Showing posts with label blue cheese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blue cheese. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Swifty's Deep Fried Buffalo Burger

The craving for a meaty and greasy burger was intensified by this past week's so called Blizzard of 2015. Delmar isn't exactly a culinary mecca but the existence of a deep fried burger sounded especially comforting after the flurry of snowflakes. T
he buffalo burger at Swifty's Restaurant & Pub has long been on our #518eats bucket list. One Instagram from FUSSYlittleBLOG and convincing tweet from PirateJeni later, J and I were both headed toward what could be a poor life decision. 

There's no sharing in our household when both us are craving a burger. The buffalo burger sounded innocent enough until you read this on the menu: "Do not be intimidated by this one-of-a-kind burger! Hand breaded, deep fried crisp and golden, finished in buffalo sauce." Not one to shy away from a challenge, we both dove in with orders of our own, one rare and one medium rare, with medium hot sauce.

The result? An unbelievably gratifying indulgence. The moment you bite into the shatteringly crunchy batter is so satisfying as the juiciness of the fresh sirloin burger mixes in with the tangy hot sauce. Slather on a good helping of the creamy blue cheese sauce for an added moment of euphoria. You would think deep-fried anything would be heavy and greasy but the expertly executed fry job sealed in the rareness of the burger in such a magical way that it didn't weigh down the flavors of the beef or compromise the wellness of the meat. Both of our burgers had the desired amount of rareness. It's an odd concoction but it works so well. How can something so bad for your body taste so good? Oh yeah, it's deep fried and that crispy batter just sets it apart from all other burgers. Our only complaint was the buffalo sauce wasn't spicy enough; we probably would turn it up a notch next time. Now that we just got over an actual snowstorm, the craving for this burger hits again. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Buffalo Mac 'n Cheese

When the buffalo wing craving hits, make a mac 'n cheese version! We all know and love crack dip aka buffalo chicken dip and a comforting cheesy pasta is the perfect vehicle for this dip. I'm terrible at following recipes and usually  just look at the ingredients and throw it all together. I started with a deconstructed buffalo chicken dip by chopping in a blender cooked chicken breast and four garlic cloves. I mixed the chicken in a bowl with roughly 1/4 cup of sour cream and hot sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Toss in some chopped scallions and this could stand on its own as a dip but we're making buffalo chicken mac 'n cheese! On a side note, add some cream cheese and blue cheese to this mixture and it becomes a killer dip.

Ever since discovering this one pot mac 'n cheese method, it's my go to recipe for the ultimate comfort food. Cooking the elbow macs in milk is stupidly simple and just as good as the bechemel cheese sauce version, plus less pots to clean! Just make sure you have lots of milk on hand so you don't burn the pot. After all your cheesy goodness has melted and is a creamy delicious pot of carbs, mix in that buffalo chicken mix and you've got yourself one great meal. What about the celery and blue cheese you ask? Why this celery salad is the perfect accompaniment. Score, who needs to go out for wings? -R