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Chicken Mock Pie (Fancy Raising Cane’s) by Erik of Fancy Fast Food (with support from Cheryl Triviño)
Raising Cane’s, a nationwide albeit lesser known fast food joint with locations from Vegas to Boston, doesn’t have a varied menu like McDonald’s or Wendy’s; they stick to the one thing they do best: chicken fingers.  While this may be common knowledge to those who live near a Raising Cane’s, what one may not know is that the establishment is named after the founder’s dog, “Raising Cane” (both words, not just Cane).With a dog having so much influence on this chicken finger chain, we here in the Fancy Fast Food kitchen left it up to our canine friends to help envision a fancy meal derived from Raising Canes — they barked at us in a very Lassie-like way.What’s that boy? Uh huh… You say we have enough ingredients to make a mock chicken pot pie?  But is that really that fancy? (more barking) What’s that boy? Uh huh… Yeah? Uh huh… You say chicken pot pie is in sophisticated food magazines and that the only people who would look down upon it are chichi elitist food snobs?  Okay, good boy… Thatzha got boy…”
Ingredients (from Raising Cane’s):
1 Box Combo with:
4 chicken fingers
1 order of crinkle cut fries
1 piece of Texas toast
1 side of coleslaw
1 cup of water
First, peel the breading off the chicken fingers to expose the meat inside.  Cube them with a knife and put them aside.  Do the same to half of the fries.  Combined with the coleslaw, you now have the basic ingredients for the mock pot pie filling — there may not be peas, but at least there’s some green in there for color, plus carrots.  The only thing we need to fake is the gravy that blends everything within the pie, so we’ll have to improvise as always.First, put the remaining uncut fries in a food processor and add some water.  Blend it to a pulp.  Next, strain the coleslaw over a skillet so that you extract all the watery mayonnaise.  Add the potato pulp and some more water, cover it, and simmer on a low heat until it all blends together to a starchy “gravy.”Put the cubed chicken, potatoes, and coleslaw into a mixing bowl.  Fold in the “gravy” with these ingredients until they are blended well, and then scoop it into a ramekin.As for the crust, we’ll also have to improvise.  Break apart the Texas toast and blend it down with a little bit of water in a food processor.  Knead the resulting “dough” and then roll it flat on a piece of wax paper with a rolling pin.  Cover the ramekin with his mock crust, pinching the edges to seal in the moisture.  Add textures to the edges with a fork.Bake this “chicken mock pie” in a pre-heated oven at 400°F for 10 minutes, then use a fork to break through the crust to get to the filling inside.  Be careful; it may not be a real chicken pot pie, but it sure steams up like one!  (Woof!)

If you are viewing this recipe in an aggregator (like tumblr’s Dashboard), or as a reblogged post, please check out the real website at FancyFastFood.com.
Recipe for the week of April 21, 2011:

Chicken Mock Pie (Fancy Raising Cane’s)
by Erik of Fancy Fast Food (with support from Cheryl Triviño)

Raising Cane’s, a nationwide albeit lesser known fast food joint with locations from Vegas to Boston, doesn’t have a varied menu like McDonald’s or Wendy’s; they stick to the one thing they do best: chicken fingers. While this may be common knowledge to those who live near a Raising Cane’s, what one may not know is that the establishment is named after the founder’s dog, “Raising Cane” (both words, not just Cane).

With a dog having so much influence on this chicken finger chain, we here in the Fancy Fast Food kitchen left it up to our canine friends to help envision a fancy meal derived from Raising Canes — they barked at us in a very Lassie-like way.

What’s that boy? Uh huh… You say we have enough ingredients to make a mock chicken pot pie? But is that really that fancy? (more barking) What’s that boy? Uh huh… Yeah? Uh huh… You say chicken pot pie is in sophisticated food magazines and that the only people who would look down upon it are chichi elitist food snobs? Okay, good boy… Thatzha got boy…”

Ingredients (from Raising Cane’s):

  • 1 Box Combo with:
  • 4 chicken fingers
  • 1 order of crinkle cut fries
  • 1 piece of Texas toast
  • 1 side of coleslaw
  • 1 cup of water

First, peel the breading off the chicken fingers to expose the meat inside. Cube them with a knife and put them aside. Do the same to half of the fries. Combined with the coleslaw, you now have the basic ingredients for the mock pot pie filling — there may not be peas, but at least there’s some green in there for color, plus carrots. The only thing we need to fake is the gravy that blends everything within the pie, so we’ll have to improvise as always.

First, put the remaining uncut fries in a food processor and add some water. Blend it to a pulp. Next, strain the coleslaw over a skillet so that you extract all the watery mayonnaise. Add the potato pulp and some more water, cover it, and simmer on a low heat until it all blends together to a starchy “gravy.”

Put the cubed chicken, potatoes, and coleslaw into a mixing bowl. Fold in the “gravy” with these ingredients until they are blended well, and then scoop it into a ramekin.

As for the crust, we’ll also have to improvise. Break apart the Texas toast and blend it down with a little bit of water in a food processor. Knead the resulting “dough” and then roll it flat on a piece of wax paper with a rolling pin. Cover the ramekin with his mock crust, pinching the edges to seal in the moisture. Add textures to the edges with a fork.

Bake this “chicken mock pie” in a pre-heated oven at 400°F for 10 minutes, then use a fork to break through the crust to get to the filling inside. Be careful; it may not be a real chicken pot pie, but it sure steams up like one! (Woof!)



If you are viewing this recipe in an aggregator (like tumblr’s Dashboard), or as a reblogged post, please check out the real website at FancyFastFood.com.

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