Sunday, July 17, 2016

Buffalo Chicken Tenders & Cole Slaw on a Poppyseed Hot Dog Bun

     More spicy fun food!
     Hot Dog Bun Snack Sandwiches were popular for a while during the beginning of the gourmet street food trend.  Some trendsetting chefs were creating some wild hot dog bun sandwiches with exotic gourmet items.  
     There really is only one limiting factor when designing a hot dog bun snack sandwich.  The sandwich has to be made with a hot dog bun!  This means that there are no limits placed upon whatever ingredients land on the hot dog bun.
     Of course, traditional flavor combinations work well for Hot Dog Bun Snack Sandwiches too.  Two classic flavors that go well together are Cole Slaw and Buffalo Chicken.
     The original Buffalo Wing Sauce was made with Durkee's Hot Sauce which is marketed as Frank's Red Hot.  Frank's Red Hot is a very mild hot sauce.  Those who prefer some extra hot pepper flavor can add cayenne pepper for a medium spicy heat or add habanero pepper sauce for an extra hot flavor.
     Buffalo Wing Sauce: 
     This recipe yields 3/4 cup.  (Enough sauce for 12 wings or about 8 chicken tenders.)  
     This Buffalo Wing Sauce is close to the original recipe.  The original recipe was basically just butter and Frank's Red Hot.  Honey and BBQ sauce adds a touch of sweetness and depth. 
     Step 1:  Place 1/2 cup of Frank's Red Hot Sauce in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of honey.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of BBQ sauce.
     Add 3 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter.
     Add 1 pinch of cayenne pepper.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt and white pepper.
     Step 2:  Mix the ingredients together.
     Pour the wing sauce in a container and set it aside.
     Napa Cabbage Cole Slaw:
     This recipe yields enough to garnish 4 small sandwiches.
     Step 1:  Place 1 1/2 cups of very thin sliced Napa Cabbage in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped onion.
     Add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped green bell pepper.
     Add a few thin julienne carrot slivers for color.
     Step 2:  Add 1 pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1 small pinch of ground celery seed.
     Add 1 teaspoon of sugar.
     Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of rice vinegar.
     Add 1 tablespoon of milk.
     Add 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.
     Step: 3:  Mix the ingredients together.
     Chill the cole slaw to 41ºF in a refrigerator.
     Drain off any excess liquid before serving.
     Buffalo Chicken Tenders:
     This recipe yields enough for 4 small sandwiches.
     Step 1:  Dredge 8 large chicken tenders in flour that is seasoned with sea salt and black pepper.
     Step 2:  Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
     Add enough vegetable frying oil, so the oil is about 3/8" deep.
     Adjust the temperature, so the oil is 360ºF.
     Step 3:  Place the floured chicken tenders in the hot oil.
     Pan fry the chicken tenders till they are fully cooked and crispy golden brown on both sides.
     Step 4:  Place the pan fried chicken tenders in a mixing bowl.
     Add just enough of the buffalo wing sauce to coat the chicken tenders.
     Toss the chicken tenders with the sauce till they are completely coated.
     Buffalo Chicken Tenders & Cole Slaw on a Poppyseed Hot Dog Bun:
     This recipe describes 1 snack sandwich.
     Step 1:  Warm a poppyseed hot dog bun in an oven.
     Step 2:  Spread about 3 or 4 tablespoons of the Napa Cabbage Cole Slaw on the hot dog bun.
     Place the buffalo chicken tenders on the cole slaw.
     Step 3:  Place the snack sandwich on a plate.
     Garnish the plate with parsley sprigs and pickles of your choice.  (Pickled Okra Spears add a nice touch!)
     This is a very tasty weekend afternoon snack sandwich!

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