Monday, November 24, 2008

Menu Planning

Monday: (crockpot) Ham roast w/ potatoes; green beans
Tuesday: Biscuits & gravy w/ ham (roast leftovers)
Wednesday: Pierogies (2 kinds: sauerkraut/bacon & bacon/potato/cheese)
Thursday: TURKEY! & all the fixings!
Friday: -?- (We'll be in MI visiting family)
Saturday: Peppy Parmesan Pasta; salad; cottage cheese
Sunday: Southern Fried Chicken; corn

On the side:
-I'm going to use the ham bone to make ham stock
-homemade clover rolls
-eggs & fried bologna
-apple pie

Peppy Parmesan Pasta (serves 6)
12 oz. whole wheat pasta
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup diced pepperoni
1/2 can sliced ripe olives, drained
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
5 Tbl. olive oil
1/4 cup diced onions
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drain pasta; add to the tomato mixture and toss to coat.

Southern Fried Chicken (serves 8)
2 eggs
2 Tbl. milk
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp paprika
3 to 3-1/2 pounds chicken (breasts, leg quarters, drumsticks, cut-up fryer chicken, etc.), thawed
1 cup shortening
Milk Gravy:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/8 tsp browning sauce (optional)
fresh oregano (optional)
In a medium bowl, beat eggs and milk. In another bowl, combine flour and seasonings. Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture, then in flour mixture.
Heat shortening in a large skillet; brown the chicken on both sides. Cover and cook the chicken over low heat for 45 minutes or until juices run clear. Remove chicken from the skillet; keep warm. Reserve 1/4 cup drippings in skillet.
For gravy, stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes or until browned. Combine milk and water; add to skillet. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add browning sauce if desired. Serve with chicken. Garnish with oregano if desired.

Here's what our pierogies looked like. Yummy! We're definitely going to make these again sometime. It's sorta like a dumpling.

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