Sara Spano Classics: Chicken Country Captain has long been a Columbus favorite

Oct 9, 2013 Full story: Ledger-Enquirer.com 6

Our longtime food editor before Mrs. Spano, she once closed a recipe with these words: "You now have food for the gods."

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“P.O.D.”

Since: Oct 13

Columbus, GA

#1 Oct 9, 2013
I have never had this dish nor have I seen it served ANYWHERE in Columbus. I have never heard any old people talk about it either, in fact up until this point I have never even HEARD of Country Captain.
riceboy1701e

San Antonio, TX

#2 Oct 10, 2013
The Messenjah wrote:
I have never had this dish nor have I seen it served ANYWHERE in Columbus. I have never heard any old people talk about it either, in fact up until this point I have never even HEARD of Country Captain.
I looked at the recipe. It's one of those old, OLD recipes that only people of a certain age will know and remember.

It looks good, but takes quite a bit of time to prepare.

But to be honest, I've never heard of it either. Good ol' Southern fried chicken for me.

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#4 Oct 10, 2013
riceboy1701e wrote:
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I looked at the recipe. It's one of those old, OLD recipes that only people of a certain age will know and remember.
It looks good, but takes quite a bit of time to prepare.
But to be honest, I've never heard of it either. Good ol' Southern fried chicken for me.
Top Hat Chicken... now that's a Columbus Original I miss almost every day when I ride though that way.

“P.O.D.”

Since: Oct 13

Columbus, GA

#5 Oct 10, 2013
riceboy1701e wrote:
<quoted text>
I looked at the recipe. It's one of those old, OLD recipes that only people of a certain age will know and remember.
It looks good, but takes quite a bit of time to prepare.
But to be honest, I've never heard of it either. Good ol' Southern fried chicken for me.
Yes it does.
I prefer boneless chicken breasts. I wonder who has the best chicken in Columbus?
Susan

Phenix City, AL

#6 Oct 18, 2013
The Messenjah wrote:
I have never had this dish nor have I seen it served ANYWHERE in Columbus. I have never heard any old people talk about it either, in fact up until this point I have never even HEARD of Country Captain.
I am a Columbus native and our family has been making Country Captain as a special dinner all my life. As a matter of fact, I purchased four copies of Through the Years since it has the original recipe for Country Captain for our daughters. I just wish I could find some of Salvatore Spano's recipes he served at Spano's.

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#7 Oct 19, 2013
Susan wrote:
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I am a Columbus native and our family has been making Country Captain as a special dinner all my life. As a matter of fact, I purchased four copies of Through the Years since it has the original recipe for Country Captain for our daughters. I just wish I could find some of Salvatore Spano's recipes he served at Spano's.
Well the Country Captain dinner sure has an interesting history in the Deep South... I found this on Wikipedia about it...

"Country captain originated in India as a simple spatchcock poultry or game recipe involving onions and curry and possibly enjoyed by British officers.[4][5] One theory is that an early 19th-century British sea captain, possibly from the East India Company,[6] working in the spice trade introduced it to the American South via the port of Savannah. The dish remains popular amongst the communities in Mumbai, India.[4] The "country" part of the dish's name dates from when the term referred to things of Indian origin instead of British, and so the term "country captain" would have meant a captain of Indian origin..."

And so it goes.

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