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  • Jhirshon
    Former Member
    • Sep 2018
    • 124
    • San Francisco

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    The hirshon basque garlic fried chicken – euskal baratxuri oilasko frijitua




    December 16, 2018 by The Generalissimo Leave a Comment Share
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    Basque Garlic Fried Chicken Image Used Under Creative Commons License From pinterest.com

    My Citizens, few things are as dulcet-toned to the ears of the Glorious Harmony that is TFD as the words “fried” and “garlic” in the same sentence! When it’s garlic-fried chicken, few recipes can make the mouth water as copiously as this classic of inland Basque cuisine!

    The great mountainous nature of the Basque Country in France and Spain has led to a difference between coastal cuisine dominated by fish and seafood, and inland cuisine with fresh and cured meats, many vegetables and legumes, and freshwater fish and salt cod.

    The French and Spanish influence is strong also, with a noted difference between the cuisine of either side of the modern border; even iconic Basque dishes and products, such as txakoli from the South, or Gâteau Basque (Biskotx) and Jambon de Bayonne from the North, are rarely seen on the other side.

    Basques have also been quick to absorb new ingredients and techniques from new settlers and from their own trade and exploration links. Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal created a chocolate and confectionery industry in Bayonne still well-known today, and part of a wider confectionery and pastry tradition across the Basque Country.

    Basques embraced the potato and the capsicum, used in hams, sausages and recipes, with pepper festivals around the area, notably Ezpeleta and Puente la Reina.

    Olive oil is more commonly used than vegetable oil in Basque cooking. Cuisine and the kitchen are at the heart of Basque culture, and there is a Museum of Gastronomy in Llodio.

    One of the staple cookbooks for traditional Basque dishes was initially published in 1933. “La cocina de Nicolasa” (the Kitchen of Nicolasa) by Nicolasa Pradera has gone into 20 editions.

    In addition to the dishes and products of the Basque Country, there are features of the way of preparing and sharing food unique to the area.

    Cider houses (sagardotegiak) are a feature of the hills around Donostia, especially near Astigarraga. These are usually large country restaurants with enormous barrels of cider.

    Cider is poured from a height straight into the glass for visitors, with a rustic menu invariably of salt cod omelette, grilled T-bone steak and ewes’ milk cheese with walnuts and quince paste. The cider houses are only open for a few months of the year.

    The txikiteo is the tapas crawl from bar to bar seen across Spain, but it reaches its pinnacle in Donostia, with hundreds of people on the streets of the old town wandering from bar to bar, each known for its specialty, whether it be croquettes, tortilla, toast, or seafood. The txikiteo is also popular in cities such as Pamplona and Bilbao.

    Gastronomic societies are organisations, almost always of men, who cook and eat together in a communal txoko. In large cities, the society’s premises can be large and formally organised, but the txoko is frequently a small space owned by a group of friends in smaller towns and suburbs, where food and costs are shared.

    The first txoko was noted in Donostia in 1870. This unique feature of the Spanish Basque Country enables men to participate in the cooking process and spend time together away from the traditionally formidable matriarchs (etxekoandreak). In recent years, women have been allowed into some clubs.

    In the 1970s and 1980s Basque chefs were influenced by the nouvelle cuisine of France and created the nouvelle cuisine basque, radically original in its form but solidly Basque in substance, with lighter and less rustic versions of traditional dishes and flavours. The first Spanish restaurant to be awarded 3 stars in the Michelin Guide was, in fact, Zalacaín, a Basque restaurant, although located in Madrid.

    Juan Mari Arzak in Donostia became the most famous exponent and one of the first three-star Michelin Guide restaurants in Spain. In a few years the movement swept across Spain, becoming the state’s default haute cuisine. Many tapas bars, especially in San Sebastián, serve modern-style pintxos employing novel techniques and ingredients. In more recent years, young chefs, such as Martin Berasategui, have given new impetus to Basque cuisine.

    Basque cuisine has continued to have an influence on international cuisine, particularly in Spain and France where it is highly regarded. Catalan chef Ferran Adrià has taken the techniques pioneered by Arzak and other Basque chefs to new heights.

    At the other end of the scale, Basque-style pintxos bars are common in Barcelona and Madrid. In cities where large numbers of Basque people emigrated, such as Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil; Boise, Idaho; Elk, Nevada; Fresno, California, and Bakersfield, California, all have several Basque restaurants and a noted Basque influence on the local cuisine.

