Southern Living-favorite and fellow biscuit fan Kacey Musgraves drops her new album Pageant Material today. Our friends at sister publication Food & Wine‘s Christine Quinlan recently caught up with the country star at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, where she co-hosted Last Call Y’all, a brunch-themed after party. They chatted about everything from biscuits to the best pho in Nashville.
You had your own biscuit bar at our party in Aspen and you have a song called Biscuits. Is there an intervention coming?
At my sister’s wedding back in October they had a pepper buttermilk biscuit and pepper bacon that went with it and it was like heaven on earth. The best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. You could put a piece of paper in between a biscuit and it would be good I’m sure. It’s hard to find gluten free biscuits. I won’t fall on the floor dead but it just doesn’t really sit well with me, so I try to avoid it.
Do you cook when you’re home in Nashville?
I don’t get to cook as much as I’d like to on the road. But whenever I’m home, I like to experiment. My new obsession is roasted brussel sprouts. Oh my God! With olive oil, black pepper, a little Parmesan. Get them really crispy, caramelized a little. Oh my God! I’m kind of obsessed. My boyfriend was like ‘Really? Brussel sprouts again?’ Yup. Sorry. It really depends how long I’m going to be home. If I’m home for a while I’ll stock up on groceries. If not, I won’t even bother. I’ll just focus on the simple joys of doing laundry and cleaning up the house and visiting with people I’ve been missing on the road. It’s been nice lately to have some off time and get to do that and feel like a normal person. I love doing laundry or just watching TV sitting at home.
What are some of your favorite food indulgences?
I love a good steak. I’m from Texas, hello. I love pasta and pizza, which can be hard when you eat gluten free. I love a good cheeseburger. I had one yesterday. When I won my first talent show when I was 8 or 9, they gave me a $50 cash prize. It was a little local talent show. My mom told me that as soon as I won and got the money I was like ‘See, now I can buy my own steak.’ Cause every eight year old just wants to buy their own steak, right?
What do you love most about the Nashville food scene?
For a Southern city it’s pretty culturally diverse. There’s Indian food, Ethiopian, Vietnamese. We love Pho and we’re always eating that. I really like Miss Saigon for pho in Nashville. And there’s another spot called VN Pho. They also have this spring roll, it’s a fresh roll, you know? And inside it is a really crispy fried piece of pork – it’s terrible for you. With loads of Sriracha all over it, of course. I’ll put on Sriracha on anything. I like anything spicy. Anything that’s bringing the heat. I love Indian food. I also love sushi. We ate at Matsuhisa in Aspen last week: Yellowtail with serrano chiles on it, I could eat 700 of those. No problem!
How do you choose where to eat when you’re on the road?
One thing that’s hard being on the road is that each place has its own specialty, a signature dish. Like Chicago you’ve got to try this Italian food or barbecue someplace else. I don’t want to miss out on the experience so I try to balance it with working out and drinking lots of water.
You’re an ambassador for Zodiac vodka, do you have a go-to cocktail?
My favorite is the black cherry flavored vodka. It’s really good with soda and lime. It tastes like a cherry limeade. The other day someone made a cocktail with Zodiac, cantaloupe juice, black pepper and dill, it was so good. I never saw myself as being part of any vodka company or brand, but it’s a Texas company, it’s all natural, gluten free, non-GMO. Those are all things that are important to me and I just thought ‘I’m on board.’ It’s been a fun side project. My brain is always focused on music and that world so it’s been a nice little detour to help design a bottle or ‘hey, try this cocktail.’