I had a few button mushrooms to use up and we haven’t had any of these for a long time. They are batter dipped and then dredged in panko. The batter is flour and water with a beaten egg and a teaspoon of baking powder, seasoned with ground red pepper and salt.
The dip is mostly ketchup with a squirt of bbq sauce and a tablespoon or so of sweet soy sauce. An option would be to add a dollop of chili garlic paste.
I bought a box of mushrooms the other day and they’ve been sitting on the counter since. Thought I’d better do something with them. I had a vague notion of “mushroom chicken something something” but decided to slice them into manageable sized pieces for breading and frying. They were those bigger white button mushrooms, golf ball sized plus, or as the weatherman might say: “The size of golf ball sized hail.” I’ll stop. Anyway, the batter was 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup corn starch. 3/4 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water. I whisked that in a bowl and dumped in the mushrooms and stirred them about to coat them, then took four or five at a time and tossed them in panko bread crumbs. Fry in hot oil and roll them once to brown evenly. I started when the oil reached 350 and tried to keep it there as best I could.
Mrs J was calling for mac and cheese today to go with the chicken thighs she brought up from the basement freezer. I looked around and settled for a recipe Google served up that looked nice. I have to mention that the roasting head of garlic really smelled good this morning as I was gathering all the ingredients.
Toasting the panko with butter was a nice touch but I nearly let it get away from me. Only a few of the crumbs turned black before I removed the sauce pan from the burner – the toasting was quick once the pan reached temperature. Don’t forget to reserve some of the pasta water, it sure did look soupy going into the casserole but it needed every drop.The recipe mentioned ramekins and I remembered to fill these two. I set all the dishes on a baking tray, the big casserole (13″x9″) didn’t bubble over but these little fellows did.
Per TaMara’s suggestion, I used panko for the breading this time. Most excellent advice! We’ve used this recipe before and I think it’s the best of those I have done myself. The pancake batter recipe rings are an easier preparation but the extra step of breading the battered rings is worth it.The shrimp were good but they were frozen and ready to fry so I won’t claim much credit. I did goose the heat in my cocktail sauce with some sambal oelek but it was otherwise the standard preparation made with ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice and Worcestershire.
Just a quick slide show. Questions? I’ll answer in comments. Merry Xmas and Ho Ho Ho!
Last night it just had to be fried chicken. Three problems with that craving. One – I’m very temped to buy somebody else’s fried chicken. Two – I hate deep frying anything. I loved fried food, don’t get me wrong, but I hate the mess. So I usually do the Oven Fried chicken. Which brings us to problem three last night – not enough time for oven fried chicken.
There was a lot going on and I didn’t have the time to bake chicken, especially since I hadn’t taken any chicken out to thaw, so I had to come up with something that would be quick and easy.
My solution was to take 4 small boneless chicken breasts, quick thaw them in cold water, pound them flat (I wrap them in plastic first). I dipped them in an egg wash (2 eggs with just a bit of water, salt and pepper) and then dipped them in my seasoned panko breading – I used basil, oregano, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and garlic. Heavy on the pepper. But wait, it wasn’t real panko.
Lfern had mentioned she missed panko breading and I had a thought in my head that crushed rice chex would make a good substitute. I ran them through my mini-food processor until I had 2 cups of course ground chex. I thought the texture was very close to panko and took spicing well. It fried up with a satisfying crispness, very much like deep fried chicken.
Since the breasts were so thin, I only needed 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter (butter gives them a rich flavor, olive oil keeps butter from burning). I quickly browned the breasts in the hot oil, reduced the heat and let them cook for 15 minutes turning several times, so as not to burn. I made a real nice chicken gravy with the pan drippings – I have been thrilled with how nice gravy turns out in a cast-iron skillet. Served with mashed potatoes and garden salad that had just about a bit of everything it.
It all looked good and I was going to take pictures but haven’t recharged the batteries since I got home. Yes, yes, I am as disappointed as you are. Maybe JeffW will come up with some fried chicken for us this week to make up for my lack.