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Chicken with Bacon and Spinach in a Creamy White Wine Sauce

Chicken thighs with bacon and spinach in a creamy white wine sauceI combined some ideas from several recipes, and a delicious supper resulted tonight!!

Ingredients

Disclaimer: I don’t measure anything, so the amounts are approximate. Please adjust them according to your personal tastes.

5-6 chicken thighs

salt & pepper

2 Tbsp olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, smashed & minced

2 green onions, chopped

fresh, canned, or frozen spinach

8 slices bacon, cooked separately

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 cup white wine (or chicken broth)

1 cup heavy cream

Instructions:

Pat the chicken thighs dry and sprinkle generously with salt & pepper, including under the skin, as possible. Brown and cook the thighs, skin side down, with lid on, about 7 minutes, in the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Check them occasionally, but do not turn them.

Remove the thighs to a plate. Cook the garlic and onions in the pan liquids about 1 minute. Then add already cooked & chopped bacon, spinach, lemon juice, & white wine and scrape (deglaze) the pan. Return the chicken to the pan, skin side up, cover and simmer about 20 minutes until the chicken is done.

Remove the chicken to a plate. Add the heavy cream to the skillet and reduce and thicken slightly by simmering.

Serve sauce with spinach over angel hair pasta. Place chicken thigh on top and spoon creamy sauce over all.

Serve with garlic bread.

 

 

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Delicious Healthy Breakfast

Bacon, Onion, Cheese, Spinach Omelet

Bacon, Onion, Cheese, Spinach Omelet

I’m not a nutritionist, so when I say it’s healthy, it’s because it seems healthy to me. You and your doctor decide for yourself. That’s my disclaimer for all the “diet” / “healthy eating” information and tips on this blog. It’s just my opinions based on the research I’ve done. Now, I can tell you with authority what is DELICIOUS to me. 🙂

I’ve been losing weight since July 4, 2015, and have lost 17-1/2 lbs. To lose weight is one of my goals, but it’s also a goal to eat healthier the rest of my life. I’ll talk more about all this in upcoming posts. For today, here’s the recipe for this morning’s delicious breakfast:

In a small skillet, I put less than a Tbsp of butter,

a little chopped green onion to taste, and

one piece leftover bacon torn.

After that cooked briefly, I added

2 eggs which had been briskly beaten with a dab of skim milk, and

salt and freshly ground black pepper.

On top, I added

1/8 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and

fresh spinach which I tore into small pieces.

I cooked it all over medium heat, shaking it occasionally to be sure it didn’t stick, and tilting it occasionally to let the uncooked egg run to the sides. (I gently scraped some liquid off the top to the sides so it would cook, too.

Then I turned it out onto a small plate, folding it over on itself as I let it slide out.

Easy and delicious!!

Omelet opened so you can see the delicious ingredients!!

Omelet opened so you can see the delicious ingredients!!

Fried Pork Chops with Spicy Batter

Good evening!!

We had such a good supper! As you will realize, we really like fried foods. Tonight I fixed pork chops with a spicy flour batter fried in bacon grease [the rather large amount of bacon grease that is always in a ceramic container in my kitchen will be the object of a different post],

garlic & onion & butter & sour cream mashed potatoes,

flour & milk gravy from the sucs or fond and deglazed with milk and a small amount of the bacon grease, and

English peas with butter & onions.

I used hubby’s “secret herbs & spices” (pictures below)  in flour for the batter. [He mixes most of the spices that we have in the kitchen together in a plastic bowl with a lid and puts some in a shaker bottle. This started for use on his delicious ribeye steaks, but now we use them for many dishes.]

Hubby is very helpful and peals and cuts up the russet potatoes and chops an onion. Any extra onion I keep in a zip lock bag in the freezer and add to it or use it, as needed.

I saute’ enough onions in enough butter in the sauce pan to be used for the English peas for both the peas and the potatoes. When the potatoes are boiled and done and drained in a separate pan, I add some of the onions and butter to them and leave some of the onions and butter in the English pea sauce pan and add the English peas and heat. I keep minced garlic in the frig and also add a little of that to the potatoes, as well as sour cream or milk.

I like to put a little cold bacon grease in a cold stainless steel skillet and get it very hot but not smoking before putting in the meat. This technique helps to keep the meat from sticking. The same thing can be accomplished by putting cold oil in a hot skillet and adding the meat immediately if the skillet is hot enough that the oil gets very hot immediately. When frying a piece of any meat that’s relatively flat and thin, I turn it when red blood begins to come out the top. That traps the juices inside.

When the meat is brown on both sides and done, I put it on paper towels to drain. With the skillet and grease not very hot, I mix flour left from the breading process into the grease in the skillet and mix with a whisk [essential to me] until it is smooth. An estimate of the ratio is 1 Tbsp flour for each 1 Tbsp of grease to 1 cup of liquid, but I add more of any one of them, as needed. The flour and grease are easier to manage if initially they are not very hot and not thin but not at all thick. The thickening comes after it cooks in the milk. I gradually add milk while whisking and continue whisking until smooth. Then I whisk occasionally as the gravy begins to gently boil and thicken over medium low heat. If it gets too thick, more milk or hot water can be added and whisked. When taken off the heat, the gravy will thicken some more, so don’t make the consistency too thick before taking it off the heat and declaring it “finished”.

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