Contributed by Kuki Ravindran
Mission Impossible, I thought wearily, after hours (minutes) of racking the ol’ brain! I was to come up with something funky and innovative with chicken nuggets (nuggets!!) and I had Chef’s block! I had been staring at the Godrej Yummiez Chicken Power Party Pack for ages (minutes) and only the most obvious (boring) options sprung to mind – Chicken Nugget Salad, Chicken Nugget Wraps… naah, nothing appealed.
So in desperation, I called He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named and said, Look here HHSNBN, isn’t it mandatory to be aged between the ages of 5 to 10 years to eat chicken nuggets, especially if they are shaped like dinosaurs and named DINOZ?? He said, maybe but what seems to be the problem? So I told him and he said Hey! You bake cakes right? So how about a cake?? And immediately I thought to myself, How simple! Why didn’t I think of that??! So, to cut a long story short, we brain-stormed and my dammed-up brain gushed forth with inspiration and the idea of a savoury Godrej Yummiez Chicken Nugget Party Pack cake started taking shape – an 8’’ round shape to be precise!
Here is my recipe for what I can say quite honestly say was one of the yummiezt (har har) dinners I made this year!
Savoury Cake / Cupcakes with Godrej Yummiez Chicken Power Party Pack
- Set your oven to 180 degrees C.
- Make the cake-mix ;)
For the mash:
- 500 gm potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1/3 to 1/2 Cup Whole-milk with 2 Tbsp butter melted in
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 Egg Whites
- 50-60 gm Cheddar Cheese
- Boil the potatoes and garlic together till fork-tender.
- Drain thoroughly and toss back into the pan for a few seconds till all the excess moisture has evaporated. (do not burn.)
- Mash with a fork and slowly add in the warm milk/ butter mixture.
- Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
- Add the grated cheese and mix thoroughly to combine.
- Separately, beat the egg whites till stiff peaks form . Slowly fold into the potato mixture, making sure not to over-mix and lose the bubbles. This makes the potato mix and resultant cake lighter and fluffier than it would normally be.
An ideal way to get some veggies into your child’s diet is right here. Grate some carrots in (maybe 2) and/or slice a few beans (100 gms). In the last few minutes before the potatoes are cooked, you could toss in a half cup of peas and mash everything together. The sky and your imagination is the limit.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Stage 2″]
- While the potatoes are boiling, pre-heat a baking dish in the oven. Once heated, spray or spread lightly with oil and place a single layer of chicken Dinoz in the pan. They should sizzle gently on contact. Spray or brush the tops with a little oil as well and put the pan into the oven to bake for 5-7 mins till done and crispy but not dried out.
- At the same time, in one corner of the pan, you could put in a red and/or yellow bell-pepper (skin lightly oiled) to roast. Roast till the skin is slightly charred and blistered . Remove and wrap loosely but completely in foil. In a few mins. , you will be able to peel the skin off easily. Once the skin is removed, slice or chop as you like and reserve.
- Mushrooms – Slice vertically to a medium thickness and sauté lightly in a little bit of butter/ olive-oil. Season lightly.
- Reserve some of the roasted bell pepper strips and sautéed mushrooms for the final decoration.
- Caramelize 2 onions in a little butter/olive-oil, pinch of brown sugar and salt and a tiny splash of balsamic vinegar.
- Now for the fun part, the assembly. This is what I did, but play around as you like.
- Take a 8 inch round removable cake base, or flat plate or lid or anything that will allow to turn and frost (!) easily.
- Put down a thickish (an inch) layer of your creamy mashed potatoes.
- Arrange your chicken fingers in a rough circle on top of the mashed potatoes to form the wall of your cake but a leave a little gap to allow for the mashed potato frosting.
- Fill the centre of the circle with chicken nuggets, dinoz and strew over / fill the gaps with the roasted bell peppers and sautéed mushrooms and caramelised onions.
- Top with another layer of mashed potatoes. Repeat the above two steps .
- Top with a final layer of mashed pots and now start smoothing it over as you would do when frosting a cake. With a palette knife/spatula, smooth mashed pots onto the sides and smooth and turn, smooth and turn till you have a passable impression of a cake.
- Decorate your smooth cake with the reserved bell pepper slices and sautéed mushrooms and pretty it up as much as you like.
- Put the finished cake into the oven, (easiest to put in on a tray to make putting in/taking out a breeze) till it turns golden brown, or whichever shade appeals to you most. The idea is only to warm the dish through to the core and get a little colour on, no cooking is really required. Can’t give you exact times here but I think mine was 8 -10 mins.
- Take out your thing of beauty. Tug the ol’ ball n chain to summon your kids to the table, or your friends, dog or cat or just sit in solitary splendor and cut yourself a slice of this creamy, crunchy, chewy, bursting with flavor savoury cake.
Close your eyes. Enjoy.