I think that when someone gave me the job to create Taylor Swift-inspired recipes my whole life changed. This is the moment that I’ve been waiting for. Red, Swift’s latest studio album is a great album for any meal. But I’ve featured down-home country brunch because what’s better than listening to All Too Well and drinking a Maple Latte? Nothing. That’s right, nothing is better than that. Well, maybe sweet potato waffles (which is a favorite of Taylors’) and baked honey mustard chicken strips to top it.
All Too Well Maple Lattes
“I walked through the door with you, the air was cold…”
6 oz brewed coffee
2 tbsp French vanilla creamer
3 oz Crown Royal Maple (can substitute maple simple syrup)
Brew coffee normally. Add 1 tbsp of creamer to each. (If you’d like to steam half and half or milk, go ahead! But just adding the creamer makes it easier. Then you can use the extra time to think about your feelings.) Then add 1.5 oz of Crown Royal Maple Whiskey to each coffee and stir. Enjoy!
Holy Ground Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Strips
“Spinning like a girl in a brand new dress, we had this whole wide city to ourselves”
½ pound trimmed chicken tenders
½ cup flour
1 cup panko crumbs
½ cup honey mustard
salt, pepper, cayenne, chili powder and paprika to taste.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Clean and separate the raw chicken tenders. Mix salt, pepper, cayenne, chili powder and paprika in the panko crumbs. Dip tenders in flour, then in egg, then in panko mixture. Place on greased baking sheet (I like to use aluminum foil for easy cleanup) and bake until golden brown and the chicken is cooked all the way through. Serve on top of the sweet potato waffles and drizzle with honey mustard and maple syrup if you desire.
Starlight Sweet Potato Waffles
“It was the best night, never forget how we moved…”
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
dash of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg (Taylor’s fav!)
3 eggs, separated
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup chilled sweet potato puree
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
Pre-heat waffle iron. (Belgium waffles are the way to go here, but if you have a regular waffle iron that’s fine.) Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt. Then (in a separate bowl) whisk together greek yogurt, sweet potatoes, milk, coconut oil and egg yolks. Stir in dry ingredients. Beat egg whites and fold into batter. Bake in lightly greased waffle iron. Top with chicken strips and drizzle with honey mustard and maple syrup.
I hope you enjoy your brunch while you contemplate everything about every relationship you’ve ever been in. If you start to get depressed – don’t worry, at least you have sweet potato waffles. And Taylor Swift.