Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Saturday Morning, Who's Gonna Play With Me?"

I've been watching a lot of Adventure Time recently (and if you don't know what that is, you should really get on this) and it's quickly becoming one of my favorite shows and not only because it's a cartoon. The best part about it is how much its' silly wholesome nature reminds me of how I used to think when I was a kid. Fighting bad guys, eating junk food and playing video games were the highlights of my life. And really come to think of it that still sounds pretty good.

It's exactly the kind of show I would have gotten up early to watch on a Saturday morning back when Saturday morning cartoons actually existed. Did you know that's not a thing anymore? I know! Seriously it's like infomercials now. End of an era, right?

Back in the day Saturday morning cartoons were like a weekly no fail party. Doug, Pepper Anne, TMNT?!? Totally rocked my 9 year old socks off. Not to mention it was one of the few unsupervised windows of time where breakfast was of the build your own variety. Usually I'd dive head first into an endless bowl of some super-dyed sugar soaked kid cereal and only come up for air long enough to sing along to the barbie commercial jingles or push my sister off of the couch in a crazed bout of high fructose fury. "COO COO FOR COCOA PUFFS!!!"

You know what so totally lamesauce? Even though we wear our grownup pants, we could all totally still do this every Saturday if we wanted to. The cereal, the cartoons, the good times. But we don't.  This oversight was brought to my attention this week, and you know what? I think we need to fix this. Not only should we bring back the Saturday morning cartoon ritual, we should MAKE IT BETTER!

This week, Adventure Time marathon with a side of Cap'n Crunch Chicken Strips.

Oh yeah, you read that right. It's cereal. For lunch. And it's wrapped around chicken strips. Your 9 year old self would be proud.

What's that, purist? You prefer breakfast and old school cartoons?

Then we're watching Rocky and Bullwinkle on Netflix streaming and pounding some Oreo Pancakes!

That's right, you're a grownup now. And dessert for breakfast is totally cool because you buy your own groceries and you make the rules.

So do yourself a favor, remember what you thought it would be like to be a grownup when you were 9. And on Saturday morning, you be that grownup. And if you can't remember, watch Adventure time. It'll come back to you.

Cap'n Crunch Chicken Strips

2 cups Cap'n Crunch cereal
1 1/2 cups corn flakes
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 lbs chicken breasts, cut in 1-oz tenders

Creole Mustard Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup creole mustard or Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon horseradish
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tbsp green onions, sliced in pieces
1 teaspoon crushed garlic, , packed in oil
1 tbsp finely chopped celery

Coarsely grind or crush the two cereals and set aside.
Beat the egg with milk and set aside.
Stir together the flour, onion and garlic powders and black pepper.
Set aside.
Dip the chicken: pieces in the seasoned flour.
Move around to coat well, then shake off the excess flour.
Dip in the egg wash, coating well, then dip in the cereal mixture, coating well.

Place chicken strips on two foil lined baking sheets and bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, flipping them over half way though cooking time to make sure both sides get nice and crispy.

 Let cool slightly and serve immediately with creole mustard sauce.

For sauce: Mix all ingredients together.

Oreo pancakes

Pretty straight forward, use your favorite pancake recipe, then violate it with crushed oreos.
I put about 12 in the food processor and gave it a spin. Whip up the batter like you normally would and portion it out on the hot griddle, spoon some crushed oreos on the bubbly side and truck on as usual till they're done. Serve topped with more crushed Oreos and powdered sugar. Adding syrup was a little too much for me but  party on and add some if you think you can handle it.

1 comment:

  1. What a great and fun way to start your saturday morning! And I love the idea of adding oreo bits to pancakes!

    P.S.: Saturday cartoons were the best.


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