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So today, in our French ancestors honor we made Gratin Dauphinois (French scalloped potatoes) and roasted chicken.
Gratin Dauphinois (French Scalloped Potatoes)
Usually when I think of scalloped potatoes I think of cheese and potatoes. But to make true Gratin Dauphinois, you DON'T USE CHEESE! I know! I was skeptical at first, but really this turned out so delicious! You still get a crispy brown top from the starch in the potatoes.
Some tips for make Gratin Dauphinois
Just look at that beauty. Gratin Dauphinois was so wonderful! And the leftovers are great too. And it was really easy to make. If you con't have cream on hand, I saw some recipes where it could be made with just milk. So if you're craving scalloped potatoes, try Gratin Dauphinois, you won't regret it.
To go with the Gratin Dauphinois, I thought a roasted chicken would be delicious. I was just going to buy a rotisserie chicken from the store but then thought it would be fun to try my hand at roasting a chicken. It was so good too!
I did look up how the French roast chickens but I didn't have time nor ingredients for Julia Child's recipe. So I'll just say the flavors are French inspired though not classically French at all.
I don't have a recipe for you, but I rubbed my chicken with butter, and sprinkled it with thyme, salt, and pepper. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some extra pats of butter finished up the outside of the bird. I rubbed up under the breast skin with butter and stuck some cloves of garlic up there. Inside I stuffed it with lemon, garlic, and bay leaves. I meant to grab some rosemary from the plant outside but I forgot. I tied the legs together with some baker's twine. Then roasted it at 400F for 20 minutes. After that I reduced the temperature to 375F for another 90 minutes. I had a 5 pound bird that came out with nice crispy skin and beautifully moist meat. It was so delicious.
With the leftovers we made chicken tacos the next night.That's the great thing about this chicken the flavors are subtle enough that the leftovers can easily be transformed.
So I hope you give those Gratin Dauphinois a try. They're so delicious! Best scalloped potatoes I've ever had. If you do let us know in the comments how you liked it!
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Have you ever eaten a meal somewhere that was so good that you couldn't wait to get home to replicate it for your family?
That happened to me with this meal. While I was in California with Alicia when she had her baby, her husband decided to grill for dinner. I helped him a bit, but his ideas for flavors in the food were so fantastic that as I ate the meal, I was in heaven! You have seen other recipes from my SIL here and here. He is a great cook.
This meal consisted of Skewered Shrimp, Grilled Corn with Cilantro-Lime Butter, Rice and Grilled Pineapple. I took charge of the butter for the corn, and I loved the results. I may not be able to eat corn any other way now. It was that good!
Now that I am home from California, I decided to have all of my kids who live in Phoenix over and my husband and I got the grill going for the Columbus Day holiday. We cooked up the same menu, but also added some grilled chicken for those who may not enjoy sea food. I think most of us ate both!
The Grilled Chicken
I used boneless skinless thighs. I did a rub that consists of brown sugar and salt. Go heavy on the salt. To about 3/4 c of brown sugar, I put about 4 T of salt. I find that this rub only works on the grill. Some how the grill doesn't let it come out tasting too salty. I just dredged the chicken in the brown sugar-salt mixture and let it sit a few minutes before grilling it. It came out so moist, tender and delicious! It is really simple to do and gives amazing results! My kind of recipe.
The Skewered Shrimp
For this recipe, I used large, frozen shrimp that had already been deveined, I just had to peel it.
After I peeled it, I put it in a bowl to marinade for about half an hour. This is what I used as a marinade:
Skewered Shrimp Marinade
1/2 stick of butter (1/4 c) melted
1 T lime zest
The juice of 1/2 of a lime
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
(I used coarsely ground pepper)
Blend the ingredients all together and toss in the shrimp to coat completely.
When the shrimp had marinated for about 30 minutes, I put them on skewers. I use metal skewers rather than purchasing bamboo ones. I have a dozen of these. Poking the skewer through the tail, and then the body, I put about 5 shrimp to a skewer. It came out perfectly, filling all 12 skewers. It takes very little time to grill them. Just put them on the grill for a couple of minutes per side and get some nice grill marks. If they finish before everything else, I just pop them in a warm oven so they don't get cold. They taste so good! I love shrimp, and this is one of my new favorite versions!
