What's better than chicken and waffles? Chicken and waffles with your fab friends after an exam block!
Sorry this post is a few days later than I expected to have it up. I've got no real excuse other than I just gave House of Cards a second chance (couldn't get past season 1 last time I tried) and holy moly the most time-sucking-but-I-have-to-keep-going kind of show I've ever watched. Even more than Friday Night Lights, which is a big deal.
Long story short, Andrew posted this awesome looking Korean style chicken and waffles from the blog Broad Appetite on my Facebook, and many med school friends were intrigued by the idea as well. I got a little excited and then started thinking, well what if we did other ethnic types of chicken and waffles too!?! Sooooo me and Andrew brainstormed and came up with 4 total versions of chicken and waffles that we could offer to our friends. And then we made cute little e-vites with the descriptions! Behold, the menu:
- The Classic: fried chicken and waffles with maple syrup
- The Kimchi-ken: gochujang sauce glazed fried chicken and scallion waffles with kimchi
- The Bangkokadoodle: mae ploy (sweet chili sauce) glazed fried chicken and peanut coconut waffles with sliced mangoes
- The Chikka Waffala: tikka masala glazed fried chicken and garam masala curry waffles
We had everyone pick a version, and on Friday with the help of a few superstar people (Aava, Amal, Kevin, Ben, Dan - thank you!!!), we whipped up chicken and waffles for 40+ friends! It was a lot of waffle batter, a lot of frying, and a helluva lot of fun.
And it wouldn't have been a party without fun desserts! I whipped up Kody's birthday cake, bought a dozen doughnuts from Meijer, and MADE THIS BACON FRENCH VANILLA CAKE WITH BROWN SUGAR FROSTING. We're talking about the perfect salty sweet balance here. I didn't skimp on the bacon - it took me quite a lot of bacon and vanilla to get the recipe right, and the final recipe uses a whole package of bacon. But trust me, this is how you want it. The vanilla cake is very vanilla-y but not necessarily overly sweet, which allows for the frosting to be the sugary component of the cake. I made a four layer 6 inch cake and then had plenty of leftover batter, so I made cupcakes too! And then decorated them with cute little flags because it's a party and no party is a real party without party decorations. The recipe is below! Go bake it, regardless if your future involves chicken and waffles or not.
The aftermath. A huge effin' mess, but 100% worth it.