Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
9: Flying Jacob from Beaver Choice
The story goes that Ove Jacobsson, a Swede who worked in the air freight industry, invented the Flygande Jakob (Flying Jacob) casserole based on his travels. He must have been to some pretty exotic places. The recipe, first published in Allt om mat in 1976, boasts chicken, bananas, and peanuts among its ingredients.
Where can you find this must-try, adventurous dish? Only one place: Beaver Choice. The quirky Scandinavian eatery in Tempe.
Looking like lava pooled into a pie tin, the Flying Jacob at Beaver Choice features marinated chicken, bananas, peanuts, and mashed potatoes baked in a chile cream sauce.
This daring combination of ingredients makes for a mix of sweet, salty, and creamy followed by a slow heat and a flavor sensation most of us outside Sweden's borders have not been fortunate enough to savor -- until now.
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