This was one of the worst dinners I’ve made in a while. Worst technically. I don’t really know if it was the cookbook or if it was just me but OH boy. Halfway through cooking and half burned I was ready to chuck it and order a pizza. I have had pretty good luck with Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff cookbook in the past, whipping up burgers and a wedge salad or two. I have noticed an error or two in the writing, notably the cheese sauce measurements and the lack of sauce for the mac & cheese but they were fairly easy catches for me as a home-cook. I’m not sure everyone would be so happy when they tried the cheese sauce and it’s way over population of flour. I can usually spot errors quickly and compensate. I don’t know if this recipe just got me on a bad night or what. Fried Chicken sandwiches and honey mustard sauce. Seems relatively easy right? RIGHT?!
Ok, the honey mustard, I halved because I couldn’t imagine needing two cups of honey mustard …Ever. But, I reduced as stated and ended up with a thick mass of ginger and mustard flavored honey. I used about 2 Tablespoons and dumped a cup down the drain after dinner. That was kind of a messy waste. I made the patties and chilled them, as stated, before dredging in flour, egg and breadcrumbs. Those breadcrumbs burned before the chicken was anywhere close to being done. I ended up throwing the whole thing in the oven to bake so that we could actually eat the way underdone chicken. Not my best effort. While I like a few of the burgers in this book, particularly the ‘Prez Obama‘ the whole thing is a bit overwrought I think. If you are in DC it would probably be better just to go to the restaurant. What’s the worst thing you ever made?
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Hmm…good question. The worst thing I ever made was probably a balsamic vinegar reduction to accompany bacon-wrapped, cream cheese-stuffed dates. I’m not sure whether I over cooked it or not, but there was no reducing to be had with this reduction and it ended up smelling and tasting absolutely rancid. Which was a bummer, because I had had these tasty little treats out at a restaurant and really wanted to try them at home. Alas, they were still mighty good without the glaze.
come visit me! I live three blocks from Good Stuff!
Z has never been to DC. It’s on my next few years weekend bucket list. I’d love to come.