So last Sunday after I rustled UP a homemade replica of Chili’s Blue Ribbon Chicken Salad, I was so impressed with myself I post a picture of it on Facebook.
It’s pretty simple. A bag of field greens, chop UP your favorite salad veggies, like cukes, radishes, onion and the like, and you’ve got your base.
The Chicken was cubed, double breaded and fried in vegetable oil.
Double breading is simply that, dip the raw chicken into egg, then into flour, and repeat before frying.
Decadent; a bit, but really, really good.
Sunday’s meal being a hit on FB, I tried again on Monday.
Sliders and onion rings are always a hit, so why the heck not?
The burgers are smash burgers; super thin hamburgers that are small and fit on dinner rolls.
The onion rings are an Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa recipe. Soak raw onion rings over night in a mixture of buttermilk, salt, and pepper and then dip each one in cornmeal, flour, salt, and pepper and fry in oil until golden brown.
Don’t over crowd the pan.
And remember to schedule the haz-mat crew to clean UP the kitchen afterward.
It’s worth the mess.
That picture being a hit, I was inspired to try again on Tuesday.
This one is potage parmentier from none other than Julia Child. I found it in an issue of Esquire a few years back.
It calls for leeks, but never having them on hand, we used onions.
Really, I’m sure there’s a difference, but the onions work so knock yourself out…
2 lbs potatoes diced, 2 lbs leeks (or onions) finely chopped. 1 tablespoon salt, 6 oz heavy whipping cream, 6 tablespoons butter . Parsley and chives . Cover potatoes and leeks/onions with water about 1 in over. Cook for 40-50 mins. Use emersion blender or place in a blender in small amounts to purée. Add cream, butter mix well. Too w chives, parsley, and radish slices.
Just make sure the onions and potatoes are chopped well.
It is probably my favorite winter soup!
Wednesday’s menu was Pesto Chicken over Pasta.
Pretty simple, saute the chicken, add the pesto until heated and serve over pasta.
Easy, quick, filling and 2 pans to clean UP!
I had planned dinner on Thursday, but a 12 hour day caused a change of plans.
So, I posted what I was having…
Hey, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.
Knowing I had to redeem myself on Friday, I went all out with some left over beef roast from the freezer, brown gravy, bread, and mashed potatoes, for a winter-time comfort food favorite, Hot Shots.
Green beans for color and to prove to the world I do eat veggies added a nice touch.
“Is every week like that?” you might ask.
Well, no, but there are always Oreos!