What to Eat-Bangin’ Broasted Chicken and Meatballs at Angel Fire Resort
After a day (who am I kidding…after an hour!) of shredding the slopes at Angel Fire Resort, my mind, body and soul all craved serious eats. Sure, I could have gone for the typical mountain burger or chili fare that always sticks to your ribs (mmmm, ribs), but instead went off the packed powder path and chowed down in The Lodge.
My taste buds are still thanking me.
In the last year, Angel Fire put a lot of money into a revamp of the main lodge, and that includes the dining options within it. The biggest and best spectacle is the introduction of the En Fuego Wine Bar (where lonely cowboys strum sad songs on an acoustic guitar) and the upscale (yet affordable!) dinner spot Caliente Grill. Both these venues are low lit and classy, perfect for couples on a weekend getaway or vacationers who need a break from the chaos of cafeteria atmospheres.
From a sophisticated menu of mostly steaks, I took a chance on the Broasted Chicken Dinner (pictured above). Marinated in buttermilk, the magic broasting process involves pressure frying the bird to trap in moisture. Crispy and flavorful on the outside, juicy and divine on the inside, my Broasted Chicken Dinner had friends fighting over my remaining third piece. (I tried to stuff it down, really I did. Did I mention the portions are very generous?)
For lunch, I went to the casual Chiantis Pizzeria. While I could have gotten a personal pie, I opted in for spaghetti and meatballs with breadsticks.
Mama mia! Those meatballs were hearty, tender, delicious — and the size of my fist! I checked in with the mountain’s Top Chef Mathias Klemmt, who dropped the secret of his meatball marvels.
“The Internal temperature of a meatball needs to be at least 160,” he says. “The secret to a good meatball is fresh meat: pork, veal and beef if possible. Also, you should always cook the meatballs in beef stock and not roast them in an oven. That will keep it moist and won’t dry the product out.”
Hmmm…snowy with a chance of meatballs? I like that forecast for sure!
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