Last week we talked about the great breakfast’s we had at Grandma Richmond’s house when I was a child, this week we move straight into the wonderful dinners she made. The question is where do I start? She always made dinners that we loved, the only thing I refused to eat (even as an adult) was beans and corn bread (what she always referred to as a hillbilly dinner). I just do not like beans.
Besides the Pepper Steak I talked about last week, one of my favorite dinners was fried chicken. My Dad always baked his chicken, so it was always a treat to have it fried at Grandma’s, which by the way, Grandpa cooked (one of the things he always cooked).
Grandpa’s Fried Chicken
- Wash Chicken in salt and water (Grandma said when they were younger and killed their own chickens for dinner the salt would kill the germs, this is a habit she continued with until she passed away)
- In cast iron skillet add vegetable oil with about 1/4 stick of butter and let melt and get hot
- While butter/oil is getting hot, coat chicken piece by piece with flour, and give it a good shake from the salt and pepper
- Insert each piece into the oil and let cook on a medium heat until nice and brown, then flip and do the same for the other side.
- Once both sides are brown, turn the heat down and let the chicken slow cook until completely cooked.
Grandma and Grandpa would always make Gravy with the chicken, no matter how hard I try gravy is not one of the things I can make, it just never turns out.
With the chicken, we would always have mashed potatoes, corn, homemade bread if we were lucky and I am sure there where many other things on the table, because there was never room for anything on her table, it was always packed.
I loved Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house!