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Apr 102014
 

Chicken Nuggets Rumaki Style

"Home Sweet Home"

“Home Sweet Home”

When it rains it pours, literally and figuratively! Yes, Monday, Mother Nature decided we were dry enough and dumped another 4 inches of rain on us! We were just getting dried out enough that we were ready to get the guy in here to put rock down and BAM. We also found out that our newest addition to the family does not do well with thunder storms and Tuesday morning with a light rain still coming down, Jingles refused to go off the porch to go potty so I left her out thinking I was safe, oh no. The rain eased up enough that she went off the porch to do her business and decided to check out the neighborhood! After about an hour of walking around and calling her, Kenny decided to take the car so he could go even farther is his search and I came in to make some phone calls to the neighbors so they could be on the lookout too. Kenny came back empty handed and while looking out the back door noticed her at the edge of one of paths through the woods, he called her and she turned tail and ran in the opposite direction, disorientated in her new environment? About a half an hour later, my neighbor was beeping out in front of our driveway (have it roped off because of the muck), her husband spotted her way down at the end of our road and Beverly offered to drive me to where they saw her. After having to ford a stream about 3 inches deep running over the road, up the hill we went and when we reached the top, there she was. I jumped out of the SUV, and the first “Jingles” out of my mouth brought her running to me. You could just see her happy face saying, “Mom, you came to rescue me!”, it was so cute until I opened the door to the vehicle and she bolted in on my neighbors seat, mud and all! Neighbor was fine with it and Jingles curled up on my lap, happy as a lark to be going home!

So after the day I had had, I was not in the mood to do much cooking but still had some chicken that I needed to packaged up for the freezer and some of it ended up on the dinner table that night in the “form” of Rumaki. I love the real version of Rumaki, but husband is not a fan of any kind of liver, so I threw this together hoping it would work and it did. One of my dilemmas however, was the fact that the only water chestnuts I had were sliced instead of whole and they were a pain in the A** to keep inside the chicken nuggets! The last few times I had been shopping, no whole water chestnuts were to be found in the 3 grocery stores I had went to, a shortage on these now? However, yesterday on my shopping trip, they showed back up at 2 of my main shopping haunts and they are now stocked on my shelf here at home!

Would you believe we ate them ALL!

Would you believe we ate them ALL!

 

Chicken Nuggets Rumaki Style
 
Ingredients
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch nuggets
  • 1 whole water chestnut per nugget
  • ½ strip of bacon per nugget
  • Oyster sauce
  • Light brown sugar
  • Cayenne pepper, optional
Instructions
  1. Make a slit in each chicken nugget and insert 1 chestnut.
  2. Wrap with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  3. Place on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  4. Pour oyster sauce over top of nuggets and then sprinkle each with a little brown sugar and cayenne pepper if using.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes or until bacon is nice and crispy.
  6. *I used one large chicken breast and it made about a bakers dozen!

 

Better stock up on bacon as there seems to be some kind of virus killing off our piggy supply here in the U.S.! Didn’t bacon just skyrocket not long ago? Here we go again bacon lovers………. Hope you enjoy, it’s just a simple dish, but ever so tasty……………….

Feb 262014
 

Country Fried Chicken With Rosemary Gravy

Last night I wanted some good old fried chicken and decided to add some gravy for something different, at least for us. With more rain in the forecast for us today, I was in dire need for some comfort food to try and get over this continuous feeling of cabin fever. Yes, I know that all of you up north are sick of the snow and frigid temps, but at least you can go outside and make a snowman or have a snowball fight! All we can do here is make mud pies and mentioning it to husband did not go over very well! Our driveway was just starting to dry up last week only to have 2 more inches of rain fall on Friday and Sunday and today a total of an inch so far and it’s still raining, BAH HUMBUG! Three inches of rain since Friday would have given us 30 inches of snow and that would have made a pretty big snowman………….

This recipe can actually be made with any of your favorite battered chicken recipes, whether it be baked or fried as long as the ingredients are basically a plain batter as you don’t want to take away the flavor of the gravy. I also had some of the Broccoli and Bacon in Cream Sauce that I just posted and I baked off some potatoes, scooped out the center and filled them with the left-over broccoli and I, of course topped them off with some extra bacon! Kenny was in hog heaven again, no pun intended or did I????

Bad dog...No biscuit!

Bad dog…No biscuit!

Country Fried Chicken With Rosemary Gravy
 
Ingredients
  • For 4 fried chicken breasts (I just used an egg wash and dipped in a combination of flour, salt, white pepper and paprika)
  • For the gravy:
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • ¼ to ½ teas crushed rosemary
  • Good dash of dry mustard
  • 1 cup milk
  • Water ( I used about a cup)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in flour, dry mustard and rosemary over medium-low heat.
  2. Whisk in the milk and let thicken.
  3. Dilute with enough water to desired thickness.
  4. Serve hot over fried chicken.

 

Simple and easy but ever so tasty………….Enjoy!

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