Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fried Corn Cakes



I made these corny, crispy critters to go with some Sausage Okra Gumbo--a perfect pairing with the snow and brisk temperatures provided to us by Winter Storm Jonas.  I am sure you experienced some of the same weather if you are on the East Coast.  So, next time you are snowed in, hunker down with some of these and a nice hot stew or soup.  Or not.  They are good all by themselves.

Ingredients:

1 cup fine cornmeal
1 cup water
oil for frying--I used coconut oil
salt to taste
Add-ins (use your imagination) : chopped bacon,  minced onion, chopped green chilies, shredded cheese, etc.

1.  Add water to cornmeal and whatever you decide to throw in there, and stir to combine. You don't even need to add anything.  These are yummy on their own.

2.  Heat about 1/4 inch of oil in a skillet to medium-high.

3. Drop corn mixture by tablespoonfuls into hot oil.  Fry until golden brown and flip to brown other side.

4.  Remove from skillet and place on paper towels to drain excess oil.  Lightly salt each side.  You can also add the salt to the mixture before frying, if desired.

These will be crispy on the outer edge and chewy in the middle.  What?!
             

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Broccolini with Chicken




This recipe originally posted on November 7, 2013.  I am cheating today, but now that I look at this dish, I am inspired to make it really soon!

This started out as someone else's recipe but when I couldn't find a key ingredient, I just changed it into my own with a different sauce.  Hope you enjoy it.  It's quick and easy and has some healthiness to it.

Ingredients:

1 13-oz. package frozen cheese tortellini, about 3 cups
1 10-oz. package frozen broccoli florets, about 3 cups
2 T. butter
1 1/4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used the tenders) cut into 1-inch cubes
Creamy Cauliflower Sauce. 

1.  Cook tortellini and broccoli in large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes or until tender.  Drain well.

2.  Melt butter in large skillet on medium-high heat.  Add chicken and stir fry for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.

3.  Add chicken to tortellini and broccoli mixture. Gently mix well until chicken is distributed evenly. 

4.  To serve, spoon desired amount of tortellini mixture onto plate and top with the Creamy Cauliflower Sauce or your favorite Marinara.

(Image provided by me. Twice.  For two recipes.  It's all good.)