As Seen....(on Maury)...Today, I’m beginning a new series on my blog. “As Seen In/On…” which will showcase the food that you see in movies, TV shows, even YouTube clips. Send me and e-mail or leave a comment here with a dish you’ve seen and I’ll make it, eat it and critique it. Think: Fried Green Tomatoes (book/movie), Green Eggs and Ham (book), Pumpkin Juice (Harry Potter books and movies) – the sky is the limit! Let me know what you’d like me to try!
To kick things off – I thought I would continue with the Chicken Tetrazzini since it seems be getting tons of watches on YouTube. As a background for those of you who haven’t seen it, The Soup found this hilarious clip from Maury Povich. Maury had on a lovely guest who accused her boyfriend “Powl” of being seduced by her friend because of some CHICKEN TETRAZZINI. Enough said – well, you know how Maury goes, he tried to mentor the young couple, but both were pretty much crazy.
ANYWAYS, I was hoping my chicken tetrazzini would be as seducing as well. I decided to check for recipes from Giada – I mean, she’s a classy lady that seems to seduce people on her Food Network show with low cut tops, techno background music and...I mean her food! (See previous posting for the full recipe with my suggestions).
Glancing at the recipe, I knew this had to be good, after all with pounds of pasta, cream, butter and cheese, how could I go wrong? (Aside from the fact that it’s a heart-attack-waiting-to-happen).
Actually, maybe that is where things did go wrong: POUNDS.
Let’s just say I let my sister help me boil the pasta. Long story short, it exploded, shattering the lid and I was forced to let everything cool off in the backyard where the pasta was then hunted on by the wild cats and birds of the neighborhood. Okay, that may have been a little exaggeration, but it did blow up in the kitchen.
Back to the meal.
Chicken Tetrazzini is basically a baked pasta casserole. It’s a cream sauce with shredded chicken, peas and mushrooms. The casserole is topped with a mixture of breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese – when baking this it hardens up and provides a crusty top.
One thing really weird about this dish is it’s usually always made with linguini or spaghetti noodles. This turned out to be a real pain when trying to scoop the pasta out of the dish. I definitely would have substituted this with some sort of tube pasta. Or, equally classy would have been macaroni.
I was actually pretty disappointed with this dish, considering the fact that “Pawl” left his woman after being seduced by some chicken tetrazeeeni. It was dry, the pasta was way hard to get out of the casserole dish and if I am inhaling over 800 calories per bite, I expect it to be a savory dish. This fell WAY below par.
My cousin summed it up when he told me the next day: “I think I ate too much tetrazzini...Yes, and I either threw up in my mouth last night or I had a dream I did.”
If you are easily offended my Maury Povitch guests, don’t check out The Soup clip below. For the rest of you, enjoy this little tale of how “Pawl got seduced.”
And, don’t forgot to leave suggestions for the new “As Seen In/On” series!