Terrific Chicken

17 Apr

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Health burgers

23 Mar

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We clipped this from Bon Appetit’s RSVP section from a reader asking for a California restaurant’s recipe. Very 1980s, no?

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We toasted the nuts but made the mistake of pureeing the whole mess, resulting in a homogeneous mixture. Next time, we’ll stir chopped nuts and onion into the puréed chickpea, curry and parsley mix. In other words, we’ll follow the goddamned recipe as written. Sheesh!

NUTBURGERS

8 servings
3 15-oz cans garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed and mashed (we used 2 19 oz) or pureed
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1/2 bunch parsley
1/2 cup chopped almonds (toasted)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1 tsp curry power
1/2 tsp vegetable salt
1 egg, lightly beaten

oil for frying
sharp cheddar slices
8 pitas
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 avocados, finely diced
1/2 bunch green leaf lettuce, chopped (we used alfalfa sprouts)

Combine beans, onion, parsley, nuts, seeds, curry powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add egg and mix well. Form into eight 3 x 3/4 inch patties.
Pour oil into heavy large skillet to depth of 1/4 inch. Place over medium high heat. When oil is hot, add patties and fry until lightly browned, about four minutes. Turn and fry the other side for four minutes, topping with cheese while the other side cooks.
Drain patties on paper towel.
Lightly spread inside of pitas with mustard. Place patty in each, add tomato, avocado and lettuce. Spoon dressing over filling.

Update: frying was a disaster so the second time we baked them at 350F on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Success! They stayed intact.

Creamy Herbal Dressing
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup yogurt
2 tbsp finely chopped onion
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1/4 tsp cider vinegar
1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp Worchestershire
1/4 tsp vegetable salt
combine in a processor or blender until smooth.

We spooned into a squeeze bottle.

Monterey Chicken

6 Mar

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There’s good reason Chili’s removed Monterey Chicken from its menu: with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy (and broccoli) it topped the scales at a whopping 3,000 calories. Yeesh.

We managed to recreate the delicious combination of smokey sweet grilled chicken with monterey jack cheese and bacon but showered it with juicy diced tomatoes and green onion. We served it with a side of roasted vegetables (mushrooms, broccoli and mixed peppers) so tasty on their own that they needed no embellishment. Pictured below: crispy smashed baby potatoes roasted with olive oil and fresh rosemary.

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Monterey Chicken

6 chicken thighs

1/2 cup barbecue sauce (We used Stubbs)

6 slices monterey jack cheese (we used deli counter slices)

1/2 lb applewood smoked bacon, baked on an elevated rack for 20 minutes at 375F, and blotted after cooking

container of grape tomatoes, diced

3 green onions, chopped

parsley or cilantro (if you have)

Grill chicken on medium heat, basting with barbecue sauce.

When done, turn heat on low and top chicken with cheese slices to melt. Remove from grill onto a warmed platter and immediately top with bacon (slices or crumbled – we put the bacon underneath the cheese the first time and learned it’s better on top). Scatter tomatoes and green onion and greens on top.

 

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Nashville Hot Sauce for Chicken

22 Feb

1/2 cup butter

2 Tbsp brown sugar

cayenne pepper (dealer’s choice, here up to 2 Tbsp.)

kosher salt, black pepper 2 tsp each

1 tsp smoked paprika

2 tsp garlic powder

Melt butter in saucepan on low and add spices to bloom. Add sugar, stirring to melt heat until sauce is combined.

HoJo’s barbecue sauce

21 Feb

True to our name, we are Saucy! And on a mission to monkey around with mid-century barbecue sauce recipes.

This one comes from someone who owns a kitchen copy of the Howard Johnson’s master chef’s kitchen cookbook “that were given to all the restaurants way back when. Various sources tell me it is the kitchen copy of plating and recipes that were used from about the years 1946 through the early sixties for various menu items before all the HJ’s started a more standardized menu in the mid/late 1960s and started also using the “commissary” for getting in prepackaged items for food preparation.”

Howard Johnson’s Bar-B-Q Sauce – 2 Quarts

1/2 can No. 10 tomatoes (a No. 10 can is 6 lbs 6 oz; 102 oz; or 2.89 kg (or about 12 cups) So recipe is calling for a bit more than six cups.

4 cloves garlic

1/2 onion

2 oz fat

10 oz Worcestershire Sauce

4 1/2 cups catsup

1 cup vinegar

1 qt water

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp celery salt

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne

4 drops tabasco sauce

Put tomatoes through a sieve. Chop garlic and onions and fry in fat. Mix Worcestershire sauce, catsup, vinegar and warm water together. Add black pepper, salt, celery salt, paprika, cayenne and tabasco sauce. Combine all ingredients and cook for 10 minutes.

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Lasagna-a-go-go

25 Jan

Lauren writes:

“What a great site and thread! I’ve been searching all over for a lasagna recipe that was in Seventeen magazine sometime in the 80s. I’m almost positive it was a Feb/Valentine’s Day issue, but can’t swear on it either. Think it used both beef and sausage in the recipe, but not completely sure. If anyone has ideas, would be so grateful!”

Hope this is the one! Not sure of the date on this one. But given the LPs tucked under our gal’s arm, we can safely guess 1984! lol

Let us know if you try it or if you’ve found another 1980s Seventeen recipe page!

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Heartland Cafe Raspberry yogurt muffins

20 Jan

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Use frozen raspberries