Garlicky Southern Fried Chicken and Creamy Potato Salad Recipe

Fried chicken is a dish that is well-loved by most Americans. Cook it Southern style and you get that crispy outside and flavorful, juicy inside. Southern fried can be served with various side dishes, typically mashed potatoes, salads, and rolls.

The recipe below is a really simple version of a crispy Southern Fried Chicken plus a side dish of creamy potato salad.

Fried Chicken Recipe

You will need:

  • 1 3-lbs chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying

Procedure:

  • Add lemon juice and garlic to chicken, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Combine salt, peppers, and flour in a large bowl.
  • Dredge chicken pieces into the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour. Dip the pieces into the buttermilk and then dredge again into the flour mixture.
  • In a deep, heavy, cast-iron pan, pour vegetable oil to about 4 inches from the bottom. Heat over medium flame or until a deep-fry thermometer registers 360° F.
  • Place the floured chicken pieces carefully into the oil, making sure the pan is not overcrowded. Fry chicken, turning once, for 10 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. A well-done chicken runs clear juices when the meat is pierced.
  • Drain chicken pieces on a colander lined with paper towels. Serve with the Creamy Potato Salad.

Note: Compared to other fried chicken recipes,this recipe does not call for the patting dry of the chicken pieces. This procedure is skipped to allow more flour to be absorbed, hence crispier skin.
You can reheat your fried chicken by popping them into the oven with low setting and heat for about 7-12 minutes.

Creamy Potato Salad Recipe

You will need

  • 3 lbs red new potatoes, cleaned
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 rashers of bacon
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (regular or low fat variety)
  • 4 stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley (flat-leaf), chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves, chopped

Procedure:

  • In a large pot, place the potatoes. Fill the pot with water, enough to cover the potatoes.
  • Bring to a boil. Add about 1 teaspoon of salt and simmer until cooked.
  • Drain potatoes in a large colander and run with cold water. Cut into quarters and let cool thoroughly.
  • In a medium skillet, cook bacon until crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels and let cool. Crumble bacon.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and about half a teaspoon of pepper. Mix well.
  • Add potatoes and celery into the sour cream mixture and toss lightly to coat. Gently fold the rest of the ingredients. Chill before serving with Southern Fried Chicken.

Note: If you think your dressing is a bit too dry, try adding a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. this will add creaminess without the risk of the dressing becoming runny.…

Chinese Braised Beef Recipe

Braising is a cooking method that requires simmering of meat in liquid for a long period of time. Typically, a braised dish takes at least two hours to cook. The technique may take a lot of time, but usually, it does not require you to spend those hours in front of the stove. As a matter of fact, braising is one of the easiest cooking methods that is guaranteed to yield great results: tender, flavorful meat and thick, savory sauce.

An example of this sauce-y, flavorful dish is the Chinese Braised Beef. It is cooked by simmering beef brisket cubes in water and soy sauce spiked with Chinese seasonings and spices. It is really easy to cook; you just need to combine all ingredients and let it simmer for 1-2 hours for maximum flavor and to ensure tenderness of the meat. Here is the recipe for Chinese Braised Beef.

Chinese Braised Beef Recipe

You will need:

  • 1/2 kg beef brisket, cut into cubes
  • about 4 cups of water
  • 4 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 4 pcs. star anise
  • 2 tbsp onion, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp. sugar, or to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 carrot, sliced diagonally
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch, diluted in 1/4 cup water
  • chopped spring onions for garnishing, optional

Procedure:

  • In a medium-sized casserole, combine beef, water, soy sauce, star anise, onion, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring into boil.
  • Lower heat and let simmer for 1 1/2 -2 hours. Check beef for tenderness.
  • If beef is cooked to your preference, add carrots. Season to taste, if needed.
  • Add cornstarch mixture and mix well. Let simmer until thick.
  • Serve over hot steamed rice and garnish with chopped spring onions.

Tips

  • You may buy star anise from grocery stores or Asian specialty stores.
  • If you cannot find star anise, you may substitute a couple of teaspoons of five spice powder, allspice, or fennel seeds.