Delicious! – JD, 5
I had a lot of fun on Monday night. Tesco Books sent me a box of ingredients so that I could take part in a cookalong on Twitter with none other than Gordon Ramsay, who was promoting his latest cookbook, Ultimate Home Cooking (published by Hodder and Stoughton, RRP £25, or £12 from Tesco Books).
Here, Gordon explains the rationale behind his new, family friendly recipe book:
From the age of 17 I made food my life, and it’s fair to say that since then food has been the making of me. But the sort of cooking I made my name with – intricate dishes made with the world’s finest ingredients – is a million miles from the food I cook at home. When I’m with friends and family I want things to be much more relaxed. I still want to use great ingredients, and to get the most from them, but my cooking becomes more rustic and easy-going.
The dish we cooked on the night was buttermilk-fried chicken – a really straightforward recipe with simple ingredients you’re likely to have in the cupboard and fridge. The result is a succulent, juicy piece of chicken, coated in a warm, crispy and slightly spicy batter. I served ours with new potatoes and a spinach and cherry tomato salad – the whole family loved it.
I’ve got permission to share Gordon’s recipe with you, so here’s what to do. Serves 4.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
- 4 free range chicken thighs
- 4 free range chicken drumsticks
- 500ml buttermilk
- Flavourless oil eg sunflower or groundnut for deepfrying
- 300g plain flour
- 1-2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Place the chicken in a bowl, add the buttermilk and a good pinch of salt and mix well
- Cover with cling film and chill overnight, or for at least 30 minutes. Bring back to room temperature before cooking
- Once ready to cook, pour a 1.5cm depth of oil into a heavy-based saute pan or hob-proof casserole dish
- Place over a medium heat until the oil reaches 170C or a cube of bread dropped into the oil sizzles and turns brown after 30 seconds
- Put the flour on a plate and mix with the spices and a pinch of salt and peper.
- Remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk, shaking off any excess, then dip in the flour, making sure all the sides are coated
- Fry the chicken in a single layer (you might need to do in batches), turning constantly for 25-30 minutes, until evenly golden.
- Drain on kitchen paper and serve warm
And here’s our effort again – I was worried it was too dark, but it actually looks a lot like the picture in Gordon’s book and doesn’t taste burnt at all :)
Win one of three copies of Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Ultimate Home Cooking’ (RRP £25)
If you like the look of Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking and would like a copy for yourself, I have three copies to give away.
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The giveaway will close at 11.59pm UK time on 25th October 2013 and a winner will be selected at random.
See the prize draw T&Cs – Disclosure: Hodder & Stoughton is providing the prizes for the purposes of the giveaway. Tesco Books provided all the ingredients for the chicken cookalong and a copy of the book. Please see my review/disclosure policy for more information. Listed on ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and Competition Hunter.