Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Southern Fried Chicken Fingers with Scorpion Dynamite Sauce

     There are several ways to fry chicken.  Some recipes require eggs and some require just seasoned flour.  The way the chicken is prepared for frying can be a regional tradition.  Southern Fried Chicken is almost always has buttermilk in the recipe.  
     Dynamite Sauce is a red chile, garlic, ginger, mayonnaise sauce that is used to garnish sushi rolls.  Trinidad Scorpion Peppers are the hottest pepper in the world and a little bit goes a long way.  Scorpion Peppers crank up the explosive power of Dynamite Sauce to an atomic level!  Today's recipe yields a pale looking Dynamite Sauce that is is deceptively spicy hot! 

     Scorpion Dynamite Sauce:
     This Sauce Is Spicy Hot!
     This recipe yields 1 large portion!
     Dave's Gourmet Scorpion Pepper Sauce is a pure Trinidad Scorpion Pepper puree with no extra spices.  A sauce like this is good for recipes.  This sauce can be found at specialty shops or at internet stores.    
     Place 1/3 cup of mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of Dave's Gourmet Scorpion Pepper Hot Sauce.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of ginger paste.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of Spanish paprika.
     Add 1 pinch of garlic powder.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Add 1 tiny pinch of ground celery seed.
     Stir the ingredients together.
     Place the sauce in a large ramekin and chill till it is needed.
     Southern Fried Chicken Fingers:
     This recipe yields 1 appetizer size portion of five fingers!
     Traditional Southern Fried Chicken is usually dry floured or buttermilk dipped and floured, then pan fried in a cast iron skillet.  A buttermilk flour coating turns out incredibly crispy golden brown when pan fried.  
     Any leftover seasoned flour can be sifted and frozen for later use.
     Step 1:  Place enough vegetable frying oil (or lard) in a large deep cast iron skillet, so the oil is about 3/4" deep.
     Heat the oil to 360ºF.
     Step 2:  Place about 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour in a mixing bowl.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.
     Add 1 pinch of garlic powder.
     Add 1 pinch of cayenne pepper.
     Mix the ingredients together.
     Step 3:  Place 1 1/4 cups of buttermilk in a second mixing bowl.
     Step 4:  Cut a 6 to 8 ounce boneless trimmed chicken breast into 5 long finger shapes.
     Step 5:  Dredge the chicken fingers in the seasoned flour.
     Place the floured chicken fingers in the buttermilk.
     Step 6:  Dredge the chicken fingers, one at a time, in the seasoned flour and place it directly in the hot frying oil.  Get all the chicken fingers in the oil quickly, so they all finish at the same time.
     Step 7:  Use tongs to turn the chicken fingers in the hot oil.
     Fry till the chicken fingers are crispy golden brown on all sides.
     Step 8:  Use tongs to place the chicken fingers on a wire screen roasting rack over a drip pan.
     Keep the chicken fingers warm on a stove top.

     Southern Fried Chicken Fingers with Scorpion Dynamite Sauce:
     Place the ramekin of Scorpion Dynamite Sauce on the back center of a large plate.
     Place the Southern Fried Buttermilk Chicken Fingers on the plate, so they fan outward from the ramekin.
     Garnish the plate with pickled sweet banana pepper rings and a dill pickle.

     Good Southern Fried Chicken Fingers and Scorpion Dynamite Sauce is a combination that is hard to beat! 

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