Category Archives: The Old South

Batter-Fried Chicken


1/4 cup chopped celery
1 small onion, quartered
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (2 /12-3-lb) broiler-fryer, cut in serving pieces
Salad oil for frying

1 1/2 cups sifted* all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoon salad oil

1. In large skillet, combine celery, onion, bay leaf, salt and 1 cup water. Add chicken pieces.

2. Bring to boiling; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Drain chicken pieces; pat dry with paper towels and let cool.

3. In deep-fat fryer or deep skillet, slowly heat oil (at least 2 inches deep) to 375F on deep-frying thermometer. Also, preheat oven to 300F.

4. Meanwhile make Batter: Sift flour with baking powder, salt, and pepper; set aside.

5. In medium bowl, with rotary beater, beat eggs, milk and oil until combined.

6. Add flour mixture gradually, beating until smooth.

7. Dip chicken pieces in batter, coating evently.

8. Deep fry a few pieces at a time, turning occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown and tender; drain well on paper towels. Keep browned pieces warm in shallow pan in oven while rest of chicken cooks.

Makes 4 servings.

*Sift before measuring.

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Southern Chess Pie


9-inch unbaked pie shell
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
2/3 cup butter or regular margarine, softened
4 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup dried currants
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
Whipped cream, optional

1. Prepare pie shell. Refrigerate until ready to fill.

2. Preheat oven to 375F.

3. In bowl, with electric mixer at medium speed, beat sugar and butter until creamy.

4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla, currants, and nuts.

5. Turn into unbaked pie shell. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or just until filling is set in center (shake pie gently; center should be firm).

6. Let cool on wire rack. If desired, serve garnished with whipped cream.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

TO FREEZE UNBAKED PIE SHELLS: Prepare pie shell as recipe directs. Prick pie shell if it is going to be baked without filling. Freezer-wrap, label, and freeze. TO USE SHELLS: Preheat oven to 450F. Remove freezer-wrap. Immediately bake frozen pie shell – about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool completely on wire rack. Fill as desired. TO BAKE SHELL ALONG WITH FILLING: Remove freezer-wrap. Let stand in refrigerator or at room temperature to thaw. Fill as desired, and bake as specific recipe directs.

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Sweet Potato Pone

2 1/2 lb sweet potatoes or yams
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
2 eggs
1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup light molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1. Wash potatoes. Place in kettle; cover with water. Bring to boiling; simmer,covered, 30 minutes, or until tender.

2. Drain; let cool just until they are easy to handle. Peel and mash potatoes; stir in butter.

3. Preheat oven to 375F. In bowl, beat eggs; add sugar and beat thoroughly.

4. Add milk, molasses, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg,and cloves, beat until well blended. Stir into mashed potatoes until well blended. Turn into buttered, 1 1/2 quart casserole.

5. Bake, covered, 50 to 60 minutes, or until heated through. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Note: Instead of fresh potatoes, you may use 2 cans (17-oz size) sweet potatoes or yams, drained and mashed. Proceed as in Step 3.

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Peanut-Corn Chowder

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup chunk-style peanut butter
1 can (13 3/4 oz) clear chicken broth
1 pkg (10oz) frozen whole-kernel corn
1 cup light cream

1. In hot butter in medium saucepan, saut̩ celery and onion until tender Рabout 5 minutes.

2. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter, stirring until melted. Gradually stir in chicken broth, then frozen corn.

3. Bring to boiling, stirring; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

4. Stir in light cream; reheat gently. (Do not boil.) Makes about 1 quart; 4 servings.

A Hearty Luncheon
Peanut-Corn Chowder
Bacon-Lettuce-Tomato Sandwiches
Carrot sticks
Ambrosia Bowl (Card 1j)

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