Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pinterest Dinner

Last night’s dinner was fueled by my Pinterest addiction. I took a look around my Mmmm, Mmmm, Good board and found three recipes that worked with stuff I had in the kitchen. 
Cucumber Cup Salads, Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Garlicky Fries.
(Following the below links will take you to my Pinterest. You can then click on each items respective link for original postings.)

Cucumber Cups

These very cute cups were very easy to make. They do only hold a minimal amount of salad. I assume you can perfect your skill in constructing the cups over time. 

  • Slice thin strips of cucumber with a vegetable slicer. 
Leave the peel on. It will help your cups stand up. I also sliced my strips with a knife. They weren't quite thin enough so I used a bar glass to shape them, then placed glasses in the freezer to help set the cups. 
  • Toss a small salad. 
  • Once the cups are set stuff them with your salad. 
  • Garnish with two half slices of bacon sticking up the back side of the cup. 
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites
Very tasty, very easy, but cooked a little too long

I always buy the value pack of boneless chicken breasts. I then take each breast, trim it, cut it into a 4 oz portion, package two pieces in a freezer bag, and freeze. This really helps down the line with portion control, defrosting, and meal planning. 

  • Take a 4 oz piece of chicken and slice it into 3 nice size chunks. 
  • Season or baste it with sauce of your choice. 
I used an all purpose dry rub. Other recipes I have seen recommended the basting the uncooked chicken with  honey mustard. I'm not a honey mustard fan so I chose to skip the sauce. However, my chicken did turn out a tad on the dry side. Perhaps using a sauce would have helped prevent this. 
  • Wrap each chunk in a half strip of bacon. 
  • Place in a baking dish. 
  • Bake on 425.
Cooking times will depend on your size of chicken pieces. Baking for 45 minutes alongside the potatoes below was a little too long for mine.

5 New Potatoes
5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic

Dry Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1 1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

  • Warm 5 tablespoons of Olive Oil and 2 Tablespoons of Minced Garlic for about 1 minute in the microwave.
  • Slice 8 New Potatoes into Wedges.
  • Toss the wedges in the warmed garlic and oil.
  • Microwave potatoes in oil for about 5 minutes. Stirring once half way through.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle mixed dry ingredients over warmed potatoes and toss.
  • Bake on 450 for about 30 minutes
  • Flip wedges once halfway through cooking

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