Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fried Chicken Bites

President food facts – President George Washington’s favorite foods was fish and nuts. 

He also enjoyed cherries. Especially, Cherry Bounce, a brandy drink. Popular in the eighteen century. He love the drink so much, he poured the drink in his canteen for his trip across Allegheny Mountains in 1784.

Cheshire, Massachusetts gave 1235 pound block of cheese as a gift to President Thomas Jefferson in 1802. Jefferson was passionate about food, he often collected new ingredients and recipes on his travels. Jefferson enjoyed the rice of the Piedmont region, he smuggled to sacks out of the country. Back at that time, smuggling carried a dealt penalty in Italy. Jefferson got away with is food crime.

President Andrew Jackson likes fresh milk, he kept a cow on the White House grounds to ensure a constant supply.

When President Abraham Lincoln was a young man living in Indiana, he worked as a cask maker for a local man making apple jack brandy. Lincoln was known to like apples, and often ate one with milk as a light lunch at midday.

President Lincoln’s wife, Mary hosted a number of “Strawberry Parties” in Washington during the spring and summer months. She even had a gown made for the occasions in 1861, decorated with clusters of berries.

President Theodore Roosevelt was very fond of Russian Caravan tea. The aromatic tea has a sweet, malty flavor; it’s named after the 18th century camel caravans that facilitated tea trade between Asian countries and Europe via Russia.

President William Howard Taft enjoyed breakfast each morning. His breakfast menu included a twelve ounce steak, two oranges, and several pieces of buttered toast.

President Woodrow Wilson embraced the concept of Meatless Mondays long before Sid Lerner did. As the U.S. entered World War I, Wilson worried about domestic food shortages. He ordered the White House kitchen staff to adopt Meatless Mondays and Wheatless Wednesdays.

President Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower sold hot tamales on the streets of Abilene, Kansas to help his family.

President John F. Kennedy almost always had soup for lunch. Chowder was a particular favorite.

Research Source: The History Kitchen
The fried chicken bites are a great finger food. Perfect for parties or easy dinner.

Fried Chicken Bites
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1 pound chicken tenders, cut into 1 inch pieces
salt and pepper, to taste
pinch cayenne pepper
4 dashes hot sauce (I used Louisiana hot sauce)
2 cups flour
3 eggs
vegetable oil for frying

Place flour in a bowl and season with salt and black pepper. In another bowl, whisk egg and hot sauce until combined. 

Season chicken with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

Place chicken in flour and coat well, shake excess flour, then transfer to egg mixture, then coat in flour.  Working in batches. Repeat until all chicken pieces are coated.

Fry chicken in batches. Turning occasionally, cook until golden brown and cooked through. About 6 to 8 minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towel lined dish to drain. Enjoy!



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