Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Burger

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We know I’m a picky eater. It’s so obnoxious. A sliver of onion hidden in my pizza can ruin my night. The thought of putting a mushroom in my mouth is about as repulsive as the thought of eating worms. A slice of orange is two seconds of joy and then a big mouthful of disappointment. I’m the absolute worst. 

What you may not know is that I used to be worse than the worst. As a child I probably ate about five different foods. As a teenager in a small town with only about three non-fast food restaurants, going out to eat usually ended in a cheeseburger or fettuccine alfredo. It wasn’t until I visited exotic Oklahoma City that I got to eat my first meal at Chili’s. Not gonna lie, the first several times I went there, I ordered a cheeseburger.

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Then finally one day I went craaaazy and decided to try something different. I ordered the chicken ranch sandwich (no lettuce), and it was awesome. Spicy crispy chicken paired with cool creamy ranch. What had I been waiting for? Trying new things was a great idea.  

Of course, since then I’ve gone much further afield (for me) and am totally into food. And of course I’ve learned that blue cheese dressing is actually much better with buffalo chicken than ranch. I mean, eating the blue cheese is kind of half the point. 

Now finding a good buffalo chicken burger in Glasgow is not as easy as I thought it would be. Luckily, they’re pretty easy to make at home. Well seasoned chicken, buffalo sauce, a soft bun and some blue cheese dressing are all you need. It may not seem so adventurous, but I assure you, it’s delicious.

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Trying new things is awesome, but digging into an old favorite is just as great. Get yourself a buffalo chicken burger and smile!

Buffalo Chicken Burger
Serves 2
This Buffalo Chicken Burger is crispy, spicy, and so delicious.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  3. 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, divided
  4. 1/2 cup flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  7. Vegetable oil
  8. 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  9. 2 burger buns
  10. Blue cheese dressing
Instructions
  1. Cover each chicken breast in two layers of plastic wrap and use a rolling pin or something else heavy and unbreakable to pound your chicken to an even thickness, about half an inch.
  2. Place your flattened chicken breasts in a sealable bag or container. Pour over the buttermilk and add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Give your bag a good squish to mix things up and make sure your chicken is completely covered. Let this sit in the fridge for at least an hour. You could do this in the morning before work.
  3. On a plate or in a shallow container, mix the flour, salt, pepper, and another teaspoon of cayenne.
  4. Put a large skillet on the stove and add enough oil to cover the bottom. Turn the heat up to medium to heat up the oil before the chicken goes in.
  5. Remove your chicken breasts from the buttermilk, allowing any excess to drip off, and dredge each piece of chicken in the seasoned flour until covered completely.
  6. Fry your chicken breasts for about four or five minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through.
  7. While your chicken is cooking add your buffalo sauce to a bowl or container that's large enough to fit your chicken breast.
  8. Once your chicken is cooked through, carefully move it to the sauce bowl and turn the chicken in the sauce a few times until it's completely coated.
  9. Add your chicken breast to the bun and top with blue cheese dressing and any other toppings you desire.
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Cheesy Sausage Squares

Cheesy Sausage Squares | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

After two and a half years living in the UK, not only do I have to fork over all my money to renew my visa, but I have also finally started to figure out how to make British ingredients mock some of my American favorites. 

This recipe involves two American products that I love and was so sad to have to live without. The first is Jimmy Dean sausage, and the second is Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. Put those two things together, and you are basically guaranteed to be eating something awesome. Their absence left a sad hole in my life. 

Cheesy Sausage Squares | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve managed to partially fill those holes. Jus-Roll croissants are not 100% exactly the same as crescent rolls, but they’re pretty damn awesome. I have been known to eat all six of them by myself in one day. They also perform really well in recipes like this, better than just regular puff pastry.

Jimmy Dean sausage is a bit trickier to pin down, but I’ve found that if you add cumin and and crushed red pepper flakes to Cumberland sausage, it’s tasty enough to be getting on with. 

