Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Dinner Dialogues

Today was a more laid back Sunday dinner, as I am on call and needed to work fast. We had a take on comfort food with Chicken, Cabbage, Bacon and Potatoes:

Recipe here:
I also made broccoli for some green veggies that the kids will eat.

They gobbled this dinner right up. This is the second time I have made this particular dish, so I would say its pretty successful. Better yet, it takes less than 30 minutes.

I don't think I mentioned our Sunday dinner before our trip to Florida last week. It was the usual roast chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potato and apple gratin, and carrots sauteed with cinnamon and paprika.
 I don't have a picture, but the sweet potato gratin was so good it made a repeat performance when I made Sunday dinner for my entire family in Florida.

 Here is the recipe:
 2 sweet potatoes
 1 onion
1/2 c. heavy cream
2 apples (gala)
 olive oil for your pan
thyme, rosemary, salt pepper (to your liking)
Guyere cheese (1/2 block)shredded

Peel and thinly slice the apples and sweet potatoes. Chop onion and sautee until tender and golden. Layer sweet potatoes, apples, and onion with cheese (layer like you do a lasagna), top with cheese. Mix heavy cream with herbs and pour over the top. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Yum-O!!!

The next menu is not a Sunday dinner but will also make repeat performances in our lives. I am particularly proud of this menu for several reasons. I made up each dish my self with only inspirations from things I had seen and tasted. I put together the menu because it was my turn to bring a special lunch to the teachers, and we had no money and I wanted to do something special with ingredients I had in the cupboard. It also tasted fabulous.

The menu is Moroccan themed. It is a Moroccan chicken pot pie, couscous salad, and Moroccan Orange pound cake. I also served with Moroccan mint tea.
The pictures above are the final plates, the final cake and the filling of the pies.

These are not exact because I kind of made them as I went to taste....

For the Moroccan pot pies:
chicken (cooked and shredded)
smoked paprika
 salt pepper
cumin canned
apricots (chop them up)
red bell pepper
golden raisin
puff pastry
egg wash (1 egg and and 1/4 c water)

saute onion, pepper, garlic until soft, add golden raisins, apricots....add chicken and spices. Each puff pastry will make 2 pot pies (each box can make 4). Take pastry and cut in half, put filling in center and wrap like an envelope and seal edges, brush with egg wash, bake as instructed until golden.
I didn't try this but I bet a yogurt garnish would be tasty. Also, if you like green olives, that would be a must add to the filling, but my kids teachers don't like olives.

I made only 4 pies by using an entire pastry for each pie, but they were huge and when I make them in the future, I will split it up as I mentioned above. Puff pastry is not cheap.

Couscous salad:
couscous cooked
 cucumber chopped and seeded
garbanzo beans (1 can, rinsed and drained)
red onion chopped
salt and pepper lime juice olive oil garlic powder (or use a garlic flavored couscous)

Mix the above ingredients to taste. Stuff in a tomato (or chop and tomato and mix that in as well)

I think the cake recipe is on my pinterest desserts board. It is basically pound cake, but a nice addition.

I think this would make a great dinner party menu.
I put on white plates and dusted with parsley and paprika for color.

Plus, it was absolutely delicious!!!

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