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Powerman
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Corpus Christi TX
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Is there a dish you just can't get right?
A few years ago I tried at least a dozen times to make pommes Maxime from the French laundry cook book. It was just one component of another dish and could never get anywhere close to replicating it.

And that looked like one of the easier things to make from the book


TigernMS12
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Oxford, MS
Member since Jan 2013
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re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
Fried chicken. It's not horrific or anything, but it's not where near what you can get at Popeye's, let alone something like Gus's. I gave up. Why flour my whole damn kitchen to cook something that I can pay 10 bucks or less for.

Normally my chicken tastes pretty good, but I can never get that cohesive crust to skin. My crust normally wants to form more of a shell.

I used to always slightly burn the breading, but figured out that was because I was using to big of a chicken and it took to long to cook.
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Powerman
LSU Fan
Corpus Christi TX
Member since Jan 2004
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re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
I had pretty good luck with fried chicken once but you're right that it's a huge hassle and mess.


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HECM62
New Orleans Saints Fan
NOLA
Member since May 2016
285 posts

re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
They are not terrible, but my meatballs leave a lot to be desired. I've tried different meat combos, baking, frying and they just are not as good as I can get at Mandina's(whose are honestly not the best, but close to home).


Caplewood
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Atlanta
Member since Jun 2010
35590 posts

re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
Gotta let the chicken sit with the flour on it. Hydrates the flour and it becomes one with the chicken. Will change your outlook on home fried chicken


Powerman
LSU Fan
Corpus Christi TX
Member since Jan 2004
142108 posts

re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
What temp do you fry the chicken? After a couple iterations I've found 325 is much better than 350. I made pickle brined fried chicken once and it came out great.


fightin tigers
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Member since Mar 2008
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re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
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but my meatballs leave a lot to be desired


Check out Alton Brown's recipe and method for them. I started there and have sort of modified to make it easier to do quickly and from memory.


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MEANGREEN65
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Member since Oct 2014
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re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
Not necessarily a “dish” but pecan pie. I’ve tried everything and can’t get it to set properly. I love pecan pie but can’t make one to save my life.


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hungryone
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river parishes
Member since Sep 2010
10460 posts

re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
Old school southern caramel frosting for layer cakes. It is cooked on the stovetop,and it always hardens before I can spread it on the cake.


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ragincajun03
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Member since Nov 2007
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re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
Thai fried rice. I can’t get it like those places I love.


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dirtsandwich
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re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
This sounds stupid but I’ve never made ceviche that I was happy with. And it ain’t that hard.


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NOLATiger71
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Dec 2017
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re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
Right now it’s trying to make a roast beef for a roast beef poboy. So far my two tries has not produced the flavor profile I am looking for.


BigDropper
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Member since Jul 2009
4224 posts

re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
Tandoori Chicken

I've only attempted it a couple of times but, I can't seem to get the spice ratios to the right levels. Whether it's too much cardamom or not enough ginger, I don't have enough experience with this combination of flavors to adjust their taste appropriately. It never turns out the way I want it.

Pad Thai

Never tastes like what I get at the local Thai restaurant. Again it is probably due to inexperience with the ingredients and the dish as a whole.


Caplewood
Penn Fan
Atlanta
Member since Jun 2010
35590 posts

re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
Yep 325 in a cast iron


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Epic Cajun
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Lafayette, LA
Member since Feb 2013
20375 posts

re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
“Eggs and Rice”, is what my mom calls it. It’s fried rice with bacon as the meat. I can never get the egg to rice proportion correct.


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cable
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re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
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Tandoori Chicken


Do you have a Tandoor oven? That's kind of an important part of the dish.
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fallguy_1978
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Half mile from St George
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re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
Queso. We just go get it to go at a Mexican restaurant now after numerous failed attempts.


gumbo2176
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re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
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They are not terrible, but my meatballs leave a lot to be desired. I


What do you season them with? I make a pretty good meatball and use finely diced onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, green onion, parsley, parmesan cheese, egg, some Italian Bread Crumbs, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper. For dry seasonings I'll toss in some sweet basil and oregano in the meat too.

Then after they are rolled to the size I like, I bake them till browned in my oven before putting them in the red gravy to finish cooking.


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mouton
Washington Fan
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Member since Aug 2006
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re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
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09 pm to TigernMS12 Gotta let the chicken sit with the flour on it. Hydrates the flour and it becomes one with the chicken.


Excellent advice.


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Powerman
LSU Fan
Corpus Christi TX
Member since Jan 2004
142108 posts

re: Is there a dish you just can't get right?
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Right now it’s trying to make a roast beef for a roast beef poboy. So far my two tries has not produced the flavor profile I am looking for.


Man do I ever suck at this also


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