“Minny near bout the best cook in Hinds County, maybe even all a Mississippi.”
-Aibileen from The Help
The book that inspired this segment (as a lot of you may know) is The Help by Kathryn Stockett, which is a novel about the Civil Rights era in the U.S focusing on the perspective of the black maids of Jackson. Enough about the book (I’ll discuss it in one of my blog posts in the future) and let’s get down to the cooking.
So the recipe I did was, as the title of this post implied, a Southern Style Fried Chicken. The novel talks about this particular recipe on pages 43-44:
Scenario: Minny Jackson (one of the protagonists) teaches Celia Foote how to cook fried chicken and also explains the wonders of Crisco during the whole process. Here is the dialogue between Celia and Minny:
“Chicken’s been soaking in the buttermilk,” I say. “Now mix up the dry.” I pour flour, salt, more salt, pepper, paprika, and a pinch of cayenne into a double paper sack.
“Now. Put the chicken parts in the bag and shake it.”
The Actual Recipe
- Chicken (chopped up for Frying)
- 1 tsp. of salt
- 1 tsp. of pepper
- 1/4 cup of flour
- 1 tsp. of paprika
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- an egg
- Vegetable Oil
1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper then cook it for five minutes (and then place it in another bowl or container).
2. Crack an egg into a small bowl and beat it thoroughly. Pour it over the chicken and let it soak.
3. For the breading or coating: Mix the flour, paprika and cayenne pepper.
4. Now place the chicken and the breading into a large plastic container or a double paper bag. Shake it well!
5. In a pan with oil, fry the chicken until its golden brown and you’re done!