-Stan Lee, Amazing Fantasy Issue #15
These words are no less true today than they were when they were first published 50 years ago this month. And yet here I am with the power to cook virtually anything I want and I choose to make-
Actually hold on a second. Yesterday at a pool party celebrating the end of our grad school "camp" that started five weeks ago, I was talking to a classmate who said that despite having a girlfriend he couldn't help but notice that we have some really attractive women in our cohort. I couldn't agree more. I recently met and befriended one of the most beautiful woman I've ever met in my life. I am phenomenally attracted to her (including her mind and personality) and can't wait to get to know her better over the upcoming weeks and months. Nevertheless, I found myself on the facebook profile of a woman I once loved yesterday and saw pictures of her and her boyfriend together and find myself literally sick to my stomach. I guess the cliche that you never quite get over your first love applies for me as much as for anyone else. The silver lining as I've said before is that at least I know that I'm capable of loving someone. I'm happy for her.
Now back to the food: I came up with this idea during an alumni panel when I got tired of listening to people talk about how we need to think about what kind of jobs we're going to be applying for when we haven't even registered for classes yet. Sometimes I just want to cook, you know. Maybe that's what I'll do with my new degree. Anyway, I needed something decadent and excessive. I wanted to make Ranch Dressing (even though I'm not a huge fan of it), and I wanted it in the style of the Waffle Taco that I envisioned months ago. So without further ado, I give you the Death Star!*
Pancake Topped with Fried Food and Ranch Dressing
For the Fried Food:
5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (there are leftovers!)
4 oz. Mozzarella Cheese cut into thin slices
Whites of 3 Eggs
~2 oz. Buttermilk
Cut the Chicken into thin slices, dip them and the cheese (separately) in an Egg White and Buttermilk mixture and coat with Flour. Deep fry the Chicken for 4-5 minutes and the Cheese for 1-2 minutes.
For the Pancake:
I used the recipe found here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/good-old-fashioned-pancakes/. I wouldn't be too worried about the recipe. Any Pancake will do, but this recipe works well.
For the Ranch Dressing:
1/2 c. Homemade Mayonnaise (see my June 2012 recipe)
1/2 c. Sour Cream
1/2 - 2/2 c. Buttermilk
1 tsp. Dried Chives
1 1/2 tsp. Dried Dill
1/2 tsp. Dried Parsley
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Just mix everything together. I used my Food Processor, which broke my heart by breaking during the process of cutting the cheese. The shatter-resistant bowl's locking mechanism broke, but they're sending me a replacement for free, so I guess it's not too big of a deal... Anyway, the original recipe that I found at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/ranch-dressing-ii/ called for 1 c. of Mayo and I obviously cut that back- in part because of comments on the original recipe, but also because I like my Ranch to be a little more watery. I upped some of the Spices and used considerably more Salt and Pepper after my friend who loves Ranch critiqued mine. Overall I think this is a very successful recipe.
*A close friend of mine came of with the name. I think it certainly lives up to the name, but I'll stick with "Pancake Topped with Fried Food and Ranch Dressing" for ease reference. I also like the name "Ranchtop Mountain of the Rising Sun" that I came up with.