Hey Friends! This is a very special edition of What’s in my Fridge because it is an answer to one of my most favorite YouTubers challenges! See below video and the rest of this post will make so much more sense!
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This was a huge shot of inspiration for me last night! I was exhausted from work yesterday and after seeing this challenge was actually inspired to get up and create what turned out to be an awesome dinner!
I will say that this wasn’t the hardest What’s in my Fridge challenge as far as ingredients to work with because I actually went food shopping this week. The challenge came in creating an edible version of the Car Panini from Family Guy!
I started by breaking down the ingredients and possible replacements:
- Vienna Sausage – Sausage of any kind
- Reese’s Cups – Chocolate & Peanut Butter
- Doritos – Something Cheesy and Crunchy
- Cadbury Cream Egg – Some sort of white cream
- Bread – Bread (obvs)
Then I went to the fridge to compare. I had some left over spicy chorizo sausages, I always have peanut butter, I had chocolate chips, baking chocolate and cocoa powder first three ingredients down! For the cheese I pulled out my shredder cheddar and goat cheese. Looking at everything only one thing stood out to me, HOLY MOLY I have to make MOLE!
I have never made mole sauce and haven’t eaten it much either but after a quick google search found out that you can make a really quick and simple mole with chocolate and peanut butter! Two of the hardest ingredients done! Everything else came together from there I figure a goat cheese cream would cool down the spicy sausage and mole and I could just melt the cheddar into little crisps to add another layer to the panini.
Y’all it actually turned out quite tasty, I am happy to share the recipe below & in true Binging with Babish fashion, share my awkward food eating video.
The Nacho Panini : #BabishPanini : Car Panini Challenge
For the Mole
- 1 Cup Beef Stock hot
- 1 8oz can of Tomato Paste
- 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
- 1/4 Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 Tablespoon Dark Cocoa Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- Salt & Pepper to taste
To a dry small sauce pan add the spices (chili, garlic, cumin & cinnamon) turn the heat to medium high and toast just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in hot beef stock and tomato paste. Whisk until combined simmer for 1 – 2 minutes. Add in peanut butter cocoa powder and chocolate chips, whisk until melted and smooth, turn heat down to a simmer. Add water as needed to thin to your desired thickness. Simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
- Cayenne Pepper
Pre-heat oven to 425. Place a small handful of cheddar cheese in six piles on a cookie sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Sprinkle just a touch of cayenne pepper on the rounds. Bake the cheese from apprx 5 minutes checking constantly just until all cheese is melted and edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Transfer crisps to paper towels to drain excess grease, crisps with get crispy as they sit out of the oven. Once cooled, trim to desired shape!
Goat Cheese Cream
Warning I have no exact measurements for this (sorry!)
I took half a log of regular goat cheese (about 4 ounces), a splash of milk, about a teaspoon of honey, lots of salt and probably close to 1/4 cup of lime juice and whipped it all together with my hand mixer until it was the consistency that I wanted. I continued to alternately add milk and lime juice to make it into a thick but runny cream.
On a thick piece of bread slather some mole, add your cooked chorizo sausages and another layer of mole, trim your cheese crisps into triangles and place them a top of the sausage, top cheese crisps with goat cheese cream & top with bread. Butter both sides of bread and place into your panini press/george foreman.
Server with your favorite Mexican beer and be sure to tell your friends “This is NACHO panini, you gotta get your own!” before letting that panini join the clean plate club!