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Unread 04-28-2013, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default Some Southern comfort soul food...

I love soul food, but it is not easy to cook, and not all that healthy, but in moderation, it wont kill you. I made this up for supper, and the Soul Food throwdown.

I went with the basics -- the stuff I like to eat at a soul food joint. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and fried okra with white gravy.

I started off making my mashed potatoes and white gravy in advance. I usually make my mashed taters country style, with skins on and roughly mashed, but soul food mashed taters are smoother, more creamy, so I peeled the skins, and boiled to fork tender.



To make good soul food mashed potatoes, you need to do a two step, first you run them through a potato ricer, then you mix them with butter, salt. pepper and some milk until they are smooth and creamy.



I also made my white gravy in advance. I made a white roux with butter and flour, then added milk, salt and pepper, brought it to a boil, and it was done.



No soul food supper is complete without some cornbread, so I whipped up some of that from scratch, too.



Now for the chicken, I got adventurous, and made some Kettle Fried Chicken. I made a batter with milk, eggs, and flour, dipped my chicken in flour, then dipped it in the batter, and then dipped it in melted butter. Yeah, the kitchen is a mess, I am a messy cook.



On to the redhead, indirect, for about 40 minutes.



While that was cooking, I deep fried some okra. I didn't take pictures of that.

Here is the final meal. Kettle Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, fried okra and some homemade cornbread.



Oh, yeah, that is a mason jar full of sweet tea -- as if I really need to tell you. What else would you serve with soul food.

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Unread 04-28-2013, 11:05 PM   #2
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looks good... love the okra not many people do that
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That looks FARKING delicious!!!! How did the kettle fried bird turn out??
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Nice looking meal
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Looks Great!
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That looks FARKING delicious!!!! How did the kettle fried bird turn out??
I was nervous about that. But, it turned out really great. Crunchy crust, really moist and tender meat. I just followed the directions I read on a few threads on this forum, and it worked perfectly. It really exceeded my expectations, big time. Kettle Fried Chicken really stands up against old school fried chicken.

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what, no collard greens with ham hocks? and candied yams!
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what, no collard greens with ham hocks? and candied yams!
I went with my own personal favorites. After all, I gotta' eat it. I do like candied yams, but this isn't the right time of year for that, IMO. Finding good greens in the white burbs is not easy, either. I didn't want to use frozen greens.

I originally thought about doing catfish instead of chicken, but again, finding good product in the North Dallas burbs was an issue. But, this chicken was off the hook good. No regrets at all.

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Looks outstanding!

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Nice one, You really struggle to get fresh greens ?
Cornbread recipe please
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Nice one, You really struggle to get fresh greens ?
Cornbread recipe please
Guerry isn't going to like this, but I love this recipe...

1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
4 level teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 eggs
1 cup milk

Beat eggs thoroughly and add sugar, then milk. Add dry ingredients and melted butter. Put in buttered pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick pokes it and comes out dry.

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That looks great !
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Great Looking Grub CD!

Lots of work, but I bet it was worth it.

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Looks good..

funny how in the Northern and Western parts of the country its Soul food...in the South its.....just Dinner
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