Thursday, 12 June 2008

Southern Belle

I have always loved the movie "Gone with the Wind". I used to go to sleep dreaming I was a Southern Belle, wearing a flowing white dress with a pink sash for my coming out party. This was back in the day when "coming out" didn't mean that you were telling the world you were gay!

When I did d search for "Southern Belle", I came across the word "grits". I always thought this was something that people ate. Turns out it is an acronym for "Girls raised in the South"!

A Southern Belle epitomized southern hospitality, cultivation of beauty and a flirtatious yet chaste demeanour. Doesn't that sound romantic?

So in the fulfilment of my life long dream to be beautiful, flirtatious yet chaste, I made Southern Fried Chicken! This is not a KFC knock off, it doesn't taste like KFC. The chicken is wonderfully tender with a crispy coating. It is fried in lots of oil and then baked to finish it off. Can you make it low fat and gluten free ? I guess you can do anything you want, but then it won't be Southern Fried Chicken.

Southern Fried Chicken

8 pieces of Chicken
500ml Buttermilk
2 teaspoons Paprika

Mix this together and marinade for 4 - 8 hours.

1 Cup Flour
2 teaspoons Paprika
1 teaspoon Rubbed Thyme
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Celery Salt
1 teaspoon finely ground Black Pepper

Mix above ingredients in a bag.

Once you are ready to cook.
Preheat the oven to 180°C
Take the chicken from the buttermilk, and allow the excess to drip off.
Place one piece at a time in the flour mixture and coat.

Heat a large frying pan with oil at least 2cm deep.
Place the coated chicken in the pan and fry until golden on both sides.

Place in a baking tray and bake for a further 20 mins until cooked, turning half way.
Serve with lots of creamy mash and gravy!


Jeanne said...

Mmmm, why is it that you just can't beat fried chicken?? Looks delicious - thanks for sharing! And I think you were right abotuy edible grits - it's also a type of coarsely-ground cornmeal:

Wasn't there a character in an American sitcom that always used to say "kiss my grits!"??

Rose&Thorn said...

Jeanne - LOL, love the "kiss my grits". I never dreamt of someone calling me a grits, not as romantic as the white dress and corset!

Maryann said...

I have such a weakness for SFC. Your picture is making my tummy rumble :)

Rose&Thorn said...

Maryann - Thanks, this is my first time but definitely not my last! I'm addicted now.

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
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