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August 1, 2007

Fried Buttermilk Chicken and Biscuits

Fried Buttermilk Chicken

It would appear I'm on a southern food kick this week! It must be this god awful heat that is making me think of childhood comfort food from Tennessee! ;o) Fried Chicken is the very epitome of what you think about when you think of southern cuisine. Throw in some Buttermilk Biscuits and mashed potatoes and you've got southern through and through!

What You'll Need For the Buttermilk Fried Chicken:
1 chicken, cut into pieces
1 quart of buttermilk
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 tablespoon of paprika
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
3 tablespoons of Vogue Cuisine Instant Vege Base Soup and Seasoning or vegetable bullion powder
Sea salt
Black Pepper
Oil for frying (I like safflower)

You can either buy the whole chicken cut up by your butcher or you can cut it up yourself. Either way, once it's in pieces wash chicken and pat dry. In a large container with a sealable lid place layer the chicken and cover with the quart of buttermilk. Place container in the fridge and leave it there for at least 24 hours.

When ready to make chicken heat oil to 350 F in a large skillet or stock pot. ( I prefer to use a stock pot...Less splashing and chance for burns!) Preheat oven to 425 F.

While oil is heating mix together flour, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and Vogue Cuisine Instant vege Base Soup and Seasoning and place in a shallow dish. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Then dredge each piece in the flour mixture to cover completely. Place directly into heated oil and cook until each piece is golden brown turning once or twice to ensure all sides are browned.

Fried Buttermilk Chicken Frying

Place fried chicken on a baking sheet that is topped with a cookie wrack or a broil pan with top and bake for 10-12 minutes to make the chicken crisp. Drop heat to warm (about 170 F) and leave chicken in the oven to keep warm until ready to serve.

Fried Buttermilk Chicken

Notes: The larger the piece the longer the frying time. It takes roughly 7-10 minutes per side for a large breast piece. A wing takes about 2-3 minutes per side. Watch the color and you want it to just be golden. You also don't want to completely cover the chicken with oil. You just want it to come up the sides of each piece. 2-3 inches of oil is usually what you're looking for. Fried Chicken also makes a good picnic food the next day cold.

Buttermilk Biscuits

I decided to change my regular biscuit recipe a bit and play around with it a little. This was the result...I was very pleased!

What You'll Need For the Buttermilk Biscuits:
3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 stick of butter, softened
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk (Note: You made need more or less depending on humidity. Add slowly and once the dough forms stop!)
Melted butter for brushing, optional

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and sea salt into a large bowl or into the bowl of your food processor. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter or the food processor until crumbly. Add buttermilk and stir until just mixed. Turn out onto a floured surface and roll out the dough and cut into biscuits using a glass or biscuit cutter. Place on a baking sheet that has been lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Let the biscuits sit for 20-25 minutes and rest. Then brush with melted butter if desired and baked for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Posted by Dianne at August 1, 2007 9:49 AM

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Oh my gosh... what a fantastic site Dianne! WHY have I never been here before!? Your recipes and photos are mouthwatering. Thanks you kindly for the link - I will reciprocate immediately and have added your feed! YUM!!!!

Posted by: Deborah at August 1, 2007 6:18 PM

Thanks! I found your blog earlier this year when I was doing some research in to our trip to Ireland this fall. I have been reading you ever since! I just got around to updating my blogroll today. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at August 1, 2007 10:50 PM

Well thanks! Let me know if you need any info for your trip. Unfortunately Ireland is a little bit behind in the internet department, so what is out there is not necessarily the best or even that reliable! Things are slowly changing though... Dublin at least is caught up!

Posted by: Deborah at August 2, 2007 9:43 AM

Thanks! I may take you up on that offer. We're very excited about visiting Ireland! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at August 2, 2007 11:35 AM

Holy Cow that looks good! I'd kill to have a plate right now. Am getting ready to go to work for the evening but I can't get my "get" on and I'm achy and whiny. I know your yummy looking fried chicken and mashed potatoes would make me feel all better.

Posted by: Glenna at August 3, 2007 1:37 PM

It's the perfect comfort food! Hope you're feeling better soon! Sometimes it takes a while after leg surgery.

Posted by: Dianne at August 3, 2007 2:19 PM

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