Sunday, 20 November 2011

Porn - Man vs Food and Chilli Dogs

 Man vs Food is food porn of the dirtiest kind.

This show is presented a by Adam Richman a ‘food fanatic’ who travels America visiting all the best independent fast food and home cooking restaurants, diners and stalls sampling their signature dishes and taking on eating challenges such as enormous over-sized burgers and sides, gallons of milkshake and insanely spicy hot wings infused with habanero extract and ghost chillis. 

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Vast racks of ribs, steaks the bigger than my head, donuts even bigger, roast beef subs with melted cheese dipped into meat juices necessitating it to be served in a bowl.  Chicken fried steak.  Wow.That’s a tenderised beef steak, battered and deep fried before serving with gravy and biscuits (béchamel sauce and savoury scones in English).   Only in America.  When they do it wrong, they do it so right.   Where else would an British expat take fish’n’chips, add a battered frankfurter, pile on fried onions, American cheese and wack the whole lot in a sandwich.   

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Aside from unadulterated excess, Man vs Food has removed any snobbery I might have had regarding American food.  The diner food showcases unpretentious cooking that takes elements from Americas melting pot of immigrants, smooshes it up and give it the all-American twist.

Rather than being ‘fast’ food a large proportion of the really good stuff was slow cooked  - piddling on my three hour roasts and taking it to the 24 hour mark.  A literal half a cow or pig slowly smoked roasted in huge home-made or custom-made smoke ovens.  Fiercely guarded spice rubs and basting sauces.  Carnivore paradise.  

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Much as I can’t wait to give the slow-cooker a dust off, what we do is a ‘Do Like Man vs Food’.  Invariably that means adding more cheese and frying in shit loads of butter.  This is Alex’s recipe, I just encouraged the butter.

Chilli Dogs – serves 1

1 large frankfurter (we use Hertz brand)
Large handful of red Leicester cheese
Sprinkle of roughly chopped spring onions
Half a medium chilli finely sliced (if you don’t like heat leave this out)
Can of chilli (we use Stagg and you won’t need it all)
Large hotdog bun
Large nob of butter
Slug of vegetable/olive oil

1) Heat the stagg chilli till simmering on the hob in a small saucepan or in a microwave.

2) Heat the oil and and butter till foaming in a frying pan. Split the frankfurter and fry on a high heat for about 4 minutes, or until cooked through and crisped on the edges.

3) Slice the bun in half, but don’t cut all the way through. Assemble your hotdog as you wish, we usually put a tablespoon first, add the sausage, add another tablespoon, the cheese, chilli and spring onions. 

4) Get it everywhere. 



2 comments:

  1. Awesome. I'm inviting you over for Spag Bol Pizza and onion rings!! xxx

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  2. the audacity to put macaroni cheese in a baguette - gotta give that one a whirl... same night yeh? x

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