A few months ago, I was in my test kitchen playing around with some ingredients to create an appetizer that would compliment a cognac. I love a good cooking challenge. Most test kitchen days begin with cravings, for usually I’ve lost many minutes of sleep thinking about what I want to eat. So with a small glass of cognac in hand for occasional sips and smells, I created these Fried Chicken Chips with caramelized onions and apples drizzled with blue cheese cream sauce.
This chicken chip appetizer was well received from my hubby-he’s a good (and always willing) guinea pig. Then from my neighbors…not intentionally. Let me explain. The best sunlight for pictures in late afternoon is on my front porch, so that’s where I set the table. We live in a quiet little neighborhood where there is usually someone out walking. Anytime one of my neighbors sees my table set-up sometimes along with me standing on a chair with my camera, the conversation always begins with, “whatcha got cooking today?”. I guess the name of this dish was too long, too detailed, or too strange not to be followed by questions and taste requests. I always oblige to taste requests, after all constructive criticism or delightful compliments are always helpful. Long story short, they were gone in a flash.
Considering Father’s Day is next weekend, I thought I would share the recipe with you. Knowing Dad is probably not going to give up his grill for the day, surprise him with these bites as he is holding court by the grill. Even better personalize these “chips” to dad’s liking for his big day.
If you want a quick shortcut, use 1/4 cup apple juice in the recipe but still make the apple core juice on the side, so you’ll have a head start on Apple Crumble Muffins
Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: Think of what you enjoy on or with fried chicken and think of these chicken chips the same way. Think of changing the topping to your favorite nacho or potato toppings, like bacon and cheddar cheese or sour cream and chives. Adjust the toppings to compliment the meal, for instance having an Italian dinner-try roasted tomatoes, mozzarella drizzled with balsamic glaze. For a brunch, top with poached eggs and sausage gravy. Want to keep it simple? Leave off the topping and serve with favorite dip or simply toss chips in hot wing sauce.
FOOD FUN: Hold your own test kitchen day. What are some of your favorite foods? How could they all come together in a new dish? You may be surprised and could even start the next big food trend!