Can I Make Eyeballs Tasty? | FOOD FEARS

– Oh my god, (coughing) – So, is that better or worse than you thought it would be? – Oh, the black– – Not as good as you thought it would be

– The black stuff came out (upbeat music) – Welcome to Food Fears, where I make something you hate taste great Please welcome today's guest, Host of Hot Ones, Shawn Evans – Yeah, wow, that was good That's very funny

– [Josh] Shawn, thank you so much – Yeah, it's the bald thing, that's what that is – Well, thank you for being on the show today It still shocks me that anyone shows up here and does this It's really crazy, so thank you

– It's exciting, yeah – You've kind of made creepy things on the internet like a huge part of your brand, but you have somehow managed to avoid eating creepy things How did you avoid having to eat creepy things for internet fame? – Ah, well I, that's just not something I've ever done I usually have a very strict diet I intermittent fast

You look like you work out so, you know, you probably know a little something about nutrition and what not The only thing that I said that I wouldn't eat, and I didn't mention that until I walked in here, was tarantulas That would be the only, you're like, oh what – This is gonna be an awkward day – Yeah, cut

– All right, so you fried chicken at a deli for 10 years Is that like the most food experience you have? – You guys are so good at the research I love it, I love it I remember back in the day when I was on Ear Biscuits, the amount of research, in-depth research, was very impressive So, yes, I used to fry chicken

I paid my way through university doing that, and yeah, I've always enjoyed fried chicken and fried things I feel like you're asking me that as like, is that foreshadowing? – No, no, no, there's a lot of misdirection coming– – I'm so scared right now, just so you know – That's what I really get off on, not in a weird way, but yeah, the tension coming off of you is really– – My whole day has just been, I'm just, I'm like okay – Are you ready to find out what you're gonna be eating today? – I think I'm ready if everyone else is ready – Because it is, it is fish eyeballs

So, this is not very commonly eaten Obviously if you were at, say, a Singaporean wedding, like I was a couple months ago, and a grandma hands you an eyeball out of her roasted fish, you gotta eat it But, not a lot of people cook with it, so I'm really excited to get down to it – I wanna tell you why this (laughing), why this concerns me, because when I used to work at that grocery store, I, one time, because apparently I'm twisted, I actually poked a fish in the eye It was dead

And, some black stuff like oozed out of it It's getting gross, I was just thinking about it So, it was like a weird like inky stuff, and I always thought to myself, well I'm so glad that like that was never in my mouth – We do have to eat this just completely plain This has just been boiled for safety

Just to get a flavor profile I need to know what you're feeling so I can kind of craft my dish around your thoughts This is a good meditative experience Try and leave your body – And, is there something like– – You just spit right into my hands

It'll be a bonding moment – My heart's beating, it's so funny, like the way that I'm reacting to this But, at the end of the day, I'm gonna do this like Timon and Pumbaa, slimy yet satisfying – Right down the gullet – All right, so we gotta chip it and dip it

We're still working on the branding for this show – And we have to chew it? – You can do it anyway you want to, brother – One, two, three – You get a little bit of crunch – Oh (coughing)

– [Josh] The crunch is the lens – I hope I can do it, oh mama – Do you like it, or no? – I'm trying not to throw up I feel– – it's that good? – Oh, you swallowed it? – Yeah Oh, these are, I just toss 'em back like popcorn

– Oh god, I hear something (gagging), something crunchy Oh, my god – So, is that better or worse than you thought it would be? – Oh, the black– – Not as good as you thought it would be – The black stuff came out There was some hard, crunchy things in an eyeball, which is concerning to me, and that really freaked me out

I was not ready for that Or, some tendons behind the eye – That's the optic nerve – Thank you – I mean, the good news is the bar is so low that like, I mean, I barely have to do anything to make this better and palatable for you

So, that excites me as a chef I don't like to work hard – Oh, the black stuff Is my tongue black? – A little residue on it You're gonna be tasting that for a minute

– Oh, that's lovely, okay It's on my hands – We'll get you some Listerine All right, so you can go wash your hands, Listerine up If you come back, I'm gonna have a beautiful dish, and I know I can get you to fall in love with these balls

– I would love to, yes, okay, I'll be back (upbeat music) – Food Fears! Sorry, I just needed that to wake up, all right Extracting an eyeball from a fish feels a lot like what I imagine it is to kill a man There we go Or, like kinda like cracking a walnut, you know, like one of the two

And, circumcised To make herby linguine, we're gonna take basil and parsley, blanch that for a few seconds, shock it in ice water, and get it right into our food processor with some more ice cold water, and then some olive oil just to kinda give it a little bit of body And then, gonna let it ride The type of guy that says let it ride is the type of guy who doesn't mind throwing on the John Travolta, William H Macy, and Tim Allen hit movie Wild Hogs on a Wednesday night

I don't know why I said let it ride, I don't say that, I'm not that guy It's more of a weekend thing for me Should see all that beautiful green liquid just kinda pouring out there And, now we need to start building the actual pasta So, you take that herb puree and you're gonna whisk it in with some eggs

You wanna do this right next to a pot of boiling water, and then you're actually gonna lean over and your sweat is gonna season your pasta An old trick that a very sweaty grandmother taught me My grandma is a very sweaty woman, and she's never going to watch this because she doesn't understand what I do for a job, and explaining YouTube to her is like explaining what a train is to a horse Now, we're gonna go ahead and we're just gonna dump two and a half cups of flour This is a double zero flour, which means something

