For most Americans, Independence Day wouldn’t be complete without firing up the grill. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association (HPBA), the Fourth of July is the most popular holiday for sizzling up some food over the flames. Not everyone can man the grill, though. And chances are, you’ll have to relinquish control of the tongs if you’re headed elsewhere for a potluck. Not to worry, because there are tons of other delicious dishes you can make. These seven recipes are so good, they might even steal the show.
1. Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Fried chicken is wonderful when it’s fresh out of the oil, but there might be a better way to enjoy this southern favorite. Bon Appétit said this is one dish that actually tastes better once it’s cold. That means it’s a stellar choice for potluck fare. Southern Living’s recipe starts the chicken on the stove, then finishes it in the oven to make sure you get a crispy coating and perfectly cooked poultry. Make sure to let the chicken cool off before you pack it up, otherwise the exterior will get soggy.
- 1 (3.75-pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
- 3 cups buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil
Directions: Combine chicken and buttermilk in a large nonmetal bowl. Cover, and chill 8 to 12 hours. Drain chicken, and discard buttermilk.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine salt and pepper. Sprinkle half of seasoning over chicken, and combine remaining seasoning with flour in a large zip-top freezer bag. Place two pieces of chicken in bag, seal, and shake to coat. Remove chicken, and repeat with remaining pieces.
Pour oil into a large, deep skillet to a depth of ¼ inch. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Fry chicken in two batches, about 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until browned. Remove chicken to a wire rack set inside a rimmed pan. Transfer to oven and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes.