Thursday, January 19, 2012

And now, my first cooking post

Someday I will write a cookbook, and in preparation, I must collect worthy recipes.

This morning, I found in my freezer some drumsticks I had frozen in hot wing sauce a while back. So they dethawed all day and then at 5:30 I realized that I didn't really want to eat them that way and also that I should probably cook dinner soon. Due to my love for procrastination, I stopped thinking about it. So I took the dog for a walk and then got the mail. Lo and behold, Bonappetit had come and on the front cover was something about Fried Chicken. *drool*. But, fried chicken is bad for me, so I decided I would make an oven fried kind instead.

The chicken was already marinated, but I let it sit in some light cream for about 20 mins. I would have used buttermilk if it was in the fridge, or if I had something to even make it with, but I did not. So, improv.
While marination was occuring, and in between Pinterest browsing, I whipped up a little coating. I don't know why baking powder is a part of it. I read it somewhere a while back and so I include it. I am not sure what benefit it provides, but if you know, let me know. Also, I remembered to preheat the oven to 425.
Ok, then I could make the chicken. I didn't have any ziploc bags left so I just coated the chicken in a bowl. I put the chicken on a greased pan, and then sprayed the tops with some butter spray to ensure crispiness.
A few drumsticks by themselves are no good, so I browsed the cupboards and found some remaining fingerling potatoes, and, what's this!, some asiago cheese in my fridge!
I sliced the fingerlings onto a greased pan. I sprayed some butter spray on them until they were coated, then tossed them in some chopped garlic and panko crumbs. And then a little more butter spray, oops. Finale, Asiago cheese on top. And I might have eaten a big chunk of it, too...
Chicken and potatoes both went, uncovered into the oven for about 40 mins
(until the chicken was cooked).
My taste tester husband thought it was delicious, and so, I win!

Oven Fried Chicken:
4 Chicken drumsticks
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1 /2 tsp baking powder
2 T sesame seeds
Coat chicken by tossing in a plastic bag, one at a time, or rolling in a bowl
Spray with olive oil spray or butter spray
Bake at 425 for 40-50 mins or until cooked through

Panko Garlic Potatoes:
Sliced potatoes (the thinner they are, the crispier)
1-2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs
Grated cheese
Toss the potatoes in olive oil or butter spray until coated
Toss in garlic and panko, then grate cheese over top
Bake, uncovered, at 425 for 30-40 mins, or until cooked.

Please note: my recipes are estimates!

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