Friday, March 27, 2015

Beer Battered Blackend Chicken "Not" Dog

   Welcome to the first recipe post on the Poor Man's Gourmet. To start things off, I have something special for you. I'm taking two of my favorite concepts and combining them. What is better in life than hotdogs and fried chicken. Beer battered blackened chicken tender cutlets in a hotdog bun, with a bacon aioli, shredded leaf lettuce, topped with shredded Italian cheese.

  Lets start with our ingredients
  Beer Batter:
- 2 1/2 12oz bottle of Fat Tire Amber Ale beer
- 3 cups of all purpose flour (unbleached)
- 2 TBLS salt
- 3 TBLS paprika
- 1 TBLS dill weed
- 3 TBLS garlic
- 2 TBLS cayenne
- 4 TBLS blackening seasoning
- 3 LBS shortening
  Bacon Aioli:
- 1 cup mayo
- pieces of cooked copped bacon
- 2 TBLS chopped garlic
  Everything else:
- 1 LBS boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, cut in half long way
- 1/8 stick of butter
-  potato bread hotdog buns
 Place flour, and seasonings in a large bowl and mix well. Heat shortening to 300 degrees, just before the shortening comes to temperature, slowly whisk in the beer until consistent. Blacken the chicken cutlets and toss in plain flour; then dip chicken in beer batter. Be sure to allow excess batter to drip off - yet make sure the cutlet is fully covered.
   Fry chicken for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown. As the chicken is cooking, place butter in a sauté pan and melt on medium heat. When butter is melted roll buns in butter and sprinkle granulated garlic - covering consistently.
 Pull chicken out of fryer, and place on a plate lined with paper towels to the drain excess oil off.
Mix 1 cup of mayo, chopped bacon, and minced garlic.
 Line the bun with aioli, add shredded lettuce, then add one chicken Tender cut in half on the bias.
Fire up the broiler and add the shredded Italian cheese and cook until cheese is melted.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

What Is A Poor Man's Gourmet?

   Many people assume that gourmet is something that has to be expensive and pretentious. That such dishes must be small plates made with ingredients no one has ever heard of. What if it could be proved other wise. The goal of this blog is to show the true meaning and value of "Southern Fusion" in the culinary world, as well as its ease and relevance to the everyday table. "Southern Fusion" incorporates international styles of cooking with a southern flair and method. Despite what people may think, that doesn't mean that everything is fried. Some of the things that will be featured will require video to show consistency, and texture.