Southern Comfort – Fried Chicken Recipes
Fried Chicken. It is Sunday dinner
gathered at Grandmother’s big round table, or a picnic spread across a checkered blanket on a summer day. It is welcome home, and we’re going to miss you, and it is tender love on a platter during times of loss.
Though the idea of frying chicken is thought to have come to the United States from Scotland, it was the enslaved West African population that elevated the simple food’s flavor with spices and seasonings, creating a staple that has come to be synonymous with Southern cuisine. Once only a working-class dish, today the perfume of drumsticks cooking in hot oil drifts along in the trade winds of the world to grace tables set with fine china as often as it does the disposable kind. No matter where we are or where we’re from—it takes us home.
Empires have been built around the humble yard bird, and though a white-suited colonel with a black string-tie will forever represent the commercial success of its finger-lickin’ goodness, there are those who would go down swinging over whose mom serves it up best.
Crispy or original, dressed for success or salt-and-pepper-simple, it’s a fundamental favorite that lends flavor to our lives and feeds our souls with crispy, deep-fried southern comfort.