16.9.11

Cooking up a storm... or just some apps


The other night I decided that I would treat my boys to some delicious fried food. I mixed up some milk and vinegar to make buttermilk and added flour to make a runny paste. Sounds gross so far, I know. I cut up a yam, onion, and 1 and 1/2 chicken breast. I poured a good amount of vegetable oil into the pot I use for spaghetti noodles and using a candy thermometer I got it up to about 350-375F. I put the yam fries in first and fried them for about 5 minutes. Removed them and after dipping my onions in the buttermilk mixture I fried them for a couple minutes until golden brown. After I removed the onions I dipped my chicken strips  into the buttermilk mixture and put them in the pot to fry for a few minutes. They were cut  in very thin long strips so they cooked pretty quick, within a few minutes. After all the food was friend I made a bbq mayo dipping sauce, like the one at red robin, and we devoured this in minutes. 
This is what I had for lunch today. Homemade Jalapeno poppers and stuffed tomatoes. Preheat the oven to 350f. I cut the jalapeno peppers in half and got all the seeds out. I put the halves into boiling water for about 15 minutes to soften. While the peppers were boiling I cut in half and hollowed out a small vine tomato and stuffed it with shredded mozzarella and basil. For this I would change one thing because it was a bit too cheesy. Instead of throwing the "guts" of the tomatoes out, mix them with the shredded mozzarella cheese and basil and then stuff the tomato. It will taste a lot better and the cheese wont be so over-powering. I set the stuffed tomatoes into a small baking dish and removed the jalapenos from the boiling water and ran cold water over them to cool them down to make it easier to stuff them. I stuffed them with cream cheese and sprinkled mozzarella cheese over the top. In my opinion these turned out perfect. They have a little kick ;) I've used jack cheese before too and thats really good. After stuffing the peppers I placed them in the baking dish with the tomatoes. Using olive oil spray, spray the tops of the tomatoes a little and put the baking dish in the oven. Keep watching closely because you just want to cook them until the cheese is melted. I didn't even time it to be honest.
Here you go, a super easy and delicious snack!

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