Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Chipotle BLT Wraps

Chipotle BLT Wraps

Excellent. Very easy. I made my own chipotle mayo by mixing chipotles in adobo with mayo. The juice from the tomatoes helps everything mix together. Will definitely make this again. Would be great with diced avocado added too.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sweet Potato-Pork Belly Hash

Sweet Potato-Pork Belly Hash

I clipped this recipe out of Bon Appetit magazine. I consider this one of the more adventurous recipes I have tried. I have never cooked a pork belly before. I followed the recipe exactly except that when it came to cubing up the pork belly, I actually shredded it more than cubed it. The pork belly I had did not have a ton of meat on it and maybe that's how they all are. I felt like it would be way too much fat if I just cubed it up, so I tried to get mostly meat shredded/cut into smaller pieces. I also cut the sweet potatoes into smaller pieces than called for and I felt this cooked better. I didn't have shallot and used minced onion and it was great. I sautéed the minced onion in melted pork belly fat and some oil. I would probably make this again sometime. I would cut down on the amount of maple syrup, and I think I would add minced garlic along with the minced onion or shallot.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chicken Baked in Foil with Potatoes & Carrots

Chicken Baked in Foil with Potatoes & Carrots

Based on a recipe from Cook's Country. Made this the other night and it was incredible! I was completely skeptical that this was going to taste good because it looked bland in the picture, and the ingredients seemed so basic. This recipe is a perfect example that you don't need fancy ingredients, tools or gadgets to make an awesome dish!

5 T olive oil
6 garlic cloves, sliced thin
1 t thyme (I used dried)
1/4 t red pepper flakes
12 oz Yukon gold potatoes or other waxy potato, unpeeled, sliced 1/4 in thick
2 carrots, peeled, quartered and then cut into 1 inch chunks
1/2 large onion, sliced 1/2 in thick, layers separated
kosher salt & pepper and/or seasoning of your choice
4-  6 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
2 T butter, divided into 4 pieces
2 T lemon juice
2 T minced fresh chives

1. Spray centers of four 20x12 in sheets of heavy duty foil with non stick cooking spray. Microwave oil, garlic, red pepper and thyme about 1 minute. Combine with potato slices, 1 tsp kosher salt, carrots and onions in a bowl and toss well to coat evenly.
2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper or seasoning of your choice (I used Tony Cachere's but Seasoned Salt would be good as well). In center of pieces of foil, arrange potato slices, top with chicken, carrots and onions. Add 1/2 T butter to each packet. Seal up packets as best as possible to hold in steam.
3. Bake at 475 on lowest oven rack until chicken registers 160 degrees- this took mine about 30 mins. When fully cooked, transfer packet contents to plate including the juices- drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle with chives.

Next time I will increase the amount of veggies, because we loved them, so I will probably increase the oil a bit too. I would also consider adding parsnip or green beans to this as well. Maybe fennel too. This was total amazing and I can't wait to make it again. I can't think of the last time I tried a recipe that our family loved this much.

This would also be a recipe you could assemble in the morning and then bake before dinner. I also wonder how this would come out if you did not do foil packets but instead baked everything in a pan tightly covered in foil.

Crispy Potatoes with Rosemary

Crispy Potatoes with Rosemary

Did not have good luck with this recipe from Martha Stewart Living. I followed the directly exactly, but the potatoes never got crispy. It was a lot of work and the flavor just wasn't there. I won't make again.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel

Made this recipe for dinner but only followed recipe loosely. I used pork cutlets (scaloppini) and I didn't have any lard so I fried them in butter and olive oil. I also used a mixture of breadcrumbs and panko. This came out really good and I think I would make it again.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mini Breakfast Frittatas

Yesterday at a school meeting in the morning, one of the parents made these mini breakfast frittatas. They were delicious, and easy for a casual breakfast during a meeting because these could be eaten with your hands. These were in mini cupcake liners, but you could also use regular sized cupcake liners I am sure.

To make 48 mini frittatas: (the easy way)
1 bag pre-cooked shredded potatoes (any flavor)
1 bag precooked turkey sausage or chopped ham
1 bag shredded cheddar
7 eggs
1/4 cup milk
Mini cup cake liners (foil ones work best)

Using a teaspoon measure put potatoes in each muffin, then a teaspoon of meat. Beat together eggs and milk and put a tablespoon of mixture in each muffin and top each one with a healthy pinch of cheddar. You will have leftover of every ingredient except egg mixture.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 min. They continue to cook when you pull them out a little bit, so careful not to overcook.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Caramelized Baked Chicken Wings

Caramelized Baked Chicken Wings

Flavor was decent but the dish was WAY too greasy and the wings come out soggy and meat falling off but not in a good way. The oil needs to be completely omitted. I think this would be better as a marinade. Won't make it again.