Food Snobs and Cap’n Crunch

Are you a food snob? Do you know one? Leave a comment.
The Captain, Average Betty and Black Truffles
Are your tomatoes heirloom? Is your garlic black? Is that imported truffle oil drizzled on your foie gras? Do you find yourself saying things like, “Stuffed mushrooms are so 1980″ or “If I see another tuna tartare I’ll gag”? After tasting something do you use the words flavor profile? Do you enjoy reading lists such as “The Top Ten Most Annoying Food Network Personalities” or… do you write them? If so, it’s entirely possible you may be a food snob.

Average Betty
Now, a food snob is not to be confused with a picky eater. Being a vegan, vegetarian or a locavore, doesn’t automatically make you a food snob. According to Webster’s, a snob is “one who vulgarly seeks association with those regarded as social superiors; one who tends to rebuff, avoid, or ignore those regarded as inferior; one who has an offensive air of superiority in matters of knowledge or taste.” So, a food snob, in other words… is someone who thinks their palate works better than yours.

Are you a food snob? Do you know one? Leave a comment.

Cap'n Crunch Chicken Recipe
Of course, all of this introspection leads me to my latest food adventure, Cap’n Crunch Chicken. I must admit… I was feeling very snooty about taking a perfectly good piece of chicken, running it through a sugar-cereal I’ve never eaten and dropping it into a pot of oil. So, I had to bake it too. And make a sandwich out of it. Truth be told, I’m not sure that I like Cap’n Crunch Chicken better than my own Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe, but it was certainly better than I expected it to be. GASP! Am I a food snob?

Link to the Cap’n Crunch Chicken Recipe recipe.

Cap'n Crunch Chicken Recipe
The fried version is undeniably more juicy. The cereal coating sort-of melts and the texture is more like a corn dog. And we all know how much Betty loves corn dogs. Wait. Cap’n Crunch Corn Dogs… I’m on to something!

Cap'n Crunch Chicken Recipe
The baked variety is undeniably more crunchy albeit more dry. It is definitely sweeter. I do believe either iteration could be improved with a buttermilk marinade, but… according to the Black Eyed Peas, this is the NOW generation… there’s no time for marinating Cap’n Crunch Chicken, silly.

Cap'n Crunch Chicken Recipe
I also think the flavor of either variety could be enhanced with the addition of herbs and other seasonings. A rich amber beer in place of the sparkling water, maybe. I kept my Cap’n Crunch Chicken as the Captain intended… well, in a non-breakfast kind of way. I relied on dipping sauces for extra flavor during the experimentation process.

Cap'n Crunch Chicken Recipe
One credit to the baked Cap’n Crunch Chicken is in the form of the sandwich. It is almost like Chik-Fil-A. Almost.

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Link to the Cap’n Crunch Chicken Recipe recipe.

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23 Responses to “Food Snobs and Cap’n Crunch”

  1. LaLa
    8/27/2009 at 4:09 pm #

    Betty, I’m a vegan but I read your blog because you are so darn smart and entertaining. Sorry, not for the food. All my friends call me a food snob. I can’t wait to enlighten them with your brilliant take. Ironically, Cap’n Crunch is vegan. I may have to try something similar to your creation! xxooLaLa

  2. Angelia McGowan
    8/28/2009 at 5:31 am #

    Great site, I came across your link on southern plate. Great article, that actually sounds good. It reminds me I am pretty sure I have had corn flake fried something more than once, and that was good. Your writing is great! I actually read all your article! I’m such a skimmer! , I keep my writing short because most blogs are sooo boring, I just skip to the recipe! LOL

  3. Average Betty
    8/28/2009 at 9:26 am #

    Hi LaLa! Wow, thank you! I am so happy to give you some fire for your friends that think you are a food snob! I know you can’t possibly be if you read my blog! So funny to know that Cap’n Crunch is vegan. I never would have guessed in a million years.

    Hi Angelia, Oh, I love Christy from Southern Plate! She is the sweetest! I bet corn flakes would hold up well to the frying process to… corn = good! Thank you so much for the kind words about my writing! I am a total “skimmer” too! Your blog is fabulous!

    Love y’all,
    Betty

  4. The BBQ Grail
    8/28/2009 at 9:53 am #

    I don’t think I’m a general food snob, but I most certainly am a BBQ Snob. And if I’m honest about it, I’m quite proud of that.

  5. Average Betty
    8/28/2009 at 10:21 am #

    Hey BBQGrail! Funny, I think most BBQ aficionados are pretty snooty about their Q! I think you’ve got the right mind-set… as long as you’re honest about it!

    Thanks for dropping by!

  6. Sophia
    8/28/2009 at 9:29 pm #

    Wow, how is it that I only JUST discovered your fabulous blog? I LOVE your witty and fun writing style, and thoroughly enjoyed this post…
    I’m not sure if I’m a food snob at all…I certainly do have a sense of superiority over others to my food knowledge and taste, but…I like my Burger King just as any of my other friends! So…a wannabe? Lol!

