Fried Turkey and Waffle Bites with Sriracha-Maple Drizzle





Recipe courtesy of Parties that Cook in San Francisco, CA for  2017 Turkey Inspiration Events


Buttermilk Brine
1½ cups buttermilk
¼ cup hot sauce, such as Crystal or Tabasco
1½ Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon salt, plus more for after frying
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds skinless turkey thigh meat, cut into
small pieces
Dredge for Turkey
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 quart vegetable or rice bran oil
1¾ cups AP flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cornmeal
⅓ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla
4 ounces butter, meltedSriracha-Maple Drizzle
½ cup maple syrup
1 Tablespoon Sriracha
½ teaspoon salt


Marinate the Turkey: In a mixing bowl, add the buttermilk, hot sauce, sugar, salt, garlic and turkey. Let marinate for at least 1 hour.
Fry the Turkey: Heat the oil in a skillet or other high-sided pan, until it reaches 350°. Line a sheet pan with a cooling rack. Put the flour, paprika, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl, and remove the turkey from the marinade. Dredge the turkey in the flour and line up on the rack to get ready to fry. Carefully add the turkey to the hot oil, and cook about 3 minutes on each side, or until it is golden brown. Remove from the oil and put on a sheet pan lined with paper towels. Season with salt. Continue until all the turkey is fried. Season new batches of fried turkey with salt. Set aside.
Make the Waffles: Heat the waffle iron. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking soda and salt, mix. In a second mixing bowl, whisk in the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Carefully add a couple ounces at a time to the well sprayed waffle iron. Close and cook for about 8-10 minutes. Repeat until all the batter is gone. Evenly cut the waffles into 16 squares (this assumes using the Oster waffle maker). Set aside.Make the Drizzle: In a mixing bowl, add the maple syrup, Sriracha, and salt. Stir to combine.
Assemble: On the waffle squares, top with a piece of turkey, drizzle the Sriracha-maple sauce and serve.