20 August, 2008

give me give me give me...fried chicken

man, do i love me some fried chicken. i don't care how unhealthy it is for you, i love it. the skin? with all the oil and seasonings and crispiness? one of the greatest things ever.

of course, finding a good recipe is a pain. i have, over the last year or so, been attempting to get a decent flavor out of alton brown's recipe.

well, that's not quite right. his recipe is pretty damn tasty. hell, most everything he makes is pretty damn tasty. but the first time i made that fried chicken, the unanimous response was: GOD DAMN, THIS IS SALTY! to quote philip j. fry: "this is the saltiest thing i've ever eaten...and i once ate a big bowl of salt"

okay, not quite that bad. but damn, was it salty. so the next time i made it, i used half the salt called for in the recipe.

stilll, too salty.

okay, let's try it without salt. nope, not a good idea. you obviously must have some salt in it for flavor, but finding that magical amount is tricky.

until last night. and the answer is pretty simple: use one-quarter the salt. (okay, and i used white pepper and some old bay, and no cayenne pepper). but the results are delicious.

and i don't know what it is, but cold fried chicken, much like cold pizza, is just an amazing thing. kfc and popeye's are missing out on an easy revenue stream.

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