Friday, January 24, 2014

Foodie Fridays: A Dang Good Dinner

This week we whipped up a delicious dinner of bacon-wrapped filets, broccoli with garlic, oven fries, and corn bread muffins. It was so yummy, I knew I had to share! And everything was pretty easy to prepare, though I made the cornbread earlier in the day. This saved time and oven space.

Broccoli with garlic is not a new recipe to this blog, so you can find it at the bottom of this post (along with a tasty almond-crusted salmon recipe). It is so easy to make and only takes about 10 minutes once you get the water boiling. And, it's safe for Whole30 dieters, another plus! :)

For the filets, we topped both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, then seared them with butter for about two to three minutes on each side. We then transferred the filets to a baking sheet lined with tin foil and baked them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Oven Fries
Makes 3-4 servings
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Ingredients (As for the herbs/spices, these are some options, you  can use whatever you like.)
4 small baking potatoes
1 tblsp. olive oil (you can also use 1 tblsp. of butter or vegetable oil)
1/2 tsp. garlic salt (or part garlic powder, part salt to taste)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Scrub potatoes thoroughly, then cut each lengthwise into eight slices, or cut into small pieces.
2. In a bowl combine oil (or butter) and herbs/spices. You can vary the amounts according to your taste. I added extra garlic powder to ours and withheld the Parmesan.
3. Stir potatoes in the mixture, or use your hands like I did. ;)
4. Spray an 11x7x1 1/2 inch baking pan with a non-stick coating (or just use whatever size baking sheet you have).
5. Arrange potatoes in baking pan and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Potatoes are best served hot.

Corn Bread
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup corn meal (yellow or white)
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1. If you decide to cook your corn bread in an 8- or 9-inch square or round cake pan, grease it with Crisco before using. If you use a muffin pan, insert the liners.
2. In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients.
3. In a second bowl combine the wet ingredients.
4. Stir wet ingredients into the medium bowl of dry ingredients, beating by hand until smooth.
5. Pour batter into prepared pan, or ladle into muffin cups.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes (less time for muffins) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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