Southern Fried Chicken with Cream Gravy

This is another fantastic recipe I got Down home on vacation one year. I really love this dish and I hope ya’ll will to.

SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN AND CREAM GRAVY:

Butter Flavored Crisco or shortening

1 chicken, about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds, cut up

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

CREAM GRAVY:

2 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons flour

salt and pepper, to taste

1 cup light cream

1 cup water

Have a deep heavy cast iron skillet or Dutch oven with oil or hot fat about two inches deep.

Combine flour, salt and pepper; sift into a pie plate or wide bowl. Roll each piece of chicken in flour and place in the hot fat (about 370° F). Put the largest pieces in first. When all pieces are in the skillet and heat is regulated, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove top and turn chicken pieces when the underside is well browned. Replace top for another 5 minutes, remove and cook in open pan until the bottom side is browned. About 30 to 35 minutes in all will be required for cooking chicken if it is not too large. Try to turn the chicken only once.

The fat should be deep enough to cover the pieces when it boils up, but make sure you use a deep skillet, preferably one made for frying chicken, and watch carefully.

To make cream gravy:
Pour off all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat from the skillet. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 4 tablespoons flour; blend and cook until golden brown, scraping browned bits from bottom of skillet. Gradually stir in 1 cup light cream and 1 cup hot water. Stir until smooth and thickened; add salt and black pepper. Pour into a gravy boat and serve with hot biscuits, potatoes.

This also makes a great family Sunday Supper or just a great family dinner. People here don’t sit down together for family dinners as much as they do down home and boy they don’t know what they are missing.

Hope to see ya’ll soon.