Wednesday, February 15, 2012

In which Valentines Day comes around again


This year, I decided that I didn't want to sit around and hope to have Valentines be all about me, I wanted to be nice to my darling hubby, who is very manly and not much for romance. So, I decided that a man-bouquet and man-dinner would fit the bill.

Of course, I had to go and accidentally delete the picture of the man bouquet I made. I was, of course, inspired via Pinterest and my bouquet included 3 cigars, 4 minis of jack and yeager, and 5 assorted candy bars. I will have to recreate it and take a picture one of these days because it was pretty awesome. I may have been more excited about it than he was, but that's besides the point.

So I had to make dinner too, and I browsed Pinterest and the Interwebs for quite sometime, and was not inspired in the least. So I went to the grocery store, list-less, and browsed for quite sometime there as well. I came home with some ground sausage, potatoes, ranch dressing mix, and bacon. And other random things like green mint tea and stone ground mustard and an avocado - this is what happens when I don't have a list!

I got home and was still mulling over dinner ideas, so in true S
arah fashion I procrastinated for a couple more hours by vacuuming my car and making another batch of Outside-In-Muffins.

My dinner plans came down to this one question:
Q. What are Michael's favorite things to eat?
A. Macaroni and Cheese. Chicken Patties. Sausage. Mashed Potatoes. Ranch Dressing. Bacon.

And so, I smushed them all together and came up with a really lovely dinner!

1. Sourdough bread (not homemade, as I spent most of the day thinking about what to make instead of actually doing anything).
2. Ranch Mac n' Cheese
3. Bacon wrapped fingerlings
4. Chicken/Sausage Panko Crusted Patties
5. Broccoli bed with homemade vinaigrette sauce

BOOM. I am best valentine ever. The end.

Ingredients
1 cup elbow macaroni
1/2 cup milk
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 envelope (4 1/2 tsp) ranch salad dressing mix
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 cup shredded cheese (Colby Jack, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, whatevs)
1/2 cup sour cream

Directions
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain. Put macaroni back in pot and mix all ingredients in. Continue to cook on high, constantly stirring (or else you'll burn it!) until sauce has reduced and is the consistency you want.

Bacon Wrapped Fingerlings
Ingredients
-Fingerling potatoes
-Bacon (i cut mine in half since the potatoes are so small)
-Butter spray
Directions
Spray potatoes with butter, wrap bacon around each, hold in place with a toothpick. Bake at 375 for 25-30 mins, or until potatoes are soft and bacon is cooked.

Chicken/Sausage Panko Patties
Ingredients
-2 pieces of raw chicken breast
-1/2 pound raw ground mild italian sausage
-1 t Garlic salt
-1 t Onion salt
-1 t Salt
-1/2 cup cream or buttermilk
-1/2 cup Panko crumbs
-1 cup Panko crumbs
-Butter spray
Directions
-Finely chop the chicken (or whip it through the food processor really quick - I hate washing that damn thing so I would rather just spend a few extra minutes using the knife). Mix together the chicken, sausage, salts, and 1/2 cup of panko in a bowl. I guess the better term for this would be "smush together". Yeah, use your hands! Oh, and preheat your oven to like 375ish.
-Pretend you are making very large meatballs. Or regular sized burgers I guess. Form into patties and set on a plate.
-Dip each patty into the cream/milk, and then dip into Panko crumbs. Set on a greased cookie sheet, and then spray the tops with butter spray so they get crispy and browned in the oven.
-Bake for 30-40 mins, or until everything is cooked (yes, you will have to ruin one by cutting it open and checking).

Broccoli Bed
Finely chop some broccoli. Put in a pan with some a few dashes of olive oil, a few dashes of white balsamic vinegar (or whatever you have sitting around), salt, and fresh garlic. Roast over medium high heat until cooked. That's so easy I don't even know why I'm telling you.