Main Course Menu Plan: Week 6  Fall II

Day 1: Shrimp (Prawns) in Garlic Butter over Pasta

Total time: 25 minutes
      This is a variation on Scampi, Shrimp in Garlic Butter. The lemon juice and white wine extend the sauce without using quite so much butter and the Prosciutto is a sweet/salty counterpoint to the shrimp, balancing the flavors nicely. Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan or not...  You can use frozen, raw shrimp or pre-cooked for this.

Shrimp (Prawns) in Garlic Butter over Pasta Ingredients:


Note: the photo was taken before I added the cheese - the shrimp and ham showed up better.....

Day 2: Boeuf Bourguignon

Total time: 3 hours 30 minutes       Earlier in the day: 5 minutes, Afternoon: 15 minutes,  Simmering time: 3 hours
   I finally discovered the secret to the rich, unctuous red wine sauces in Boeuf Bourguignon and Coq au Vin: cocoa.  This will make enough for 2 meals.  The original version calls for pearl onions but I normally have to buy a huge bag to get the few I want so I use shallots..  plus I like the taste better. 

Boeuf Bourguignon Ingredients:


Day 3: Chicken Vegetable Barley Soup

Total time: 120 minutes
    You can use a whole fryer or any chicken parts to make stock.   If you use a whole chicken you should have stock left to freeze for other uses. The barley that I get is (I think) partially pre-cooked so it cooks in about 20 minutes. Regular pearl barley takes about 45 minutes.

Chicken Vegetable Barley Soup  Ingredients:

Chicken Barley Soup Instructions:

Day 4: Braised Beef and Mushroom Pasta

Total time: 25 minutes
     Sautéed mushrooms and onions round out the leftover braised beef for a simple pasta dish.  If you don't have enough sauce left you can add some beef stock or red wine and thicken with a bit of cornstarch.

Braised Beef and Mushroom Pasta Ingredients:


Day 5:  Pork Chops with Tomatoes and Sage

Total time: 25 minutes
     Sage not only goes well with turkey but it's great with pork and most fall vegetables.  Use fresh if you can get it, if not, at least try not to use some that has been in the cabinet for years ;-)

Pork Chops with Tomatoes and Sage Ingredients:


Day 6: Turkey Cutlets with Mustard Crust

Total time: 30 minutes
  The mustard - crumb crust keeps these nice and moist and gets deliciously crispy fried in just a bit of olive oil.  You can use chicken breasts in place of turkey, but they will need an extra 10 minutes of cooking time.... unless you pound them thin first.

Turkey Cutlets with Mustard Crust Ingredients:


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