In a large bowl or pot, dissolve 1/2 cup coarse salt in 3 quarts of water. Rinse chicken pieces, and add to bowl. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove chicken pieces, and rinse under cool water. Clear space in the refrigerator to accommodate a wire cooling rack. Mix together the flour, cornmeal, and seasonings, and place in a large resealable plastic bag. Shake. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the buttermilk. Dip half the chicken pieces in the buttermilk, then place in the plastic bag. Shake, and lay out on a wire rack. Repeat for remaining pieces. Put the rack on a jelly-roll pan or cookie sheet, and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but preferably 2, to set. Pour peanut oil to a depth of 3/4 inch in a large iron Dutch oven. Place over medium-high heat. When oil reaches 365 degrees (if you dont have a thermometer, simply wait until the oil starts to smoke -- very hot oil is fine for this recipe), arrange chicken pieces in the pan, skin-side down, and cover pan. After 5 minutes, remove the cover. Adjust heat level, if necessary, so oil bubbles at a moderate pace -- not too rapidly and not too slowly. (Medium to medium-high heat is best, depending on the heat conductivity of your pan.) Rearrange pieces if some are browning more quickly than others. After 5 more minutes, turn the pieces over. Cook uncovered for 8 to 10 more minutes or until done. Meanwhile, thoroughly wash and dry the wire rack while the chicken is cooking. Remove the fried chicken to the cleaned wire rack set over a jelly-roll pan or cookie sheet. Let drain for 5 minutes, and serve. Serves 4. Source: "Martha Stewart Living -
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (473g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4|
|Calories from Fat: 431 (50%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 47.9g||64 %|
|Saturated Fat 14g||70 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 19.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 9.4g|
|Cholesterol 702.5mg||216 %|
|Sodium 15498.1mg||534 %|
|Potassium 718.8mg||19 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 39.5g||12 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.5g||6 %|
|Sugars, other 38g|
|Protein 64.4g||92 %|
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Calories per serving: 862
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