December 1, 2021


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Profile 2021: The secret behind Walnut Hills’ planet-class fried chicken recipe – The Vicksburg Article

Recipes for fried rooster inundate the internet.

From crispy fried chicken to Common Southern fried rooster to buttermilk fried chicken, the choices of finding a recipe to tempt your taste buds are endless.

And then there are the fried hen recipes that have been passed down for generations. It is doubtful one would find a human being in the South who does not assert their grandmother’s fried hen is the greatest.

Well, that may possibly be so, but if granny isn’t at your residence with her black iron skillet, the subsequent finest matter is the fried rooster served at Walnut Hills.

Positioned on Adams Road in a single of Vicksburg’s older properties, Walnut Hills has been serving fried hen due to the fact Kim Ferris opened the cafe in 1980, present-day Walnut Hills operator Joyce Clingan reported.

Clingan said when Ferris commenced serving fried chicken she only presented it on picked days, but now it is an entrée staple.

Touted on the menu as “world-famous award-successful Southern plantation fried chicken,” Walnut Hills’ fried rooster has garnered a range of awards which include the Greatest Fried Chicken in the point out by Mississippi Journal and Delta Journal.

Patrons, having said that, do not have to rely on accolades from many others to know in which to obtain the finest fried rooster. All they have to do is observe their nose, which will guide them to the round desk restaurant.

So what is it about the fried rooster at Walnut Hills that has caught the attention of those handing out awards? Herdcine Williams, and the recipe she introduced with her soon after performing at the Old Southern Tea Area, an iconic restaurant that opened in 1941.

Williams has been at Walnut Hills for extra than 30 several years. Whilst she has a committed staff, Clingan explained, Williams is the spine of the restaurant’s kitchen.

Clingan even recalled a tale about an out-of-towner that was so amazed with Williams’ cooking that he produced her a job supply.

“I remember the gentleman from California arrived to Vicksburg and ate with us, and when he received back to California, he called Herdcine and needed her to move there and open up a fried chicken position,” Clingan stated.

Lucky for Vicksburg, Williams was not interested in trekking across the state away from her hometown.

Due to the fact of its popularity and level of popularity, and for the reason that it just preferences so darn good, Clingan claimed, Walnut Hills uses “lots of chickens.”

But that was just about all she stated about the restaurant’s key recipe, other than they under no circumstances applied frozen hen and that a “good oil,” not peanut oil, was used.

When these strategies could get some culinary brains operating, don’t get too thrilled. Clingan explained the important part of the recipe is the batter.

“I believe it is the most essential,” she said.

Like many who grew up in these sections, Clingan stated, as a boy or girl she grew up ingesting fried rooster her mom cooked just about every Sunday.

“And my mom created the very best,” she explained.

Reminiscences of accumulating all over a table with household and just ready for the blessing to be said so the crunchy chicken leg eyed can be snatched off the serving platter onto your plate is just one of the motives Clingan thinks people like taking in fried hen at Walnut Hills.

“When somebody does get fried rooster and it is in this previous property, it is variety of like their grandmother’s, and it gives everybody a heat fuzzy feeling,” she mentioned.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the relatives moved to Vicksburg. She is a portion-time reporter at The Vicksburg Publish and is the editor of the Vicksburg Dwelling Magazine, which has been awarded 1st Area by the Mississippi Press Affiliation. She has also been the receiver of a First Place award in the MPA’s Much better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Aspect Tale.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central Significant Faculty and Mississippi State College exactly where she gained a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in community relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Put up a little far more than 10 yrs ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her existence, she appreciated currently being a whole-time stay at household mother.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Avenue United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a previous member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and State Backyard garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From keeping knowledgeable with regional governmental troubles to listening to the stories of its individuals, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be portion of a focused crew at The Publish during my tenure and hope that with theirs and with neighborhood support, I will be ready to proceed to grow and hone in on my capabilities as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my career, my solution is often ‘the men and women.’

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