Wednesday, October 20, 2010

weekend dinner party

I've been holding on tight to this Ad Hoc fried chicken for about four months too long. Here's the thing: While fried chicken might be synonymous with Summer picnics, you'd have to be cray-zay to fill up a big old cast iron cauldron with scalding hot, bubbling oil, while carefully frying batch after sweaty batch while the barometer outside (and soon to be inside) is creeping past 90F. No way, no how, not eva. But now that it's comfortably cool--and arguably chilly--a platter of perfectly crispy and flavorful fried chicken with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and cool, crunchy, cucumber salad has quickly become synonymous with the absolute best of the best that Fall has to offer.

'Cause I said so.

ad hoc fried chicken
cucumber salad with sour cream and dill dressing
yukon gold mashed potatoes with dijon-lingonberry gravy
Egly-Ouriet Champagne

"homemade" chocolate pudding

And before you reach for that 6-pack of your favorite brew, Jon Troutman of Cork'd suggests a different kind of fizz: "Fried food absolutely screams for bubbles. Because this is the ultimate in fried chicken, you should be drinking (what I consider to be) the ultimate in bubbles. Egly-Ouriet is a small producer in the Ambonnay region of Champagne, this wine combines unparalleled richness and finesse...all for under $50. Save your Dom P for the* club."

*I so tried to get him to change that last "the" to "da" but alas, can't win 'em all.

Ad Hoc Fried Chicken (keep in mind this requires an overnight brine so plan ahead)
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes (feel free to wing these as this recipe calls for LOTS o' cream)
Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill Dressing

Dijon-Lingonberry Gravy

2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup cream
2 tbsp. dijon or whole grain mustard
2 tbsp. lingonberry preserves

In a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour, cook for 1 minute, then slowly whisk in the stock. Allow it to thicken for a minute or so then add in the cream, mustard, lingonberry preserves, salt and pepper, and whisk. Reduce heat to warm and serve.

"Homemade" Chocolate Pudding: My-T-Fine (box mix) all the way. It most certainly lives up to its name. And then some. Don't scoff. I dare you to not eat it all before your guests arrive. DARE you!

Image above courtesy of Jun-Blog


Dale Cruse said...

Fresh fried chicken & Champagne is such a fun pairing - thanks for helping draw attention to it!

Another thing that's fun with bubbles & super simple to make is to melt truffle butter over fresh popcorn. It feels incredible decadent but couldn't be easier!

Kiira Leess said...

thanks for the comment and tip, dale! think i might have to try that popcorn out at the blind sparkling wine tasting i'm hosting tomorrow night...


Hanna Leess said...

place it on a bed of waffles and i'm sold....


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