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Chicken Schnitzel and Braised Red Cabbage

So I’m not too sure if this counts as a “schnitzel”, but that’s what I’m calling it. I used chicken breasts that were butterflied, then
pounded out to make large cutlets. I love this kind of food. It’s got a great comforting feel and good flavor. The lemon zest in the breading and the final spray of lemon juice before eating add a little bit of acid to the dish, cutting any heaviness from the breading/frying.

Instead of spaetzle or potatoes, I made a side of braised red cabbage. After being cooked low slow and for over an hour, the cabbage took
on a soft, yet sturdy texture. The apple-cider vinegar and brown sugar gave the dish a sweet/sour bite. I’ve seen this done with apples or bacon, but I didn’t use any of that in this version. It would make a great compliment to other entrees as well, such as roast chicken, some sort of pork dish, etc.

I didn’t get to take a picture of the plated dish because everyone was hungry and started eating really fast. Good stuff!

What You’ll Need:

Braised Red Cabbage:

– 1 large head red cabbage, cored and shredded

– 1 large sweet onion, sliced

– 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

– ¼ cup apple cider vinegar (possibly more if needed, depending on taste)

– ¼ cup packed light brown sugar (possibly more if needed, depending on taste)

– ½ cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth if you wish to keep it fully vegetarian)

– Kosher salt (to taste)

– Pepper to taste

– 1 Tbsp unsalted butter to finish the dish

– 2 Tbsp olive oil

Chicken Schnitzel:

– 4 medium sized chicken breasts, butterflied, then pounded thin

– 2 ½ cups of panko bread crumbs

– Zest of 1 lemon

– 1 tsp garlic powder

– 1 tsp onion powder

– 1 tsp dried oregano

– 1 tsp smoked paprika

– ¾ cup all purpose flour

– 3 eggs + 1 Tbsp water, beaten

– Salt and pepper (amounts will be explained in each step requiring it)

– Olive or Canola oil for frying (or whatever kind you like)

– Lemon wedges to serve with each

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The How To:

Note: I recommend starting the cabbage first, because while it is braising for the hour or hour and a half, you can prep and cook the chicken schnitzel.
Braised Cabbage:
Step 1 – Heat a skillet with the olive oil over medium heat. When it is hot, add the onions and garlic, and sauté for about 5 minutes, until they start to be come soft and translucent.

Step 2 – When the onions are soft, add the cabbage in and mix evenly. Season with some salt and pepper, and let cook down for about 10-15
minutes, stirring to make sure all of the cabbage cooks evenly.

Step 3 – When the cabbage starts to become tender, add the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar and mix in thoroughly.
Cover and turn down to low to let it simmer. Stir every so often to make sure all of the cabbage is braising.

Step 4 – When everything is looking soft, taste and adjust for salt, pepper, sugar, and vinegar. Then add the butter when almost
ready to serve.

Chicken Schnitzel:
Step 1 – If you didn’t buy the chicken breasts butterflied and pounded thin, do this now. Using a sharp knife, take each chicken breast and cut down the middle (without cutting all the way through. This should create a “book” like shape. Place between two sheets of plastic
wrap or parchment paper, and using a skillet or mallet, pound the chicken breasts to about ¼ inch thick, pounding AWAY from you so that it does not tear the flesh.

Step 2 – Place the flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs in 3 separate dishes. Season the flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs with salt and pepper. To the Breadcrumbs only, add the other dry spices and the lemon zest as well.

Step 3 – Starting with the flour, coat both sides of a chicken cutlet evenly, shaking off the excess. Then move the cutlet to the egg,
coating both sides. Finally, place the cutlet into the panko crumbs, coating both sides, and shaking off excess. Place on a rack or plate to let set for about 20 minutes in the fridge. Repeat this process until all are coated.

Step 4 – Heat a large nonstick skillet (or a stainless steel skillet, but you’ll need more oil for this) over medium high heat. When
it is hot (not too hot, or the oil may smoke), add the oil, and then add one or two cutlets (however many may fit, do not overcrowd the pan, or it will steam the cutlets instead of fry them).

