I remember seeing the trailer for Keanu for the first time. I was so unbelievably stoked that we were getting a Key & Peele movie… ABOUT A CAT. My old cat lady heart grew three sizes that day. Make sure to go see it in theaters, TODAY (Friday, April 29th)!
Key & Peele on Comedy Central is one of those shows you watch the first time… you laugh your ass off, and from that point on, you can just have it on in the background at all times and it makes you happy. You can fall asleep to it. You can put it on while you’re cleaning. You know it inside and out so it isn’t a huge distraction, but it makes everything better to just have it on. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have the best comedic chemistry since Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.
That being said, I’ve composed a list of my top five skits, and you’re gonna read it. Cause you love me. It wasn’t an easy task, but I think when you read them, it’s going to be REAL obvious that a pop culture food blogger wrote this list.
5. East/West College Bowl and East/West College Bowl 2
Definitely one of their most popular skits, these ones kill me every time. (And it’s taken off, they’ve done so much with it.) The names they come up with begin with on-point exaggerations of some of the over-the-top names of modern football players and then it just devolves into ridiculousness. Today’s recipe is actually an ode to Fudge, one of my favorite collegiate football players from these skits. (I could talk about Fudge all day.) Some of my other faves include Xmus Jaxon Flaxon-Waxon, Dan Smith, Mergatroid Skittle, Jammie Jammie-Jammie, Wingdings and Squeeeeeeps.
4. Continental Breakfast
Obviously I love all food-related everything. This one is great though. A hotel guest enjoying the not-so-simple joys of the free Continental Breakfast. It’s so worldly.
3. Gremlins 2
I’ve watched this one at least ten times. I love the idea of a completely unfiltered brainstorm session is what lead to the gremlins in Gremlins 2.
2. Pizza Order
This is like, the most relatable/un-relatable thing I’ve ever seen. That probably says a lot about me. I always feel like the delivery guys are judging me, and I KNOW the people who pack up my Chinese food are. You order two entrees, it’s for two people. Don’t you mind how many crab rangoons go with it. You leave those other four fortune cookies out of the bag. My nerdy love muffin in this skit pretends he’s having a party so he can get some extra munching in.
1. Stan Lee’s Superhero Pitch
We all love Stan Lee. He’s done so much for us and given us all of our favorite Marvel characters. This skit takes the legend and plays with what he is now… older. He pitches new characters to a team, all which, hilariously, stem from the life experience of an older man. There’s Heydey, who will live forever so long as he keeps coming up with good ideas. Techno, who understands how to control technology. And my favorite, the Gray Chaser… a childless hot chick who is into old men. It’s all wonderful.
Key (Lime) Peele Fudge
adapted from Bacon and Legs
2 ½ cups sugar
¼ cup butter
⅔ cup evaporated milk
2 limes, zested (divided)
1 7 ½ oz jar Marshmallow Fluff
¾ tsp salt
¾ tsp vanilla extract
6 oz semisweet chocolate pieces
6 oz milk chocolate pieces
beer-candied lime peel (recipe here but replace oranges with limes)
Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, stout, half of the lime zest, Fluff and salt. Cook over medium heat. Bring to a low boil, stirring constantly. Cook until everything is combined, about five minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and chocolate. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle the candied lime peel and remaining zest on top.
Refrigerate until set.
*You may want to run a sharp, non serrated knife under hot water for an easier time cutting the pieces.