Who doesn’t like a good chicken parm? This isn’t exactly a complicated recipe but it’s also not an easy one because you have to do a lot of things at the same time. I love making chicken parmigiana on the odd occasion but the problem is that you need up with a lot of dishes so if you don’t have a dishwasher (like me), you may want to keep this one for special occasions only. It’s a total crowd pleaser though so don’t hesitate to make it for a crowd.
This recipe is a little time consuming but it’s worth the effort for a special occasion or if you really want something to wow guests. It doesn’t have many ingredients but the flavor is perfect. If you’re feeling a little healthy you can bake these instead of frying them but I haven’t tried that yet so your results may vary.
I saw and ate a lot of Hawaiian food back when I lived in Seattle but I never had the privilege of eating moco loco which is basically something like a trash plate style dish: hamburger patties with mushroom gravy served over rice with a fried egg on top. Feel free to make this vegetarian by using any type of vegetable patty you want instead. I liked the mushroom sauce for this but I feel like I could have made it better with more of a kick, maybe some chilies or korean pepper flakes.
This is a really delicious salad even though I’m someone who usually doesn’t like savory applications of peanut butter. This has just the right amount of heat and sweet that makes it delicious. My suggestion would be to prepare everything ahead of time except the rice noodle and just make these right before you serve since they don’t really hold up over time.
Chicken Satay Salad
These are really delicious and you can speed up the whole process if you use store brought stock or just make a really big batch and freeze the kreplach dumplings separate from the soup. I do have to admit this is a chore to make all at once and takes a LONG time to come together but it’s worth it for special people or a special occasion.
I make roasted chicken every now and then but I never posted a recipe for it because there’s not much to it. This is the first roasted chicken I feel compelled to share because it’s extra delicious and has just enough steps for me to feel like it might be a recipe more than just a technique.
Hainanese Roasted Chicken
This is a pretty unique recipe from the Alsatian region in France. It’s what you’d get if you combined stew, pasta, and a wrap all at once. While it does take a bit of time I found that you can freeze the rolls and then simply cook them right from the freezer which means this is a great ahead of time meal since the final steps after making the roll is fairly easy. In the future I would process the vegetables for a smoother consistency but I didn’t really mind the texture either, just made them a little harder to hold together.
Fleischnacka (Meat Snails)
Take french fries (or really, in this case roasted potatoes) to the next level by adding chili on top of it. This comes together surprisingly quickly and can be topped with anything from cheese to jalapenos and ranch if that’s what floats your boat.
Okay, so this is not your everyday meal but it also isn’t all that difficult providing that you aren’t completely hopeless at pounding out turkey breast and tying things up with string. While it does have a few minutes of hands on work, after that the meal goes in the oven for a majority of its cook time so you don’t have to babysit it while making your sides which is great. This is a really delicious and impressive meal though and perfect for making any occasion feel like a holiday.
Cranberry and Apple Stuffed Turkey Breast
This is such a simple sauce but it’s absolutely delicious. Served with a wide noodle to pick up all those nice chunks of turkey (or chicken or beef or whatever ground meat you end up using) and tomato there’s really something truly delicious about taking good food and making a good meal. You can add some grated Parmesan on top but I found that if seasoned right, the cheese just didn’t have much to add so it’s all about your taste. You can add in more spices or herbs if you want but I found the perfectly paired down flavors packed a nice punch and with just salt and pepper you’re able to really taste the underlying garlic, olive oil, and balsamic. Sometimes life is better when it’s simple.