Quantcast
Community Discussion: Blog by NateT | Grub for Gamers - Vulgrim's Chicken Shack, Two for OneDestructoid
Grub for Gamers - Vulgrim's Chicken Shack, Two for One - Destructoid

DestructoidJapanatorTomopopFlixist





click to hide banner header
About
I am just a guy with job that is looking for something better, with a wife and kids who I love.

I am also a total Bioshock fanboy, I love the game, but I love the philosophical critiques even more. In short, it is a thinking person's game if you want it to be.
Player Profile
Follow me:
NateT's sites
Badges
Following (5)  




I picked up Darksiders recently and really wanted to present a dish today that would ring with that kind of hellish, blood soaked, demon infested type of postapocalyptica. The following is something tasty, that visually captures that kind of vibe: Cranberry Glazed Chicken.

Recipie

This is a modded version of a recipie I picked up in a cookbook.

Cranberry Glazed Chicken



- About 2 to 2 ˝ lbs of chicken. I like to use thighs but any chicken will do.
- 16 oz can of Cranberry sauce
- 1 bottle of French Salad Dressing
- 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce. You can also use a packet of onion soup for this.

Procedure

Preheat the oven to 350

Arrange the pieces of chicken in rectangular baking dishes. You will probably need two.

Take everything but the chicken, pour them in a bowl together and mix it together thoroughly.

Pour the resulting mix into the baking dishes with the chicken in them.

Bake the chicken for one hour.

To make it tastier, you can spoon the glaze back over the chicken once or twice during the cooking process.



This is a great tasting dish, but one can not always find cranberry sauce for it year round. I solved his problem using the flavor improvisation principles described at the end of this blog, if you are interested.

Cranberry Sauce is sweet and sour. In finding a replacement for it I wanted to not only preserve that general flavor, but I wanted to replace it with something fruity.

Plum Sauce, used in Chinese cooking, seemed an almost perfect substitute. It is sweet and sour, with a little spice, and preserves the fruit theme of the dish. I picked mine up at the local Oriental grocer, but you can find it at Walmart or other supermarkets sometimes.



Quick Food History Fact: Before they had easy access to spices and chilies, people often would use fruit, like chutney for example, and vegetable, pickles of various sorts, based condiments to flavor food. This has been better preserved in East Asian, especially Japanese, cooking.

Given, that plum sauce will probably not go well with French or Russian dressing, what should we substitute? Looking at the flavor improv section below, those dressings basically contain fats (oil), some tart flavorings (usually vinegar, tomatoes), and some savory flavorings.

The old “Oriental” sesame dressing you can find at stores seemed a good replacement. It contains fats (usually peanut and sesame oil), tart flavorings (rice vinegar) savory flavorings (Soy Sauce).

The New Recipe

- About two lbs of chicken
- 16 oz bottle of Plum Sauce
- Bottle of Oriental Sesame Salad Dressing
- Two Tablespoons of Soy Sauce.

The procedure is the same as above.



Featured Skill: Flavor Improvisation 101

While a full treatment of improvisation in cooking is beyond the scope of this blog entry (for a good cook/book that talks about it try “The Improvisational Cook” by Sally Schneider), once one knows the basic types of ingredients that go into making a dish it is easier to find suitable substitutes. The basic types, with explanations when needed, are:

Fats: Oils, Butters, and Animal Fats.
Aromatics: Base flavorings that often (but not always) have a strong “aromatic” or smelling component. Examples include garlic, onions, scallions, ginger, and chilies
Acid/Tart Flavorings: Basically sour stuff, like vinegar, wine, yogurt, lemon juice, etc.
Salty/Savory Flavorings: Mostly things that round out a dish, cheese, avocado, anchovies, soy sauce, SE Asian fish sauce. etc.
Sweet Flavorings
Textural Elements: Things that add a physical feel to a dish, like nuts (think Cashew Chicken for an example), coconut, toasted sesame seeds, etc.
Dried Herbs
Fresh Herbs

These are general categories and not strict dividing lines between ingredients.

Once one decodes how the flavoring of a dish works, it is easy to substitute other flavors into a dish to make it new.

The other half of flavor improv is knowing what flavors go together. That is a larger topic that I can hopefully cover some other time.



Is this blog awesome? Vote it up!




Those who have come:



Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.


Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more