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Man Makes Nashville Hot Chicken Blindfolded With Some Scorching Results

 

Making your own fried chicken at home is one of the most comforting meals you can produce. But can we make it Nashville Hot style while blindfolded?

Foodbeast Chris attempted the hard-mode cooking challenge as part of a Kitchen League mini game. Kitchen League is Foodbeast’s monthly competitive cooking show on Twitch where the audience gets to sabotage the chefs live.

When competitions aren’t streaming, members of the Foodbeast team will hop on and cook while plagued with various sabotages like time crunches, cooking while blindfolded, and other obstacles. It’s a chance to practice these sabotages that chefs will face throughout the competition, going through them one at a time to understand where problems can occur.

Chris is actually one of the judges on Kitchen League, so going in on Kitchen League Minigames like this helps him understand what the chefs go through during their cooking time.

Chris did have fellow Foodbeast Elie acting as a guide over video chat to make sure he didn’t burn or injure himself, but getting everything else done correctly was up to Chris.

This included loading up the fried chicken into the deep fryer…

Coating it in the Nashville hot oil…

… and even seasoning it while relying on kitchen awareness and Elie’s instructions.

While there were some struggles with holding the chicken after it was fried, as well as attempting to coat the chicken with oil and seasoning, Chris emerged unscathed,  with a triumphant platter of glistening, fiery Nashville Hot Chicken in hand. He managed to complete the challenge in just under 2 hours, a remarkable feat while not having any sight to work with.

The hardest part of it to Chris, outside of cutting chicken and dropping into scalding hot oil, was trying to not get any of the fiery spice caught in his throat while trying to cook. As he found out tasting it at the end, the chicken’s heat catches up with you fast.

You can view parts of the challenge through the clips posted throughout this post, and the full stream is available on Foodbeast’s Twitch page. The next challenge, on Thursday, May 14th at 2 PM PST, will be Foodbeast Costa (that’s me) attempting to make sushi one-handed, so stay tuned to see how that turns out.

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Hidden Valley Ranch Releases New Line of Restaurant-Style Secret Sauces

Few things on this Earth are more dependable than the fact that if a restaurant has a “secret sauce,” that sauce is undoubtedly going to be delicious, and go well with almost anything on the menu. The only problem with “secret sauce” is just that— it’s secret.

Well, fear not my sauce loving friends, Hidden Valley Ranch has solved this issue. They have a new restaurant-style sauce that brings that classic “secret” taste to your home.

The new sauce is available in three flavors, guaranteeing a pairing that’ll spice up almost any food you bring home. Each will have you reaching to throw away that crusty bottle of ketchup in your fridge, but here’s a quick breakdown to help you choose one that’s right for you. Feel free to mix and match, though. Go crazy.

The original flavor is cool and tangy, and goes well with any classic takeout foods, like burgers or sandwiches.

The smokehouse is reminiscent of a BBQ ranch, and can kick any boring fries or tater tots up a notch or five.

And, of course, there’s got to be a spicy one. The last kind will make zesting up any taco or meat/rice bowl easier than ever.

Best of all, each bottle comes equipped with a trusty cap that makes drizzling sauce all over your meal a breeze.

Check out the above News Bites video for trusted Foodbeast Elie Ayrouth’s in-depth tasting notes and advice on pairings for each variation of the sauces.

Hidden Valley Ranch’s new Secret Sauce can be purchased at Walmart, online or in-stores, for $3.48.

Secret sauce lovers, ranch lovers, rejoice. Your issues have been solved.

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We Turned Mac & Cheese Into CHILAQUILES and CHEESECAKE Recipes

In what has become a fun exercise of our kitchen creativity, Foodbeast personalities and friends have been cooking up themed recipes for the past weeks. Shelter at home has really left us with some prime time to think up some Foodbeast-worthy recipes such as Elote Ramen and Pancake Mix Funnel Cakes! In this next round of quarantine cooking, we’ve set our hearts on the warm, cheesy comfort food that is mac & cheese.

Tapping into our fond memories of what mac & cheese mean to us, we came up with a collection of recipes that are easy to make at home and mouthwatering. Pushing the culinary boundaries this week are Bacon-Wrapped, Mac & Cheese-Stuffed Pasilla Peppers, Macaroni Chilaquiles, Quarantine Casserole, and a Mac & Cheesecake. Sheesh, this week’s roster of recipes are definitely worthy homages to arguably one of the greatest comfort food dishes ever.

Check out the video above and stay tuned to what ingredient we’re focusing on in the next round up of recipes!

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Elote Ramen Is The At-Home Instant Ramen Recipe Everyone Needs To Try

Instant Ramen is probably one of the easiest at-home foods to make because it lends itself to so many versatile upgrades that you really can’t go wrong eating it with some accouterments or simply on its own.

The Foodbeast team got together and came up with their own personal ways of cooking up instant ramen at home. Probably the coolest of the batch, if I was the sole judge, is this Elote Ramen made by our very own Oscar Gonzalez.

Using a container of Cup Noodles, Oscar combined the hearty flavors of instant ramen with the bold zest of Mexican street corn. Taking some canned corn, shredded cheese, milk, lime juice, hot sauce and Tajin, he wove together a masterpiece of instant noodles and elote.

Honorable mention also goes to Foodbeast Chris who ground up his Top Ramen into noodles, rolled them out, cut them back into noodles and cooked them. Super excessive, super delicious, and oddly soothing practice.

