Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dinner Club: Fried Chicken & Waffles (recipes included)

Dinner Club: Fried Chicken and Waffles.

Dinner Club went down recently at Chez Wilson.  We have had the same 3 couples involved in this dinner club for probably 6 years.  It's hard to keep track.  We rotate homes and the goal is to make something you have never made before for the group. (RECIPES AT BOTTOM)
The Players of dinner club. 
As we have gotten older, greyer, chubbier, and added some kids to the mix (4 kids between the 6 of us with another about to be born, 3 cats and 2 dogs among the crew as well), we meet less often, but the effort seems to be about the same.  Lots of it.  Lots of prep, flavor and love.

Mostly, it's fun to get together and drink wine and have someone else cook for you.

This time however, Team Wilson was on the go.

I have been promising these wild animals a southern meal for months.  I put the menu out for a vote between Fried Chicken or Jambalaya.

The votes were tallied and though it was a tie, the pregnant lady got 2 votes since she's really voting for two.

The verdict? Winner Winner Fried Chicken Dinner.

I've never fried anything before, well, except scallop fritters for our very first dinner club way back when (4 moves ago for me).  I was a little nervous.

Here's the menu line up.  (recipes and links at bottom)
A steamed tail-on shrimp.
A steamed tail-on shrimp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Spicy Shrimp, Andouille Sausage and Bacon in a Southern Sauce (forgot to photograph, but this was the best part of the meal! )(I added to the recipe as you will see at the bottom)


Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Golden Love right out of the fryer. Who needs KFC?
Waffles with white bacon gravy
Spring Salad (why not pretend something healthy was being served?)
used a basic organic balsalmic vinagrette


Wilson Family Recipe, Gooey Butter with powdered sugar on top and whipped cream on the side.
delicious and deceivingly addictive!

Recipes and/or links below Review.


1.  APPETIZER:  by far in my opinion the best part of the meal. Next time, I would serve this as an entree over rice and with some bread for dipping in the sauce.  If you have been to New Orleans and Acme Oyster House, then you know how our house smelled.  Spicy and awesome.

2.  The Chicken:  I don't eat fried food very often, I thought it was very tasty due to the 24 hour brining process, I think the others liked it better than me.  The next day it was excellent cold.

3.  The Waffles.  Meh.  They were ok.  We didn't do a home made batter, and our timing was a little off so I think that could have made a difference.  Plus, I think you are supposed to offer a gravy AND a syrup.  We only offered the gravy.  I don't like gravy, but they seemed to.

4.  The dessert - gooey butter.  It is deceiving.  It has been served as a holiday breakfast item for decades in the Wilson Family, long before I joined.  At first blush you will not know it's addictive nature, but one bite comes and goes, and then suddenly you realize you need another.  And another.  It is even better the next day.
It was strangely quiet when we were all done.  More wine was poured, Bourbon for some, we sat around and watched the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, watching Brangelina fall in love all over again on screen.  We were all full and tired, and it was a really good time.

Will I make this particular menu again?  No.  Will I make the Appetizer as an entree again, YES YES YES. And I married into the Christmas Gooey Butter lifestyle, so that will be going on every year!  I do recommend the chicken recipe though, and I hear the one from Ad Hoc in Napa is even better.

ENJOY YOUR WEEK AND YOUR DETOX! (oh wait, that's for me.) :) 

Spicy Shrimp, Spicy Andouille Sausage & Bacon (CLICK HERE) NOTE:  (I altered this recipe by purchasing store bought pre-cooked sausage, cutting into quarter inch slices - I used 3.  I also did 8 pieces of bacon cut into large pieces so all three proteins could be eaten in one bite on a toothpick. ALSO I bought the shrimp peeled, deviened and no tail at Bristol Farms.  I don't like to peel.)


Waffles, we just did basic Aunt Jemima waffle mix (due to lack of time)

Go here: 

Honestly, this isn't the exact recipe but I can't find the one we used, this was close though.  Also we added little bacon chunks, because as any semi - intelligent person knows - EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH BACON.  Duh.  

Gooey Butter Recipe:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter
1 egg

blend together with a fork and pat in the bottom of a 9x13 greased pan.

2 eggs
1 box powdered sugar
1 8oz block Philly cream cheese

Mix together (easier with a stand or hand mixer) and pour over the top of cake mix.
Bake at 3500 F for 35-40 min (temp shoudl be 325 if using a glass pan)

Eat until you pass out.  I'm telling you, it's addictive!!

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