What’s for dinner?

I hosted my book club for dinner the other night and made a meal that I ended up loving.  I’d made 3/4 of it before but not as complements to each other and the chicken dish was totally knew to me.  Going into planning the meal,  I found that there were three vegetables I really wanted to serve: asparagus (asparagus righth now is in season and just glorious), zucchini, and broccoli.  I wasn’t too interested in any other “starch” like a potato or pasta dish and a Martha Stewart Everyday Food recipe for buttermilk baked chicken also looked especially good.  So, the final menu I came up with was the chicken, zucchini fritters (I love these. It’s from a Martha recipe and I put a full lemon’s zest in it and do not include parsley), broccoli salad, and then chocolate chess pie for dessert.  Here are the recipes in case you want to try any of these dishes in your kitchen: 

Buttermilk Baked Chicken (serves 6)

Vegetable oil, for baking sheet
8 slices white bread  (or 1 cup of plain breadcumbs)
1 cup buttermilk (I used low-fat)
1 teaspoon hot-pepper sauce
Salt and pepper
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese (2 ½ ounces)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
4 pounds chicken parts (preferably legs, thighs, and wings), rinsed and patted dry
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Generously rub a baking sheet with oil. In a food processor, pulse bread until it turns into coarse crumbs.
  • In a large bowl, stir together buttermilk, hot-pepper sauce, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. In a separate bowl, mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan, thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  • Place the chicken in the buttermilk mixture, turning to coat evenly. Working with one piece at a time, remove chicken from liquid, letting excess drip back into bowl; dredge in the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat evenly. Place coated chicken pieces on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake until chicken is golden brown, about 35 minutes.
  • Zucchini Fritters (serves 4)

    1 pound (about 2 medium) zucchini                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1 teaspoon salt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1 tablespoon (1 lemon) freshly grated lemon zest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   10 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, stems removed and leaves finely chopped, plus more sprigs for garnish (optional)                                                                                                                                                                                  1 medium clove garlic, minced                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2 large eggs, lightly beaten                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1/2 cup all-purpose flour

    Using the large holes of a box grater, grate zucchini into a medium bowl. Add salt, lemon zest, chopped parsley, garlic, pepper, and eggs. Mix well to combine. Slowly add flour, stirring so no lumps form.

    Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until oil sizzles when you drop a small amount of zucchini mixture into the pan. Carefully drop about 2 tablespoons zucchini mixture into pan; repeat, spacing fritters a few inches apart.

    Cook fritters until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Turn fritters, and continue cooking until golden, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer fritters to a plate; set aside in a warm place. Cook remaining zucchini mixture, adding more oil to pan if necessary. Garnish with parsley sprigs and lemon wedges, if desired; serve.

    Crunchy Broccoli Salad (from Healthy Cooking magazine)

    8 cups fresh broccoli florets                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1/2 cup dried cranberries                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 tablespoons canola oil                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2 tablespoons sugar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1/4 cup sunflower kernels                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


    In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, onions and cranberries. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar and sugar; drizzle over broccoli and toss to coat. Chill until serving. Sprinkle with sunflower kernels and bacon. Yield: 10 servings.

    Chocolate Chess Pie

    1 stick butter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1 1/3 cup sugar mixed with 1/4 cup cocoa                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2eggs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1 small (5 oz) can Carnation sweet milk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 tsp vanilla                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 pie shell


    Melt butter. Add sugar mixed with cocoa. Beat in eggs. Add milk and vanilla.  Beat well again.  Pour into unbaked pie shell.  Cook at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

    Related Posts with Thumbnails

    One response to “What’s for dinner?”

    1. Brenda Pavlov

      Holy moly, woman! My mouth is literally watering!!!!! Can’t wait to try these 🙂

    Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge