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Smash!

Posted: 29/10/2013 12:54

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Once again I was running out of ideas for my next 'food experimentalist's adventure' and had to beg my Facebook page to hand me free ideas; the excellent Kirsty Long suggested I cook with "Smash (or any other brand of instant mash)".

Now I haven't eaten this stuff in about 20 years so I knew it was about time I revisited this unique ingredient and off to my local convenience store I trotted...

After returning from my trip I got thinking hard about what to do with smash: simply making them into mashed potato was not an option.

Usually in these situations I have a look in my professional chef's kitchen fridge and it is often here where my food adventure takes shape, suffice to say this occasion was no different:

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A chicken leg!

So here's my plan: I'm going to make a southern fried chicken leg coated with a Smash, chilli powder and cinnamon mix. In addition I'm going to, ahem, attempt to make some chips from the Smash mix but understand this might go very badly tits up...

Anyhooves, I start by coating my chicken breast in the Smash southern fried mix:

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The egg is just there to build up the coating...

I will fry this in a frying pan just to crisp up the skin and will then transfer to my professional chef's kitchen oven for about 15 mins at 150C to finish cooking.

As that's happening, I mix some water with the rest of the Smash:

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I don't want to add too much water otherwise my Smash Chips will fall to pieces, so I use just enough water to bind the mix (which turns out to feel weirdly spongy. I also have a quick taste....hmmm, not to my palette: a little salty and odd)

Anyway, I shape my Smash Chip mix into, erm....

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....massive maggot shaped mumified cocoon things. Total result!

Next, I transfer these to a hot wok with some groundnut oil

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As you can see, I've used the 'Starbright' filter on Instagram and not, say, learned to use the flash function on my phone properly...

After cooking these for around 5 minutes or until they are golden brown, I serve up with the chicken and a wee dab of horseradish for balance:

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So, how's it taste?

Well well well, it turns out that Smash Chips are pretty goddam amazing! Light, crunchy, fluffy; all kinds of win... the chicken is also gloriously awesome: flavourful, crunchy, nom nom nom.

Overall, the combination of super crunchy chips with the southern fried chicken and sauce is absolutely ridic! This is a contender for best recipe on the blog. Wooohoooooo!

In summary, Smash turns out to be a pretty epic ingredient and one which you can use to make a very cheap bunch of chips and also works as an amazing breadcrumb-esque topping for fried food! Who knew!

So, If you are a massive fan of Smash, or even if you dig this take on Smash, head over to my facebook page and tell other food dorks!

I also have a wee blog.

 

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