Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rosie Makes Squash Casserole And Chicken For Lunch.


The Hawthornes are having a thyme/lime chicken breast
and squash casserole for lunch today.

Starting at one end of the chicken bosom,
carefully slice in half,
except for the last little bit at the other end,
and spread out the chicken.

You have just butterflied a bosom.

I'm going to marinate the chicken for a little bit.
I poured in some Chardonnay.

And the juice of one lime.

I picked some variagated lemon thyme.

Thyme leaves and freshly ground salt and pepper.

While the chicken is marinating,
I'm going to make squash casseroles -
one for me and one for Mr. Hawthorne.

Squash Casserole Ingredients:
3 eggs, room temperature
1 sweet bell pepper, sliced
1 funky squatty red pepper that has a bit of heat
1/2 onion, sliced
2 little squashes, sliced
1/2 cup whipping cream 
1/2 cup skim milk
s & p

Whisk eggs
and whisk in milk and cream mixture.
(You could use some other milk % mixture.
I happen to always have skim milk
 and heavy and/or whipping cream on hand.)
I buttered two ramekins
and added the squash and onion slices.

Crumble a little goat cheese over top.

Pour in custard mixture.

I grated cheddar and Mozzarella cheeses.

Grated cheese on top
along with some panko bread crumbs.

And crumbled Ritz crackers.

Guess which casserole is mine
and which one is Mr. Hawthorne's.

I like heavy on the cheese and toppings.

Squash casserole done.

Back to chicken.

I heated equal amounts butter and oil
over medium high heat.
Put the chicken in
and give it some lime-zest-lovin'.

3-4 minutes each side.
Resist the temptation to mess with the meat.
Leave it in the pan.
If you try to push it around before it's ready,
the meat will stick and tear.
Meat will always release itself when ready.

I added in the marinade,
scraping up the goody bits and ...

...   let it cook down a bit.

Add in a little wine and let it reduce some.

Swirl in a few pats of butter
and you have a wonderfully flavorful, smooth sauce.

Squash casserole makes me happy.

I like the thyme and lime flavors together.
Very nice finishing sauce too.

What a nice lunch this was.

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