Everyone’s gearing up for the Super Bowl, even French chef David Malbequi of East Village restaurant David’s Café. His space is French countryside meets downtown NYC, the food is Frenchy does American, the beers are local, the wine is on tap and the drinks are smart. You may want to just stick with a local beer to wash down this superb Buffalo chicken poutine he loaned us, however. It’s a natural pairing.
I grew up in France, so Buffalo chicken wings were never even on my radar, but in the past couple of decades I’ve spent in the U.S., I’ve come to realize that wings are as American as they get. Before opening my restaurant, I took a trip up to Montreal and was inspired by how obsessed they are with poutine and how many different varieties there are, so I added a “hangover poutine” with peppercorn gravy, a beef patty and a fried egg to my brunch menu.
When it came time to think about the Super Bowl, I figured why not bring these two “fat kid”–type snacks together for the ultimate tailgate snack? We make our own Buffalo sauce with a combination of several hot sauces, adobo, horseradish and Izak spice (a harissa-inspired dry blend with sweet red chilies) to really amp up the heat and intensity. The gravy features blue cheese and mozzarella, and our fries are double-fried to ensure a crispiness that can withstand the sauce and gravy. Top that with some crispy chicken thighs and you’ve got a flawless game-day indulgence.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 4 ounces bacon, diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 2 1/2 shallots, chopped
- 1/4 head of garlic, peeled
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 3 1/2 cups (Heinz) ketchup
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup Cholula Sauce
- 2 tablespoons Valentina Hot Sauce
- 1 piece chipotle in adobo sauce
- 1 1/3 tablespoons horseradish
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon Izak spice mix from La Boîte (a harissa-inspired dry blend with sweet red chilies)
Blue cheese and mozzarella gravy
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1/2 quart heavy cream
- 3 1/2 tablespoons blue cheese powder
- 3 1/2 tablespoons Shredded mozzarella
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 2/3 pounds Idaho potatoes, cut into fries with skin on
- 2 chicken thighs, skin on
- 2 1/2 ounces Shredded mozzarella
- 7 onces blue cheese and mozzerella gravy
- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
- Canola oil (enough for frying potatoes and cooking chicken)
For the Buffalo sauce
In a medium pot over low heat, melt the butter, add the bacon, celery, shallots, and garlic, let it cook until golden brown, deglaze with the vinegar and add all the other ingredients. Cook for 25 minutes on low heat. Use a hand blender or regular blender to puree the sauce and pass through a chinois or strainer to end with a smooth consistency.
For the gravy
In a medium pot over low heat, melt the butter and then add the flour and let cook for 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and continue to stir with a whisk to avoid lumps. Add heavy cream, blue cheese powder and mozzarella cheese and season the sauce with salt and black pepper to taste. Allow to cook for 15 minutes.
For the poutine
Bring a pot of canola oil up to 300 degrees. Blanch the French fries for 4 minutes, until tender, and remove. Raise the oil to 375 degrees, then cook the French fries again until golden brown. Remove the fries and let sit on a wire rack or paper towels and season with salt to taste.
Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper and get a saucepan hot. Drizzle enough canola oil to simply coat the pan and place the chicken skin-side down in the pan. Cook for 6 minutes on the first side, turn and cook another 4 minutes until the meat is fully cooked.
To prepare, pile the French fries high on a plate and top with chicken (quartered or cut into pieces). Drizzle the gravy on top, then the hot sauce and top with shredded mozzarella. Garnish with fried shallots and chives if desired.