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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   04/24/2018

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What is Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet? What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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    SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN (GLUTEN-FREE)


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    Soaking chicken in salt water, or brining and frying it in lard, are the keys to great fried chicken. However, you may choose to substitute 2 cups vegetable oil for the lard.


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    Ingredients:
    ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon salt, divided
    6 cups water
    3 pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces, or 3 pounds of thighs or drumsticks 1 quart gluten-free buttermilk
    1 pound lard or 2 cups vegetable oil
    ½ cup unsalted butter
    1-2 cups gluten-free flour blend* (can include some soy flour for crunchy, texture and golden color)
    2 Tablespoon cornstarch
    ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
    Bacon or ham chunks

    Directions:
    Combine ¼ cup salt and water in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag and marinate in refrigerator for 8 hours. Drain. Combine chicken and buttermilk in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate 8-12 hours. Drain on a wire rack. Combine lard or oil, plus butter in a heavy skillet. Begin by sautéing the pork in the oil. This adds tremendous flavor to the chicken.

    Combine flour, cornstarch, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper on a piece of wax paper. Dredge chicken in flour mixture; tap well to remove excess. Working in batches, place chicken, skin side down, into heated oil. Do not crowd. Cook until chicken is golden brown and cooked, 10-12 minutes per side.

    Pierce with a fork; if juices run clear, chicken is done. Remove and drain thoroughly on a wire rack.

    Makes: 6 servings.

     


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