  7. Jason Jerbil
    8/29/2009 at 2:22 am #

    i’ll eat anything so long as it is posh

  8. HoneyB
    8/29/2009 at 4:43 am #

    hmm. I wonder. Am I a food snob? LOL I don’t think so. Grumpy certainly is a picky eater though. I love your idea of the captain crunch corn dogs. The fried version of chicken sounds better to me because I’m not so sure I would like a sweeter version. Plus. I like fat. Did I just say that? ;-)

  9. Jessie
    8/29/2009 at 4:58 am #

    heck no I am not a food snob! lol but however since I am also a personal trainer, I frown down upon fast food joints and processed junk foods like McDonalds, Burger King, KFC. That stuff is just not good for you! :)

  10. Hugging the Coast
    8/29/2009 at 5:14 am #

    Stuffed mushrooms *are* so 1980. What can I say? 1980 was a *very* good year!

    Seriously though, with such dishes as pulled pork barbecue, fried okra, stoneground grits, and buttermilk biscuits, as it’s almost impossible to be the kind of food snob you’re talking about if you live in the South.

    We’re all BBQ snobs down here though.

    That said, I cook/eat my share of gourmet food too. After all, delicious has no boundaries!. :)

  11. sippitysup
    8/29/2009 at 7:10 am #

    I am not sure I am a food snob, though I demand quality in food. Which means I can be deliriously happy eating a $2 torta from a taco cart as I could a foie gras appetizer from a Michelin rated restaurant. I don’t necessarily prefer heirloom tomatoes, but I won’t eat crappy tomatoes. I think organic is a hoax, but poorly grown food is not worth eating. I try not be vulgar about my food habits, but I have seen people roll their eyes at me.

  12. Beth
    8/29/2009 at 12:26 pm #

    1.) I am not a food snob……well maybe a little, I don’t like fast food places like the golden arches and some others that serve food that don’t look like the picture on the menu.
    2.) I love your recipes…some of them may have that fast food style, but with real ingredients!!
    3.) I love corn dogs…where is the recipe?? Okay the fast food at the summer fair does not fit in the category of fast food, some of it is really good….like the corn dogs.

  13. Gera @ SweetsFoods
    8/29/2009 at 3:04 pm #

    I don’t consider myself a food snob, actually I’ve a personality often where I go against the normal stream in food and in sports.
    While you’re running and you eat & drink, can you’ve a snobbish etiquette? No LOL!
    In food, quality versus quantity? I don’t know it depends of the situation.
    Excellent post!!
    Have a great weekend :)

    Cheers!

    Gera

  14. Average Betty
    8/29/2009 at 5:17 pm #

    Gosh, I just love hearing all of your thoughts on this topic!

    Sophia, Thank you so much! Compliments on my writing? My sister the English teacher will be so proud!
    Jason, you crack me up :P
    HoneyB, Three cheers for fat LOL!
    Jessie, I too believe in a balanced diet and try to limit the junky stuff. Trust me, I’m sure not eating fried chicken all the time!
    HTC, I could go for a stuffed mushroom right about now ;)
    sippitysup, I get eye-rolls from my friends on occasion too! Let’s go get some $2 tacos!
    Beth, Yes… love that you identify that a lot of my “fun food” is made with whole foods – well, other than this latest crazy cereal adventure! And, like I said… I sure don’t eat this “fun food” all the time! I don’t have a corn dog recipe on the site… YET! But I’m a sucker for Hot Dog on a Stick. I’m working on my recipe.
    Hi Gera, We have talked before about the importance of exercise when you love food as much as we do…. gotta burn those excess calories <3

    Thank you all so much for stopping by and joing the conversation :)

    Love y’all,
    Betty

  15. JMom
    8/31/2009 at 7:53 am #

    I am definitely not a food snob. I will try anything at least once and my favorite food finds have been in places that are considered dives.

    My only requirement is that the food does not give me food poisoning or anything more lasting than gas :)

  16. Average Betty
    9/1/2009 at 7:35 am #

    JMom, I like the way you roll :)

  17. Laurie
    9/2/2009 at 10:32 am #

    My husband is a food snob, but that’s because he only likes sweet & sour chicken, chicken strips, or cheese pizza. I know, it sounds like I’m married to an 8 year old. He just might dig that Cap’n Crunch chicken though. Looks good.

  18. Laurie
    9/2/2009 at 10:32 am #

    My husband is a food snob, but that’s because he only likes sweet & sour chicken, chicken strips, or cheese pizza. I know, it sounds like I’m married to an 8 year old. He just might dig that Cap’n Crunch chicken though. Looks good.

  19. Leah
    10/31/2009 at 7:16 am #

    Oh Laurie, I married an 8 year old palate too.
    (I just got done baking a half pound of bacon for him for breakfast.)
    I cannot wait to try the Cap’n Crunch chicken recipe, as that’s something he’s actually *excited* about trying – I am going to do a Peanut Butter Crunch style too and see if that will work well with Soy Sauce to push towards a more Thai/Viet flavor.

  20. Average Betty
    11/5/2009 at 10:26 am #

    I love how it’s an 8 year old palate… not 7 or 6!

    Laurie, Leah – I’d love to hear what your husbands thought of the chicken… and Leah, I’d love to know how that PB Crunch turns out!

    Love y’all!
    Betty

  21. KJ
    3/26/2013 at 9:29 am #

    Anyone know if I can freeze the spicy asian dipping sauce?

  22. Average Betty
    3/26/2013 at 5:24 pm #

    I’ve never tried it…

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