I’ve been testing lots of recipes lately, and nothing had really been exciting me until I made these Cheesy Sausage Squares. I mean, it’s hard to say no to something this loaded with cheese. We send that spicy sausage swimming in some cream cheese, lay some shredded cheddar on top of that, and wrap the whole thing in pastry by way of buttery, flaky croissants in a can. We like to keep it classy around here.

Cheesy Sausage Squares | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It takes some time to figure life out, but occasionally you solve some problems and then get to eat delicious things. These Cheesy Sausage Squares were an excellent discovery.

Cheesy Sausage Squares
Serves 6
Cheesy Crescent Squares are an absolutely creamy delicious start to your morning.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can croissants or crescent squares
  2. 1 pound sausage, casings removed
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  4. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  5. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 8 ounces cream cheese
  7. 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F and lightly grease a rectangular casserole or baking dish.
  2. Unroll your croissants and cover the bottom of your pan with the dough. Trim off the excess of the roll and save it for the top.
  3. Cook your sausage over medium heat in a large skillet, breaking it up with your wooden spoon as it cooks. While it's cooking, add the cumin, crushed red pepper flakes, and black pepper, and stir it through evenly.
  4. Once your sausage is cooked through, add the cream cheese to the skillet, and stir as it melts to combine it with the sausage.
  5. Add your sausage cream cheese mixture to your casserole dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar evenly over the sausage, then cover the whole thing with another layer of your croissant dough. If you have any excess, trim it off.
  6. Bake the whole thing for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is browned.
  7. Allow this to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting into squares.
Adapted from Pilsbury
Adapted from Pilsbury
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Santa Lucia Mocktail

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve never met a recipe I didn’t like. Now by this, I don’t mean that every recipe I see looks delicious or turns out great. What I mean is, there’s probably no recipe I don’t want to read. I love an expensive cookbook or a glossy food magazine, but I equally love to check out the recipes on the back of the food packaging or the free magazine in the grocery store. Yes, I realize these are basically just product ads, but some of them are really tasty.

I’m not puritanical about making everything from scratch. In fact, I’m super lazy and quite happy to take some help from the store. If something sounds good, I’ll try it, no matter where it comes from. And as a long-time picky eater, I’ll even sometimes try a recipe that sounds good in theory but I don’t necessarily want to eat myself. Any chance to turn a piece of paper or ones and zeroes on a computer screen into something potentially tasty, I’ll take it.

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

In case you haven’t guessed already, this Santa Lucia Mocktail comes from an ad in one of those free grocery store magazines. It’s a tangy, sweet mix of juices and fancy soda that’s pretty enough to serve at a party for friends who are driving or otherwise abstaining from alcohol. If the idea of a mocktail brings a hard eye roll to your face, I recommend adding a shot of rum to this mixture.

Ironically, my grocery store didn’t have all the ingredients the recipe suggested, so I improvised a bit, but I think it worked out well. The key ingredient is San Pellegrino Limonata, and everything else is open to interpretation. Something peachy, some fresh citrus, and a chilled martini glass puts you on your way to feeling fancy and refreshed.

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Don’t be afraid to try something a little low brow. You might be pleasantly surprised. Delicious things come from unexpected places. 

Santa Lucia Mocktail
Serves 2
This Santa Lucia Mocktail is tangy, fruity, and refreshing
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 ml San Pellegrino Limonata
  2. 50 ml orange, peach, passion fruit, mango juice or other peach juice mix
  3. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  5. Ice
  6. Citrus wedges to garnish
Instructions
  1. Add ice water to your martini glasses to chill.
  2. Pour Limonata and all juices into a cocktail shaker or measuring jug over ice. Shake or stir well.
  3. Pour out the ice water and divide your mocktail evenly between your two glasses, straining out the ice.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of fresh lemon or lime.
Adapted from San Pellegrino
Adapted from San Pellegrino
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