Step 5 – Cook on the first side about 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown, then turn over and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Do not
cook for much longer, as the cutlets will be thin and may overcook. Repeat until all are done.
Then time to eat! Spritz some lemon over each cutlet, and serve with the braised cabbage. If you wish to add another side, feel free. I used some sugar snap peas that were in the steam-package and added some garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

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Roasted Chicken…and sides (Bacon Creamed Corn / Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes)

Hey everyone, I know it’s been a few weeks since my last major post or update. I have been absolutely swamped and haven’t made anything other than a quick meal here and there. I would have posted any of those if I thought they were anything post-worthy, since I know it helps to sometimes have recipes for things that take very little time during a work week, but I didn’t even take any pictures along the way.

I wouldn’t claim myself to be a master cook/chef by any means, but besides how expert chefs may make an egg or an omelet, some people also think that one who can make a simple roasted chicken well must also have some skills to pay the bills.

I’ve done this very few times in the past, mainly because before I was a bit nervous that I would end up with an overcooked bird outside, but still clucking inside. Thankfully, none of that happened back then or now. I would say that the major reason is time. This can take a couple hours of prep and cook time, so it’s not really a convenient weeknight meal. I think it’s suitable for people who have those extra hours, or for a family dinner on a weekend. Done well, even with few ingredients, it can amaze and surprise your guests. 

I didn’t do too much with this one. Just gave the chicken a wet spice rub with some butter, paprika, oregano, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest, and salt and pepper. One of the tricks is to not only get the outside skin, but also underneath the skin, so that the seasoning can get into the meat of the bird. I also put some lemons into the cavity, as well as some salt and pepper inside to make sure all parts of the chicken were seasoned well.

 I served the chicken with some roasted garlic mashed potatoes, as well as some bacon creamed corn.

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What You’ll Need:

 Chicken and Spice/Butter Rub

– 1 roasting chicken, about 3-4 lbs

– zest of one lemon

– 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened (I accidentally over warmed the butter and melted it, but it was ok)

– 1 Tbsp smoked paprika

– 1 tsp dried oregano

– 1 tsp dried thyme

– 1 tsp dried rosemary

– ½ tsp garlic powder

– 2 tsp Kosher Salt (adjust for your taste)

– 1 tsp ground pepper

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

– 2 lbs red potatoes, cubed into one inch cubes

– 2 heads of garlic, halved horizontally through the cloves (see picture)

– ¾ cup sour cream

– ¼ cup milk (or heavy cream if you really want it to be rich….this measure is approximate depending on how you like the consistency. More milk/cream for thinner potatoes, less for thicker ones)

– 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

– Salt and Pepper to taste

Bacon Creamed Corn

– 2 ears of fresh corn, shucked and corn cut off the cob (approximately 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels)

– 3 slices of bacon (I used center cut, with less fat in it)

– ¼ cup of heavy cream

– 1 tsp smoked paprika

– small amount of cayenne pepper, depending on your heat preferences

 The How-To:

** Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while you prepare the chicken

Chicken

1- Place chicken in a baking dish or roasting pan. Season the inside with salt and pepper

2- Combine all of the ingredients listed after the chicken and mix well

3- Using your hands, spread half of the mixture on top of the skin, all over the chicken

4- Use your hands to separate the skin from the chicken breast and spread evenly the rest of the rub mixture under the skin, over the flesh of the chicken. Cut the lemon in half, squeeze some juice into the cavity, and place both halves into the cavity.

5- Tie the chicken legs together as seen in the picture

6- Cook the chicken until the skin is golden, and a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (not touching a bone) registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit, between 1.5 to 2 hours. If the skin starts to brown or burn before the inside is cooked, cover it with some foil.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

1- At the same time you put the chicken into the oven, you can roast the garlic for the first hour. Cut the two entire heads of garlic in half, then place in some foil, sprinkle with salt, and a little oil. Close up the foil packet. Garlic will be done when it is golden brown, soft, and sweet smelling/tasting. 

