A country icon that never stops, Reba McEntire is ready to celebrate the launch of her newest project, and we got a sneak peek! On the heels of opening Reba’s Place Restaurant & Music Bar in Oklahoma earlier this year, she’s releasing a hybrid memoir-cookbook on October 10 (available for pre-order now). Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots is jam-packed with life lessons and anecdotes, personal photos, and plenty of recipes. Get a taste of what’s to come with these three recipes that are great for game days and Sunday suppers.

Onion and Jalapeño Haystacks

Crunchy, salty-sweet haystacks with just the slightest kick from fresh jalapeño peppers … these just might be THE gameday snack of the season. They’re great served up as an appetizer or side dish, but Reba warns that she can easily eat an entire plate of these in one sitting. Get the recipe HERE.

fried haystack appetizer with side of dressing
Get the full crispy haystack recipe HERE. (But be warned — these bad boys are addictive.)

Shishito Peppers and Okra with Tequila-Lime Vinaigrette

Looking for a new way to serve fresh okra? This is a winner. In this recipe, it’s roasted, then tossed with blistered shishito peppers and tossed in a tangy homemade tequila-lime vinaigrette. Though shishito peppers are typically mild, about one in 10 are very hot — so it’s a fun game of roulette. Get the recipe HERE.

shishito peppers and okra in a bowl
Find the full recipe HERE — including the tangy tequila-lime vinaigrette!

Nashville Hot Chicken

Who doesn’t love a plate of freshly fried chicken? Here, Reba shares her own signature Nashville Hot spice blend, plus the step-by-step for the final results. (Spoiler alert: The chicken requires a 24-hour soak, but it’s worth the wait.) Don’t forget to serve it up with all the fixins — slices of white bread, dill pickle chips, and a glass of iced sweet tea. Get the recipe HERE.

plate of hot chicken with white bread and pickles
Get Reba’s hot chicken recipe HERE! (Don’t forget the white bread and dill pickle chips!)
book cover with reba mcentire
Already available for pre-order, Not That Fancy will be officially released on October 10! Cover Image: Robbie Klein

Dig in!

Recipes from Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots by Reba McEntire. Copyright © 2023 by Reba McEntire. Used by permission of Harper Celebrate. All images by Kris D’Amico Photography unless otherwise noted.


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