Oh my gosh! What have I done?

@TheHorse (52749)
Pleasant Hill, California
November 15, 2017 6:17pm CST
I needed a bedtime snack the other night and didn't know what to do. What I did was throw together a small serving of TraderJoe's Kun Pao Chicken. I cook it in olive oil on my stove. When I went to my freezer to grab some rice to toss in, I realized that I had no rice whatsoever. So I went all Jewish on my kun pao chicken, tossed in some "bagel croutons" (one inch squares of bagel that I chopped up) and some red onion (usually for my bagels and lox). The result was....delicious! The bagel croutons soaked up the olive oil, got lightly brown, and were really fun to eat. The red onions blended in with the packaged onions just fine. Yum! Have you ever experimented with "what you have" and invented a new taste sensation?
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@Morleyhunt (16549)
• Canada
16 Nov
Some of my tastiest dishes were created from what was available....now this summer someone questioned the condiments used on a hotdog....my daughter and I roasted wieners over a fire. The only thing we had to put on our dogs was some shredded cheese and some French dressing. It worked.
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
If they were nice and burnt, all I'd add would be a tiny bit of mustard. But cheese and dressing sounds good too.
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@Morleyhunt (16549)
• Canada
16 Nov
@TheHorse our cupboard was bare....no mustard....no catsup.....no relish....we worked with what we had. A couple that stopped at our campsite commented on our unusual combo.
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@rebelann (32224)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Nov
Doesn't everybody? What you made sounds good except I've never had Kun Pao Chicken so I'm a little at a loss as to what that would taste like but I do like chicken
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
I can't do it justice with words. But it's a slightly sweet and quite spicy chicken dish that usually served with rice.
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@rebelann (32224)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Nov
What kind of spice @TheHorse ? When I hear spice I always think Jalapeno
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
@rebelann Eeps, I'm not sure what they use. I've never made Kun Pao from scratch.
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
16 Nov
That sounds really good
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
I was glad it worked out!
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
16 Nov
@TheHorse I need to find those bagel things you used. They sound amazing
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
@thislittlepennyearns A true multi-purpose food.
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@WorDazza (8649)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov
Malteser sandwiches. No more words necessary!!
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@Marty1 (26653)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
16 Nov
Ma I ask what a Malteser sandwich is and what is on it? it sounds interesting!
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@WorDazza (8649)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov
@Marty1 Probably best to give you a link to an old advert for maltesers.
I give you Video #240! It's the honeycomb middle that weighs so little. "Chocolate?" "No, Maltesers."
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@Marty1 (26653)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
16 Nov
@WorDazza oops I seriously thought they were a sandwich I figured it may be a vegetarian thing and was hoping i could get the recipe as i am a partial vegetarian now and learning to cook. The candy looks delicious I think in the US that may be called Milk Duds?
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@LeaPea2417 (15263)
• Toccoa, Georgia
16 Nov
Yes, I have done that many times.
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
17 Nov
Do you have a favorite?
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@LeaPea2417 (15263)
• Toccoa, Georgia
17 Nov
@TheHorse Can't think of anything at the moment.
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@peachpurple (11016)
• Malaysia
16 Nov
yesterday I added in chilli sauce in stir fry veggies, now that is when I say "XXXX !" and threw away my new invention
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
Is "xxxx" kiss kiss kiss kiss? Or is it more like "Gosh darn it!"
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@peachpurple (11016)
• Malaysia
17 Nov
@TheHorse the second
@Happy2BeMe (70157)
• Canada
16 Nov
That looks and sounds really good
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
It was really good! Tonight, I'm just eating Tom Kha Gai and rice from my favorite Thai restaurant.
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@Happy2BeMe (70157)
• Canada
16 Nov
@TheHorse I love Thai food!
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
@Happy2BeMe As do I. Whenever I move (which isn't that often), I locate the nearest Thai restaurant.
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@RodrickH (1027)
• China
16 Nov
Kun Pao Chicken is famous here,but we cook it in another way
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
How is it different from the "Americanized" version?
@RodrickH (1027)
• China
16 Nov
@TheHorse We put cucumber and peanuts,that's the most common ingredient in Chinese Kun Pao Chicken,I never see Americanized version before until I see your post,if I have a chance,I will try to cook it like the one in your picture
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
@RodrickH I think it has the same basic ingredients here, but I notice it varies by restaurant in terms of sweetness and sauciness. The peanuts are always there.
@cahaya1983 (9460)
• Malaysia
16 Nov
Yes and they turned out wonderfully! Kung pao chicken is one of my favorite dishes, it's yummy and so easy to make.
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
I admit that I start with Trader Joe's frozen version and then add stuff.
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• Malaysia
16 Nov
@TheHorse Still counts!
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
@cahaya1983 That's what I say!
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• Guangdong, China
16 Nov
couldn't understand why kun pao chicken as bed time food... Is it too heavy before bedtime?
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
It was really my very late dinner (my schedule is wacky right now). Nothing adversely affects my sleep. Sleeping is what I'm best at.
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• Guangdong, China
17 Nov
@TheHorse OMG...dinner is so late. It is not good for your health.
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@FayeHazel (11583)
• United States
16 Nov
Oh that does look tasty
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
18 Nov
It was really good.
@snowy22315 (34159)
• United States
16 Nov
Fusion cooking its finest!I think that's how most things get invented. I haven't lately, but I am sure I have.! I don't always have the right ingredents to make what I want to make.
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
"Fusion cooking"--I like that! Where'd you hear that?
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@spiderdust (2719)
• San Jose, California
16 Nov
I would never have thought to chop up bagels to fry up with Kung Pao chicken. Genius!
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
Yes, I'm often called that. No, wait, it was "mush for brains." They just kind of sound the same. Heh.
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@celticeagle (115084)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Nov
Oh, yes. But combining two different foods like you did. I do love Chinese food.
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
17 Nov
So do I. But Thai is my favorite right now. Indian too.
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@Daelii (2026)
• United States
16 Nov
I never would have thought to turn bagels into croutons...that sounds delicious!
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
I was pleasantly surprised it works.
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@sharon6345 (110277)
• United States
16 Nov
So many times that it was nice to keep trying.
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
Do you have a favorite success story?
@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
16 Nov
You made a sort of "Bruschetta croutons". I love toasted bread in olive oil, that I rub with a whole garlic glove and sprinkle with a bit of dried oregano.
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@MALUSE (32699)
• Denmark
16 Nov
I think every intelligent and creative housewife/man/person does this.
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@m_audrey6788 (11601)
• Germany
16 Nov
Sometimes I do the same. Your food looks so delicious
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@TheHorse (52749)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov
Thank you! It really was yummy.
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• Germany
16 Nov
@tom_view (2670)
• Kolkata, India
16 Nov
cooking is all about getting good food with what you have
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