I grabbed a big chicken at the store the other day, I was thinking beer-butt roasted fryer chicken for Sunday dinner but when I went to put it into the fridge I saw the “roasting chicken” right there on the wrapper. No problem! A quick search led me to this recipe. I had some fresh rosemary, bought for the porchetta last week.A quick slather and we were ready for the oven. I ran it at 400° on the convection roast setting. I mixed the soft butter with several cloves of roasted garlic rather than fresh garlic. I did add fresh garlic to the cavity, and several cloves went under the bird along with the onions, celery, and carrots.I more or less destroyed the breast quarter, Mrs J got the leg and thigh. The juices strained from the bottom of the pan made a killer gravy. A baked potato and steamed veggies rounded out the meal.
This dish is usually made with tenderized chicken breasts, I like the boneless, skinless thighs better. I pounded these a little but not a lot. The prep was typical, though: dredge in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs, Cook in olive oil until golden, then flip. Bake, topped with sauce and cheese and serve. I like a bed of spaghetti that has been tossed in butter and good olive oil with plenty of garlic.
These were a result of two recipes, Alton Brown’s Buffalo Wings for his two step cooking method, and Krista’s Honey Garlic wing recipe for the sauce. The dumplings are from frozen and were steamed.I steamed the wings in two batches, about ten minutes each, because the basket was small. The steamed wings were allowed to drain and cool on paper towels before baking on parchment paper at 375 until browned, about 40 minutes more. Flip the wings over halfway through.Switching the paper for foil, the wings were dipped in the honey garlic sauce and baked until the sauce got bubbly, and then were re-dipped and baked again. Two thumbs up!
I picked the first batch of cherry tomatoes, probably about a pint and a half. Mrs J looked at the bowl and thought they would go good on a pizza. She was right.
These are more of those naan loaves we bought at the International grocery. They are about 8 inches in diameter and make great little individual pies. I brushed them with garlic infused olive oil, added pieces of sliced provolone, and the sliced tomatoes. They went into a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Add the fresh basil after they come out. Shredded parmesan works well. I use a microplane grater on a small block of hard cheese.
I didn’t feel like going full on Alton Brown on the little bit of ground lamb I had so I just added a ton of garlic, cumin, ginger, and a store bought Greek seasoning powder and fried it up like a basic burger. I very nearly ruined the tzatziki. Never use a stick blender if you think the cukes are not diced finely enough. Just don’t.
This works well as a side or a nice, fresh main course.
Grilled Vegetable Salad
- 1 large red onion, quartered
- 4 red potatoes, quartered
- 8 oz baby carrots
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp rosemary, crushed
- 1 tsp sage, crushed
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 8 oz bag spinach leaves or spring greens
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp melted butter
serving bowl, large bowl, grilling basket or foil
Mix oil and spices, toss with onion, potatoes and carrots in a large bowl, until well coated. Place in a grilling basket or wrap in foil and grill for 20 minutes, stirring or turning frequently. Mix together lemon & butter. In serving bowl, add greens, grilled vegetables and toss with lemon butter
French Toast Alert System may be activated, but I have my own comfort snow foods. Big pot of soup on the stove:
- 1 lb ground beef (or 1/2 ground beef, 1/2 spicy Italian sausage)
- 1/4 of a small onion, chopped
- 24 oz diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
- 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach, cleaned
- 8 oz sliced carrots (I use frozen)
- 1 cup green beans
- 1 cup water, more as needed
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 tsp dried basil, crushed
- 1 tsp dried oregano, crushed
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (opt)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Grated Parmesan for garnish
- spinach chiffonade for garnish
In saucepan, brown ground beef and onions. In a blender, blend together spinach and tomatoes, until smooth*. Add to beef mixture, along with vegetables and spices. Bring to low boil, stirring frequently, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with Parmesan and spinach chiffonade. Makes 4 generous servings.
*Blending the spinach, tomatoes together gives you a nice hearty tomato base for the soup. You can add some additional spinach leaves at the end if you like, letting them get limp but not overcooked.
Not much to this one, I opened two cans of cannellini beans and a can of San Marzano tomatoes and dumped them into a pot in which I had browned some Italian sausages and sweated a diced onion in a little olive oil. I removed the sausages after they had cooked in the sauce for a while and sliced them, in the photo they have just been returned to the pot.
I was pretty sure there was an actual recipe for this dish. A search for white beans + tomatoes + sausage + recipe found several. I noted that this recipe called for sage as a seasoning so I added some rubbed sage. I already had bay leaves and some marjoram and dried basil and the garlic in mine.