Rounding out the rest of the team, you can see how Costa made his Spicy Ramen Bake, Elie his Spicy Peanut Butter Pepper Ramen, and Marc‘s Cacio e Pepe Lemon Ramen. Those are seriously some mouthwatering recipes, I’d be down to try with some instant ramen.

Check out the video if you’re looking to enhance your instant ramen experience at home! What should the crew make next week, y’all?!

 

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Easy At-Home Pancake Mix Recipes, Including FUNNEL CAKE

Many of us are working from home these days and as all the days of the week seem to blend together, our meals might start looking the same after a while, too. If you’re one who wants to shake up a few things in the kitchen, Foodbeast has been challenging one another to come up with dope at-home recipes with a unified theme each week. This, week: PANCAKES.

Using Krusteaz, who offers a variety of baking mixes that will cater to your pancake cravings, we came up with five recipes that will change how you look at pancake mix.

Foodbeasts Oscar, Marc, Hunter, and Constantine took to their kitchens and came up with four very unique recipes that all incorporate Krusteaz pancake mix. This includes a fluffy omelet, a giant Instant Pot pancake, fish and chips, pancake swirls, and funnel cake.

Check out the video to try and make some of these amazing eats in the comforts of your own homes. As for myself, I’m pretty stoked to try out Constantine’s pancake battered fish and chip recipe sometime this week.

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Banana Bread Is Quarantine’s Unlikely Hero

The unspoken hero of this quarantined time is the humble oven. Since most of the world went into hiding, people have taken solace in one of the few acts that is productive, comforting, and time consuming: baking banana bread.

Cookies, brownies, muffins, all have been given shine on social media these past couple weeks. But, nothing has made the rounds more than banana bread. Not a day has gone by in the last week in which a load didn’t touch down on my timeline. 

The phenom even made its way to the cream of the crop of Twitter, with Chrissy Tiegen taking to the platform to offer a loaf of her famous banana bread in exchange for romaine lettuce, which she eventually found.

We decided to join in on the hype, and started with the very bread seen in Tiegen’s exchange, which can be found in her recipe book, Cravings. Check out the video above to see the process and our delicious results.

Now, I wasn’t satisfied with just the bread, I wanted answers. Why on Earth has banana bread taken ahold of our collective mind as we all sit, bored as hell, in our homes?

I sent up a signal. I posted on my Instagram story, asking people to DM me if they’ve made banana bread while pent up. To those who DM’d me, I simply asked, “Why?”

I expected to be able to make this into a quick, heartwarming story with the responses, one that hopefully alluded to banana bread being a childhood favorite to many that, in turn, is providing comfort in a time of need. And while some responses did support this theory, I overwhelmingly received two specific sentiments:

“I saw it on TikTok/YouTube,” and “I had rotten bananas.” 

After digging around a little, I found multiple TikTok’s showing recipes for banana bread, some with hundreds of thousands of views, while some in with millions. 

Also, apparently, a lot of people panic bought bananas. And, no one actually ever remembers that they bought them, so there were a lot of rotting bananas out in the world.

The trend seems to have been borne out of virality and necessity, as is everything in this day and age. Hell, most of my meals in the past few days can be sourced from the same ideals, too. 

And it seems like for the next few weeks that frame of mind will dominate the kitchen. People will continue baking, using whatever they have in their kitchen. Maybe keeping something from exploding in the oven will distract from the world seemingly exploding around us, who knows. 

But, hey, until it does, keep making that scrumptious banana bread.

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13 Lockdown Recipes You Can Make And Stun Your Social Feed

Sure, we’re all stuck at home but think of it as us doing our part to make sure the coronavirus doesn’t spread to our local community. Yes, it’s making us a bit stir-crazy, but it’s what the world needs right now. Staying at home, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t live the life of a Foodbeast.

For those itching to create something unconventional and out-of-the-box in the kitchen while they’re self-quarantined, we put together a lockdown playlist of chefs, influencers, and home cooks who have been making some amazing things from the confines of their own home kitchens.

Top talent includes the personalities such as @TheVulgarChef, @NishCooks, @TheJoshElkin, @FitWaffle, and @TheNaughtyFork.

Some mouthwatering recipes you can expect to see are: a Bloomin’ Onion, banana bread, Hot Cheetos deviled eggs, cereal marshmallow bars, a 1o-minute baked potato, homemade McChicken, pasty pie in a mug, cheesy taco fries, mashed potato grilled cheese, pancakes from scratch, a Boiling Crab feast, and peanut butter Nutella s’mores.

Check out the video above and see what dishes you’d like to recreate in your kitchen. If this video inspires a Foodbeast-worthy recipe in your soul, DM us a photo!

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The Navajo Taco At This Long Beach Restaurant Is A Delicious Homage

For Chef Arthur Gonzalez of Panxa Cocina in Long Beach, California, opening up a restaurant that paid homage to Southwestern flavors was a genuine need, as his time in New Mexico along with pride in his Mexican roots were the major driving factors behind it.

One of the more unique dishes that resonated with Chef Gonzalez was the Navajo taco, a staple of indigenous and Southwestern cuisine. “I remember just walking through a local farmer’s market and having it for the first time. There was so much simplicity, yet flavor, to this Navajo taco that I’ll never forget.” Compelled by the spellbinding allure of Hatch green chiles and other bold flavors that he experienced while in New Mexico, Chef Gonzalez set his heart on a restaurant that would extoll the savory virtues of the Southwest to the people of Long Beach.

Check out my delicious dive into learning about the history of how frybread plays a crucial role in the Navajo taco as well as appreciating the layers of flavors that come together so simply.