Who knows, who's to say You make a well in the middle of that, and then you're gonna pour that herby egg mixture in the middle Bold! Also let a bunch just completely break the floodgates and go all over your table, and maybe on the floor, and maybe on your shoes No, my son, my beautiful son And then, you're gonna mix that all together and then knead it with your hands until it starts to form a dough

Let's get a lot of aggression out Tomatoes are supposed to be in the dish, link Then, you're gonna wrap that dough in plastic, you're gonna let it rest in the fridge for about a half an hour All right, so now we gotta take our dough and we gotta feed it through our official Food Fears pasta sheeter, now available at mythicalstore

That's not true, but please buy a mug or something And then, you're gonna run it through a pasta sheeter a few times so it's nice and thin And, if you hate pasta, use it as a really gross scarf Now, this is ready to be turned into our linguine And now, this goes through this one

Goes through this one! First, you have to have your associate producer Nicole, if you don't have one, go find one, teach you how to use a linguine cutter because apparently you don't know how to do it There we go Now you see your beautiful noodles are coming out with the help of someone more competent than you Drop these guys in there Make it salty like the ocean, or the tears of an enemy

You're just gonna cook that for about three or four minutes until al dente, and then you're gonna pull that off and saute it right in the sauce To make the eyeball scampi sauce you start with a lot of butter heating in a pan, then you saute garlic with that, and then you're gonna deglaze the pan with white wine that you're gonna let reduce for a minute One for you, one for the pan An Italian grandma taught me that I think she just had a problem

Now, we're gonna take chicken stock I like to add a little bit of stock 'cause it kinda gives it that little savory edge Capers in there And then, pasta water This is really key because that's actually gonna help bind everything together

It's got a little bit of that starch in there And now, we're gonna go ahead and take our eyeballs, and we don't wanna overcook them So, we're gonna put these in there, and you're just waiting for the eyes to turn white like a White Walker in Game of Thrones Man, they really botched that last season, didn't they? It looks dead inside like a doll's eyes That's from Jaws? – Yep – Never seen it

All right, so you see the whites of the eyes are really becoming cloudy That means the fish is officially dead, whereas previously it was alive Squeeze in half a lemon Make sure you have no open wounds Ironically, I always do, this hurts

And then, we're gonna add our parsley in there And then, in comes the pasta Then, just let that continue to saute until about half that liquid's gone To plate the final dish, we're gonna take the pasta that's in the saute pan, put it into a beautiful hand-crafted plastic bowl that I found at a discount store And, it wouldn't be Food Fears if we didn't cut to the reveal

(dramatic music) All right, are you ready to check out the final dish that I prepared? – Yes, I am – Okay, so you've been known for your creepy pasta videos, so I wanted to make you a literal creepy pasta This is fish eyeball linguine scampi – Wow! – So, please dig in I'd recommend you kind of get an eyeball on the end of it, kinda twirl it up

– See, it's just psychological Like just, I'm looking at it, and it's just pasta, it's just fish – Yeah, it can be any fish product it might as well be shrimp We don't have the budget for that yet – Oh boy, yeah

See, I put that one back in hopes I'd find a better one, but they're all– – I wanted to tell you that was the best it's gonna get – Oh, Lord Almighty, okay – All right, you got one loaded up? – Yeah, it's just, I just (exhaling), yeah, that's got more on it, bruh – Yeah well, okay, so I wanted to do a quick cook on these eyeballs to like really give you that texture, and then I did a sort of longer braise on the caponate – It's very nice of you

Okay, let's do it See, it's so good, but it, my brain is so confused right now – Focus on the good flavors – Oh, it crunched! – [Josh] Focus on the olive oil – Yep, mm-hmm

– That's a beautiful Ligurian olive oil from Italy It's imported – I am so confused – A beautiful, floral bitter notes – Oh man, yep, floral

– [Josh] Then you got all that white wine, the acid, killing everything But, how aromatic is the garlic? – Good garlic – And then, oh my god, I didn't even get into the basil and parsley puree in the pasta Look at that beautiful green color I mean, you would pay $23 for this in a nice Italian– (gagging) – And they're– – That is so tasty is what you're saying? – Yeah, and I mean we haven't even gotten to the caponata yet

There's a little bit of golden raisins in there – I can't wait – And, now it's gone (stammering) Is it gone? – Now, it's gone That was actually very good

I'm not gonna lie The pasta, not the– – I don't get a ton of compliments around here so that really means a lot to me – Man, hit me up anytime I'll just text you randomly I'll be like, bruh, you know what, you look nice today

I don't even see you, but you look nice today – You're gonna regret that, I'm very co-dependent (laughing) – I did it, I swallowed, there was probably at least three eyeballs in there – You sucked on a lot of balls on that one So, how do you feel about the experience? How do you feel about eyeballs as a dish? Would you say your fear has dissipated? – I think, like with most things, it's just psychological

I would say my fear is probably, yes, it's probably, and it was all 'cause of you, so thank you for that – Probably, yes, that's like as good as I'm ever gonna get here 'cause this is, I mean really uphill battles that we're fighting on some of this – Oh man, I honestly feel like you guys took it easy on me Like, eyeballs are nasty, and there's like a shell to an eyeball, here we go (laughing) There's like a shell to the eyeball, and then there's like the goo inside with the black stuff, but if you get past that, it's not bad

– Thank you so much for being here And, everybody, subscribe to Matthew Santoro on YouTube He makes awesome stuff But, you'll never see him eat eyeballs on his channel, I'm assuming – Or will you? – [Josh] Boom

– No – Nope (both laughing) Thank you so, so much for watching and supporting me, and if you wanna keep showing support, please go subscribe to the Mythical YouTube channel If I get enough subscribers I can make even more content for you So, please go subscribe, and, again, thank you

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