Last night the St. Louis Cardinals did a little thing called, winning the 2011 World Series. So, I’m just going to take a moment to say, “WOOHOO!! GO CARDINALS!!!”
That being said, last night was a long night for me (and presumably the rest of the city of St. Louis). And so, today was an amazingly lazy Saturday. I slept in, watched a movie [Transformers… in case you were wondering] and went to the Soulard Farmer’s Market with Charli.
It was lovely.
What was even lovelier was that while I was at the market, I got some great fruits and veggies: apples, potatoes, a tomato, and some red peppers. Everything just looks and smells so good at the market—it’s to hard to resist. Plus, it’s all super cheap; which is probably my favorite part.
Since I had so much beautiful produce in my fridge and was pretty much just lazin’ around today anyway, I decided to take the time to make myself a nice meal.
Step one: call AT&T to get my Internet back up and running. (Not really relevant, but it is true.)
Step two: get on the Internet and look up a great recipe. What did I find? Roasted red peppers and potatoes with apple-stuffed chicken.
Sounds ambitious, huh? It was. Luckily, step three was: doing an awesome job at cooking a delightful meal. And I nailed it.
The roasted peppers and potatoes were easy enough. They just involved chopping, tossing [in olive oil], and seasoning [rosemary, garlic, and S&P]. Then, while they baked for 40 minutes, I moved on to the chicken.
While prepping for the chicken, I hit my first roadblock. *cachuck!* (That was the roadblock.) I didn’t have any breadcrumbs.
Don’t be alarmed; I did have bread and the proper seasonings—so I just went ahead and made some myself (you can be impressed now).
Once the breadcrumbs were ready, I cut up the apples, tossed in some cheese and then beat the living daylights out of that chicken breast. Don’t worry, it wasn’t chicken violence—just what the recipe called for. I had to flatten out the chicken so that I could wrap it around the stuffing (makes sense right?). Then I had to brown on both sides and then simmer in white wine for 15 minutes.
The only part that was a little iffy was the “gravy” or sauce that I was supposed to make at the end, to put on the chicken. Your typical cornstarch and water added to the leftover juices in the pan. I’ve never made a gravy before, and I think that I let it sit a little too long (*cough* while I was taking pictures)… so, it didn’t mix quite right. Plus, it seemed a little harsh, so I added some bbq sauce to sweeten it up. It turned out fine, but I’ll probably need to work on honing my gravy-making skills in the future.
All in all, the meal was a beautiful and tasty one that I would recommend (I particularly loved the stuffing in the chicken). One note: remember to take the toothpicks out of the chicken before you eat it. I happened to forget about them and almost stabbed myself in the throat! Other than that, enjoy!