Happy 40th Popeye’s
Yes; I like fried chicken! Big surprise! And while my taste buds have matured to knowing the difference between run-of-the-mill chicken to technically perfect chicken, I still “Love That Chicken From Popeyes.” And because I crave carbs like I crave breath, I love those biscuits.
Today, the poultry legend turns 40. I would be lying if I didn’t say they were a part of my dietary intake during my adolescence. So, I must take a moment and pay homage to the best fast-food chicken there is.
Did you know?
Popeye’s original name was “Chicken on the Run?”
Did you know?
Popeye’s is not names after the spinach loving cartoon? Rather the Gene Hackman character in the movie The French Connection?
My love for those biscuits climaxed some years ago when I was determined to create my own knock-off version. Here is my take on the classic…
OLIVE OIL’S MAN’S BISCUITS
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup butter (1 stick), cold
½ cup buttermilk
¼ cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted (for brushing on top)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
- Slice the cold butter into cubes and use a pastry knife or potato masher to cut the butter into the dry mixture until no large chunks of butter remain.
- Add the buttermilk and milk and stir with a spoon until a dough forms. Roll out to ½-inch thick on a floured surface.
- Cut out biscuits into squares with a knife or biscuit cutter and arrange on a lightly-greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 22 to 24 minutes or until the tops begin to turn light brown. Remove the biscuits from the oven and cool for a couple of minutes, then brush each biscuit top with melted butter.
Enjoy the magic!