an online store hoffmanmediastore.com.

Cooking with Brenda Gantt recipes

I put together 15 of the most delicious recipes Brenda Gantt has posted on her Youtube channel.

  1. Barbeque, potato salad, and baked beans
A very traditional recipe anyone can make. Just enjoy the video, laugh with Brenda and the time will pass faster than you know it! In the end, you will have a delicious meal with very little effort.

2. Meatloaf for Sunday Dinner

Meatloaf is a “grandma-approved” recipe all over the world. If you have a smoker, try cooking it using a Pit Boss Pellet Grill. It will be just as delicious.

3. Broccoli Salad

I will admit: I am not a big broccoli fan. I made this salad for my husband and tasted it just to make sure I did not forget something. Guess what? I really liked it. I will try it again, maybe broccoli is just an acquired taste for me.

4. Squash Alabama casserole


5. Blooming Onion

I always wondered how to make a Blooming Onion in my own kitchen! I use to order one whenever I find it at a restaurant, but now I can make it for myself whenever I want!

6. Chicken and Dumplings

One of the greatest comfort foods there is: chicken and dumplings. This recipe will bring back all your childhood memories.

7. Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potatoes casserole is always a good idea! This recipe is great for children as they can enjoy the sweet taste and eat a very nutritious meal.

8. Smother Fried Chicken

Who doesn’t like a juicy, well-done piece of fried chicken? Brenda teaches us her family’s favorite. Try it for yourself and let me know if it becomes you family’s favorite, too!

9. Pecan Crusted Chicken

Pecan is a great way to bring some extra flavor to bland chicken. This recipe is amazing for dinner and the next day’s lunch. Pair it with some salad and enjoy!

10. Cabbage/Corn/Hot water cornbread

I must admit I had never had Hot Water Cornbread before seeing this video. I tried it a few days ago and it was absolutely delicious. It is not hard to make, either! I will try it again, for sure!

11. Cheese Cake

Everybody already knows how cheesecake is a great recipe for summer. It is very refreshing and easy to make. Brenda’s recipe is so delicious, it will definitely become one of your favorites once you taste it.

12. White Chocolate Sheet Cake

White chocolate is not everybody’s favorite, but if you enjoy it as much as I do you should try this cake. Let me know how it went!

13. Strawberry pie


14. Watermelon Rind Jam

Well, this has definitely been a never-seen-before recipe for me. I was always throwing away watermelon rinds, not knowing I can turn them into delicious jam.

15. Hot Pockets by Brenda Gantt

Last but not least, hot pockets are a great way to pack lunch or snacks wherever you go. I already had a great recipe for them, but I also like Brenda’s version. Hey, you can never have too many hot pocket recipes, can you?

16. Cabbage casserole


What I love most about Brenda Gantt is not the fact that her recipes are delicious, but how genuine she seems and how much she enjoys sharing her knowledge with the world. The titles of her videos do not stop at the recipe’s name, but they offer a bit of information about her children and grandchildren or other things she thinks we might enjoy. Moreover, her videos are not just about describing a recipe. She gives out advice, makes jokes and talks to her viewers just as they are next to her in the kitchen. What a wonderful experience watching Cooking with Brenda Gantt recipes is!


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