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Southern Fried Chicken

  • 2- 3-pound chicken fryers
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • Crisco vegetable shortening
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease
Cut up the chicken -be real careful and don't loose any of that skin! Try to keep it together!
Best way it to cut it in half down the back bone (need a Sharp Knife!), then take the let quarters, pull the thigh a leg apart a little and you'll see a crease between em, cut it on that crease.  On the white meat, cut diagonal behind the wing.

Get a brown paper bag, combine the flour and salt and pepper in it  and shake it real good till it's all mixed together.  Pour the milk into a big bowl.

Get your skillet hot (375F) filled 1/2 way with melted Crisco, and add the bacon grease. Put in a few drops of water or spit in the grease, when it start's sputterin, the grease is ready.

Dip the chicken pieces into the milk then place in the bag. Shake it real good ("It's Shake & Bake, and I HELPED"!). shake the excess flour back into the bag, and start putting the pieces in the grease. Fry the chicken till golden brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes, turn once, cut the heat back some (350F) and fry till golden brown  (about 10-15 minutes more)

Drain on another paper bag or on paper napkins and repeat the procedure with the remaining chicken. 

 

Beer Battered Catfish

What you'll need

Catch and clean (or get them store bought ones) Catfish, You'll want about 2 pounds of  Fillets fer this recipe.

Then go to the store, or fridge and back yard and gather up:

1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs beaten
1 12oz beer
1/4 cup minced onion
3 cups oil (your choice) salt and pepper to taste

Mix, in a medium bowl, the flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper. In a separate bowl beat the egg, add the beer and onions . Cut the fillets into squares. Heat the oil. Roll the fish in the flour mix, then into the beer mix then back into the flour mix. Next put into the hot oil and cook until brown - 

I like mine cooked a little longer so they're really crispy.

HUSH PUPPIES

1 cup all purpose cornmeal
 1 1/2 Tbs all purpose flour
 1 tsp salt
 3 Tbs chopped onion
 3 Tbs chopped green or red bell pepper
 3 Tbs chopped tomato
 1 beaten egg
 1/2 cup buttermilk

Mix all the dry ingredients together and then add onions, pepper, and tomato. Mix in the egg and milk and stir gently to blend. Drop by spoonfuls into deep hot fat. Cook until brown. (You do realize you should be already cooking fish, don't you?) Hush puppies will float when done.

 

Fancy Okra and Tomaters

 
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 pounds okra, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 4 ears fresh sweet corn
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes, broken up
  • 1/2 pound diced smoked ham or diced 
  • creole seasoning or Tabasco sauce to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Heat butter and olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the celery and onions and cook for 5 minutes, until they're real soft.  Add the corn and cook another 3 minutes. Add the okra, tomatoes, ham and tabasco or creole seasoning. Cover and cook over medium heat until all the slime is cooked out of the okra.   Add more seasoning if it needs it, then cook it uncovered for another 10 minutes or so to get some of the water out of it.

 

 

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