Boneless Buffalo Strips
Category: Cocktails & Appetizers | Blog URL: http://www.activefoodie.com/lightened-up-boneless-buffalo-strips/01/2010/
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Active Foodie
It is the last week of January, which can only mean one thing….the “Big Game” is nearing. I don’t know about you but for me sports = food. For Dave, watching football is about, well, watching football. For me, football is about the food first (shocker) and the football second. My favorite part of the Super Bowl, besides the commercials of course, is planning the super snacking menu. Well, this year there is a bit of a twist. As I have decided to cut out all refined foods, including white white flour and white sugar, it made coming up with a menu slightly more challenging.
One of my all-time favorite bar food snacks is buffalo wings, or boneless buffalo strips. I just love the crunchy texture, the spicy hot sauce, and the cooling dip. The perfect finger food. I wanted to be able to enjoy my favorite bar food for Super Bowl Sunday this year, so I took it upon myself to try and make a version that fit within my dietary restrictions. With the excitement of a giddy schoolgirl, I told Dave that I knew what I was making for Super Bowl, healthy buffalo strips! Dave was skeptical at first, looking at me with his eyebrows raised, and forehead crinkled. “Whole wheat, baked buffalo strips?” he asks. “I don’t see how that will work” he says with disbelief. I huff and puff and shake my head, more determined then ever, and respond “you just wait, it’ll work!”
So after a night of marinating the boneless, skinless breasts, and after spending the following afternoon breading and baking, I had a perfectly golden brown boneless buffalo strips! Now for the sauce, how to get the sauce on the strips. The problem was the strips were delicate, I couldn’t very well put them in a bowl and toss them, the breading would fall off. Dave chimes in “how about putting hot sauce in a spray bottle and spraying them?” Brilliant I thought! Well, with one spray bottle clogged with hot sauce in the trash, we needed another solution. Of course, we’ll just brush the hot sauce on…gently. PERFECTION!! We spent the remaining part of the lazy Sunday afternoon watching the playoffs and polishing off the entire plate of strips you see pictured above! Dave (and I) just couldn’t get enough! I had turned a disbeliever into a believer!
CRUNCHY, SPICY, WHOLE WHEAT, BAKED, PERFECT BONELESS BUFFALO STRIPS!!!