Still waiting on the Artisan Bread book to come....in the meantime here is a family favorite.....fried chicken with smashed potatoes......
This chicken is so good it will make your mouth water for more....my bunch eat this without much talking while they dig in...
flour for coating about 3 cups
2 tbs cumin
2 tbs garlic salt
2 tbs garlic powder
oil for frying
Heat oil in large cast iron skillet....I use two to three inches of oil when frying chicken...while oil is heating add all dry ingredients together in a zip lock bag....start coating the chicken legs (they should be wet after washing them and this will help coat them) When oil is ready place legs (or whichever chicken part you are frying) into the hot oil....let cook on high heat until chicken starts to lightly brown on one side...turn chicken and reduce heat to medium to finish cooking.....you may want to rotate the chicken after the second side becomes a light brown so that it does not burn......when chicken is done let drain on paper towels and serve.....this is how I always fry up my chicken and it is always good.....I used to use a two step batter until I tried doing it the way my mom always made her chicken.....
We also had smashed potatoes.....we love these much better than creamy mashed potatoes....there is more body to them....also my family does not like to eat the potatoes without the skins on....they love the skins, but you can remove them if you like.....
5 lbs red potatoes cut into large chunks
garlic salt to taste
garlic powder to taste
3 heaping tbs mayo
milk or half and half
butter to taste
Cook potatoes in water until fork tender...drain....add garlic salt, garlic powder and the mayo to the potatoes and mash with a potato masher....do not whip them just mash up and down making sure to leave chunks...add a little milk to help chunk them up and add the butter to suite your taste....we like a lot of butter so we usually use about a stick and a half....
you can add bacon if you like which is really good....the leftovers can also be made into potato cakes the next day....very good for breakfast with eggs and toast...
Until next time,