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."
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!