I love food. But I might love arguing with strangers on the internet about food even more. This series, which has taken on a life of its own, has never stopped being fun. Not for a second. But you know when it’s the most fun? When one charming, funny, super handsome person has recently dominated a round, and the dish on deck is one that we all pride ourselves on.
Enter the fried chicken sandwich. The second we decided on it, we were jostling. I’m still way behind so I need wins desperately, but I blew Zach and Vince out of the water last month and they can’t abide that. They’ve been teasing me about adding Big League Chew to my flour dredge and generally Bramucci’ing up my sandwich since the voting wrapped on fried noodles. Meanwhile, I’ve been rubbing their faces in the fact that my cumin-lamb hand-pulled noodles are the most dominant dish we’ve ever featured.
So be hyped, is my point. Because everyone brought it and everyone has a vested interest in winning. There are stakes, and the scale of both the dishes and the burns reflects that fact.
BLT Showdown — 1) Vince 2) Zach 3) Steve
Mac & Cheese Showdown — 1) Vince 2) (tie) Zach, Steve
Taco Showdown — 1) Steve 2) Zach 3) Vince
Winter Stew Showdown — 1) Zach 2) Steve 3) Vince
Date Night Showdown — 1) Zach 2) Vince 3) Steve
Pasta Showdown — 1) Steve 2) Zach 3) Vince
Hot Beef Showdown — 1) Zach 2) Vince 3) Steve
Shellfish Showdown — 1) Vince 2) Zach 3) Steve
BBQ Showdown — 1) Steve 2) Zach 3) Vince
Pumpkin Spice Showdown — 1) (tie) Vince, Zach 2) Steve
Thanksgiving Side Dish Showdown — 1) Vince 2) Steve 3) Zach
Christmas Dessert Showdown — 1) Steve 2) Vince 3) Zach
Chili Cook-off Showdown — 1) Zach 2) Steve 3) Vince
Nacho Showdown — 1) Vince 2) Steve 3) Zach
Burger Showdown — 1) Zach 2) Vince 3) Steve
Breakfast Burrito Showdown — 1) Vince 2) Zach 3) Steve
Fried Noodle Showdown — 1) Steve 2) Zach 3) Vince
We’re giving three points to the winner and one to second place for each round. As it stands, the score is:
STEVE’S “THE FALL” CHICKEN SANDWICH
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The next #UproxxCookingBattle launches tomorrow and @ztp_johnston and @filmdrunk are in trouble. My entry in the fried chicken sandwich competition is called “The Fall” — because after getting all but one of the first place votes last time around I have no place to go but down; also, it’s autumn. 🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓 Browned butter, thyme, and cheddar biscuits, jalapeño and apple jam, “beer onions,” bacon, homegrown chives, 5-year cheddar, and apple cider vinegar-brined fried chicken thighs. 🔥🔥🔥 •• •• •• Yo @chefgdaniels want me to guest cook a night at the new resto? •• •• •• •• #homechef #homechefmeals #homecooking #friedchicken #friedchickensandwich #uproxxfood #deepfriedchicken #southernfriedchicken #sandwich #sandwiches #topchef #thefoodnetwork #chopped
I called this dish “the fall” because I won all but one first-place votes last round so there’s no place to go but down and also… it’s autumn. I am extremely clever like that. As I’ve written before, I love fall flavors — rosemary, thyme, chicken broth, browned butter, sharp cheddar — so playing in that sandbox was fun.
My only other major directive this time was the unabating rage I feel toward Zach and Vince each month. I don’t know why we’re in this place, but we are. Somehow they have become my twin culinary archenemies and I enter the kitchen with my middle finger up and “Hit ’em Up” blaring.
Since I’ve already spoiled my chicken middle finger joke, let me explain the two elements of my sandwich in the above picture. The first thing I did was get onions reducing low and slow with thyme, beer, and a little chicken broth. I call these “beer onions” because I am wildly creative and deserve enormous success. Behind those, you’ll see a jalepeño apple jam. It’s made with a little brown sugar, shredded apples and jalepeños (seeds in), apple cider vinegar, and gelatin. As you can see here, the gelatin is coming from the chicken’s feet. That’s badass and don’t you forget it.