Thursday, July 10, 2008

"What do we have in the fridge?"

That was the question when we talked about dinner the other night. Neither of us wanted to go to the store, but we had also failed to create a menu for the week, so we didn't have a lot on hand.


The answer it turns out, was just enough to make an awesome meal!

Chicken breasts were already defrosted, so that gave us a starting point. From there we did a quick inventory, and came up with the following:

- About 2 tablespoons of cheap parmesan cheese

- Some Italian-style bread crumbs

- 1 zucchini

- 1 bag Idaho potatoes

- 1 can of corn

- fresh rosemary

- 1 shallot

- a few cloves of garlic

- butter

- flour

- salt

- pepper

- onion powder

- garlic powder


With this we made quasi-chicken parmesan with pan sauce, mashed potatoes, fried zucchini, and corn:


The chicken got covered in the parmesan, bread crumbs, some rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. It then got a quick trip to the pan (about 3-4 minutes per side to get some nice color):


The zucchini got the remaining parm mixture, and made it's way to the pan as well:


Mashed potatoes and corn were made like always.


After the chicken left the pan (into a 350 oven to await the rest of the meal), in went some shallot, and garlic. Once those softened up a bit I made a roux in the pan, and then added some water, and additional spices until I liked where it was.


The verdict? DaNece actually liked the sauce, but wouldn't try the zucchini. Oh well more for me.

It was a great meal overall, and since we used almost 5 lbs of potatoes, there are plenty of left over mashed to munch on for a while. :)


melissa said...

The zucchini was my favorite part. Yum! It's awesome that you guys threw something good together.

TomboCheck said...

Not sure how I missed this comment. :) Yeah, the zucchini was awesome!