Dr. King while rightfully recognized for his humanity and fight for equal rights for all people of color.
There are a few things you may not know about the iconic civil rights leader; He skipped two grades, the 9th and 12th and entered Morehouse College at the age of 15.
In 1964, at the age of 35, he was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
And two of his favorite foods were Fried Chicken and Pecan Pie.
Here are our versions of his favorites.
Andre’s COUNTRY FRIED CHICKEN
2 1/2 to 3 pound frying chicken, cut into pieces
1 ½ cups buttermilk
11/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
¼ tsp cayenne
¼ tsp poultry seasoning
Vegetable oil or shortening , enough to cover about 2 inch. depth in frying pan
Wash chicken pieces and arrange in shallow bowl (s). Cover with buttermilk and refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours.
In a large, heavy skillet heat shortening or oil to 370 degrees.
Meanwhile in a large plastic bag, mix flour and spices . Place chicken in bag, one piece at a time. Shake well until thoroughly coated. Remove from bag, shaking off excess and place in the hot oil. Do not crowd the pan. Cook each side about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Repeat as necessary. Test doneness by piercing thickest part of the chicken with a fork. When done, juices should run clear.
9-inch pastry shell
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup dark corn syrup
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. butter
1 ½ cups pecan halves
Preheat oven to 400°
Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry. Place remaining ingredients in blender in order indicated.
Run blender until nuts are coarsely chopped, about 10 seconds. Pour blended mixture into unbaked pie shell. Bake in preheated oven, at 400°, until the crust is browned and the filling puffs up, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
You can serve warm with a scoop vanilla ice cream or at room temperature with a dollop whipped cream.