Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.
Trefoils meet the trailer park: Girl Scout Shit-on-a-Shingle.
Got some Girl Scout cookies in the pantry? So did we -- hence, the Chow Bella Trefoil Showdown.
Our dish for the Trefoil showdown boiled down to simple logistics. Last minute crunch time with only fifteen minutes to create an entry? It seemed like a daunting task. Until we thought back on one of the cheapest, easiest desserts from childhood: Shit-on-a-Shingle.
For some folks, shit-on-a-shingle conjures up visions of creamed, chipped beef jiggling atop a bed of saltines. But for those of us with friends of a certain Midwest cut, this oddly named food was less military rations and more sweet, trailer park comfort food. The dessert version of shit-on-a-shingle is fast, economical, and surprisingly tasty.
Classic shit-on-a-shingle is about as easy a dessert as you can create. Arrange a single layer of saltines on a baking sheet, top with equal parts melted butter and brown sugar. Cook at 350 until bubbly and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Spread those melty chips around and top with nuts if its one of those days.
To create some Girl Scout shit-on-a-shingle, just substitute Trefoils for saltines. It's also easier if you heat the butter and sugar together in a small sauce pan for a couple minutes before pouring over the cookies. That way the thicker shortbread cookies all get an equal shot at soaking up all that good faux toffee flavor.
If you're feeling nutty and happen to have a couple extra minutes, roasting some walnuts in olive oil, sea salt, and cinnamon is a fitting, salty tribute to the missing layer of saltines.