Danielle’s Inpromptu Soul Food Dinner

It was sunday night around 8:30, when Danielle out of nowhere exclaimed to me that she had to have fried chicken.  This statement was so infectious that soon we we’re both scouring the internet in search of a soul food kitchen open on Sunday night that delivered.  Big Mama’s House of Soul was recently out of business, and most of the pickup options were a-ways off in Wilkinsburg, so it wasn’t looking good.  We tried calling a few pizza places to see if they could just make us some, but there was nothing except wings and fingers available on the chicken delivery scene.  I finally admitted defeat and went down to ‘the store’ (Megan and I’s Mom’s fridge, located a convenient two doors away) for supplies.  She had chicken, and although it was skinless and boneless, at that point it was going to have to do.

For Frying Chicken:

  • about 4 c of frying oil
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/4 c corn meal
  • pinch baking powder

For Seasoning:

  • s&p
  • t basil
  • t parsley
  • big pinch cayenne
  • 2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t garlic powder

Honey Mustard for dipping:

  • Honey
  • Mustard

Mix the spices together in a plastic bag or tub and give them a shake then set aside for after.  Heat up a big pan of oil, make sure its not so much that it will spill over the sides when displaced by chicken (I did this).  Crack the whites in a flattish bowl and stir them briefly.  mix the flour, corn meal and baking powder in an adjacent bowl.  Pat each piece of chicken dry, bathe it in the eggs then flop it around in the flour until covered.  A good way to check your oil is to drop a small piece of breading in and see if it goes nuts, when it goes nuts your good, toss in your chicken and cook for about 10 minutes.  When its done spice it from the bag immediately.

Southern-Style Greens

These we’re much more free form and involved lots of leftovers, so duplication may be difficult.

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 slices of canadian bacon chopped
  • 28 ounce can of kale greens
  • 3 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 1/2 T white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 T sugar
  • 2 1/2 T hot sauce

This I kind of made on the fly as I added stuff, The greens we’re already soft so it happened pretty quickly, I understand southern-style greens are usually an all day event.  Start with the onions and the bacon in some butter or oil on medium heat for about 10 minutes.  Then add pretty much everything else all at once and crank the heat, shaking on the regular, until most but not all of the liquid is gone.

Corn Bread

This cornbread recipe was the result of a quick google search and ended up being delicious.  I made it pretty much exactly so I’m legally bound to attribute it to its creators.  The one thing I did do differently was fold the egg whites in.  It does add work, but it makes stuff like this so much lighter and just better.  When its time to put the eggs in crack the yolks in the batter and the whites in the mixer bowl with whisk attachment.  Let it rip on high for as long as it takes for them to turn into a cloud, and then fold them into the finished batter.

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2 Responses to Danielle’s Inpromptu Soul Food Dinner

  1. helen says:

    i’m enjoying the blog, guys! alex i just ordered $40 of soul food at 3pm on a thursday afternoon . i think i should send you guys the bill.

    – helen

  2. Michael says:

    I’m starting to get really hungry for this.

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