Last Night's Dinner: Southern Fried Chicken & Potato Cakes

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Since we're going down South in about 2 weeks, I wanted to start getting into it so I made southern fried chicken and a version of The Loveless Cafe's Potato Cakes for dinner.

I got both recipes from The Food Network Best of the Best book – it was a compilation of restaurant reviews and recipes from the tv series The Best with Jill Cordes & Marc Silverstein. The show used to be on the Food Network. I loved the tv series. It is now repeated on Fine Living tv.

The chicken was from Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House restaurant and the potatoes from Loveless Cafe in Nashville, TN (I've been there but didn't have the potato cakes). The chicken came out amazing and the potato cakes were very good. I served it with corn on the cob. We had watermelon for dessert.

I added my own spin to both recipes as there wasn't a whole heck of a lot of seasoning in either recipe. I like big flavors.

This meal was a big hit around here!

                     *  Exported from  MasterCook  *

                 Miss Mary Bobo's Southern Fried Chicken

Recipe By     : adapted from Food Network Best of the Best book
Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    : Main Dishes                      Poultry

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient — Preparation Method
——–  ————  ——————————–
   2      lb            boneless skinless chicken thighs
   2                    eggs
   1      cup           buttermilk
   1 1/2  ts            salt
   1      ts            black pepper
   1      tb            Penzeys' Northwoods seasoning — * see note
   1 1/2  cups          self-rising flour
   2      cups          vegetable oil

In a shallow bowl, beat eggs and buttermilk. Stir in salt and pepper and mix. Soak chicken in mixture for 10 minutes. In another shallow pan, mix the flour and the Northwoods seasoning (or use an all purpose seasoning). Roll chicken in flour mixture, being sure to coat completely. Set aside to dry.

In a large cast iron skillet, add oil and let it heat over MED heat. When the fat is very hot, add a candy thermometer and let it come to 350 degrees. When it is at the correct temperature, add the chicken and let it cook for 5-10 minutes until completely browned and fully cooked. Remove when nice and golden. Place on a wire rack that is over some paper towels.

Continue to do batches of chicken until all is done.

Be careful not to overload the skillet.

Serve with Loveless Cafe Potato Cakes (or french fries).

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Serving Ideas : Loveless Cafe Potato Cakes

NOTES : Risa's notes:

* Penzeys Northwoods seasoning is not authentic. If you want this to be authentic, than omit this and just use salt and pepper OR a seasoning salt.

                     *  Exported from  MasterCook  *

                        Loveless Cafe Potato Cakes

Recipe By     : adapted from Food Network Best of the Best book
Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    :
  Amount  Measure       Ingredient — Preparation Method
——–  ————  ——————————–
   2      cups          mashed potatoes — * see note
     1/4  cup           onion — chopped
   1                    egg
     1/4  cup           all-purpose flour
                        Penzey's Foxpoint Seasoning — ** see note

Mix together potatoes, onions, egg, all purpose flour and seasoning. Mix well.

Using an ice cream scoop, drop the mixture into a pan of hot oil. Flatten a bit with a spatula and cook until browned on each side, about 5-6 minutes each side. Drain well on paper towels. Serve with fried chicken.

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NOTES : Risa's notes:

* I boiled 3 large peeled russet potatoes in some salted water, drained them, cut them into chunks and let them sit in the hot pan. Added some butter and a bit of the Foxpoint seasoning. Then I mashed it up.
** If you don't have Foxpoint seasoning (which is a mixture of different alliums) then use a seasoned salt. Just a little bit.


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