Summer! Fried Chicken, Corn Salsa, and Berry Ice Cream Cake

Fried Chicken

Summer is undoubtedly my favorite season; I love the long evenings, leisurely pace of my household and get-togethers with friends. This could be because, having grown up in Finland, summer was what you waited for to plan outdoor activities. June 1st marked the day the covers came off the furniture at our summer house, the outdoor furniture was cleaned up and moved onto the large veranda, the windows were scrubbed and the entire place was awakened to 3 months of pure bliss.

When I first moved to California, I would still go home every summer to enjoy the best season in Scandinavia. Fresh produce, fish off the boats at the harbor and the abundance of great meals and conversations outside until early morning all made summers great. The Finns really know how to enjoy this time of year. After a long, dark winter nobody wants to be indoors for any reason. Once I got married and had children, those trips to Finland became less frequent (now once every 2 or 3 years), but the spirit of a Finnish summer is still alive and well in our household— no schedules, delicious food and great conversations.

The 4th of July reminds me of summer when I was growing up. I don’t know why, but maybe because it’s the one day all Americans take off to enjoy themselves like Finns do all summer. I look around and I see families on the beach, in the parks and getting together with family and friends for BBQs. I see elated children playing with friends and family members from far away without a care in the world. Aahhh…true bliss. And like any great holiday, food is a major part of its success and happiness. Our 4th of July always includes great American classics like BBQ chicken, potato salad and of course ice cream. This year in the Aroma Test Kitchen I wanted to see if our Smart Fry XL Deep Fryer could take center stage and produce some amazing fried chicken. Well, it did!

Also, the Super Pot™ helped create our spicy and sweet corn salsa and the Traditional Ice Cream Maker lived up to its potential by helping us create an amazing berry ice cream cake.

Marinate ChickenFRIED CHICKEN

Ingredients

1 package of fryer chicken, cut into pieces
2 cups of buttermilk
1/4 cup of paprika
1/4 cup of onion powder
1/4 cup of garlic powder
2 tbsp of salt
2 tbsp of pepper
2-4 cups of flour, for dredging
canola oil or similar, for frying

 Drench chicken pieces in flour and shake off excess.

Directions

Soak chicken pieces in buttermilk overnight. Drain and pat dry. Mix all spices together and rub deliberately over chicken. Drench chicken pieces in flour and shake off excess. Place back in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Heat oil in the SmartFry™ XL Deep Fryer to 325º F. Once the temperature is reached, place chicken pieces into the large fry basket and carefully lower into the hot oil. Cook for 10-20 minutes, making sure not to burn your chicken.

Corn SalsaCORN SALSA

Ingredients

4 fresh ears of corn
1/2 white onion, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Heat the Super Pot™ to a high temperature and roast corn until browned on all sides a bit. With a knife, carefully remove kernels and mix with rest of ingredients. Serve with your choice of chips.

Berry Ice Cream Cake

BERRY ICE CREAM CAKE

Ingredients

5 cups of half and half
10 oz of condensed milk
2 tsp of vanilla extract
2 cups of pureed strawberries
2 cups of heavy cream
1/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of blueberries
1 cup of strawberries, sliced

Directions

Place all ingredients in the ice cream maker and follow directions. Whip 2 cups of heavy whipping cream with 1/4 cup of sugar until thick and it holds its shape. When ice cream is ready pour into a spring form pan and place in the freezer. Remove cake pan and run a hot knife around the inside of the pan and invert cake onto a serving platter. Decorate with whipped cream and berries.

Over to You
What’s your version of a perfect summer meal? Share and inspire us!

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