When we talk about “comfort food,” we’re usually using the convenient catchall term to describe food that evokes a particular emotion.
Usually, it’s something with simple, traditional flavors that brings us back to our childhoods, like these mac-and-cheese muffin bites.
Still, there are definitely differences in how we all perceive comfort food; one person’s favorite childhood meal might be another’s exotic cuisine.
But I would argue that there’s one universal ingredient that people across the world eat when they’re feeling down and need a bit of a pick-me-up: potatoes.
Dunked in coconut curry or fried into pierogi, potatoes are delicious no matter how you slice ’em.
Our favorite at the moment? An old-fashioned Southern classic, inspired by one of the most beloved menu items at KFC.
Print out the the scrumptious recipe below!
- 4 tsps. kosher salt
1⁄2tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
3⁄4tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 tsps. onion powder
- 3 large Russet potatoes, cut into wedges
1⁄4cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk
1⁄2tsp. baking soda
1⁄2cups all-purpose flour 1⁄2cup cornstarch
- Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, oregano, and onion powder in a small bowl. Mix well.
- Slice potatoes into wedges, drizzle with vegetable oil, and top with about 4 tsps. of the spice mixture.
- Cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap, and microwave 7 to 9 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk baking soda into buttermilk.
- In a second mixing bowl, combine flour and cornstarch. Mix well.
- Dredge each potato wedge in flour mix, then dip into buttermilk mix.
- Deep fry wedges in oil until golden-brown and crispy.
- Sprinkle with remaining spice mixture.
- Serve hot with ketchup to dip. Enjoy!
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