Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chicken Vesuvio

Or better known in our house as chicken with potatoes and peas in a white wine sauce. OMG, this is so delicious!

Chicken Vesuvio
adapted from America's Test Kitchen

1/4 cup of all pupose flour
1/8 tsp dried salt, pepper oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and pounded down 1/2 thickness
 Olive oil
12 ounces (3-4) red potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp fresh oregano or 1/4 tsp dried
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary or 1/8 tsp dried
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup forzen peas, thawed
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp lemon juice

  1. Place the the flour and herbs in a shallow baking dish. Pat the chicken breast dry with paper towel. Dredge the chicken breast in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess.
  2. Grill the chicken on the grill or a griddle pan, cooking it until the juices are no longer pink. 
  3. While the chicken is cooking (give the chicken about a 5 minutes head start cooking time), heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a skillet. Oil should be hot and sizzling. Add potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are golden brown, about 7 minutes.
  4. Stir in the garlic, oregano, rosemary, and 1/8 tsp salt and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add the broth and wine, scraping up any browned bits. 
  6. Add the thawed peas to the potato mixture to heat. Heat the sauce on medium-high heat until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. 
  7. Add butter and lemon juice and simmer for about 1-2 minutes.
  8. Nestle cooked chicken in the mixture to coat with the sauce. 
  9. Pour sauce over the chicken and potatoes and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Blondies

My two favorite combinations, peanut butter and chocolate into a blondie. Have I died and gone to heaven? Our dear friends that came over for dinner were certainly in for a lovely surprise. We had a lovely dinner of chicken with peas and potatoes with a white wine sauce, bread, and these lovely little babies for dessert. Delish! 
I do hope you try them soon. 

adapted from Baked by Joanna

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate chunks

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8″ baking dish and set that aside. 
  2. Melt the butter in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat; add brown sugar and whisk until combined and sugar is melted, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. 
  4. Next, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and vanilla extract until combined. Slowly drizzle in the butter and sugar while whisking constantly.
  5. Then add the flour and whisk until just incorporated.
  6. Add in 1 cup peanut butter chips and 1 cup of chocolate chunks. Stir to combine.
  7. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  8. Let cool completely and enjoy!

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