2- Place the cut potatoes in a saucepot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Cook until a fork goes through the potato with no effort, or taste and see when done.

3- Once the potatoes are done, turn off the heat, drain well, and put the potatoes back into the pot over the warm stove to dry any excess water.

4- Mash or rice the potatoes (I mashed since I had the skins on), then add in salt, pepper, roasted garlic, cream/milk, and sour cream. Season to taste, and make sure the garlic is completely mashed in.

Bacon Creamed Corn

1- Another thing to do while the chicken roasts and the potatoes cook is slice the 3 slices of bacon, and cook in a skillet over medium heat until it starts to render the fat out and begins to become crispy.

2- Shuck and cut the corn, then add to the skillet with the bacon and bacon drippings. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until it begins to soften a little, about 5 minutes.

3- Add the heavy cream, paprika, and cayenne pepper, and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Season appropriately with salt and pepper if needed.

After the chicken was done (it had a pop-up timer, but I didn’t trust it since it was either broken, or will only pop when the chicken is shoe leather), I broke it down by removing the breasts, thighs, and drumsticks. I served it with the sides above, which were great. The corn was awesome, try it out!

I hope this works out for you all. It wasn’t very difficult, and the longest time was the roasting time.

Enjoy!

– Anthony

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Sausage Stuffing

Would it really be a holiday meal without some sort of stuffing? I think not! Well, that’s my opinion, but of course if you don’t like or don’t have stuffing at your meal, it’s all good, lol. I love all types, including ones made with rice, regular bread, or one of my favorites, corn bread.

I decided to make the stuffing again this year for Thanksgiving. It’s a simple recipe, but tasty, and includes some very easy to find ingredients. The bread itself is interchangeable (last year I think I used an onion rye bread).

I was supposed to group this post together with the pumpkin soup, but am still writing out that recipe.

Ingredients:

– 1 ½ lbs ground sausage (I used sage sausage)
– 1 large loaf of bread (any type, this year I used marble rye, but challah or brioche are amazing as well)
– About 1 ½ cup chopped onion, cubed (medium to large cubes, depending on preference)
***Note: Some people use stale/air dried bread, I cut up the bread and toasted the bread in a low oven (250 degrees until toasted/dried out, about 30 minutes for me)
– About 1 cup chopped celery (4 stalks, small dice)
– About 1 cup chopped carrot (2 – 3 large carrots)
– 3 finely chopped garlic cloves
– ½ teaspoon toasted and ground fennel seed (I toasted whole ones in a dry skillet, then ground them up)
– 2 Granny Smith apples, medium dice
– 2 large eggs, beaten
– 2 to 3 cups of chicken broth or stock
– salt and pepper
– Olive oil

Ignore the bacon in one of the ingredient slideshow pics. It was used for the Pumpkin soup, not in the stuffing.

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The Steps:
Preheat oven to 350

1: In a non-stick skillet over medium to medium-high heat, add 1 to 2 tsp of olive oil and cook the ground sausage until brown. Then transfer to a bowl. I left the drippings to cook the vegetables in. Otherwise, you can drain the sausage, toss the drippings, and add fresh oil.

2: Add all of the vegetables and garlic to the skillet and cook over medium until they become somewhat tender and the onions start to become translucent. You can add the apples toward the end of this step to sauté them. I did this last year, but this year just chopped them and added them later.

3: After cooling for a few minutes, transfer the vegetables, sausage, ground fennel seed, and dry bread cubes to a large bowl and mix lightly, but thoroughly. Add the apples if you didn’t already in step 2.

4: Add the beaten eggs to the stuffing, and begin to add the broth until the bread has absorbed all of it. Start with 2 cups, add more as needed. It shouldn’t be soaked to the point of floating in liquid, but should be very moist.

5: Transfer to a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Remove foil cover, then bake until brown on top, another 10-15 minutes.

EAT and Enjoy!

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