Monday, April 19, 2010

Sunday supper -- roasted chicken, rice pilaf, sauteed spinach

Had a late lunch on Sunday, so didn't get around to dinner until 8 pm or so.  But it was a great meal.

I roasted some chicken, sauteed fresh spinach in olive oil and garlic, and made a mushroom-rice pilaf.  Very nice.

Apologies for the photo, but it's from my phone.

I got the spinach at Iovine's in Reading Terminal Market -- 99c a bunch.  Beautiful stuff.  Brought them home, washed them well, wrapped the washed spinach in a towel, and kept it overnight in the fridge.  Just before dinner I sauteed a couple cloves of garlic in olive oil, and added the damp spinach to it, turning it to let it cook down.  Remarkable how you get almost nothing from a mountain of spinach.  Salt & pepper to taste.

Pilaf was easy -- sauteed chopped onion (1 small) and celery (1 rib) in 1/2 stick of butter.  Added 1/2 lb sliced mushrooms, S&P, and cooked until tender.  I added about a teaspoon each of dried rosemary, thyme, and sage.  1 1/2 cups rice, 1/2 broken-up linguine, then 3 cups stock (I used canned, half chicken, half beef.).  Brought it to a simmer, then popped it into a 375°F oven for about 15 minutes until all the liquid was absorbed.

Chicken was seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder (I use Paula Deen's 'house seasoning' recipe -- 4 parts salt, 1 part pepper, 1 part garlic powder), dried rosemary, thyme, and sage.  Sprinkled a bit of paprika on top, onto a foil-lined baking sheet, and into a 375°F oven (convection) for about 40 minutes. 

Enjoyed a nice glass of Australian shiraz with dinner.

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