Sunday, December 20, 2015

Caesar Salad, Breaded Chicken Breast with Honey, Mustard, Lemon Sauce and a Cheese Scone!

It started out as a light meal. I fried up the croutons in some olive oil so they had a nice sear on them. I salted the chicken and shook it in a bag of bread crumbs with poultry seasoning and a bit of pepper. I put the chicken on a small baking sheet at 325F for about 25 minutes. 

Honey Mustard Sauce

1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
a few drops of lemon juice.
(a pinch of salt might have helped too but I didn't think of it)

I had to put  it in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften the honey and mix it up. Usually Fern doesn't like sweet stuff on the plate so it was risky but he liked this one.

Caesar Salad Dressing

1 egg yolk
1/3 - 1/2 cup olive/canola oil - mixing another oil reduces the bitter taste in olive oil.
Slowly whisk the oil into the egg yolk.

1 clove garlic - crushed and chopped
few drops of Worcestershire Sauce
up to juice of half a lemon
1 anchovy fillet - I usually don't have one
1/2 tsp salt

Whisk up the dressing and add a head of Romaine cut into bite size pieces. Toss and add the croutons. Toss and add 1/4 cup grated parmesan. Toss and serve on a big plate.

Cheese Scones - makes six

These are the easier than the dressing. 

1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt


1/4 cup butter
Cut into flour mixture with two knives or a pastry cutter to oatmeal consistency.
2 tbsp sugar


1/2 cup grated X old cheddar cheese - Armstrong is good, Balderson is better


1/3 cup milk

Use a fork to keep lifting the dough into the milk till it's fairly uniformly moistened. If it's too dry to form a ball, use a few drops more milk. Press together into a ball and place on counter. Carefully press it to a disc 1 to 2 inches thick, pressing crumbled sides back in as you go. Slice the disc 3 times to make six pieces, place separately on parchment covered cookie sheet and bake at 425F for 13 minutes in my oven. They burn on the bottom first so watch the bottom edge after 10 minutes.

Don't make these too far ahead, you'll eat them all. Leave the cheese out and make them plain or add chopped dates or raisins or currants. Or chocolate chips!

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