Kitchen Concoctions: Opps... I Did It Again....

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Opps... I Did It Again....

Warning: Excessive Rambling Below

I explained in my previous post that I recently had a near fatal kitchen experience (do read- it will have you on the edge of your seat). And you would think that I would have taken sad near fatal experience and used it to grow and learn. However, that was not the case.

A few days later I had a brilliant idea for a new spin on chicken fried chicken. I was so excited and told Eric that I was making chicken fried chicken for dinner and he became even more excited than me. I ran to the store to get all the ingredients to make a new and improved spin on chicken fried chicken, homemade gravy and mashed potatoes, and warm buttermilk biscuits (you can wipe the droll off your chin now). I began to prepare everything all at once (I was sooooo excited and hungry). I made the biscuits and threw them in the oven. I started boiling the potatoes. I began pounding out the chicken (a good pound always releases built up tensions) and then dipping the chicken in the batter and breading. I put the oil on to get hot (first step that went wrong). I threw the prepared chicken in the hot oil. Then the timer went off for the biscuits and I went to get them out of the oven..... then the potatoes started to over boil and so I had to deal with them... leaving my chicken to burn. Yes, burn! : ( When I could get to the chicken and remove it from the oil it was a nice charred color. I thought "not to fret I have four more chicken breasts" I threw one more in and continued to deal with the biscuits and potatoes..... of course burring that chicken. Again I attempt then chicken and again I fail. I take my last chicken and throw it in the oil; paying close attention, I carefully babysit it. When all seems to be going well the smoke detector starts going off (mind you when I almost burnt my apartment down before the smoke detector never went off; that time I even had flames and black smoke). I frantically start looking for the smoke detector and it is no where to be found. No where? The detector near the kitchen was not going off, neither was the one in the hall to the bedroom. What smoke alarm was going off? Where was it? Finally I found it- the smoke alarm in the bedroom on the other side of the apartment. I open the windows and run back to then kitchen to find my last and final chicken breast charred. I sadly finished the biscuits, gravy, and potatoes (knowing I had been defeated) and we ate chicken chard chicken for dinner.

Hopefully, I will have better luck next time. My sweet boyfriend raved about the entire meal and said he liked his chicken fried chicken a little crunchy and that they tasted great. The biscuits did turn out pretty good, though. They went great with the gravy for dinner and were also yummy reheated the next morning with butter, honey. So here is the one great thing about dinner that day:

Buttermilk Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, cold
3/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Sift the dry ingredients together into a bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or a fork until it looks like coarse sand. Make a well in the center and add buttermilk. Quickly fold dry ingredients into buttermilk with your hands until a sticky dough forms. Turn out onto a floured. Gently press the dough into a rectangle until it is between 1/2 inch thick.

Use a round cookie cutter (or a glass) that has been floured to cut the biscuits. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or that has been sprayed with non-tick spray. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

The day I made these ironically happened to be National Buttermilk Biscuit Day (May 14). So happy biscuit making!


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  3. Yeah, fried chicken is very dangerous! but the biscuits look great!

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