Chicken in a basket.
Shrimp in a basket. Dinner in a basket. What picture does that conjure up for you?
For me, “In a basket,” meals means fried food, fries and cole slaw.
Deep fried chicken with crispy, crunchy skin served hot and drowning in fries with a refreshing cup of ice cold cole slaw.
Chicken or shrimp that you eat with your fingers. Keep plenty of napkins close by.
These basket meals were popular as bar food and diner food. Burger joints and Mom and Pop restaurants also had these on the menu.
Many still do.
Buttermilk and spicy brown mustard marinade makes this fried chicken moist and irresistible! A dusting of seasoned flour and into moderately hot oil (350 degrees) produces a crisp, crunchy skin sealing in the juices.
I have a mini fryer/fondue pot that is perfect for small amounts of frying. You can deep fry in your favorite frying vessel or pan fry. I like to seal in the juices in the fryer and finish cooking in the oven. This way I get the goodness of “fried” chicken without having it soak up so much grease.
Now if a basket is not you thing, get The Blue Plate Special.
Why did they call it The Blue Plate Special?
Restaurants during the depression and post depression era served quality meals at a reduced cost. These meals consisted of a meat, starch and vegetable. Originally the meal came on a divided plate like a TV dinner tray. Years later scientists learned that the color blue actually works as an appetite suppressant.
So the smaller meal served on a blue plate at a reduced price worked. These meals kept restaurants in business through a few tough decades.
Many thanks to Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks for hosting this fun event!
- 1 fryer chicken cut up
- 1 quart buttermilk
- 2 Tablespoons spicy brown or Dijon mustard
- 1 cup flour seasoned with salt and pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- oil for frying
- Whisk together buttermilk, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into large container to marinate chicken.
- Place chicken parts in container. Submerge.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Heat oil to 350 degrees.
- Shake off excess buttermilk and dredge chicken in flour.
- Carefully add to oil and fry until internal temperature for white meat reaches 165, dark meat 180.
- You can also finish chicken off in the oven, internal temperature for white meat reaches 165, dark meat 180.
- Serve with fries and cole slaw.
Take a step back in time and enjoy these Retro Menu Offereings from The Sunday Supper Group!
Bodacious Breakfasts and Appetizers:
- Classic Chex Party Mix from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Healthy Green Goddess Dip from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Made in the Shade Main Dishes:
- Bacon Wrapped Individual Meatloaf from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken ala King from Recipes Food and Cooking
- Chicken Rice Casserole from Curious Cuisiniere
- Chicken in a Basket from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chicken Parisienne from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
- Chicken Pot Pie from Whole Food | Real Families
- Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast from FoodieTots
- Creamy Baked Pork Chops from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Individual Beef Wellingtons from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuits from Simply Healthy Family
- Mom’s Shepherd’s Pie from Momma’s Meals
- Ravioli di Magro from Manu’s Menu
- Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy from Webicurean
- Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs from Palatable Pastime
- Tuna Noodle Casserole from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Uptown Goulash from Family Foodie
Swell Side Dishes:
- Creamy Lime Gelatin Salad from Magnolia Days
- Harvard Beets from Take A Bite Out Of Boca
- Retro Crock Pot Crabby Soup from Seduction in the Kitchen
- Roasted Broccoli Cheese Casserole from NeighborFood
- Seven Layer Salad from Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Wedge Salad from Our Good Life
- Bananas Foster from The Redhead Baker
- Creamsicle Jello Mold from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Frosty Chocolate Dream Bites from Wallflour Girl
- Hummingbird Cream Cheese Cookies from Dandelion Greens
- Jello Poke Cake from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Mom’s Heath Bar Cake from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Old Fashioned Banana Pudding from Pies and Plots
- One, Two, Three Jello from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Original Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake with No Cook Fudge Frosting from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Raspberry Crunch from Peaceful Cooking
- Tunnel of Fudge Cake from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
The Bee’s Knees Beverages:
- Blood Orange Sidecar from Nosh My Way
- Crème de Menthe Parfait from Food Lust People Love
- Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned from The Texan New Yorker
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