Menu Plan for the week of Sept. 20, 2013: Wednesday's Recipes
Baked Chicken Breasts with Mustard Crust
Cheesy Oven Fries
Green and White Beans with Tomatoes, Shallots and Sage
Cooking time: 40 minutes for menu Cooking schedule: see below for instructions
Simple dinner - chicken and potatoes in the oven and leftover vegetables.Baked Chicken Breasts with Mustard Crust Preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes
The key to giving these a crispy crust is to drizzle them with olive oil after breading, before baking. You could also spray them with olive oil or other cooking spray if you have it. The crust keeps the chicken moist and the mustard adds an unexpected hint of savory sharpness.
2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup dried bread crumbs
1 more tbs olive oil
In small bowl mix mustard, oil, tarragon and garlic. Spread on a plate or flattish bowl. Put bread crumbs on another plate. Roll chicken breasts in mustard mixture to coat thoroughly. Then roll in crumbs. Brush a baking sheet with a bit of oil and place breasts on. Drizzle with remaining 1 tbs olive oil. Bake at 400F (200C) for 30 minutes or until topping is light brown and chicken is done (test if not sure, see techniques). Remove and serve.Cheesy Oven Fries Preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes
A cross between Gratin Potatoes and Oven Fries, these are an easy, minimum fuss, version of cheese potatoes. They're done in three steps, and at any point can be done ahead/left out of the oven to rest while the rest of the meal catches up...
2 medium potatoes, (12oz, 360gr)
1 medium onion
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
2oz (60gr) cheese, Gruyère, Cheddar
1 tbs olive oil
Slice potatoes into thin rounds. Put olive oil in a bowl, add potatoes and toss to coat. Lay the potatoes on a baking sheets, preferably nonstick, in a single layer, but as close together as possible. Bake in a 400F (200C) oven for 15 minutes.
Thinly slice onion. Remove potatoes and spread onion over the top. Sprinkle with rosemary. Return and bake for 10 minutes longer. Remove and lay cheese on top. Bake for another 5 minutes. When done, use a spatula to remove from pan and serve.
Green and White Beans with Tomatoes, Shallots and Sage Time: 5 minutes
leftover green and white beans
Gently reheat and serve.
Cooking schedule: 40 minutes
Drizzle chicken with oil, bake