The Grilled Corn with Cilantro Lime Butter
Knowing how much I love seafood, it may be surprising to many when I say that this corn was my favorite part of this meal. Here is how we cooked it:
Husk the corn and without adding anything to it, place it on the grill and cook it for a couple of minutes per side, just enough time to heat it through and to give it a little char. (See the picture?) It really doesn't take very long. Then, when you take it off of the grill, slather it with Cilantro-Lime Butter. Here is the recipe for that:
2 sticks of butter (1 c), softened
1/4 c. chopped cilantro leaves (for this butter, try to avoid the stems)
The zest of 2 limes
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp. salt
Blend it all together and use to slather on corn. It will probably be good on other veggies, too. I just haven't tried it yet.
When we serve the corn, I like to cut it off the cob, add more of the butter and mix it with the rice that we serve on the side. It is just so delicious!
By the way, there is a lot of zesting going on with this meal, so I really appreciated my zester that I blogged about here. You can purchase one here. Also, for the lime juice I used my citrus squeezer that my SIL taught me about! It is so handy and simple to use. Both of these gadgets would make nice little bridal shower gifts or Christmas gifts! I wish I had had them years ago, they would have saved me so much trouble and mess as I cooked.
The Grilled Pineapple
I have a confession to make about the pineapple. When my SIL made it, he grilled it. When we made it, we were all getting hungry and everything else was ready, so we just popped it in the microwave. It was still so good. Heating up pineapple makes it so juicy and the flavor just bursts in your mouth.
To grill (or microwave) the pineapple, first use a peeler corer to get it ready. Trust me, when it comes to pineapple, this is the best gadget ever. It is such a time saver! It slices the pineapple into one long spiral, so I just use a knife to cut down one side, and that gives you rings.
Drizzle the rings with melted butter and sprinkle on brown sugar. That is it! Now just pop them on the grill or into the microwave or oven and you have heavenly pineapple that compliments this entire meal so well.
For a drink, I made some of Alicia's Watermelon Slush Punch. Mine didn't come out as well as her's did. I think it was because my ice cubes weren't all of the way frozen. But, it still tasted pretty good and was a good compliment to the entire meal.
Speaking of Alicia, today is her birthday! I am so proud of her! She is an intelligent woman and a wonderful wife and mother. It is hard to believe that my middle child is already the mother of 2, and she is doing it all so beautifully! Happy Birthday Alicia! I made her a cake from long distance. You can see it here.
If you are looking for something different and delicious to grill, I hope you give these ideas a try! Especially the corn! You won't regret it! Here is a recap of our favorite gadgets for this meal:
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On Tuesday this week I had to do my gestational diabetes screening. My doctor's office has an in house phlebotomist so they had given me the drink at my prior appointment with instructions to drink it chilled because it tastes better, and get my blood drawn exactly one hour after I chugged it down. I've got to be honest, the drink itself was not the worst part. It actually was pretty painless. I had believed that the drink was going to be a like a thick syrup, but it wasn't. It was basically like chugging a small Gatorade. The stress for me was making sure I drank it at the right time and got my blood drawn when I was supposed to.
The other thing that was slightly difficult was the high protein diet my doctor wanted me to be on prior to taking the test. Although, my sister in law told me her doctor made her actually fast. Mine just said to try to have a higher protein, lower carb diet the night and morning before my test. I really took that to heart and so Monday night I made the easiest chicken recipe in the world. I am presenting this easy chicken bake to you here. It is in it's most basic form and you can spice it up any way you want to! It was so versatile, and the chicken was so tender and moist. I haven't heard back from my doctor yet, she said they'd only call if I have to do the three hour test, or if I am a little anemic. So far, so good!
Easy Chicken Bake
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken legs and thighs, defrosted
1 red onion
2 roma tomatoes
salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a glass baking pan with cooking spray. Place the chicken in the pan. Salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with olive oil. Chop up the tomatoes and onion to your liking and spread over the top of the chicken. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
That is it! It is so simple! If you want to put it on a bed of pasta or rice, go for it! It was also really good by itself and I was happy to have a little vegetable in with my protein for the night!
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