Monday, March 26, 2012

5 Star Makeover March: Junk Food Mac & Cheese



This month our 5 Star Foodie Makeover Crew reconvenes to attempt to disprove one of my deepest held kitchen axioms, "You cannot make chicken salad out of chicken shit."

Our challenge was to make a 5 star dish out of Junk Food.  Not recreating junk food, but making junk food the...umm...star of a dish.


So how did that go over in the house?  It went a little something like this...

The Lawyer: "You are making what now?  What is your junk food?"

Kitchen Hack: "Well, I am gonna use three actually."

The Lawyer:  "You did not answer the question."

Kitchen Hack:  "I am gonna make a mac & cheese out of Velveeta, Beef Jerky & Funyons."


The Lawyer: "OMG, that sounds disgusting!"

Kitchen Hack: "It could be good, maybe?!"

The Lawyer: "I am not eating that crap.  It's gonna be really salty."

True these ingredients on their own are quite salty ridden.  Imagine together?!  Look I would not use Velveeta, like ever, ever.  Even here I augmented it with grated Fontina & cream cheese.  In the end, I did not salt the mac and cheese, the salt level comes entirely from the cheeses, ground beef jerky and Funyons topping.

I ate a lot of Funyons growing up, so adding them here was a no-brainer for me.  Actually was a perfectly crisp topping.

Funyons are onion "flavored" ring chips.

I found one last way to incorporate the Velveeta by breading and frying it, to make a crispy fried cheese treat.

Junk Food Mac & Cheese 


The Lawyer:  "You know it's not as horrendous as I thought it was gonna be!"

Kitchen Hack: "Umm, thanks.  I guess!"

The Lawyer:  "It's true, in the kitchen, anything in your hands tastes good."

Agreed.

Please check back on Friday for our complete 5 Star Makeover Cooking Group Junk Food Makeover.

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!

24 comments:

  1. That's pretty clever. I would have never ever thought of velveeta cheese and I don't even know what funyons are. Did it really taste good? Wait, I trust you.

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  2. What fun! This sounds like something I would like to try doing with locally available products! :) I need to google Funyons because I have no idea what that is... You've done a great job with this one :)

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  3. Lol, that dialogue with your other half made me smile! So did your lovely 5-star dish. I never would've guessed there's Velveeta in there. Beef jerky I have been known to snack on and as for Funyon, never had it but I'm guessing I would probably succumb to it as well :). Got to start cooking my junk-over dish now!

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  4. Over. The. Top.
    You're my hero, hack!
    LL

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  5. LMAO! Your wife cracks me up! It looks amazing Laz great work!!

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  6. Hilarious post! I love the running narrative. And the final presentation belies the ingredients! Who would have thunk?

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  7. This is like the Top Chef vending machine challenge (or was it food from a 7:11?) Well done, have to say, I agree with the lawyer on this one! haha! But hey, give you kudos for your creativity, always. And OF COURSE IT TASTES GOOD, they put all those nice fake flavors and chemicals in it to do just that! The Funyons were a nice touch. (they are actually made of corn, right?)

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  8. Love the dialogue, so funny :) Awesome job incorporating three junk foods, this mac & cheese sounds terrific and looks 5 Star!

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  9. This is great!! You used two of the junk foods I used to eat when I was younger - funyuns & beef jerky. What a creative and delicious way to incorporate everything!! Awesome! I can't wait to post mine tomorrow! :)

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  10. That was quite a entertaining conversation you had with the lawyer haha. I agreed with her, tho, anything in your hands taste good. Off to write mine.

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  11. I always thought it would be fun to use my favorite junk food, cheese balls, in a dish but I've never quite had the balls (pun intended) to do it, haha. This is a pretty awesome mac and cheese rendition, especially considering all the junk that's in there :)

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  12. You are pretty much a rockstar for using three junk foods in one dish. I grew up loving Funyuns too...I especially loved them with cherry koolaide for some reason, lol. Using them for a topping like this is definitely brilliant. I love your wife's response, lol!

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  13. Your wife sounds like my husband...You always come out on top with hese challenges...

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  14. What a challenge Lazaro!!! To be honest I don't know any of those products, but I guess that in NZ we would have some equivalents, if you say that they have lots of salt and id they are heavily processed and packaged we sure have here, it is just that I don't buy them so I don't know. What my junk food would be??? Maybe nutella... the only one I can think of, but it is too easy to stick it in a dessert :-).

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  15. I love that conversation with you two! Funyons? I don't know any of them but boy, the end result looks fabulous as ever!

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  16. Junk food goes gourmet. Love it!

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  17. Yay funyons!! I love mac and cheese, thanks for bringing it to a whole other level like you always do Laz. Great job, love it!! Can you air mail me some from Miami to Jersey pretty please? =]

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  18. That just blew me away. These junk foods would not have occurred to me, and I thought ONE was difficult. What a brilliant makeover, Laz! Nicely done. I really wish I got to try a bite of that...

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  19. This was a fun challenge for our group; we get to see what everyone indulges in!
    Wow---3 junk food items, I'm impressed you pulled them all together in what sounds like an amazing dish.

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  20. I remember Funyons :) This is some makeover, only you could combine these three ingredients and come up with a great dish...Brilliant!

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  21. Not horrendous is a ringing endorsement when you used Velveeta, Funyons and beef jerky. In fact, those Velveeta balls look darn tempting. Great job with the challenge!

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  22. Fantastic, though I'm with the lawyer! All that salt! Y, oh my goodness. Velveeta? Who knew they still make that crap. At least you made it pop and made it look very, very inviting.

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  23. I live with a man who eschews my homemade mac and cheese for Kraft from the package. No way is there any mac and cheese but that which comes from the BLUE BOX. Go figure. I've tried gorgonzola, triple creme St Andre... you name it I've tried to lure him but no go. He would LOVE your mac and cheese I bet. It's a childhood thing I guess. Great job with junk... you could make something tasty with just about anything... and it would look gorgeous too!!!

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  24. your wife sounds like my family - !! am amazed at what u created and love the crunchy topping !! inspiring to make me think what i cld whip up with my fav junk food !! Brings to my mind - chopped on food network :)))))

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