    In Bakersfield, California, cooks at the legendary Pyrenees Cafe douse their Basque fried chicken with butter and garlic. The original source for this recipe was Cook’s Country and I have modified their version to be more authentically Basquaise.

    That includes adding some ground bay leaf to the marinade, adding in some lard to the frying oil, adding both fresh oregano and fresh thyme flowers to the parsley and most importantly, adding some Basque ground red pepper (Piment d’Espelette) to the garnish of the chicken pieces.

    Piment d’Espelett is a mildly-spicy chili pepper with a smoky flavor that is a staple ingredient in traditional Basque dishes. It is an exclusive to the commune of Espelette in the French Basque country – only peppers grown in the Espelette region may be labeled as Piment d’Espelette.

    Piment d’Espelette is truly a mandatory spice in most Basque cooking, at least as far as TFD is concerned – you can purchase some of excellent quality from here. I have every confidence you will love this recipe as much as I do, my Citizens!

    Battle on – The Generalissimo


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    The Hirshon Basque Garlic Fried Chicken – Euskal Baratxuri Oilasko Frijitua

    Ingredients
    • CHICKEN:
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
    • ½ tablespoon ground bay leaf
    • 5 garlic cloves, minced
    • Kosher salt and pepper
    • 3 pounds bone-in chicken pieces (split breasts cut in half crosswise, drumsticks, thighs, and/or wings), trimmed
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 4 large egg whites
    • 2 quarts peanut oil
    • 1 quart top-quality rendered pig lard (strongly preferred) - if unavailable, use peanut oil
    • ***
    • GARLIC BUTTER
    • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme flowers (optional but TFD really likes it)
    • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    • ¼ teaspoon pepper
    • 8 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • ***
    • Piment d’Espelett

    Instructions
    1. Use a cast-iron Dutch oven that holds 6 quarts or more. Mince the garlic with a knife rather than with a garlic press.
    2. FOR THE CHICKEN: Combine olive oil, 1 tablespoon granulated garlic, ground bay leaf, minced garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper in large bowl. Add chicken and toss to thoroughly coat with garlic mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
    3. Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet. Whisk flour, remaining 1 tablespoon granulated garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper together in separate bowl. Lightly beat egg whites together in shallow dish.
    4. Remove chicken from marinade and brush away any solidified clumps of oil with paper towels. Working with 1 piece at a time, dip chicken into egg whites to thoroughly coat, letting excess drip back into dish; then dredge in flour mixture, pressing firmly to adhere. Transfer chicken to prepared wire rack and refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
    5. Set second wire rack in second rimmed baking sheet and line with triple layer of paper towels. Add peanut oil and lard to a large Dutch oven until it measures about 2 inches deep and heat over medium-high heat to 325 degrees.
    6. Add half of chicken to hot oil and fry until breasts register 160 degrees and drumsticks/thighs register 175 degrees, 13 to 16 minutes. Adjust burner, if necessary, to maintain oil temperature between 300 and 325 degrees. Transfer to paper towel–lined rack, return oil to 325 degrees, and repeat with remaining chicken.
    7. FOR THE GARLIC BUTTER: While chicken rests, combine 7 tablespoons butter, parsley, oregano, optional thyme flowers, salt, and pepper in bowl; set aside.
    8. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and water and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is softened and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add hot garlic mixture to butter-herb mixture and whisk until well combined.
    9. Transfer chicken to platter and spoon garlic butter over top. Dust with Piment d'Espelette. Serve at once.
  • Huskee
    Pit Boss/Manager
    • May 2014
    • 13994
    • central MI, USA
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      • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
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      • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


      About me
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      Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

      Occupation:
      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

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    Is this your recipe or Pinterest's?

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    • Jhirshon
      Former Member
      • Sep 2018
      • 124
      • San Francisco

      Top | #3
      The image is from Pinterest, the original recipe was from Cook’s Country and I modified it a lot to make it more Basque!

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Thanks, I missed that line in the recipe's narrative.
    • FireMan
      Charter Member
      • Jul 2015
      • 6669
      • Bottom of Winnebago

      Top | #4
      I’m just sittin here in a hospital waitin & then I come across this read. Fantastic! I’ m wonderin if I can do it in my new Lodge Cook All. It’s not really a Dutch oven, but sorta kinda. Hmmm. To the dreaming board.

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