Sunday, July 31, 2005

Menu change....

Shortly before starting dinner last night I came across a recipe that I had been meaning to try so I had a last minute change of the menu. All of the veggie's I either had in our garden or neighbors so they were fresh. The rice dish was very good but not sure that it was complimentary to the chicken dish. Oh well, I cooked it, if you don't like it you don't have to eat it. Don't mess with the cook! I even got a picture of it before we ate. Didn't have any fresh parsley to decorate the plate though....sorry.

Cumin-Crusted Chicken with Gazpacho Salsa

½ c chopped tomato
¼ c chopped cucumber
¼ c chopped green bell pepper
2 Tbsp chopped red onion
½ tsp chopped, seeded jalapeno pepper
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp pepper
¼ tsp salt
4 skinned, boned chicken breast halves
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
parsley sprigs (optional)

Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl; set aside

Combine cumin, pepper, and salt; rub chicken with cumin mixture. Place a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken and cook 6 min. on each side3 or until done. Remove from skillet, reserving drippings in skillet; set chicken aside, and keep warm.

Add vinegar to skillet and cook 2 min., stirring constantly. Pour over tomato mixture and toss well. Serve with chicken. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Creamy Rice with Lemon, Herbs, and Parmesan

4 quarts water
2 c Arborio rice or medium-grain rice
1 c chopped onion

½ c chopped fresh parsley
6 Tbsp (3/4 stick) butter, cut into small pieces, room temperature
¼ c chopped fresh basil
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 c (packed) plus 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)
Fresh basil sprigs (optional)

Bring water to boil in large pot over high heat. Add rice and onion. Boil until rice is just tender, about 16 min. Drain, reserving ½ c liquid.

Mix parsley, butter, basil, lemon juice, and lemon peel in large bowl. Add hot rice mixture; stir to melt butter. Add reserved ½ c cooking liquid and 1 cup cheese; stir. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp cheese. Garnish with basil sprigs and serve.

Bon Appetit!!


chocamoose said...

Dinner looks good Pat. I loved your reponses to the questionaire I sent you. You are so funny. I'm having my java this morning as I type. Talk to you later.

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durn_yankee said...

Looks good.You are right.Parsley or any green would have made a better presentation. Or perhaps a solid colored plate. But according to your responses you are hurting in that area.I have all the ingredients so I will try it. Bet it will work for fish also.

Anonymous said...

Mom fixed your dinner this evening and it was delicious. Dad