I dedicate this post to Lisa Madden.
Darlings! I think it was Buzzy who said in a previous comment that because I have my new kitchen “we expect great things from you now.” Ruh-roh. No excuses, it’s time to pull out all the stops!
BUT WAIT!!!! We interrupt this post to bring you a SECOND SMACKDOWN ENTRY: Butternut Squash
Darlings, La Diva LOVES me some punkin’ pannacakes and I’ve been making a tried and true recipe for years. I usually make them for dinner and serve with smokey chicken apple sausages and Brussels sprouts. So, for this challenge, I thought to myself, “Why not waffles instead? And then I can serve it with some fried chickenz a la Roscoe’s Style!”
But alas…it was not meant to be. Instead of using my pancake recipe, I tried another from HERE and lo and behold, the waffles was stickin’ to da grill. Now, I’ll have you know that La Diva was making these for Sunday brunch. And to tell the truth, La Diva doesn’t have a whole lot of patience before she eats her first meal of the day. So, I added a bit more milk and oil to the batter, oiled the iron and tried for a second time…no joy. I had two waffles, one on the bottom plate and one on the top. Grrrrr…..
I got out my pancake griddle and succumbed to making pancakes instead.
Meanwhile, the night before I had taken two organic chicken breasts and marinated them in with a canned chipotle with sauce, yogurt and salt. While the pancakes were on, I took the breasts, shook off the excess marinade and breaded them in flour, egg and panko crumbs and fried the breasts til hot and golden.
RESULT: Hmmm…..a bit monochromatic for plating purposes, a sassy little garnish of something green would have gone a long way but taste-wise, the dish was DEELISH. I am NOT kidding, if you likes the sweet, savory crunchy mix of juicy, fried chicken and waffles with maple syrup, you will LOVE this flavor combo! The spiciness of the allspice, ginger and cinnamon went great with the slightly smoky spice of the chipotle, it was truly a match made in heaven. In the future, I WILL be working on perfecting a pumpkin waffle recipe…..
And now, for my next entry…..something a bit more sophisticated.
Thai Coconut Butternut Squash Coulis
Thai Basil Oil
Crispy Fried Eschallots